So you thought visiting Athens, Greece was all about monuments, museums and a stunning nightlife? Well think again Athens has a natural environment that surprises you all near your place of residence. In fact, wherever you look, there is a hill or mountain you can climb. The next time you are in the city, wear a few hiking boots, they may work for you. After all, this country is famous for its natural beauty.
If you open the map of the city, you will see the mountainous areas around Athens. Attica, where Athens is located, is made up of mountains, valleys and ridges. The city is located in the central plain. Also known as the Attica Basin. There are four mountains above Athens. To the west is Mount Aegaleon and to the east is Mount Hymettus. Two other mountains overshadow the northern suburbs. Mount Pentley in the northeast and Mount Pernita in the north. Of these four, Mount Pernita is the highest with more than 1,400 meters, which has also been declared a national park.
Mount Parnithais is a breathtaking mountain range composed of thick pine forests and wildlife. It is only 35 km from the city and can be reached by car or public transport. This is one of the most popular winter destinations for Athenians and visitors. In summer, you can explore the mountains by bike and in winter by boots or even skiing. Its many routes take you to the numerous caves, streams and breathtaking views of the city below. Be prepared to meet a huge variety of flowers, bird species and foxes. If you are lucky, you may even meet deer who call this place home.
Pendley Mountain, on the other hand, may not be in the forest after some devastating fires that have stripped much of the mountain naked. However, this mountain is of great historical importance. It is a place where the ancient Athenians mined marble for the Parthenon. This is the site of the famous Cave of Davis. A place that few people dare to visit. Covered with mystery and superstition, it is famous for its strange observation of sounds and creatures that are famous in the depths of their being. Walk on this mountain and reward its ancient past remnants and panoramic views of the city, mountains and sea.
Note, you do not have to go that far to walk well. Located right in the center of the city is Mount Lycabettus. It is basically a hill made of limestone that protrudes from the heart of the concrete forest. This is a rich green landscape at the base with white on top. Perfect contrast with the glowing blue sky background. This climb is very challenging and few are willing to take the risk, but once you get to the top, the view will amaze you. While watching the sunset behind the Acropolis, lie down and enjoy a coffee in the café.
See a little more scenery before you decide to return to your room. Turn on the Parthenon and the rest of the city. Look around you and see the shadows of the mountains as they leave their glory for the night. Finally, take a walk in the many local neighborhoods and smell the faint scent of the flowers in their blooming gardens.