Up the Athens Mount Imittos
Walk and play through the woods of Mt Imittos
The wooded slopes of Mt Imittos to the east of the city are popular with Athenians escaping the urban sprawl for greener nature walks, as well as for foragers looking for sage or thyme or fresh wild greens to boil up for dinner. Your children’s guide will point out the plants that grow here (more than six hundred species), and give everyone the stories behind them, including the myths that have been told about certain plants to explain their names, characteristics or properties. Behind many of the herbs and flowers that your children will see, there are stories with gods, goddesses, great hunters and brave maidens. Create a family herbarium -mybe the most precious souvenir to take back home!
Included in this nature walk is a visit to the Kessariani Monastery, a gem of a Byzantine place of worship and study that is decorated with impressive 16th century wall-paintings, but your children will probably be more excited by the overall feeling of time-travel that comes with this massive old structure and its fairytale setting.
Ideal for families with children of all ages
Period of operation: Throughout the year, apart from Mondays
Duration: 2 hours