TOURKOVOUNIA (TURKISH MOUNTAINS)
Height: 338 m
Identity and history:
Small mountain-range n the Attica basin, northeast of Lycabettus, which is the highest point of the city.
According to one version, their name derived from the camping of the Turkish soldiers, for a long period, during the Ottoman operations of 1456 for the conquest of Athens. At one time, Tourkovounia was called Lycovounia; because this used to be a remote area and very possibly wolves were living there.
The view from the top of the most accessible hill is very revealing: all of Athens is offered to you and depending on your position on the hill (maybe from the well known café Zeppelin) you will be able to see from the sea to the northern suburbs and from Petroupolis to Ymittos. A walk through Attico Park might transfer you mentally outside the city, while the Nunnery of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) gazes the city with devoutness.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY FOOT: Because this is an area far from downtown and without much interest to visitors, it will not be easy to go up to Turkovounia without your own car or a taxi.
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