Mount Lycabettus, Athens, Greece

hill2Athens can be a tough place to go for a training run. There’s lots of traffic, few green spaces and the pedestrian paths are not exactly conducive to striding out. So if you’re looking for a good place for a run while in Athens, then check this ‘little’ hill out!

In the heart of Athens you will see the imposing Mount Lycabettus. It stands prominently over the surrounding area with an exposed rocky top and an 18th church perched at the summit. It’s a rather intimidating thing but affords the travelling runner some respite from the traffic. There are all sorts of options for running here. You can do the perimeter on the gravel trail (About 3km) and avoid the worst of the climbing. However it’s still a tough run with some steady uphill sections that will test the fittest of you.

IMG_0735If you’re up for the challenge, then running up to the summit (270m Altitude) is well worth it for the views. You can either follow one of the roads that are on either side of the hill, or wind your way up the gravel path. Once at the top of there’s a short and challenging section of stairs that will take you to the very top. On one side of the hill you’ll arrive at a restaurant and will need to keep following the path through it to the other side where the church is…you’ll see what I mean when you get there. From bottom to top is around 1km of continuous climbing.map