• Hiking excursion in the Cycladic island of Folegandros 25 – 29 September 2019

    8 SAS members had this unique experience !!!

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  • Athens Riviera – Vouliagmeni Lake & Surroundings

    Athens Riviera – Vouliagmeni Lake & Surroundings

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    Σχετική εικόνα

    As we have already announced, leaders for this forthcoming walk will be Alex and Elizabeth Papalexis, a couple who are residents of this … elegant area and who know every … stone with its name !!

    Here below you can read their description :

    Date/Time : Sunday Oct 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Meeting Point : Lake Vouliagmeni Cafe/Restaurant  –  You can either have a coffee while everyone arrives or wait near the entrance of the lake.

    Parking : Before the Lake entrance ramp, to the left  –  see https://goo.gl/maps/tpBUHBcpboRGkqkJ9  Because spaces are limited, especially on a Sunday, you can also park at nearby spots, side streets etc.  Please study the map and be creative!

    By Bus : two options

    Name of Bus Stop is “Vouliagmeni Lake” or simply ‘LIMNI” (means “lake” in Greek)

    Distance/Duration:  Approx 8 km / 4 hours

    Difficulty : Easy to Medium.  The first hour includes some 100 concrete steps up and a mild ascent to the peak of the hill behind the lake.  The peak is at approx. 145 m altitude above sea level on well-marked wide trails with occasional benches for resting.  Most remaining stroll is either flat or descending.  Yeah baby, this is a luxury tour!! Cigars & brandy allowed.

    Highlights :

    • Lake Vouliagmeni  –  Formed about 2000 years ago when the limestone ceiling of an elaborate cavern system was partially exposed.  Awesome.
    • Top view of the lake  –  Gives you better perspective and nice views of Vouliagmeni bay
    • Walk in a Natura preserve  –  Some grouse and pheasants and plenty of dog poop
    • Ascent to the hill  –  Time for your energy pill but worth the effort for some spectacular views
    • Strolling Vouliagmeni neighborhoods  –  Makes you feel poor no matter how much money you have.  It’s good to dream.
    • Walk through a wooded park  –  Trees and more trees
    • Cross to Kavouri beach  –  Blue waters with waves.  Nice.
    • Slow ascent to another hill for more fantastic views  –  Interesting wild flowers accompanied by some dog barking.  Time to reflect your inner self.
    • Promenade along Vouliagmeni beach to finally arrive at a spot with many restaurants near the parking area  –  Trust me, you’ll be hungry!

    Eating (optional) : At the end of the tour, we’ll stop at the main “platia” (square) of Vouliagmeni where there are plenty of choices for late lunch or early dinner.  These include a traditional taverna (Louizidis), pizza (La Palma), souvlaki or rotisserie chicken (Zahos), hamburgers, many cafes and ice cream parlors, posh restaurants, sushi and much more…

    Please declare your participation up to 18th of October 22:00 at the organizers Georgos and Anna Foteinos e-mail : geoplanf@otenet.gr

    Emergency phone : 6945 386255.

    Important notice : Keep in mind that if you participate in an Athens Strollers and Hikers walk or hike, you do so for your fun and your pleasure at one hand but entirely at your own risk at the other. The Athens Strollers and Hikers is an internet social club and neither the organizers nor the leader are responsible for the safety of those taking part. For more information about that please refer to the ‘ Declaration of Tyrol ’.

    Difficulty grades

    Easy walks :                   1,5– 2 hrs             and height differences up to 100 m

    Medium walks :    2 – 3 hrs               and height differences up to 200 m

    Hard walks :         3 – 4 hrs               and height differences up to 400 m

    Easy hikes :                   3 – 5 hrs               and height differences up to 500 m

    Medium hikes :     5 – 7 hrs               and height differences up to 750 m

    Hard hikes :                   7 hrs and up                 and height differences 750 m and up

    Invitation : Anyone who likes to lead a future walk or hike please announce to us by e-mail referring to the place and the time he intends to take over this activity.

    Deletion : Anybody who doesn’t like to receive anymore the invitations about our activities for any reason, please declare us his desire !!

    See you all there !

    The organizers,

    Georgos and Anna

  • Hiking excursion in the Cycladic island of Anafi

    Additionally to the following description, please keep in mind that prices for the recommended Hotel in Anafi is 30 € for double room and 25 € for single.

    For those who have already declared their participation, please just ignore this e-mail.

    Hiking excursion in the  Cycladic island  of  Anafi

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    Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για παναγια καλαμιωτισσα αναφη
    Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για παναγια καλαμιωτισσα αναφη

    At the end of this September, SAS go to the remotest and why not the most rough and wild of all the Cycladic island, the Anafi.

    Anafi, is an ideal destination for explorer – traveler, who will meet the challenge of discovering unknown facets of the countryside, through an extensive network of selected footpaths ( ‘‘ Anavasi ’’ ).

