Dionysos marble quarry, 9 June

Our walk of Saturday 9 June takes us on Mount Penteli, at the suburb of Dionysos. This is a walk of medium difficulty, of 90 minutes pure walking time, which we will extend to 2 ½ -3 hours with stops and a picnic. The walk is in the pine forest, on well defined paths, crossing an area rich in marble. It contains uphill and downhill climbs, and several scenic points. Among them, panoramic views to the red tiled houses below, and beyond. Also, we stop at 2 picturesque churches in the middle of the forest. In addition, there are 2 springs with water, the relics of houses used when the marble quarry was in operation and a large stone bearing a natural sculpture resembling a coral. We start at 1:00 pm. Dorothy is leading this walk; if you need to, call her on 6937470875.  The walk is combined with a picnic.

 

Coming via Nea Erythrea: Take Leoforos (avenue) Kifissias and get to the principal square in Kifissia, on Kifissias avenue. This is the place with Alsos (park) Kifissias on your left hand, and the bus terminal in front of it; old Athenians refer to this point as ‘trohonomos’. There are traffic lights here. Zero your odometer and drive north, along Kifissias avenue. At 0.4 km you pass traffic lights with an Aegean petrol station on your left; at 0.6 km you drive past an EKO petrol station on your right; at 1.0 km you drive past a Shell petrol station on your left; at 1.6 km you drive past an AB Vassilopoulos super market on your right; at 1.8 km you reach the principal junction in Nea Erythrea suburb, with traffic lights. At this junction you find Alpha bank, National (Ethniki) bank, Millennium bank and a Shell petrol station. On your right is Charilaou Trikoupi street, leading towards Kefalari and Melissia. (On your left is the road which comes from the National Athens-Lamia road- Ethniki Odos, for those who have turned right at Promot Lainopoulos Smart cars show rooms). Zero your odometer at this junction and drive straight ahead. The road will take you via the suburbs of Nea Erythrea, Kastri and Ekali. At 1.2 km you ignore a left turn for the National road and Varibombi; drive straight ahead at the traffic lights. You are now on Leoforos (avenue) Thisseos. At 4.1 km a blue road sign shows the way to ‘Marathon and Agios Stefanos’ if you go straight, ‘Schinias, Nea Makri and Dionysos’ if you bend to the right. At 4.2 km you take the road that bends to the right, following another sign, ‘German cemetery’. You are now in ‘Odos (road) Dionysou’, driving uphill, through the suburb of Dionysos. At 6.1 km you drive past an Avin petrol station on your right. At 6.6 km turn right into Strati Karra street. There is a road sign indicating the turn to Strati Karra on the left hand side of Dionysou. Drive up to the end of Strati Karra where, at 7.4 km you turn left into Magnisias street, going downhill. At 8.1 km you turn right into Vosporou street, going uphill. You reach the end of Vosporou at 8.5 km, where it crosses Konstantinoupoleos street. You may park here. On your right Konstantinoupoleos street is non-asphalt, and bears a sign ‘Aloula’.

 

Coming by bus: A bus (number 536) will take you along Odos Dionysou, coming from Zirinio school, via Kifissia main square. If you need a lift, ask before end Thursday.

 

Picnic: This walk will not be followed by dinner at a taverna, as usually. Instead, we invite you to bring along your food and drink and we shall picnic on the walk. This is an initiative well adjusted to the economic climate and very popular with children. Wondering what to bring along? Think of food you like and can easily be carried, such as sandwiches, boiled eggs, meat balls, cucumbers, fruits, packets of snacks.