Athens Centre, Sunday 28 Oct.

On Sunday 28th October, join the Athens Strollers on a surprising and relaxing walk in Athens centre, starting at Monastiraki Metro Station.

Hetty Schuppert is our walk leader and the walk starts at 12:30 pm (mid-day). The start time is 30 minutes later than the usual noon start, to allow parents who wish to attend the day’s parades ample time. The duration of the walk (without stops) is approximately 2 hours. If you need to contact Hetty, call 6973535692.

We start on Monastiraki Square in front of the neoclassical metro station of Monastiraki. We walk past the Greek Agora and along the Ancient site of Kerameikos. Then we wander uphill through Thission to the Observatory on the Hill of the Nymphs. Via the cobbled footpaths of Philopappou we come to a great view point overlooking the Acropolis on one and the Saronic Gulf on the other side. A wider cobbled path takes us to the other side of the Acropolis and via Plaka and surprising Anafiotika we end our walk near Lysikratous Square.

Though it is a walk in Athens city centre, the surface is quite uneven and good walking shoes are necessary; wearing your walking boots will please your feet even more. The distance is around 5km and the duration 2 hrs.

Because of the height differences throughout the walk, the walk is of medium difficulty.

Don’t forget your cameras as the views are stunning, esp. with clear blue skies.

How to get to the start of the walk

By public transport:

Metro line 3 (M3: the blue line) and line 1 (M1: the green line) stop at Monastiraki Station.

Parking in the area of Monastiraki is extremely difficult. Nearest areas where you may find free parking is Petralona near Thission or in Kolonos area on the northern side of Piraeus street (you will have to walk via Assomaton or Ermou to Monastiraki).

In Psyrri there is private parking, but you have to allow about 10 Euro.

Taverna

After the walk, we will eat at the taverna ‘To Scholarchio’ or at the taverna ‘Zorbas’, 10 minutes walking from metro station Acropolis. After lunch, you may board the metro at the Acropolis station for your return trip home.