Hortiatis Hiking (St. Paraskevi - S.E.O. Refuge)

Hortiatis Hiking (St. Paraskevi - S.E.O. Refuge)

Hortiatis Hiking (St. Paraskevi - S.E.O. Refuge)
Completed Event
13 April 2024/ 09:45
7 hours
Level 2
12 euros/ person

The Salonica View alternative tourism office organizes a hike to Hortiati from Saint Paraskevi and a visit to the S.E.O. shelter.


A few words about our event:

The meeting point of our group will be the starting point of the trail, the chapel of Saint Paraskevi (, located on the outskirts of Hortiatis. First, we will move uphill toward the residences and then follow the dirt road, which is the path that goes uphill to the S.E.O. shelter. We will have the pleasure of walking through the dense beech and chestnut forest until we reach the shelter. There we will stop for rest, food, and drink (not included in the price) in the beautiful area of the S.E.O. shelter.

Our final destination will be the point where we started our hike. Our tour does not include transportation so everyone is responsible for getting to and from the meeting point to the city and vice versa.


Track Features:

a) Degree of difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate

b) Hiking duration: 4-5 hours

c) Distance: 10 km.


Points of interest:

Hortiatis: It is a mountain in Thessaloniki. It has an altitude of 1,201 meters and is located northeast of Thessaloniki. In ancient times it was called Kissos and at its foot was built the homonymous town which is a martyr settlement, because it was burned by the Germans on September 2, 1944, and the entire male population was executed.

Flora and Fauna: The mountain at its lowest points is covered with holly and dogwood. The next vegetation zone is chestnut and mainly broadleaf oak forests. The upper vegetation zone is the beech zone. Also, the flora of Hortiatis includes the species: Hellebore the fragrant, Galanthos of Elves, Krokos the beautiful, and Neotinea the trident.


Participation fee:



The price includes:

  1. Escort and organization
  2. Experienced mountain guides
  3. First aid box
  4. Hiking

CAUTION!!! Payment of the full amount is made to the bank accounts below within 4 days of your booking. Otherwise, the booking is canceled.

Piraeus Bank IBAN GR41 0172 2220 0052 2209 3179 693 (Beneficiary: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)

National Bank of Greece IBAN GR2701102230000022300527524 (Beneficiary: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)


*** In case the payment is made by a bank other than the above, the customer must pay the additional cost (4 euros).


You must have with you:

  1. Hiking boots or a good sports shoe
  2. Hiking pants or leggings
  3. Second top, socks, trousers, shoes, and a small towel (change)
  4. Snack
  5. Water
  6. Backpack
  7. Waterproof jacket (required)
  8. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  9. Tissues
  10. Trekking Pole (optional)
  11. Camera (optional)

Note 1. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is not returned.

Note 2. Photo material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.

Note 3. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.

Note 4. The program may be modified depending on the weather conditions of those days.


The excursion schedule in detail:

09:45 am - Meeting point: the chapel of Agia Paraskevi (

10:00 am – Start of Hiking

12:30 pm - Arrival at the refuge

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Time to rest at the lodge

17:00 pm - End of hike / Arrival at the starting point

*** ATTENTION: the return time may vary depending on the group.

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