Riotous vegetation, a manifestation of untamed fauna and a meandering river now and then overcoming waterfalls and forming natural pools on its way through the ravine; Enipeas Gorge prevails as an eternal sanctum to wildlife and man alike. One of the most prominent landforms found in Mount Olympus, Enipeas Gorge was baptized in the name of the homonymous river that flows through the bottom of the chasm. This ecosystem welcomes thousands of visitors annually, having the chance to experience this natural monument in all its shades and moods.
One of the entrances to the National Park of Olympus is via the well-maintained and marked trail etching its passage on the gorge of Enipeas. One can venture through the ravine by following the signs of the E4 European Long-Distance Path starting at the area of Myli at an altitude of nearly 400 m., where the village of Litochoro ends and the entrance to Enipeas Gorge begins. After an elevation of approximately 700 meters, the ascent eventually reaches the area of Prionia, the highest location in Mount Olympus that is accessible by car. The trail stretches 9 km (5.6 miles) in its entirety and will take about 6 hours to complete, depending on the skill and experience of the wayfarer.
The trailhead at Myli makes its way along the river, guiding travelers through picturesque wooden bridges that cross the brimming natural pools and spurting streams. The bewitching scenery birthed fables of mythological presences reveling in the wonders of the landscape. While venturing through the pathway of Enipeas Gorge, hikers will come across the basin known as the Bath of Zeus; likewise, keep an eye out for Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, rumored to be bathing in the invigorating springs that lave the gorge.
After about half the distance is covered, one will come across the chapel in the Holy Cave where Saint Dionysios, a religious recluse, secluded himself in the name of faith. Continuing on a 20-minute walk from the hermitage is where the Agios Dionysios Monastery was erected in the dedication of the saint, almost five centuries ago. Withstanding the Turkish occupation and later, the German troop raids of World War II, the monastery remains a historic stone depiction of the Orthodox belief. Surrounded by lush pine forests and the impending peaks of Mount Olympus, the monastery abides in the heart of the ravine.
As the trail comes to an end, it is highly suggested to take a detour leading to the stunning waterfalls of Enipeas Gorge. The cascading waters form a nearly ice-cold pool, crashing down and creating alluring ripples that complement the enchanting bird chirps of this woodland symphony.
The area of Prionia lays ahead, a favorite resting spot among weary travelers. Additionally, Prionia happens to be the starting point of many paths carved into the green veil of Enipeas Gorge. Therefore, most hikers choose to drive up to Prionia, continuing their journey to the summit on foot. One can either stop at the tavern (operating throughout the whole year) and commence climbing to explore the peaks of Mount Olympus or head down the asphalt which leads to Litochoro. Keep in mind that the hike through Enipeas Gorge can be done in the opposite direction as well, meaning reaching Prionia or the Agios Dionysios monastery by car (as they are both accessible to Litochoro via the road network) and trek down to the village of Litochoro.
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