• Photos from hiking in the unknown side of Parnitha 15.12.2019

    15 SAS hikers after 6 hours ! covering 14 km ! through muddy trails ! finally discovered the unknown side of Parnitha !!!

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  • The unknown side of Parnitha

    On Sunday the 15th of December, according to the Autumnprogramme, SAS organize a hiking experience through the less known forested paths of the north face of Mount Parnitha.

    The hike will take 5 hours approx. including sufficient breaks, height difference to be covered is 370 m., so the difficulty of this … walk would be considered as medium. The area we are going to hike is around ‘‘ Limiko plateau ’’ and ‘‘ Saloniki ’’, not this one in the Northern Greece … ! We’ll also visit the ancient tower of Limiko and the picturesque St. George chapel.

    Hiking boots, trekking poles, raincoat and reliable equipment generally are always highly recommended. For any case don’t forget also your head-torch !

    After the end of the hike we would have the opportunity to take meal at “ Flabouri ” Mountain Hut.

    Meeting point is on the mountain in ‘‘ Mola recreation area ’’ just in front of St. Peter chapel, 3.3 km after the turn-off to ‘‘ Bafi refuge ’’ at 10:30 a.m. where is a lot of space to park our cars.

    There will be also another meeting point at ‘‘Aristotelous ’’square in Thrakomakedones at 09:40 a.m. at the ‘‘ Periptero to Steki ’’ in order to go up to the mountain as a convoy and probably to serve some members who will come by bus No. 504 from Kifisia metro station, but they have specially to declare that.

    For those who are interested in participating, please declare up to 13th  20:00 p.m. 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 up there … !

    Georgos and Anna

  • Photos from SCHINIAS National Park and Reserve walk 16.11.2019

    44 SAS members ( some of them new entry members ) participated in this very interesting natural … walk !!!

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  • SCHINIAS National Park and Reserve

    Κίνδυνος πυρκαγιάς: Απαγορεύεται η κυκλοφορία οχημάτων και η παραμονή εκδρομέων στο Εθνικό Πάρκο Σχινιά - Μαραθώνα
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    On Saturday the 16th of November at 11:00 a.m., SAS organize a relax … walking in Schinias’ National Park and the surroundings. The walk will take place through a dense Pine forest on a sandy path-net, thick in parts, parallel to the seashore, the only forest in Attica with stone pines, which is called locally ‘‘ Dasos Koukounarias ’’.

    At the end of the forest extends the adjacent wetlands with rich birdlife and reptiles … ! a copy of a jungle in a Mediterranean country !! Duration of this walk will be 3,5 hours approximately, total distance to be covered will be 11 km again .. approximately and because the terrain is completely flat, the difficulty could be considered as low !

    Taverna ‘‘ The Paradise ’’ is waiting for us, 20 minutes before the end of the walk for a real … heavenly meal !

    Meeting point is at ‘‘ Moraitis beach bar ’’, 210 Posidonos avenue, where we could take a … slow-drinking morning coffee under the shadow of Palm trees and the sounds of jazz music … !

    As you drive on Souliou avenue, turn right on Schinias avenue at the traffic light ( there is also a sign for the Olympic Rowing Complex ), then drive for 2 km and just before the left bend where other traffic lights are, turn right then continue only for 100 meters, U-turn to the left and immediately after 30 meters turn right at the sign ‘‘ Moraitis beach ’’. There is a safe park here.

    Unexpectedly, there is also a bus line from Athens ( Platia Egyptou, Pedion Areos ) to Schinias but is a long journey, maybe half the duration of the walk !

    If you are interested in participating, please declare up to 14th  22:00. Leaders will be Georgos and Anna Foteinou, 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 !!

    Wish you a nice Saturday walk !

    Georgos and Anna

  • Photos from our walk to Athens Riviera_Vouliagmeni Lake & surroundings 20.10.19

    50 SAS members admired the view of the Lake and the Bay from the hill with the best Attica weather !!!

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  • 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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    As we have already announced, leaders for this forthcoming walk will be Alex and Elizabeth, 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 ………………………