    Transportation to Anafi is beyond of any … fantasy, an … unbelievable combination of all means of transport with main ship route, local ship and air, unless you have your own … sailing boat or chartering an helicopter !!

    But o.k. we found a solution, so program will be as follow :

    24 / 9 Tue       Depart from Piraeus at 20:30΄ by AEGEON PELAGOS F/B PREVELIS arriving at Anafi next day after … 11:35 hours at 08:05΄ ( ticket 38 € ).

    25 / 9 Wed      Start walking at 10:00΄ a.m. from Chora to Zoodochos Pigi Monastery and Temple of Apollo Aiglitis along the south coast-line ( duration 3,5 h ) no height differences.

    26 / 9 Thu       Start hiking at 09:30΄ a.m. from St. Mamas chapel, via an alpine ancient footpath on Mt. Chalepas, called Holy Road, to the breathtaking single rock of Kalamos, known as the ‘‘ Gibraltar of the Aegean ’’, where the Panagia Kalamiotissa Monastery lonely stands, the landmark of Anafi, duration 4 h, height differences 400 m.

    27 / 9 Fri         Start hiking at 09:30΄ a.m. from Milies area via a trail that traverses old rural houses and olive trees and reaches the ancient city of Anafi on Kasteli from where the view is spectacular. Duration 3 h, height differences 200 m.

    28 / 9 Sat         Exploring or .. relax at Anafi island. No transportation to go back to Athens !!

    29 / 9 Sun       Depart 07:00΄ Anafi arrive 08:30΄ at … Santorini by AQUA JEWEL SEA JET ( ticket 7,9 € ) local ship then by air to Athens ( 10 scheduled flights per day).

    If you like to shorten your trip, optional depart from Anafi is at 20:20΄ on Thursday the 26th arriving at Santorini at 22:00΄ and by air to Athens the same day or directly at Piraeus at 07:50΄ next day.

    Other transport opportunities are departing on 24th from Athens by air to Santorini, arriving at 14:00΄ approx. and connecting with the 16:25΄ SEA JET AQUA JEWEL to Anafi, arriving there at 17:55΄ and also departing from Anafi on 29th at 22:30΄ to Piraeus by F/B PREVELIS, arriving at 10:05΄ next day.

    Hiking boots are essential, despite is still summer in Anafi, because terrain in the footpaths is partly rough. But, the most important item of the equipment is obviously the swimming-wear !!

    Recommended hotel or rooms to let will be announced later as well as the exact meeting point.

    In order to organize the transportation in the island during our stay, please declare your interest as soon as possible and your final participation up to 9th of September.

    Leaders will be Georgos and Anna Foteinos, e-mail geoplanf@otenet.gr Emergency phone 6945 386255.

    Important notice : Keep in mind that if you participate in an Athens Strollers and Hikers walk or hike, you do so for your fun and your pleasure at one hand but entirely at your own risk at the other. The Athens Strollers and Hikers is an internet social club and neither the organizers nor the leader are responsible for the safety of those taking part. For more information about that please refer to the ‘ Declaration of Tyrol ’.

    Difficulty grades

    Easy walks :                1,5– 2 hrs                    and height differences up to 100 m

    Medium walks :          2 – 3 hrs                      and height differences up to 200 m

    Hard walks :                3 – 4 hrs                      and height differences up to 400 m

    Easy hikes :                 3 – 5 hrs                      and height differences up to 500 m

    Medium hikes :           5 – 7 hrs                      and height differences up to 750 m

    Hard hikes :                 7 hrs and up                and height differences 750 m and up

    Invitation : Anyone who likes to lead a future walk or hike please announce to us by e-mail referring to the place and the time he intends to take over this activity.

    Deletion : Anybody who doesn’t like to receive anymore the invitations about our activities for any reason, please declare us his desire !!

    See you in this … unforgettable hiking experience !

    Georgos and Anna

  • SAS AUTUMN 2019

    AUTUMN  2019

    Back to our activities with the following programe :

    1. Hiking excursion in the  Cycladic island  of  Folegandros  (Anafi)

    25 September – 29 September

    • Athens Riviera – Vouliagmeni Lake & Surroundings

    20 October

    • Schinias National Park and Reserve

    16 November

    • The unknown side of Parnitha

    15 December

    Hope to join us !

