Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Biking
The hilltops and mountains are there for you to enjoy, too. 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 circumvents Lycabettus Hill. When you're done, have a cup of coffee at the café atop the hill. More experienced trekkers, head just 30 kilometers (20 miles) outside of Athens to Mount Parnitha, the largest of the three mountains in Attica. Take the trails and seek out the close on 1,000 aromatic herb and flora varieties and 120 brilliant bird species, fox, hare, ferrets and other mammals. Hidden caves, forests, natural springs, valleys and lush vegetation of this National Forest are believed to have been inhabited since the Mycenaean period. The helpful (and multilingual) tour and travel operators can assist you in getting more information on tours and organized hikes. You can reach the forest by car or by public transport from Athens. Located in the historical Marathon locale, about 40 km (25 miles) from the city, is Schinias-Marathonas National Forest. The tomb, 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 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. The dry climate and mountainous topography of Attica offers several trekking options.
Some of the favorite trekking destinations in Attica are: Mount Parnitha: Rematia Hounis, Kopsi Flampouriou, Katafygio Bafi; Mount Penteli: Spilia Daveli, Museum of ancient pit - quarry; Mount Ymittos: Douka; Keratea: Kaki Thalassa.
For trekking and mountain climbing, visitors should get in touch with the local trekking and mountain climbing clubs, that can safely guide you in the mountain paths.
For more information on experiencing Greek mountain climbing, contact your guide or travel agent or contact one of the local hiking and alpine clubs or go to VisitGreece.