The refuges: Spilios Agapitos refuge via Prionia
The refuges of Mt Olympus
Spilios Agapitos refuge
Text and photos by Triantafyllos Adamakopoulos
The main access of the Spilios Agapitos refuge is via Prionia. The trail is part of the E4 Trail and is undoubtedly the most popular route on Mt Olympus. This particular path was the major mule track of Eastern Olympus and maintains the good configuration, with gentle slopes and open maneuvers. Today, its viability has been improved with numerous interventions and there is a relatively dense waymarking, with E4 signs and other symbols, as well as by all the necessary direction signposts.
Mountaineers intending to climb up to the Spilios Agapitos refuge, arrive by car or taxi (~ 30 euros) in Prionia, an old settlement of carpenters who worked on the water saws powered by the springs of Enipeas - hence the place name, "prionia" means the saws. Today Prionia is the most advanced location on Eastern Olympus where a vehicle can go (17.5 km from the center of Litochoro) and is a real hikers station.
A hiking and mountaineering guide to Mt Olympus
A detailed description of the ascent from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos refuge, with accurate metrics, linked to photos and POIS, is included in the hiking app Mt Olympus topoguide.
Mt Olympus topoguide field guide is available for Android devices via Play Store.
Mt Olympus topoguide is also available for iOS (iPhone και iPad) devices as an in-app purchase via the hiking application Topoguide Greece.
Mt Olympus topoguide field guide offers detailed off-line hiking maps. Once in the terrain, the app provides active navigation along the trail, helping the hiker to stay on route and reach the destination, even under adverse conditions.