This post is a sequel of a resent post The forgotten city of Pella. Dion and Pella are great places to visit on the way to Mount Olympus. Goal of my first visit to Olympus was to see these archeological sites, but next trip will be more of a mountaineering venture. Unlike the first time, when we decided to approach Mount Olympus from Dion, on our next trip, we will first go to Litochoro and start climbing from there because this is where most of hikers start, it has marked paths and, well, it’s possible to get to the top of Olympus from there. Fingers crossed in September!
Last time, as I said, we went to Dion and, from there, found a way to visit some of the paths and waterfalls that were sacred to Greeks. Dion was a very important city for Ancient Macedonians. It was the most important Macedonian sanctuary dedicated to Zeus (Dios, “of Zeus”). Hesiod says in his Catalogue of Women that Thyia, daughter of Deucalion, bore Zeus two sons, Magnes and Makednos (Magnes is eponymous of Magnesia and Makednos of Macedonia). Sanctuary of Dion is located at the foothill of Olympus, in a unique environment, rich with trees and vegetation, springs and a river. This is where Philip II and Alexander the Great were coming to prier before conquests and to celebrate and express their gratitude to gods after the victory.
Wood that follows Dion toward top of the Olympus is truly magnificent and my modest photographic skills were not enough to catch beauty these of thick forest, variety of plants and all of wonderful springs and waterfalls you will find there. A walk trough this forest is a wonderful adventure and swim under a waterfall is truly refreshing. You can almost hear muses singing and arrows pegged out from a bow of a centaur on a hunt. This is just a begging because farther in the sky lies top of the mountain and home of the gods waiting for a traveler to challenge.