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Hiking Ymittos – The Byzantine Trail

Hiking Ymittos – The Byzantine Trail

Product Code : 2383

About The Place

Mount Ymittos, a commanding presence overlooking Athens, Greece, offers a dual experience of natural splendor and rich Byzantine heritage. The mountain’s verdant trails and breathtaking vistas invite hikers and nature enthusiasts to explore its serene landscapes.

Yet, its allure is deepened by a fascinating Byzantine history, as Ymittos once sheltered monastic communities and Byzantine settlements. The remnants of ancient churches and hermitages found amidst its rocky slopes tell a story of spiritual devotion and cultural significance. This unique blend of untamed nature and historical treasures makes Mount Ymittos a destination that promises not only outdoor adventure but also a profound connection to the past.

Highlights of this Hiking

  • An active walk offering superb views and fascinating stories!

  • Distance ~ 6-8 km / 3.7-5 miles trail path

Total Duration

  • 3 Hours

Full description

Unveiling an Enchanted Oasis in Plain View! Mere moments away from the vibrant heart of Athens, a mere 20-minute escape, lies the beguiling Ymittos Mountain, a treasured NATURA 2000 nature sanctuary that beckons to hikers, mountain runners, and history aficionados alike, offering an exquisite blend of natural splendor and Byzantine legacy.

Guided by seasoned experts, our journey commences with an entrancing hike through this Mediterranean forest, a resilient landscape that gracefully adapts to the rhythm of scorching summer sun and the embrace of cool, moist winters. Along this path, we’re immersed in the marvels of nature’s design, we cross paths with captivating wildlife, and we dive into the storied heritage of ancient monasteries and one of Athens’ few surviving medieval sites.

Our expedition bestows us with the privilege of uncovering two of the most ancient Byzantine monasteries, one of them continuing its sacred presence to this very day. We peer into the intricate ways in which the monks once tended their lands, tracing footsteps through an age-old olive grove where the whispers of the past linger.

Amidst this journey, a well-deserved respite awaits. You’re presented with the choice to settle at one of the idyllic picnic havens encircling the monastery, allowing you to bask in tranquility amid nature’s embrace. Alternatively, a pause at the picturesque haven known as Kalopoula unveils itself in the heart of these enchanting woods, inviting you to relish delectable treats and invigorating sips, all amidst this ethereal landscape.

Indulge in an odyssey that seamlessly fuses the allure of untouched nature, the echoes of cultural heritage, and a touch of serene tranquility. Ymittos Mountain unveils its secret wonders, a captivating narrative waiting to be unearthed by those who seek to venture into its embrace.

What to Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, hiking or sports shoes

  • Waterproof jacket/membrane (for the rainy days)

  • Your own personal water bottle


  • Experienced Mountain Guide within Mt. Ymittos

  • Snack

  • All taxes


  • Basic physical condition
  • Ages 11+


  • Meeting time 10.00 & 17:00
  • End of activity 13.30 & 20:30

Meeting point

Mount Ymittos


Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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