Hiking mountain Parnitha, Athens

Mt. Parnitha is the closest mountain to Athens, and the only National Park in Europe so close to a capital (40km). The National Park of Parnitha is a natural wonder, with 42 mammal species living in it, among them deer, foxes and many kinds of birds..

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  • Duration: 8 Hours
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Can you go hiking in Athens? Of course, you can! Just schedule a day trip while visiting Greece on your holidays and explore Mount Parnitha. This densely
embellished forest is bursting with flora, wildlife and is surrounded by awe-inspiring views from above and beyond. Located only 40 KM from the center of Athens, it is a treasure for the locals and tourists alike.  

Take on the ultimate hiking experience by choosing between a variety of well-planned trekking routes, designed for all levels of hikers. 

Below are three routes to choose from that may be suitable for each hike (please note that there are also other longer ones, up to 11 km’s and are available upon request ), and all have experienced English speaking guides to lead the way. Step into nature’s paradise and enjoy the wildlife, take part in sports activities, and finish your day trip by sitting down to enjoy an authentic Greek traditional meal in the National Park of Parnithas Bafi Shelter. 

The hiking day trips include, an English speaking hiking guide, homemade traditional Greek meal, hotel pick up and drop off with a minivan for up to 6 people. (for 7 people or more a minibus is used at a different fee), and all applicable taxes. 

Route A: Bafi Shelter – Mola – Bafi Shelter

Distance: 6Km / 3,7 Miles

Elevation: 100m -/328 ft

Hiking duration: 3 hours

Excursion duration: 6 hours

Easy route, ideal for families. The hike begins from Bafi Shelter and most of it is in the dense fir forest. We pass by the springs of Koromilia and Mesiano Nero until we reach the plateau of Mola. After we rest and possibly encounter some red deer, we return through the same path but with a different viewpoint at Bafi Shelter.

Route B: Bafi Shelter – Skipiza – Bafi Shelter

Distance: 5,5Km / 3,4 Miles

Elevation: 100m / 328 ft

Hiking duration: 3,5 – 4hours

Excursion duration: 7 hours

A loop route starting and ending to Bafi Shelter. The path is in a dense fir forest along with cedars and black pine trees. It is one of the most beautiful routes of the mountain during which we will also visit the fire guardhouse and reach the famous Skipiza spring.

Route C: Bafi Shelter – Koromilia – Mola – Bafi Shelter

Distance: 7,5Km / 4,6 Miles

Elevation: 200m / 656 ft

Hiking duration: 4,5 hours

Excursion duration: 8 hours

The hike begins from Bafi Shelter and most of it is in the dense fir forest. We pass by the spring of Mesiano Nero until we reach the plateau of Mola. After we rest and possibly encounter some red deer we enter a densely vegetated path towards the spring of Koromilia in the heart of Mt.Parnitha national park and at an altitude above 1000 meters. 


  • Hike in the closest to a European capital, National Park
  • Choose between a variety of well-planned trekking routes, for all levels of hikers
  • Enjoy a healthy Mediterranean meal in Bafi shelter 


09:30: departure from your hotel or other accommodation in Athens

10:30: arrival at the mountain

10:30 – 13:30: hiking into the forest

13:30-14:30: lunch at Mpafi refuge and free time to enjoy the spectacular view

14:30-15.30: departure and arrival to your accommodation in Athens

What’s included

  • English speaking Guide
  • Greek Mediterranean meal
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off with minivan up to 6 people. (For 7 people and more a minibus is used with different cost)
  • Taxes

What do I need to bring

  • Small backpack with bottled water
  • Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Light hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Hat or beanie, sunglasses sunblock
  • Waterproof jacket / membrane (for the rainy days)





Guided Language

  • English
65 8 Hours , Moderate

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Ratings & Reviews

Snow ?


OK, was bit silly to anticipate snow but my son aged 7 saw the pictures and was bit disappointed...other than that, a great day

18 August, 2019 by Roamer watches UK

Family fun


Quite a nice easy hiking tour, scenery is impressive (didn't expect to see so much green so close to an urban environment like Athens), guide walked with us and was very positive and knowledgeable of the area, safe and easy for the kids (13 and 14), overall not the grand canyon but a very ice day with lots of views and fun.

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09 July, 2019 by Alison Surrey