Lykavitos Hill, 14 Jan. 2012

Our walk of Saturday 14 January starts at St George Lycabetus Hotel at 12.00 noon and takes in the oasis of Lykavitos Hill in central Athens. This is a walk of medium difficulty and 2-2.30 hours duration.  The walk includes a few uphill climbs, culminating in a climb to the top of the Hill with its panoramic views of the Parthenon and depending on the atmospheric conditions, commanding views across to Salamis and beyond. The climbing pieces are manageable if you are fit, as the hill itself is only 277 metres above sea level. A taverna meal will follow. The walk will be led by Marc and will go on, even in light rain. If you need to, call Marc on 6932602902.

Coming from the North: Take the well-known Leoforos (avenue) Kifissias, heading towards the Athens centre. Zero your odometer when you get to the traffic lights at the junction with Leoforos Alexandras. Go straight here. The road changes name to Vasilissis Sophias. Turn right after 0.5 km (at the 2nd traffic lights after the junction with Leoforos Alexandras). There is a blue road sign ‘Lykavitos’ here. You are now in Doryleou street and a small square (Plateia Mavili). Immediately after, there is a stop sign at a crossing. You go straight and the road begins to climb. At 0.7 km you have the US embassy on your left. At 0.8 km there are traffic lights, with a black&white road sign ‘Patissia, Kypseli’. You continue straight. At 0.9 km you see a blue road sign ‘Lykavitos’ and the road (now called Skopetea street) bends left. At 1.0 km you get to a stop sign at a T-junction. Facing you, there is a black&white road sign ‘Theater’. Turn right. You are now in Koniari street, which will take you round Lykavitos Hill. At 1.3 km the road bends left, you see another black&white road sign ‘Theater’, then the road changes name to Paliggenesias, then it changes name once again to Sarantapihou. At 2.5 km you see another black&white road sign ‘Theater’, asking you to turn left. Continue on this road which will bring you exactly to the St George Lycabetus Hotel.  Once you have passed the theater sign, the ring road name becomes Ilias Pogkakou and from now on you should start searching for a parking spot, being mindful of parking rules; the hotel and restaurant venue are close by. 

Park your car and look out for the Strollers group gathering opposite the entrance to the St George Lycabetus hotel.

Coming from the Centre or the South: Take Leoforos (avenue) Vasilissis Sophias (from Syntagma square) or Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou, to get outside the Hilton Hotel, on Vasilissis Sophias. Zero your odometer in front of the Hilton. Choose the left lane as you drive along Vasilissis Sophias. At 0.2 km there are traffic lights, go straight. At 0.5 km there are lights for a pedestrian crossing. At 0.7 km there are traffic lights. Go straight and join the queue of cars to turn left at the US embassy (on your left). At 0.8 km there are traffic lights, where you turn left. At 0.9 km you reach a crossing, with a blue road sign ‘Lykavitos’ (and an Everest sandwich store at the corner). Turn left. You are in Doryleou street. At 1.1 km you get to traffic lights, with a black&white road sign ‘Patissia, Kypseli’. You continue straight as the road climbs. At 1.2 km you see a blue road sign ‘Lykavitos’ and the road (now called Skopetea street) bends left. At 1.4 km you get to a stop sign at a T-junction. Facing you, there is a black&white road sign ‘Theater’. Turn right. You are now in Koniari street, which will take you round Lykavitos Hill. At 1.6 km the road bends left, you see another black&white road sign ‘Theater’, then the road changes name to Paliggenesias, then it changes name once again to Sarantapihou. At 2.8 km you see another black&white road sign ‘Theater’, asking you to turn left. Take care and turn left (a sharp bend). You now begin to climb. At 3.1 km you see another black&white road sign ‘Theater’, asking you to turn left. Go straight at this point. The ring road name becomes Ilias Pogkakou and from now on you should start searching for a parking spot, being mindful of parking rules; the hotel and restaurant venue are close by. Park your car and look out for the Strollers group gathering opposite the entrance to the St George Lycabetus hotel.

The following google map may be helpful: https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.984223,23.746626&spn=0.008118,0.013754&t=h&z=16

Coming by metro:  Nearest stop is Evangelismos Station.  Once out of the station, proceed back towards Syntagma on Vasilissis Sofias avenue. Turn right on Loukianou Street and walk all the way to the St George Lycabetus Hotel.

Coming by Bus: Take the 060 bus from Mouseio. It will take you to the ring road, on Sarantapihou street. From here, you walk the last few hundred meters, following the instructions above, for those coming by car from the north (from 2.5 km onwards). A number of buses also stop at the Academy in Akadimias Street and then the quickest way is to walk up Amerikis Street directly to the St George Lycabetus Hotel.

The taverna: After the walk we will go to Kavatza at Spefsippou 30, Kolonaki for a meal. This is the same restaurant we used after the two earlier walks at Lykavitos and were impressed with its value for money; the quality of the food was superb, and the prices kept to the usual for the Strollers. 

How to reach the taverna:  The walk will terminate at the restaurant which is a very short distance from the St George Lycabetus Hotel. Spefsippou is located between Loukianou and Ploutarchou Street.  Given one way streets and limited parking around the restaurant, cars would be better left on the ring road around Lykavitos,  close to the hotel. In this case, once parked, head down the steps at Loukianou Street from Xenokratous street and turn left on Spefsippou.