Hymettus Mt. is a long and narrow massif that separates the Athens basin from the Mediterranean area. The mountain range starts from the area of ​​Agia Paraskevi, peaks above the areas of Zografou, Kaisariani, Vyronas and Ilioupoli and fades gradually towards the Saronikos. It is considered a relatively low mountain as its maximum height is 1,026 meters (Evzonas). Other peaks follow, such as Pyrgos (814 meters), Mavrovouni (774 meters), Korakovouni (728 meters), Stroma (725 meters), etc. Hymettus is known for its caves which you can meet on every route.
The mountain range of Hymettos is divided into two large areas. The first includes the area of ​​Northern Ymittos that stretches from Agia Paraskevi to Ilioupoli, including Evzonas, its highest peak. On the north side we find dense vegetation such as pines, cedars, cypresses, myrtles etc. The southern side of Hymettos has sparse vegetation compared to the north. The highest peak is Mavrovouni with a maximum height of 774 meters. The north side of Hymettos is separated from the south by the Diaselos of Stavros (454 meters).
Hymettus is famous for its dense network of paths. On the map of Anavasi, all the paths are shown, while routes are suggested for visitors. Compared to other Attic mountains, Hymettus has many facilities in terms of access and hiking on its trails.

Kaisariani Monastery

Hiking

Hymettus Ridge 6,5km 3hrs 15’

The route starts from the area of ​​Agia Paraskevi. The path climbs aggressively towards Korakovouni (692 meters) through dense vegetation. Then you walk along the ridge in the direction of Evzona. The view from this route is impressive, as on one side you can admire the basin of Attica with the mountains of Parnitha, Geraneia and Patera looming in the background and on the other the fertile plain of the Mediterranean with Evia faintly visible in depth. The path ends at the road that leads to Evzonas.
From this point you go down a path with railings and reach the Monastery of Asteriou.Then, continuing downhill through the dense forest, you meet the Anthousas Tower, where you can end your route. You can continue on the path behind Pyrgos to reach Papagos.

Kaisariani Monastery
Around Kaisariani Monastery

Access to the Kaisariani Monastery can be done even by public transport (from the center you can go via the terminus of the 224 and from there in a few minutes you can go to the Monastery). The Monastery of Kaisariani was built in the 11th and 12th centuries and is dedicated to the Entrances of the Most Holy Theotokos. The Monastery had several shares throughout the mountain that contributed to the cultivation of vineyards and olive groves. Today the monastery is located in a verdant landscape. You can reach the Monastery through the path located next to the bed of Iridanos.From the Monastery starts a dense network of paths leading either to the small church of Agios Markos and to Kalopoula to the north. The paths are relatively easy and the distances short. They are recommended even for beginners.

Kaisariani Trail 6,5 km 5hrs

These are the most beautiful routes in Hymettos. The route was designed by the municipality of Kaisarianis with the aim of highlighting the touristic value of the area. The route starts from the end of the 224 and climbs smoothly through dense forest to the unique Dragon House of Ymittos. The Dragon House is located next to a quarry and was created by its workers. Then taking the return road you continue on a road and then on a path in the direction of the historical monastery of Kaisariani. From there you go uphill towards Analipsi and then following a level course northwards to Asteriou Monastery. Continuing on, it follows a circular path in the direction of Tower of Anthousa. From there the route goes downhill in the direction of Kalopoula. The last kilometers of the route take place next to the banks of the Iridanos in the direction of the Hymettus Ring Road.

 

Hymettus has a dense network of paths, most of which are well-trodden while some are even recommended for cycling. You can start your hike from Agia Paraskevi and Cholargo in an uphill direction towards Korakovouni or Kaisariani.

The southern part shows sparse vegetation. Many paths start from the Southern Suburbs of Athens in the direction of Diaselo tou Stavros, Stravaetos and Mavrovouni.