Orlias Canyon is the paradise of Olympus. The road route is short and easy, starting from Dion and leading to the chapel of Agios Konstantinos, which is where the hiking through the canyon begins. Amidst the luscious vegetation, wonderful waterfalls cascade from the slopes, forming pulpits with crystalline waters gliding amidst the rocks, making this a perfect opportunity for leaping and frolicking in the water, not to mention for shooting one-of-a-kind photos! Towards the midst of the canyon, the stunning 20-meter-high “Red Rock” waterfall is an awesome sight of unearthly beauty.
Even ancient Greek Gods were taken aback by its beauty. Between Mount Olympus and Kissavos, with River Pineios flowing through, the Vale of Tempe, which is 10km long, is an ode to the Mediterranean nature and it is easily accessible by car. Walking down the footbridge you will reach the waters of Pineios, just before the river empties them in the Aegean Sea. Cool off under the shadows of the riverside forest, which is full of plane, elm and willow trees, discover the beautiful flowers growing within the rocks of the canyon and watch rare bird species finding refugee in the dense vegetation. There is, also, the chapel of Agia Paraskevi and the cave with the holly water spring, both of which make Tempe a popular place for religious pilgrimage.
The canyon and waterfall of Enipeas is one of the most enchanting and popular trails of Mt. Olympus visitors. Both are easily accessible, either by embarking from “Myloi” in Litochoro, which is one of the entrance points to the Olympus National Park, or by driving to Prionia (1.100 m altitude) and continuing on foot back to Myloi. By following the course of Enipeas, the river is crossed a total of seven times over picturesque bridges and through lush vegetation. Small waterfalls, lagoons and gorges compose an ethereal landscape. The Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios leads to the magnificent Enipeas Waterfall, dropping from a 38 meter height into a mythical blue-green lake.
Agia Kori waterfalls. The small chapel of Agia Kori and the waterfalls are located shortly outside of Vrontou, in the northern part of Olympus. Agia Kori (ed.note: Agia Kori means Holy Daughter) lived during the period of Ottoman rule. She was a young girl who fled to Mt. Olympus in order to escape the wrath of Ali Pasha. Although Agia Kori she has not been officially recognized as a saint, she is venerated by the devout and numerous miracles have been attributed to her. A descent of approximately 175 steps leads to the chapel standing before the rivulet. Following the ensuing path, one stands before a beautiful waterfall, calling for exhilarating plunges into these natural ponds with the crystalline waters.
The streams running on the roots of mount Olympus create spectacular falls. In a distance of approximately 3 kilometers from the village of Karitsa, there is a beautiful worth-visiting spot, Agios Vassilios, surrounded by numerous plane trees. At 5kilometers from the village of Dion, the visitor comes across the location Agios Konstantinos from which one can also access the canyon of Ourlias where one can enjoy various mountain activities and take a cool break during the summer months. The location is one hour’s walk away from Dion archaeological area.