Zeus may not have had a motorcycle, but this is no reason for you not to follow in his footsteps on your own, across a legendary place that according to some myths was the birthplace of the mightiest of the Greek gods of Olympus.

The spot is Mount Lyceum, a holy hill for the ancient Arcadians that is located right on the border with Messinia. The most interesting route is that from the village Neda to the village Lycaeo, which affords panoramic views over the Megalopoli Plain and heads upwards to Ano Karyes. Just before the village, the road makes a le• turn and heads further up the mountain, past two natural springs –Krabova and Voivoda– where you can stop for a drink of water and a short rest. Riding further up the road will bring you to the ruins of an ancient stadium and hippodrome where the Lycaean Games were once held in honour of Lycaean Zeus. If you keep going up the road you will find, at an altitude of 1,400 metres, the remains of the altar dedicated to the mythical god. The road comes to an end just a few metres before the peak at the chapel of Ai-Lias. Park your bike (a car with four-wheel drive could also make it up here) and enjoy the fresh mountain breeze and the beautiful landscape. In antiquity this was the last thing that some poor souls ever saw, as the altar was used for human sacrifices up until the Roman times –at least according to local legend as there is no archaeological evidence to back the assertion.

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