Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Biking
The hilltops and mountains surrounding Athens are there for you to enjoy. The closest and quickest route for amateurs and novices (with a spectacular view of the city) is the 2.5 km (or 1.5 mile) track that encircles Lycabettus Hill.
Located in the historical Marathon locale, about 40 km (25 miles) from the city, is Schinias-Marathonas National Forest. The tomb, the museum, and the artificial Marathonas Lake comprise some of the basic points of interest for sightseeing in the wider region, made famous by the historic battle between the Greeks and the Persians in 490 B.C. There are about 370 plant varieties here, over 140 species of birds (of which several are rare), and a rich variety of mammals, too.
Another hiking alternative can be experienced, to the southeast at the Sounion National Forest, approximately 50 km (or 31 miles) from Athens and near the Temple of Poseidon. An inspiring coastal drive, along winding roads that overlook the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, will get you there.
For more information:
Alpine Club of Athens
45 Zaimi Street, Exarchia
Closed July and August