The ancient architecture of Athens itself, as well as the city's mountainous and forested outskirts with caves and deserted churches, hidden monasteries, and also beautiful beaches make the city a great hiking destination. The most amusing areas to explore include 75 hiking trails that wind along the slopes of Mount Parnitha set north of the city, Mount Hymettus located a 5 to 10-minute drive from Athens' downtown and the beautiful Sounio National Park. The most enjoyable hiking experience can be expected in December through March when you can avoid the heat of the summer months and hike in pleasant moderate temperatures. An extra bonus is that most tourist destinations and beaches are not as crowded as during the high season.
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