Ymittos, Holargos/ Agia Paraskevi, 15 Dec.

On Saturday 15th December, join the Athens Strollers walking up Ymittos. Carol and Joe are our walk leaders, the walk starts at 2.00 p.m. and will go ahead even in light rain. The duration of the walk with stops is approximately 2.5 hours. If you need to contact Carol, call 6944240222.

Although the walk doesn’t involve any scrambling, it is strenuous and involves a number of steep uphill paths. It is ideal for fit strollers who enjoy challenging uphill walks. We start at the back of the suburbs of Holargos/Agias Paraskevi and walk uphill on a dirt track, crossing under the Ymittos ring road and then climbing further up on a number of tree lined foot paths before making our descent, using other footpaths, down the mountain back to the cars.

How to get to the start of the walk

From the northern suburbs: get yourself to Messogion Avenue. Follow Messogion down towards Athens. After passing the traffic lights going into Agias Paraskevi Square, go through traffic lights with a Marfin Egnatia bank on your right hand side. Look out for the Ford Showroom and turn left at the next set of lights (landmark on your right-BP garage). You are now in ΟΔΟΣ ΗΠΕΙΡΟΥ (Ipirou), turn first right into ΟΔΟΣ ΕΛ. ΒΕΝΙΖΕΛΟΥ (El. Venizelou), drive up this road going through pedestrian lights followed by a set of traffic lights. Keep on this road; at one point the road narrows, pass a Market In super market and continue to the end of the road. Turn right and after 70 meters, turn right to get to the start of the walk.

From the centre of Athens and southern suburbs: get yourself to Messogeon Avenue going in the direction of the airport. Pass Sotiria (ΣΩΤΗΡΙΑ) Hospital then Geniko (ΓΕΝΙΚΟ ΚΡΑΤΙΚΟ) Hospital followed by Ethniki Amyna Metro station. These are all on your right hand side. After passing the metro station, the next landmark is 2 high rise flats on your left hand side. Look out for another hospital IASO followed by 2 large blue signs ‘Autoplus’, 1 on each side of the road, then turn right at the next set of traffic lights into 17ης ΝΟΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ (17 November). Go straight up this road; pass a school on your right and just after, you will see a roundabout. Look for the Lanterna Taverna and keeping the taverna on your left hand side and the square on your left (ΟΔΟΣ ΔΟΙΡΑΝΗΣ, Doiranis) drive up to the traffic lights where you turn left followed by a right turn. Go straight (don’t turn left with the traffic) and you will find us at the end of the road.

By public transport: Catch the 416 bus from Ethniki Amyna Metro station. Get off at the terminus. Look for the Lanterna Taverna and go left, keeping the taverna on your right hand side. Walk up ΟΔΟΣ ΜΥΚΟΝΟΥ (Mykonou), the road bends a bit and changes to ΟΔΟΣ ΚΑΡΑΟΛΗ ΚΑΙ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ (Karaoli and Dimitriou). The meeting point is at the end of this road.

Taverna: After the walk, we will travel in convoy to a nearby taverna, in Agia Paraskevi.