Melissia cemetery – Penteli slopes, 1st Oct.

Our walk of 1 October 2011 starts at Melissia cemetery at 3:00 pm. This is situated at the north end of Melissia, just under the slopes of mount Penteli. You may reach it from Leoforos (avenue) Kifissias. This is a walk of medium difficulty, of 2 hours walking, on well described paths, on the slopes of Mount Penteli. The walk includes a few uphill climbs, to take us to points of panoramic views. Most of the time we walk on level ground or downhill. A taverna meal will follow. Xenophon is leading this walk. If you need to, call  him on 6937055502.

Coming from the centre of Athens: Take Leoforos Kifissias. Drive past the OTE tower in Maroussi on your left. Drive past the principal entrance to Maroussi on your left. Stay in Leoforos Kifissias until you reach the traffic lights with the sign for the right turn for “Melissia”. You will recognize this location when you see a Germanos store and a Multirama store on your left, a Giannopoulos-Angelopoulos store and a Dits store on your right at this junction. Turn right at the traffic lights and set your odometer to zero. Drive along this main road (Pentelis street) for 1.9 km, until you reach the traffic lights with the AB Vassilopoulos super market and a BP petrol station on your left. This junction comes after you have passed a Shell station on your left and a Dia super market on your right. You need to turn left at the AB Vassilopoulos/BP traffic lights. But to do so, you need to go right 25 meters before the traffic lights and then left, to find yourself on to the road coming from your right, facing the BP station. Now set your odometer to zero again and go straight ahead at the traffic lights. The road (named 25 March) begins to climb. Drive along for 0.8 km (you will have gone past a hospital on your right and past a police station on your right) to find yourself at traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and go straight ahead at the traffic lights. You are now in 17 November street, which further along changes name to Agiou Ioannou street. Here is a link from here to the walk start: https://tinyurl.com/3eskzyj

Soon you see a church (St George) and a square on your right (this is the square we are coming back to for our meal afterwards). After 0.8 km the road bends right. Then look out for a blue sign marked “Koimitirio (Greek for cemetery)“ and take the turn to the left (your odometer reads 0.9 km here). Follow this road (named Mouson) straight ahead for another 0.5 km, to reach a T junction, where you turn right. There is another blue sign marked “Koimitirio“ here. Zero your odometer again. Stay on this road, which takes a few turns, until it gets you to its end after 0.8 km. You will see a bus stop and the cemetery on the left and the church on your right. There is plenty of space to park on the right, before the church. We meet just next to the bus stop. 

Coming from the northern suburbs: Get to Nea Erythrea. Find yourself at the junction between Leoforos Kifissias and Charilaou Trikoupi. This is the main crossroads in Nea Erythrea. There are busy traffic lights here, a Shell station, a National Bank and an Alpha Bank. Take Charilaou Trikoupi street and set your odometer to zero. Drive along this road, heading towards Melissia suburb. After several traffic lights and 2.4 km you reach a junction where most cars turn left. You turn left as well (this is P. Bakoyanni street). After another 0.5 km, you reach a roundabout, bearing signs to the airport, where most traffic turns right. You turn right as well. Drive along this road for another 0.2 km and you reach a point where most cars turn left; you also turn left. You are now in 25 March street, which further along changes name to C. Karamanli street. Continue straight along this main road, until you reach a T junction (your odometer reads 4.1 km here). Zero your odometer again here. Here is a link from here to the walk start: https://tinyurl.com/3eskzyj

Turn left. You see a church (St George) and a square on your right (this is the square we are coming back to for our meal afterwards). You are now in 17 November street, which further along changes name to Agiou Ioannou street. After 0.6 km the road bends right. Then look out for a blue sign marked “Koimitirio (Greek for cemetery)“ and take the turn to the left (your odometer reads 0.7 km here). Follow this road (named Mouson) straight ahead for another 0.5 km, to reach a T junction, where you turn right. There is another blue sign marked “Koimitirio“ here. Zero your odometer again. Stay on this road, which takes a few turns, until it gets you to its end after 0.8 km. You will see a bus stop and the cemetery on the left and the church on your right. There is plenty of space to park on the right, before the church. We meet just next to the bus stop.

Coming by bus: Take the 410 bus from the Eirini metro station (in Maroussi) or the junction of Kifissias Avenue with Pentelis street and go all the way until the last stop.

The Taverna: Dinner will be at the taverna named ‘Plateia’, at the St George square in Melissia, on 17 November street. You will have driven past it, on your way. ‘Plateia’ is recognized by the green colour of its façade. It specializes in several types of souvlaki, kebaps and charcoal dishes. Parking is not easy (you are on a square, after all), so be patient and try to park before you encounter the square, while going back on Agiou Ioannou street.