Not many visitors know that Athens is one of the few capitals that offers such an extended variety of climbing choices within less than an hour from the crowded downtown. Surrounded by four major mountains and with numerous hills, Athens constitutes a heaven for experienced and first-time climbers alike. The mild climate of the city is maintained year-round, making climbing excursions ideal in every season, while there are many centers operating where you can take lessons, get the necessary equipment or partake in an organised session. The top climbing destinations include the mountains of Parnitha and Penteli in the north of the city, as well as Hymettus in the eastern part while for the more experienced climbers, the gorge of Houni and the region of Arma offer supreme climbing opportunities in Attica, too.
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