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Cycling Tourkovounia hills - Athens Greece (2017)


Athens, apart of being surrounded by three mountains, has quite a few hill ranges. One of them is "Tourkovounia" which means "Turkish mountains". Its name derives from a large Turkish cemetery that existed there during the Ottoman period in Greece. They are the tallest and most extensive hill range in central Attica, dividing the Attica basin into eastern and western parts.

There are quite a few routes to go up, I entered from the corner of Driadon and Karkavitsa streets where a nice dirt track leads you up.


short stop before the top, cycling tourkovounia athens greece
Short stop before the top.

View from the top towards the west. Cycling tourkovounia Athens Greece.
View from the top towards the west.


The plateau at the top and our bicycles. Cycling tourkovounia Athens Greece.
The plateau at the top and our bicycles.

Walking a bit further you can get another view, this time towards north. Cycling tourkovounia Athens Greece.
Walking a bit further you can get another view, this time towards north.

The view towards north, with the Olympic Stadium. Cycling tourkovounia Athens Greece.
The view towards north, with the Olympic Stadium.

Facing north with the Olympic Stadium at the top right. Cycling tourkovounia Athens Greece.
Facing north with the Olympic Stadium at the top right.

Apart of one hiker there were no people at all during our time there. It would have been better to have a mountain bike due to the dirt track plus you have to take care on the way down not to fall. Definitely a recommended ride during a nice day!


Additional information

GPS coordinates for places in this post, click on them to be redirected to the exact point in google maps. Click on the names to be redirected to their official websites (if applicable).

Entry point at the corner of Driadon and Karkavitsa streets: 38°01'11.4"N 23°45'59.8"E

Tourkovounia hills: 38°01'24.7"N 23°45'58.4"E


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