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The Mountains of Greece: A Walker's Guide (A Cicerone guide) Paperback – 30 Jun 1993
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Greece is not all sun and sea - three-quarters of the country is mountains. They are unexplored, undeveloped and very beautiful. Though rugged, Alpine meadows soften the harshness of the crags, forests fill the ravines, and springs and rivers abound - especially in central and northern Greece. Originally published in 1986, this is the first comprehensive guide to the Greek mountains to appear in any language. As well as detailed descriptions of hiking routes, it provides background information about mountain life and practical help with getting around, accommodation, etc. The hikes range from a month-long traverse of the Pindos range to day-length walks on the outskirts of Athens. Of all grades, they are well within the capabilities of a reasonably fit and committed walker.
About the Author
Tim Salmon and Michael Cullen Tim first visited Greece as a schoolboy in 1958. Since then he has lived and worked in the country, visited countless times, written and translated books and articles about it and made a documentary about shepherd life for Greek TV. Michael was born in Greece and spent his childhood there, returning in 1990 to set up his own trekking business. He has spent most of the last fifteen years researching and leading hikes throughout the country, as well as compiling walking guidebooks and accommodation websites.
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Beware this is a book about hiking for hikers, so it doesn't cover the usual tourist info on Athens, Greek antiquities etc. -and so it should, cos there is plenty of that around. It will not interest you if you are not into hill walking. The introduction is fascinating stuff and still useful. The particular routes are another matter, though. Personally, I find them very difficult to read, and the abbreviations 'R' for right and 'L' for left, which are used systematically, don't make things any better, I think they are an unnecessary nuisance. If I go hiking in Greece I reckon I'll just use a compass and my eyes to find the path. Another warning: although the author claims wild animals are scarce in the Greek hills, I have received reports of wolves in the Agios Merkourios area (near Athens!) and although I did not SEE them myself I have no reason to doubt the reports and I _did_ see a large snake while hiking there, so even if there are very few wild animals left, they might still be too many, depending on the circumstances and one's point of view. Agios Merkourios, by the way, is NOT covered by this guide (and it's a shame, because it is a beautiful hill with thick forest and wonderful views of the island of Evia and the sea beyond). Neither is Mount Kitheronas (on the limit between Attica and Boeotia) which also has great hiking and a numerous population of scorpions. Take an antidote when camping, they are nocturnal. And my last complaint is the transcription system used for the Greek names, which I find rather uncomfortable and excessively English; I really wish he had kept them in the original form, after all, we are not so FEW who can at least read the Greek alphabet are we?