Ymittos lower slopes – Agia Paraskevi 10 Dec.

On Saturday 10th December, join the Athens Strollers exploring the lower slopes of Mount Ymittos. Carol and Joe are our walk leaders and the walk starts at 2.00 p.m. The duration of the walk, with stops, is approximately 2/2.5 hours. The walk will go ahead even in light rain. If you need to contact Carol, call 6944240222.

This is a medium difficulty walk, with a few steep uphill climbs. We start at the back of the suburb of Agia Paraskevi and walk uphill for 10 minutes, before following a footpath which takes us out at Agios Ioannis Kinigos monastery. Joining another footpath which winds up the mountain, we come onto a track which we follow back down towards the monastery. Another footpath takes us down further to a track we follow, before descending to our cars.

How to get to the start of the walk

From the northern suburbs: get yourself to Messogion avenue and the square of Agia Paraskevi. Turn left into the square and follow the square round turning right where there is an Everest Fast Food Cafe on the corner. You are now in Agiou Ioannou, the busiest high street of this suburb. Follow the road going through pedestrian lights and then a set of traffic lights. At the traffic lights, you will see a square on your right. At the end of the square turn right. At the next set of traffic lights, turn left and at the end of the road, turn right into the park. There are parking spaces approximately 100 meters inside the park. This is our meeting point.

From the centre of Athens and the southern suburbs: get yourself to Messogion avenue. Pass Ethniki Amina (ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΑΜΥΝΑ) Metro Station, followed by Holargos (ΧΟΛΑΡΓΟΣ) Metro Station. After Holargos station, look out for Nomismatokopio (ΝΟΜΙΣΜΑΤΟΚΟΠΕΙΟ) Metro Station. On your left hand side, you will see a bus station. There are 2 sets of traffic lights very close together-the first for buses leaving the station followed very quickly by another set of lights. After going through these lights, go through another 2 sets of lights. On the right hand corner of the second lights, there is a shop selling beds and on the opposite side of the road, a Marfin Egnatia Bank. Look out for a ‘Pet City’ shop and just after the traffic lights, get into the bus lane and turn first right. There is a Marfin Egnatia Bank on the corner. You are now in Aigaiou Pelagous street (ΑΙΓΑΙΟΥ ΠΕΛΑΓΟΥΣ). Continue up this road and go through the traffic lights till you get to the top of the road, then turn right into the park. There are parking spaces approximately 100 meters inside the park. This is our meeting point.

By Public Transport: Catch the B5 from anywhere on Alexandras avenue or Messogion avenue. The bus turns into Agia Paraskevi shortly after Nomismatokopio Metro station. Look out for the bus stop called ‘6th Agias Paraskevis (6η ΑΓΙΑΣ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗΣ)’ and get off at the next stop. This stop has lost its sign. (If you miss it, the next stop is called 1st Irinis (1η ΕΙΡΗΝΗΣ). Walk back up the road heading straight for the mountain). There is a ‘Market In’ supermarket on the corner. Turn right into Irinis street (ΕΙΡΗΝΗΣ) and walk up the road crossing at traffic lights. The road changes its name at this point to Aigaiou Pelagous street (ΑΙΓΑΙΟΥ ΠΕΛΑΓΟΥΣ). Continue to the end of the road, and turn right into the park. The meeting point is approximately 100 meters inside the park.

After the walk we will eat at O Morias (Ο ΜΩΡΙΑΣ) taverna, on 56, Irinis street (ΕΙΡΗΝΗΣ 56) at Agia Paraskevi.

How to get to the taverna: Leaving from where you parked your car, go straight and turn 2nd left into Vorra Street (ΒΟΡΡΑ). Turn left at the end of the road. At the traffic lights, take the second road on the right and you are on Irinis. It’s better to start looking for parking after you pass the next junction, as parking can be difficult to find.

Here is a map, taking you from Messogion avenue, turning right into Aigaiou Pelagous street, and reaching the entrance to the Park, where we meet.https://tinyurl.com/cudnzo8
Here is a map, taking you from the walk finish, along Gravias street, turning left into Vorra street, then left at the bottom of Vorra, then past the traffic lights into Irinis street, where you will find the taverna. https://tinyurl.com/bmansu4
Here is a map to help those coming from the north and driving south along Messogion avenue. https://tinyurl.com/cbjyb9y
Here is a map to help those driving from the city centre, northbound along Messogion avenue. Starting point is Nomismatokopio metro station. https://tinyurl.com/cob68u5