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Kesariani Monastery

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

A mix of everything - from technical singletrack climbs to easy fireroads mixed with high-testosterone downhills. Incredible views of the Aegean and fantastic riding in the middle of the city. You can ride all day and coast on to the waterfront for a plunge for a perfect day. Finding the trails can be tricky, so it is best to purchase one of the excellent guide books for Ymittos mountain or to go with someone who knows the area. Skill level is intermediate to advanced, depending on what you want to tackle.
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Trail Directions
Drive to Kesariani monastery on Ymittos mountain in the center of Athens. Look for stone path leading into the mountain behind the monastery.
Trail Length
Variable
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Athens
Country
Greece
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: EpicEm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The most technical singletrack riding to be found in the Athens area. Tarmac road through the middle. Wider fire roads to connect the sometimes rocky, sometimes smooth and flowing singletrack. Beautiful forest.

Recommended Route:
Exit the Ymittos ring Motorway at Kessariani and turn left. Park just after the fire hut and bollards. Start on the singletrack on either side of the road. Left is a climb on a mix of rocks and smooth trails or right is a steep climb on dirt/roots. Up on dirt roads and down on singletrack. Its a great place to explore!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Royal Forest at Tatoi, Pendeli, Parnitha



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Review Date
March 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: egghead1372 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fantastic riding. Haven't come across such a great bit of trail in the middle of a city yet. After riding in Arizona and California, it was hard to believe that such incredible singletrack could be found in the middle of a major metropolis.

Recommended Route:
Ride from the starting point at the monastery and ride up to Kalopoula through the trails. Behind Kalopoula find a singletrack descending towards the base of the mountain. Meet up with fireroad and ascend to the old Turkish tower on a technical bit of singletrack. Continue on trail to the top of the mountain. Depending on time and fitness, one could ride all the way around the mountain to the airport and back (70 km) or descend from the top using a different set of trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Parnitha, Varimbobi trails



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