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From Athens: Hiking Trip in Parnitha National Park & Lunch

1. From Athens: Hiking Trip in Parnitha National Park & Lunch

Spend a day in the countryside exploring the National Park of Mount Parnitha. After pick-up from your hotel, head out to the National Park to start this 6km hiking trip with a total elevation of 100m. It is an easy route, making it ideal for families. The hike begins from Bafi Refuge and most of it, is in the dense fir forest and will take around three hours total. You will pass by the springs of Koromilia and Mesiano Nero until you reach the plateau of Mola. There you have the chance to rest for a bit and maybe encounter some red deer passing by. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a Mediteranean meal in the forest. Then your guide will take you back to Bafi Refuge, through the same path but with a different view point. Mount Parnitha is the closest mountain to Athens, and the only National Park in Europe so close to a capital (40km). Explore the National Park and enjoy time out surrounded by the beauty of nature.  

Athens: Parnitha Mountain Land-Rover Safari with Lunch

2. Athens: Parnitha Mountain Land-Rover Safari with Lunch

Visit Parnitha national park, full of pine and fir forests, a true oasis for many species of wildlife, such as red deer, foxes and many kinds of birds, as well as the main getaway for the hot summer days and a vast snow-covered playground during the winter. Begin, after pick you up from your hotel. Follow the national road, which leads to Mount Parnitha, taking less than an hour. Stop at an altitude of 600m, at Lake Beletsi, an artificial lake that seems to belong in a fairytale. Continue your route to Mount Parnitha, following a unique off-road route through the forest full of pine trees, goats, chapels, monasteries and natural springs, approaching Avlonas Village. Cross the village and head onwards, the mountain adventure starts again through an off-road route to Voutima wildlife refuge. The uniqueness of the terrain, the dense vegetation, rare species of endemic plants, the different kinds of mammals and species of birds are spread in smaller or larger areas of the mountain. Reach the west slope of Mount Parnitha, for a panoramic, breathtaking view of the Saronic gulf, with the islands of Salamina and Aigina appearing before your eyes. Arrive at Hasia village and visit a traditional Greek tavern, where you will be welcomed by the owner. Be introduced to the Greek Mediterranean cuisine and heartfelt Hellenic hospitality with plenty of local food and wine. Follow the road back to Athens through picturesque villages, before reaching the city of Athens. The escort drivers of the premium off road vehicles will create a memorable day out with the best panoramic views of Parnitha mountain and amazing photo opportunities to capture each and every moment.

From Athens: Biking Day Trip of Mt. Parnitha with Lunch

3. From Athens: Biking Day Trip of Mt. Parnitha with Lunch

Explore the mountains of Athens on a guided bike trip around Mt. Parnitha. Spot local animals, birds, and plants, bike by Mola and St. Paul's Church, and learn about this area's fascinating ecosystem. Finish your tour with a tasty Greek lunch at the Bafi Mountain Hut. Begin your full-day tour with a comfortable, 1-hour ride from your hotel in Athens to Mt. Parnitha National Park. After arriving at Bafi Mountain Hut, your guide will give you a safety briefing and perform an equipment check. Once you're ready, hop on your bike and set off for the mountain trails. Follow your guide along a beautiful 10-mile route, stopping to enjoy views of Attica's Basin and the Euboean Bay. As you rest, enjoy the serenity of nature and learn about the ecosystem of Parnitha from your guide. Bike past Mola, a magnificent alpine plateau, and the beautiful Byzantine church dedicated to St Paul. As you pass by the sights of Mt. Parnitha, learn about its history from your experienced guide. Finish your biking journey back at the Bafi Mountain Hut. There, enjoy a delicious homemade Greek lunch and admire the spectacular view. After lunch, return to Athens in the comfort of an air-conditioned van.

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