Just minutes from the urban hustle of Athens are the walkable delights of Mount Ymittos—a heady escape of nature, wildlife, historic monasteries and heavenly honey.

By Pavlos Zafiropoulos

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Kesariani Monastery

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

The Botanical Walk and Beyond

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Asteriou Monastery

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

The Road Back via an Ottoman Tower

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Athens Strollers, a local community of hiking enthusiasts, arrange guided hikes for all seasons in English. From the wetlands of Schinias to the caves and quarries of Mount Pendeli, a spring walk through the pistachio groves of Aegina or an autumn trek in Mount Parnitha’s woods, walks are usually held every other weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, ending with lunch in a taverna. Most walks are only a short drive from Athens and a car pool is often available.