Ymittos – Kessariani Sat 7 May

Our walk of Saturday 7 May starts at 2:00 pm. Not at 3:00 pm as earlier indicated. We walk on Ymittos mountain. The walk will be led by Geoffrey and will go on, even in light rain. If you need to call him, Geoffrey’s mobile is 6930776807. Here is what Geoffrey has to say about the walk. 

Description of the walk

This is the walk that I’ve led over the last few years, although there is usually some variation in the route. It’s proved popular with fit trekkers, but challenging to those who are not.

We commence with a 15 minute climb along a narrow path to an old stone tower. We will then veer off to the left for some steep climbing. We wind upwards with marvelous views over Athens to the ridge near the OTE relay station. After crossing the ridge, we have the Aegean beyond Nea Makri on our left. On the descent, we gaze out over Piraeus and over to the Peloponnese. On this section, sunglasses could be a strong safety feature. The descent is moderately steep & rough in parts and at times slippery where the path is covered by pine needles.

Good hiking boots/shoes are recommended & trekking poles could be helpful. Although there is good shade much of the time, sun hats and water are recommended.

Duration

The walk will be quite strenuous and should last about two & a half hours.

How to get to the walk start

Find yourself at the junction between Messoghion avenue and Katechaki avenue. Set your odometer to zero. Turn in the direction that takes you towards the mountain (and Attiki Odos). You are now in Katechaki avenue. Proceed. You will soon see large road signs that lead to Attiki Odos (green signs) and large blue signs. Follow the blue signs. The road bends to the right and you see road signs that read “Kessariani”. Follow these. They take you to the first exit to the principal road, on your right. Take this exit to the right. The distance from start to this exit is 3.4 km. After 200 meters down this side road, turn left, going under the bridge (Alimou-Katechaki highway). Set your odometer to zero, again. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery. 

Coming via the Attiki Odos

From the Attiki Odos get on the Ymittos ring road. Keep going to the very end. Do not take the exit for Katechaki, but follow the sign for “Kareas Ave”.

Very soon you will turn off to the right (signposted to Kessariani). Turn off on this slip road right and almost immediately turn left. You will now pass under the Alimou-Katechaki highway. Set your odometer to zero here. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery.

Coming from the South (e.g. Voula, Glyfada) Get on the Alimou-Katechaki highway, going towards Messoghion Avenue. Note you cannot turn off to Kessariani direct. So pass the turning on your right for Kareas. Pass the next turning on your left for Vyronas. Pass the next junction, with traffic lights. Get in the left hand lane (while still on Katechaki). At the next traffic lights there is a turning left signposted to Kessariani Monastery. Turn left off Katechaki here. You will come to a T-junction, with a cemetery on your right. Turn right here. This road goes uphill and takes you under the Alimou-Katechaki highway. Set your odometer to zero here. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery.

The Taverna

After the walk we will have a meal at Taverna Masa, at 240/244 Ethnikis Antistaseos street (tel. 2107236177). Drive back down the mountain and pass under the bypass and continue straight on towards Kessariani. It is essentially the 1st building on the left about 100m after the 1st traffic lights. There is parking on the left just before the taverna. Here is a link that shows how to get to the taverna, from the bottom of the Mountain https://tinyurl.com/668fjry

Google Maps

Here is a link to take you from the junction of Messoghion avenue and Katechaki avenue to the exit to the right from Katechaki avenue (after 3.4 km) https://tinyurl.com/6g2dosp