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Botanical Forest of Hymettus

The botanical forest of Athens University at Mount Hymettus.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1946 Its creation began.

    1978 The last shepherd left.

    1988 Got its current form.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

A 10 minute drive from Syntagma Square, and on an area of ​​4,460 acres on the west side of Hymettus, there is the Hymettus Botanical Forest or otherwise the “Hymettus lounge”. Olive groves, Mediterranean herbs, pomegranates, locusts, cypresses and cedar trees are some of the rich flora to be found there. It also hosts 104 species of birds and many other animals, such as foxes, hedgehogs, hares, badgers, turtles, lizards, snakes and a donkey over 40 years old, Vangelis. Inside the forest is a “secret garden” with rare plants and bird and insect observation equipment. The botanical forest is ideal for walks, forest biking, picnics (paying close attention to garbage and fires) and includes some unique sights.

What I can't see

This forest is artificial. Previously, the landscape was completely bare due to fires and grazing, with the exception of 2 cypresses that survive to this day. Shortly after the war, Keti Argyropoulou flew over the then-destroyed Kaisariani Monastery and set about restoring and reforesting the area. To finance the project, she put bees and sold honey to wealthy Athenians while organizing tea parties. By the 1960s, the forest had reached Hilton Hotel, but the dictatorship decided to build the campus of the University of Athens there and much of it was destroyed. At the same time (1968), the film “Cyprus in Flames” was shot where a large part of the forest was deliberately burned. Today, it is integrated into the NATURA network and is an important city “lung”. It is forbidden to enter and travel from sunset to sunrise.


Attic Green, (2008), Αισθητικό Δάσος Υμηττού, [Aesthetic Forest of Ymittos], in

Last visit 8/9/2019


Nikitea G., (χ.χ.), Περίπατος στο αισθητικό δάσος Υμηττού, [A walk in the aeasthetic forest of Ymittos], ecoview

Last visit 8/9/2019


Petridou M., (2019), Ο μυστικός παράδεισος του Υμηττού: μια ξενάγηση, [The secret paradise of Ymittos: a tour], in Lifo,

Last visit 8/9/2019