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DescriptionMt. Penteli presides over the beautiful town of Pendeli, east of Athens. It also happens to be the site at which marble was quarried to build the Acropolis and other ancient Greek monuments. The quarry is long-since abandoned, but several sport routes as well as a handful of gear/mixed lines have been put up, making for an interesting outing on a very unique rock type. While hardly worthy as a destination area, Mt. Penteli is a worthwhile outing for a day, particularly for climbers who are in Athens for a few days waiting for connecting flights.
Getting ThereThe quarry itself is located at 38.07381 N, 23.87208 E near the Aghios Ioannis Latomos Shrine.
Getting to the town of Penteli
Despite the apparent complexity, getting to Mt. Pendeli is actually relatively straightforward, even if you are relying on only public transportation. From downtown Athens, plan on around 1-2 hours each way of public transit time, depending on how well the bus and metro schedules line up. The bus runs relatively infrequently and will be the limiting factor.
If you are taking public transit from the Athens Airport, take the metro to Monastiraki. Note that you need a special metro ticket for this line, and is not the same as the standard cheapest metro pass.
Once you get into Athens and onto the normal rail line, purchase an all-day metro pass, as this will be good for your return trip and will also work as a bus pass. Take the green line towards Kifissia, but get off at Maroussi.
Take the 446 "MAROUSI - PALAIA PENTELI" bus to Penteli. If arriving from the metro station, there is bus stop located a few blocks to the southwest, on Themistokleous between P. Tsalari and Neratziotissis. Ride the bus towards Penteli, ~20 min, and get off near the Platia Agiou Sila park, at the intersection of Georgiou Papandreou and Kifisias.
From the town of Penteli:
From here it is about a 1 hour walk, but it is a pleasant and relatively easy hike. Follow Georgiou Papandreou east until you hit Frigias. Hang a left on Frigias, and keep going until you hit Papaflessa. Hang a left and head uphill, with the road quickly turning into a rough dirt road (ATV/4x4 possible?) Hang a left at the first fork, then a right at the next major intersection. In another 1.3 Km take a left at the T intersection. Keep following the road and it will dead end at a T immediately in front of the cave. There are a handful of harder routes outside the cave, and the easier quarry is about a couple hundred yards to the west along the road.
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