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Hymettus, Athens

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Hymettus, also Hymettos, is a mountain range in the Athens area, East Central Greece. It is also colloquially known as Trellós or Trellóvouno (crazy mountain), a name of uncertain origin. Hymettus is commonly called "Crazy" (or Trelovouni), a name probably derived from the French salutation "très long" (very long) by foreign visitors. In antiquity there was a sanctuary to Zeus Ombrios (Zeus the Rain God) on the summit with numerous offerings dating especially to the 8th-7th centuries BC; they are on the site of a military base and not currently accessible. There is also an ancient quarryman's hut on the western slopes of the mountain, one of two buildings in ancient Attika which preserves its roof.The height is 1,026 m at Evzonas and the length is 16km between Athens and the Saronic Gulf and 6 to 7 km from east to west. In the ancient times, the highest point was known as Mega Ymittos and the southern Elattona (Ελάττονα) and Anydro Ymitto (Άνυδρο Υμηττό) (today Mavrovouni (Μαυροβούνι meaning black mountain) and Kontra (Κόντρα)). It was noted for its thyme honey. Marble has been quarried since antiquity. The neighboring communities that surround the mountain are Athens, Zografou, Kaisariani, Vyronas, Ilissia (a region of Zografou), Ymittos, Ilioupoli, Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni in the west, Varkiza, Vari, Markopoulo and Paiania to its east, and Papagou, Cholargos, Agia Paraskevi, Gerakas and Glyka Nera. Most of the forest is in the north, and much of the mountain is rocky, deforested, grassy and made out of limestone.
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  • Excellent walks, great for running (although you need trail running shoes and need to watch out for the rocks) and wonderful location for bird watching. Excellent views over Athens and towards Salamin...  more »
  • We chose the path least travelled with treacherous gravelly mountain roads that had caved in some parts. Exciting for sure.  more »
  • Have been there for a nice walk couple of times, you'll have a great panoramic view to Athens - the best time to go in the summer is close to sunset, not too hot and you'll have a nice breeze from the...  more »