Places of Interest nearby
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Hymettos Mountain is a 16 km long mountain with a height of 1,026 m, bordering Athens to the east. The mountain was noted for its thyme honey. Marble has been quarried from this mountain since antiquity.
Mount Hymettus gives you spectacular panoramas over the city and the Saronic Gulf. From here, you get a great view on Pireaus, the Acropolis (just a small hill from here) and Likavythos.
At the top of Mount Hymettos you will find a forest of antenna’s. You will also find a radar station of the military. You are not supposed to get up there, nor to take pictures,
Hymettos Mountain is very popular with cyclists. Some are brave enough to climb and descend the mountain. Some get a lift up.
After a German general was killed in the Peloponnese during World War II, 200 prisoners were picked from the Chaidari prison camp (from the other side of the city) and executed in batches of 20 on the side of Mount Hymettos at Kaisariani. They are buried in the Cemetery of Nikaia.
The fact that they transported the prisoners all that way was obviously to expose this act of terror to the population of Athens. The fact that they picked Kaisariani as a final destination was probably because it was known to the Nazis that there were a lot of sympathizing communists and partisans living in this area.
From Mount Hymmetus, you can see the sun setting over Athens. It’s a very popular spot for couples.
Form Mount Hymettos, you can see how vast the city of Athens is.
Also for motorbikes, Mount Hymettus is a must to climb!
Descending Mount Hymettus by bicycle…
The Hymettos Mountain is also known as “Trellos” or “Trellovouno”, meaning “crazy mountain”. The meaning probably comes from the French colonials in the 15th or 16th century, calling the mountain Tres Long (very long).