Attiko Alsos, Galatsi, 6 November

The walk for Sunday, November 6th, 2011 is to take place on the hill between Psychico, Galatsi and Kypseli, commonly referred to as Tourkovounia. It will include a walk thru the newly renovated park Attiko Alsos and around the hill, for some lovely views of the city and surrounding mountains. 

We will start the walk at 12 noon. It will take approximately 1.5 hours and will go ahead even in light rain. The walk is being organized by Heather and Anna. If you need to contact them their numbers are 697 376 6244 and 693 427 0994 respectively.

How to get to the Walk start

Coming by car

If coming from the North or South you will need to take Kifissias avenue and get yourselves to the corner of Kifissias and Katehaki avenues, near the suburb of Psychico and Lito Maternity Hospital.

If coming from the North along Kifissias Avenue, you will not go thru the underpass but will follow the slip road along ground level so that you will be able to make a right hand turn at the Katehaki junction and go uphill past Lito Hospital (on Mouson street).

If coming from the South along Kifissias Avenue, you will not go thru the underpass but will follow the slip road to the right at ground level so that you can turn left at the Katehaki junction and go uphill past Lito Hospital (on Mouson street).

If coming along Katehaki Avenue intoAthens just carry on straight across the junction and up the hill past Lito Hospital. 

Once past Lito Hospital (on Mouson street) there will be a traffic light and just beyond it a fork in the road. Take the left fork. At the fork there is a sign for two cafes, Zafiro and Yades, pointing in the direction you have to follow. At the third traffic light past the fork (the first being just at the beginning of the left fork), turn right on a rather steep uphill. There will again be signs for Yades and Zafiro to turn right. The road sign says Galatsi and Nea Ionia but is faded. This is Karpenisioti street. Very soon you will see a large purple sign on your left for the Cafe Yades. Pass this and carry on to the next junction, with a large black and white and blue sign for Zafiro Cafe. Turn left here. The intersection is the junction of Karpenisioti street and Filippidi street, though there are no street signs at the junction. You have now entered the road that goes around the park Attiko Alsos. You will see a high green metal fence beginning immediately on your right and a sign for 50 km/hr speed limit. Park anywhere, along this road. We meet near the speed limit sign. Please note there are two roads that go up into the park. The road entrance we will meet at, is the one where there are a group of several tavernas, as it is near the taverna we will be eating at later, called Pappas.

Google Map – Here is a map taking you from the junction of Kifissias and Katechaki avenues to the walk start

Coming by Bus

The 140 comes from Glyfada, passes Katehaki Metro Station, near Ethniki Amyna, thru Neo Psychico, onto Kifissias Ave. At the Katehaki junction the bus will turn right uphill past Lito and up along the ring road of Tourkovounia. The 140 bus stop to get off at is called Mitropetrova. It is the 3rd bus stop coming up from Kifissias. From there walk uphill to the traffic light and turn right going uphill on a street that has no street sign but the road sign says Galatsi and Nea Ionia, as well as the signs for the cafes Yades and Zafiro. Pass the purple Yades sign on the left. Soon after turn left at the Zafiro sign and walk a very short way uphill to the meeting point.

Also one can catch the 224 from Evangelismos metro heading towards the center; it comes from  Kessariani, goes down Solonos street in Kolonaki, thru  Exarchia behind the  National  Museum,  onto Mavromateon street and up towards the Lower Courts in Kypseli; then it travels uphill going partially along  the Tourkovounia ring road. It will turn right on Mitropetrona street. The bus stop to get off at is just after this turn. It is called 5′ El. Venizelou. Walk backward to the traffic lights and turn right. Walk down hill to the next traffic light. There are signs for the cafes Yades and Zafiro pointing uphill. Cross the road, walk uphill. Pass the purple Yades sign on the left. Soon after turn left at the Zafiro sign and walk a very short way uphill to the meeting point

A third bus that gets to the area is the 036 that travels from Katehaki metro, thru Neo Psychico, onto Kifissias Ave, past Panormou Metro Station, then back up towards Psychico. The bus will make a sharp right turn (Mercedes-Benz Service shop at corner) onto the ring road (Perrikou street) briefly for two short blocks. Get off at the first stop after the turn called Koimisis Theotokou, where you will see a photographic shop.  Walk back to the traffic light, looking uphill, cross Perrikou and walk up Filipidi. This road will take you right up to the park entrance where the sign for Zafiro is. Cross the road and keep walking up to the meeting point.

The Taverna: After the walk we will go for a meal at a taverna near the start, called Pappas. It is located across the street from the park entrance so there is no need to move your car.

About Attiko Alsos: This park has received extensive renovation, completed in 2010, which cost over 8 mio euro. The park now offers 10 courts for tennis, basket ball, volley ball; and 2 children’s playgrounds. 1165 trees and 1277 flowering plants have been reported as planted, as part of the renovation. Up to the 2nd world war, the broader area of Tourkovounia was rich in trees. Tourkovounia took its name in the 15th century, when Athens fell to the Turks, following the collapse of Byzantium, from the Turkish ruler (pasha) who liked to use these hills as an army camp.