Nea Makri – Schinias coast, Sunday 18 March

Come join the Athens Strollers on Sunday 18 March. We walk along the coast, from Nea Makri to Schinias and back. The outing is being organized and led by Tony. We start at 12:00 noon. This is an easy walk on level ground and will go ahead even in light rain. If you need to call, Tony’s mobile is 6945380242.

How to reach Nea Makri, coming down Penteli mountain, via Dionysos suburb or Penteli suburb:

Follow the signs to Nea Makri. Get to the T-junction where the road coming down from the mountain reaches the busy coastal avenue (paraliaki). There are traffic lights here. Facing you is an AB Vassilopoulos super market and a Shell petrol station. There are several access roads that take you to the coast from this point. The easiest way is to zero your odometer and turn right at the traffic lights. You are now in a dual carriageway. You pass two traffic lights where you are not allowed to turn left. At 0.3 km you turn left at the first traffic lights where you are allowed to turn left. You are now in Moseou (Μωσαίου) street. At 0.5 km the road bends left and at 0.9 km it reaches a crossroads with a Stop sign and a kiosk facing you. You turn right here and you face the sea ahead. At 1.0 km you get to a T-junction with a Stop sign, on the sea front. Turn left. You will drive past several tavernas for a few hundred meters. From the 1.2 km point, search for a parking spot. At 1.4 km the road becomes pedestrian. We meet here.

There are of course other ways to access Nea Makri:

a) from Anixi, Agios Stefanos, b) from Leoforos Mesogion, then Leoforos Marathonos, via Pallini.

The Walk:

We will walk along the sea front, towards Schinias and back again, for about 2 hours (i.e. this is not a circular walk). We can make a refreshment stop during our stroll.

The Taverna:

After the walk we will have a meal at a taverna nearby. The taverna is called To Steki. Tony will drive us there in a convoy, from the walk finish.

Maps:

Here is a map taking you from Penteli suburb https://tinyurl.com/3kkr64z

Here is a map taking you from the junction between Leoforos Kifissias and Charilaou Trikoupi in Nea Erythrea, via Dionysos suburb https://tinyurl.com/3dtnhol

Here is a map taking you from Leoforos Mesogion via Pallini https://tinyurl.com/3reyjdl

More detailed driving instructions, coming via Nea Erythrea and Dionysos: 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 8.8 km there is a brown road sign for the church of ‘Agios Georgios Chiopolitou’ on your right, and the road bends to the right. The principal road changes name and is now labeled ‘Leoforos (avenue) Dionysou’. At 11.1 km there is a blue road sign ‘German cemetery’. At 11.2 km there is a 2nd blue road sign ‘German cemetery’, where cars turn left for the cemetery; stay on the principal road. At 14.1 km a blue road sign shows the way to ‘Marathon and Schinias’ if you go straight, ‘Melissia and Penteli’ if you turn right. There is a small church (Agios Petros) on your left. At 14.2 km there is a cafeteria named ‘Panorama’ on your right. Zero your odometer again and drive straight ahead. After exactly 8 km you get to the T-junction where the road coming down from the mountain reaches the busy coastal avenue (paraliaki). There are traffic lights here. Facing you is an AB Vassilopoulos super market and a Shell petrol station. There are several access roads that take you to the coast from this point. The easiest way is to zero your odometer and turn right at the traffic lights. You are now in a dual carriageway. You pass two traffic lights where you are not allowed to turn left. At 0.3 km you turn left at the first traffic lights where you are allowed to turn left. You are now in Moseou (Μωσαίου) street. At 0.5 km the road bends left and at 0.9 km it reaches a crossroads with a Stop sign and a kiosk facing you. You turn right here and you face the sea ahead. At 1.0 km you get to a T-junction with a Stop sign, on the sea front. Turn left. You will drive past several tavernas for a few hundred meters. From the 1.2 km point, search for a parking spot. At 1.4 km the road becomes pedestrian. We meet here.

More detailed driving instructions, coming via Melissia or Vrilissia: Get to the junction of Leoforos (avenue) Pentelis with Andrea Papandreou street and Anapafseos street. There are traffic lights here. Leoforos Pentelis is the principal long and straight road crossing Halandri and Vrilissia, all lined with stores. Andrea Papandreou is the road linking Vrilissia and Melissia. Anapafseos is the road leading towards the suburb of Gerakas and Kleisthenous street. Zero your odometer at this junction. Drive uphill, towards Old (palaia) Penteli. At 1.5 km you get to traffic lights, carry on straight ahead. At 2.6 km you see the Penteli Monastery on your left. At 2.9 km you reach a roundabout, with a blue road sign ‘Marathon, Nea Makri’; stay on the main road as it bends left. At 3.2 km you drive past ‘Iordanis’ souvlakia on your right hand side, where two side roads branch out to the right. ‘Iordanis’ is our taverna and we will be getting to it after the walk. Remain on the main road. At 3.5 km you reach a 2nd roundabout, on Plateia (square) Agias Triados. The road bends to the right. At 3.7 km you leave the roundabout to turn right, where a blue road sign indicates ‘Marathon, Nea Makri’. You are now in Anastasiou Skoufou street, driving up the mountain. At 4.2 km you turn right, following a sign ‘Marathon, Nea Makri’. Just after comes the end of the built-up area and you find yourself driving uphill, on the slopes of Penteli. At about the 10 km stage, the road begins to descend. At 12.3 km you get to a T-junction, where this road joins the road coming from Dionysos. There is a small church (Agios Petros) on the far side and a cafeteria (Panorama) on your right. Zero your odometer again and turn right. After exactly 8 km you get to the T-junction where the road coming down from the mountain reaches the busy coastal avenue (paraliaki). There are traffic lights here. Facing you is an AB Vassilopoulos super market and a Shell petrol station. There are several access roads that take you to the coast from this point. The easiest way is to zero your odometer and turn right at the traffic lights. You are now in a dual carriageway. You pass two traffic lights where you are not allowed to turn left. At 0.3 km you turn left at the first traffic lights where you are allowed to turn left. You are now in Moseou (Μωσαίου) street. At 0.5 km the road bends left and at 0.9 km it reaches a crossroads with a Stop sign and a kiosk facing you. You turn right here and you face the sea ahead. At 1.0 km you get to a T-junction with a Stop sign, on the sea front. Turn left. You will drive past several tavernas for a few hundred meters. From the 1.2 km point, search for a parking spot. At 1.4 km the road becomes pedestrian. We meet here.