Hike in Mt. Parnitha

GENERAL INFO

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Lace up your hiking boots and head out onto the trail. Designated a national park in 1961 the densely-forested Mt. Parnitha, which covers a huge area of over 30,000 hectares about 40km north of Athens city-center, is a hiker’s heaven and a magnet for nature lovers as it offers a vast hiking trail network for all levels of difficulty. The ancient Greeks believed that the goat-footed god Pan used to come to Mt. Parnitha to play his music and dance in the forest. Today, one still finds thick forests of fir and pine, jagged mountain peaks, gorges, caves, and springs. The National Park it is also home of one of the largest remaining Red Deer populations in Greece. The deer make their habitat here, in one of the richest areas of the country concerning flora, hosting over 1,000 plant species, 96 of which are endemic to Greece, as well as some 132 bird species, 25 mammal species, and 30 reptile and amphibian species, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The ancient Greeks believed that the goat-footed god Pan used to come to Mt. Parnitha to play his music and dance in the forest. Today, one still finds thick forests of fir and pine, jagged mountain peaks, gorges, caves, and springs. The National Park it is also home of one of the largest remaining Red Deer populations in Greece. The deer make their habitat here, in one of the richest areas of the country concerning flora, hosting over 1,000 plant species, 96 of which are endemic to Greece, as well as some 132 bird species, 25 mammal species, and 30 reptile and amphibian species, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

DAILY ITINERARY

It will take us less than an hour’s drive to leave Athens’ noisy city-center behind and enter to the quietness of the mountain. Our loop- hike starts from the refuge of Bafi and is ideal for hikers of all levels. First stop, is the spring of Skipiza and the lookout tower of Edasa where we going to enjoy the view towards the island of Evia as well as the Aegean Sea beyond.
From there, we will follow a clear path that traverses through the forest all the way to the Mola plateau where we will come across the small chapel of Agios Petros and a freshwater spring next to it. Here, it is also quite possible to come across a red deer as it forages for food. Our way back follows a trail that gently ascents into a thick, fir forest towards the refuge of Mpafi, were we going to have time for our much-deserved lunch before heading back to Athens.

Hiking distance: 10 km Hiking Duration: 4 hrs
Elevation gain: 470 m
Driving Distance:
Athens center to the start of the hike 35 km / 1 hr
End of the hike to Athens center 35 km / 1 hr

 

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