Winter hiking at Mount Giona

Mount Giona is a mountain in the center of Phocis, Central Greece. It is located between the mountains of Parnassus to the east, Vardousia to the west, and Oeta to the north. Known in classical antiquity as the Aselinon Oros (‘moonless mountain’), it is the highest mountain south of Olympus and the fifth overall in Greece.

It is a mountain with clear and rough terrain, with deep gorges, ravines and limestone cliffs that make it inaccessible and has the largest slope in the Balkans, Plaka Sykias, with an altitude difference of 1,100 meters (3,610 ft).

Pyramida is its highest peak at 2,510 meters (8,235 ft). Other peaks include the Perdika (2,484 m-8,150 ft), Tragonoros (2,456 m-8,058 ft), Platyvouna (2,316 m-7,598 ft), Profitis Elias (2,298 m-7,539 ft), Kastro (2,176 m-7,139 ft) and Pyrgos (2,066 m-6,778 ft). It is drained by the river Mornos to the west.

Pyramida, the highest peak of Mount Giona at 2,510 meters (8,235 ft)

In its forests live wild animals such as wolves, wild boars, deer and goats, and on the steep slopes fly bearded vultures and golden eagles. There are also many meadows. Although the combination of meadows with vertical cliffs mainly in the west, compose an exceptional aesthetic landscape, in the northern, eastern and southern side of the mountain there are bauxite mines that affect the mountain image.

The nearest town is Amfissa, to the southeast. Smaller villages in the mountains are Kaloskopi in the northeast, Stromi in the north, Lefkaditi in the west and Agia Efthymia in the southeast.

Enjoy our photos from a winter hiking at Mount Giona.

At the top of Mount Giona

Location of Mount Giona in Greece

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