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01. THE MOUNT OLYMPUS

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Reaching an altitude of 2917m above sea level, there is no wonder why Olympus remained in consciousness as the motherland and shelter of Greek Pantheon. Zeus, the father of God’s, ruled over Olympus’ highest peak.

Today, the legendary mountain of Greek antiquity, apart from a gateway to myth, it is a rich and thrilling biosphere. Canyons, conifer forests, alpine meadows and montane grasslands compose a landscape of natural wealth and diversity, declared by UNESCO a Biosphere Reserve.

 

At the foothills of this wondrous mountain lie, also, centuries of history told through ancient ruins and byzantine fortresses, monasteries and picturesque traditional villages.

Either for present-day travellers or adrenaline-lovers, Olympus is a definite emotional experience deeply felt through myth, history and the peak of the peaks, Zeus’ reputed throne, high above and over the clouds. The ascent to Olympus is certainly one-of-a-kind. It is the ascend to the origins of Myth. 

02. DISCOVER EGNATIA

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Via Egnatia, traced back in the 2nd century BC (c. 130), was one of the most important road axes of the Roman world connecting Rome with Constantinople and bridging the East with the West. It ran through the southern part of the Balkans across land and sea linking the Adriatic coast with the Aegean and the Propontis.

 

Perhaps the most lasting legacy of Via Egnatia, which principally came about as a trade route opening way for merchants, travelers and the exchange of goods, skills and ideas, has been the widespread cultural interaction that it enabled.

 

More than just a commercial passage, it served as a communication highway for intellectual and cultural exchange between people of different ethnic origins and cultural backgrounds transmitting languages and customs, religious beliefs, values and attitudes.

 

Today, upon this route, centuries of history and culture meet within a picturesque environment of alternating landscapes and rare biodiversity.

 

In mainland Greece, Via Egnatia unites the regions of Thrace and Macedonia up in the north, while by sea it connects the Greek archipelago from the Aegean to the Ionian Sea.  Nautical routes

 

The Via Egnatia platform enables the exploration and discovery of unique ecosystems, unknown habitats, local cultures, incredible archaeological sites and landmark monuments. It transports the travelers to the homeland of Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Democritus and lets them become acquainted with intriguing civilizations following the steps of the Romans, Byzantines, Franks and the Ottomans.      

 

Via Egnatia is a non-profit organization founded in June 2019 in Thessaloniki. Its main purpose is to contribute by all legal means to the research, study, preservation, dispersal and promotion of the natural, cultural, intellectual, spiritual and architectural heritage found along the axes of the ancient Via Egnatia and Egnatia Road, as is known in present-day.

 

 

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