    The organizers,

    Georgos and Anna

  • Photos from our hiking and touristic excursion to Neda’s Gorge 08-09.06.2019

    23 SAS lucky fellows had a wounderful week-end in the paradise !!!

    Have a look here

    *** Have all a pleasant Greek summer !!! ***

    See you in the end of September ………………………

  • Photos from our walk at ancient VRAVRONA and the nearby wetlands 18.05.2019

    35 SAS walkers were this lovely evening in this site

    See the pictures by clicking here

  • Hiking excursion in Neda’s waterfalls in Peloponnese

    In the beginning of June, SAS organize a two days hiking and touristic excursion around ‘‘ Neda Gorge ’’ in Peloponnese. The hiking part of this weekend will take place along the banks of the Neda river with the ultimate target to admire the spectacular ‘‘ Neda waterfalls ’’. Distance of the footpath is 8 km approx., duration is 4 hours including sufficient stops, height differences is not more than 250 m and difficulty is considered to be of medium grade.

    The other part is a visit to some important sites of the nearby area e.g. the ‘‘ Temple of Epikourios Apollon ’’ which is called by some people the ‘‘ Acropolis of Messinia ’’, the ‘‘ Church of Agia Theodora ’’ the only chapel in the world in which 17 trees … emerges from its roof, an old ‘‘ Watermill ’’ adjacent to the Haradros stream, the springs of river Neda on the slopes of Mt. Lykaion, some other ancient sites like ‘‘ Figalia ’’ and an … epic driving through the dirt-forest roads of Mt. Tetrazi to … reduce the distance of the journey !

    Hiking boots are essential, a raincoat also for any case, as well as reliable equipment.

    Program is as follow :

    8th of June  :  Meeting point in Athens at 09:30΄ a.m., touristic part of the excursion during this day. Overnight at Andritsena provincial town.

    9th of June  :  Hiking in Neda Gorge, tourism, driving through the forest. Estimated arrival time in Athens at 21:30 ΄ p.m.

    As we could apply a car pooling system between us, please declare if you would like to use your car and serve other members ( how many people ) or if you would like to get a lift. Estimated cost is 130 € per car approximately. A 4WD is preferable, but 2WD is also o.k.

    Recommended hotel or rooms to let in order to do your booking, as well as exact meeting point will be announced later.

    For those who are interested in participating, please declare up to Saturday 1st of June 21:00 p.m. and send us your telephone number.

    Leader will be Georgos Foteinos, e-mail geoplanf@otenet.gr Emergency phone 6945 386255.

    Important notice : Keep in mind that if you participate in an Athens Strollers and Hikers walk or hike, you do so for your fun and your pleasure at one hand but entirely at your own risk at the other. The Athens Strollers and Hikers is an internet social club and neither the organizers nor the leader are responsible for the safety of those taking part. For more information about that please refer to the ‘ Declaration of Tyrol ’.

    Difficulty grades

    Easy walks :                 1,5– 2 hrs            and height differences up to 100 m

    Medium walks :           2 – 3 hrs              and height differences up to 200 m

    Hard walks :                 3 – 4 hrs              and height differences up to 400 m

    Easy hikes :                  3 – 5 hrs              and height differences up to 500 m

    Medium hikes :           5 – 7 hrs              and height differences up to 750 m

    Hard hikes :                  7 hrs and up        and height differences 750 m and up

    Invitation : Anyone who likes to lead a future walk or hike please announce to us by e-mail referring to the place and the time he intends to take over this activity.

    Deletion : Anybody who doesn’t like to receive anymore the invitations about our activities for any reason, please declare us his desire !!

    See you in this … unforgettable weekend !

    Georgos and Anna

  • The ancient site of VRAVRONA and the nearby wetland

    On Saturday the 18th  of May at 16:00 p.m., we ’ll meet each other for a walk along the beautiful Vravrona Bay and the adjacent wetland at the south-east coastline of Attica.

    Vravrona is one of the few remaining wetlands of Attica, an area of great ecological importance, included in the Natura 2000 network. It combines a landscape of great beauty, rich in biodiversity especially for birds, with numerous cultural elements, the most important being the archeological site.

    This walk is a combination of seaside footpaths, dirt roads that are connected through the … swamps, a lovely … asphalt road and a quick glimpse, from … outside of the fence, at the famous temple of Artemis !

    FOR MORE INFORMATION click here

  • Photos from our hiking in Delphi and the ancient path to Corycian Cave 07.04.2019

    14 lucky members have a ” perfect weather window ” to finish this 16 km hike after 6 h and 30′ . The rain … came just after all this !!!

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  • Delphi and the ancient path to Corycian Cave

    DOn Sunday the 7th of April SAS organize a hiking excursion in Mt. Parnassos at the foothills of which lies the famous archeological site of Delphi and from where the ancient footpath starts to lead to “Korykion Andron” where lots of unusual stalactites and stalagmites exist.

    Actually, we’ll do the hike from the … opposite direction, that means from Livadhi Arachovas to Delphi. One third of the trail is on a dirt road through a flat valley, another third is through a dense fir-forest and the last part towards Delphi is the preserved ancient footpath, dated from the … 5th century BC, with a breathtaking view over Amfisa’s Olive grove and the Corinthian Gulf !!

    For more information click here