Conquering Philopappos Hill – A Hiking Adventure in Athens, Greece

Do note that this trip was made last year, so excuse us with our masks and don’t get alarmed.

The pandemic is over✌️

As may know, we’ve come to love nature walking/hiking since the Pandemic. It’s safe to say that it made us realize that there’s much more to see in the red small do than just the malls connected to almost every MRT station. Singapore is actually also a green city and you’ll be amazed how much greenery this small city has to offer. It wouldn’t feel that small. Check out our Singapore adventures below to see more on this.

Unplanned 11km Nature Walk at MacRitchie trail

Quick and Easy Trail walk along Rail Corridor

A trip to the Summit of Singapore

Exploring Hindhede Nature Park

We surprised the girls by going on a hike on our vacation. They knew little about Greece and were on vacation so I’m pretty sure hiking is the least that they expected. We usually just stroll around.

I myself wasn’t quite sure where we were heading and just followed along. Our real plan was to explore the Acropolis the next day and today was supposed to be a free and easy walk around.

I must say, Philopappos Hill is worth the hike. Seeing the Acropolis from afar and the city of Athens, while the cold wind blows through your face, is an amazing experience and such a delight in our eyes.

Philopappos Hill is truly a special place in Athens, Greece, offering a captivating blend of historical significance and natural beauty. This ancient hill, named after the Roman prince Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos, holds immense cultural and archaeological importance. The hill is home to the Philopappos Monument, an impressive mausoleum dedicated to Philopappos, which stands as a testament to the rich history of the area.

Beyond its historical allure, Philopappos Hill also offers breathtaking panoramic views of Athens. From its summit, visitors are treated to a stunning vista that includes iconic landmarks such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the sprawling cityscape. The hill’s lush greenery, charming walking paths, and peaceful atmosphere create an ideal setting for nature lovers and hikers seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city below.

With its combination of ancient heritage, mesmerizing views, and serene surroundings, Philopappos Hill holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and tourists alike, leaving an indelible impression on all who venture to its heights.

As we walked our way down we passed by a lot of picturesque areas, with amazing views even the girls appreciated it. We ended up on this cobalt stone with some prayer on the loudspeaker. This was a surreal feeling. As we walked more, we were surprised that we were actually at the bottom of the Acropolis already. Guess that’s what you get when you choose to stay in a great location, attractions are nearer than you think. 

Well, it was quite a long walk in reality and not for those who are used to walking. Our nature walks have surely helped us not notice how much we walked that day. We ended our day with our first Greek meal at a restaurant called God’s Restaurant just opposite Acropolis Museum.

A very satisfying meal indeed that even the kids are impressed! haha. And of course, having children means ending a meal with ice cream as dessert!

Have you been to Athens as well? If so, which part of your trip did you love the most? I’d love to hear about your experience too!

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’
hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla
in collaboration with Zariya Healings.


20 responses to “Conquering Philopappos Hill – A Hiking Adventure in Athens, Greece”

  1. Noor Anand Chawla

    I visited Athens 19 years ago and all I remember is the Acropolis and the amazing food. I think it may be time to return soon!

  2. Ah, what fun you had by just being there and enjoying the little moments than going after popular tourist spots. Sometimes, these moments are the ones that we fondly remember the most, also, who doesn’t love icecreams post food! I know I do. 🙂

  3. These are some amazing pictures and looks like a wonderful place. I will keep this post saved for my future reference.

  4. Greece was our first European country…way back in 2015. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful country we have explored so far! I mean Santorini sits at the highest on my list.

    I loved Athens and we have climbed this hill too. And my favourite in Athens is Plaka.

  5. It is nice to see something different on a holiday other than the regular visits to the popular tourist spots. Glad you guys enjoyed & the girls are such sports to go along with the plan.

  6. I haven’t been to Athens but your travelogue helped me a glimpse of the place. The pictures and your experience are wonderful and I hope to travel someday here.

  7. It is lovely to see a travel post from you. It seems quite an experience and exploring on foot is always the best way. Greece is on my bucket list and hope to visit it some day.

  8. The best way to explore some places is by walking. Or the things buzz past. I loved reading about your trip and the photos.

  9. I will first talk about the 2 complete family picture… Such soulful happy family pictures they are.. just awesome. Secondly Jeannine your both daughters look so cute and angelic to me god bless them with immense happiness in life. Coming to your trip story it seems it was an absolute satisfying one for you and family. Greece Santorini island is i n my to do list and now I am adding Athens after reading you post. The food looks super tempting to me and how was the taste? Thank you for an awesome travel story

  10. Greece is surely on my bucket list. I have been fascinated with the history of the greek gods and goddesses. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip. The pics are lovely.

  11. the best part of reading travel blogs is we happen to experience the visit the moment we read and Athens seems to be one of the best places to visit.

  12. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Athens myself, reading about your experience makes me realize how enjoyable it would be. The surprise you arranged for the girls to go hiking sounds wonderful. I’m delighted to hear that they had a great time and appreciated the beautiful sights along the way, Jeannine.

  13. Never been to Athens but ur experience just rells me how much fun it wld be. I love the way ur vacation gave a surprise to the girls for hiking. Nice 1

  14. Philopappos Hill with its panoramic view of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the city of Athens is worth a hike and the mouth-watering food at the end of a tiring hike tastes even better.

  15. Kaveri Chhetri

    I’m so glad that the girls enjoyed the hike and everything beautiful that they saw on the way down Jeannine. I’m sure it wouldv been as amazing as it was to read about it. Greece is a place I have been fascinated since I was in Class III… would love to visit it one day… n yes, will sure remember this hike route.

  16. I have never been to Athens and not sure if I ever will, but your post is very well written. And it is accompanied by beautiful pics too.

  17. This sounds like fun the pictures and descriptions are amazing and interesting
    You have a lovely family
    Thank you for sharing this

  18. This is so amazing..pandemic kept us locked and the urge to go out is relatable. Loved the prictures and your experience. it was wonderful.

  19. It’s always a pleasure to see you all enjoying family outings to new places. Your children are able to experience so many new things around them. As a parent, the opportunities you share with them, to my knowledge, is sealed and passed on with valuable lessons from previous generations.

  20. During my graduation days, I was studying Greek literature and was so fascinated by Greece. I really hope someday I would be able to visit the country. I find it really joyful to read about places there. Philopappos Hill sounds so awesome. I would love to walk around and experience the views and reach the Acropolis. Must up my walking hours and pratice more long walks.

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