Largely unknown and virtually untouched by mass tourism, Mount Hortiatis, just 20 kilometers southeast of Thessaloniki, hosts rich traditions and customs, bountiful natural attractions and a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities. The mountain’s landscape is wooded, with part of these woods making up Thessaloniki’s Seich Sou Forest National Park. In the antiquity, mountain and town were known as Cisseus and Homer tells us that Cisseus was the king of this town. The town and its people are mentioned as members of the Delian League in the 5th century BC.
The modern name and town Chortiatis can be traced back to the 12th century, when a Byzantine monastery under the name Chortaites, on the northern slopes of the mountain, provided Thessaloniki with fresh water by an aqueduct whose remains have been partly preserved. By the 15th century the settlement with the monastery was called Kastron Chortiatis (Castle Chortiatis) and it fell in 1423 under Ottoman rule. In 1912 the Greek town was liberated.
Prices starts from 40 euros per person for the guide service (minimum 2 people) including Emtb rental.