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 foothills of mount Parnitha and the challenging but non- technical trail of Chouni gorge. We begin to ascent the mountain, against a spectacular backdrop of Attica and shimmery strips of sea. Walking along the pine and arbutus forest is quite possible to come across a red deer as it forages for food, or perhaps a kri-kri wild goat, climbing sheer cliffs.
Once we arrive at Flambouri mountain hut is time for our much-deserved lunch break. From thisÂ spot, we are able to see a huge part of Athens, some of the Saronic islands in the background and the Mpafi refuge shadowed by the top of Mt. Parnitha.
Our way back passes through the springs of Kira and Koromilia, following a trail with gently descents into a thick, fir forest. As we are approaching the end of our hike keep an eye out for climbers. Trek's finish point is the scenic rock of Petra at the foothills of mount Parnitha, one of the oldest and most important climbing places in Greece.
Hiking distance: 10 km Hiking Duration: 4-5 hours
Elevation gain: 630 m
Athens center to the start of the hike 25 km / 45 minutes
End of the hike to Athens center 25 km / 45 minutes
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