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).
Get outdoors and experience a different side of Athens
Block out the rest of the world, while hiking the highest and biggest mountain in peninsula of Attica
Soak in the scenic views to the city
Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch. After all, food tastes even better in a mountain
Dates: All year round
Days/Nights: Day tour
Price: Contact us for price
Condition grading: Moderate
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, Cretan ibex climbing sheer cliffs.
Once we arrive at Flambouri mountain hut is time for our much-deserved lunch break. From this 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
Athens center to start of the hike 25km / 45min
End of the hike to Athens center 25km / 45min
Price includes: All transportation during the trip
Services of a mountain guide
Included meals: Picnic lunch
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Other items of a personal nature
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We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
Trips designated “Moderate” are more active and require a bit more endurance. Hikes and treks include occasional steep ascents. Trip members should have a little experience in sea-kayaking and be in good physical condition, and be capable of paddling 4-6 hours
STARTING POINT AND GETTING THERE
Starting point is: Athens.
Getting There & Away:Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is about 27km east of Athens. Athens is connected with direct flights with various cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
Getting around: We can arrange for a transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you want to come by yourself, the metro and the suburban rail provide quick connections to central Athens (1 hour / 10 euro’ ticket). The bus option is cheaper though it takes longer (1h 30 min / 5 euro’ ticket). You can also take a taxi (1 hour / 35-50 euro’).
Athens has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 4°C to 32°C and is rarely below -0°C or above 35°C. Especially for climbing the only obstacles may be some rainy days in winter or some extremely hot days in summer. However, if you can’t imagine your stay in Athens without a day climbing, then in winter the wet days could be overcome by visiting one of the 4 major climbing and boulder indoor halls. On the hot days on the other hand, we can pick a sector which provides shade for the corresponding hours of the day.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”. The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.
Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Sun hat or baseball cap
Casual, comfortable shoes. For better protection, lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
Sunscreen and lipprotection
Sunglasses and retainerstrap
Camera, memory and batteries
Trekking poles or walking staff
Personal first-aid kit
Feel free to bring any personal paddling gear that you prefer to use. Also If you have a kit that you prefer (eg. left hand paddle) and fits you comfortably please bring it with you.