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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“Its first name for the National Garden until 1974 was "Royal Garden". The park is located next to the Greek Parliament and extends to the south where the Zappeion Palace is located opposite the Panathinaikos Stadium where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The National Garden is 15.5 hectares. It is located in the center of Athens and, adding the garden of Zappeion with an area of ​​13 hectares, the park has an area of ​​28.5 hectares, ie a total of 285 acres. The garden houses ancient ruins, columns, mosaics, etc. At its southeastern end are the busts of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the great Philelina Eynardos, while at its southern end is the bust of the national poet Dionysios Solomos and Aristotle.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Philopappou, or the Hill of the Muses, is one of three forested peaks facing the Acropolis that each played an important role in ancient Athens. The Athenian Assembly met on the Pnyx, while the third was known for a sanctuary dedicated to the Nymphs. These wooded hills cover a total area of some 180 acres. Some of the most delightful scenery is along a stone-laid path winding through the shallow canyon between these hills. Excavations here have uncovered the Koile Road, the primary route for transporting merchandise between Athens and the harbour of Piraeus in antiquity. Look closely and you’ll see the tracks left by carts on the rock surface—a wonderful contrast with the arty street furnishings and ingeniously-designed pathways designed by Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis in the 1950s.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Park
“Only 13 min (1.1 km) buy foot. Pedion Areos is a large park . You can run walk or have a pik nik in a real beautiful place . A green oasis in the athens hurt”
  • 61 locals recommend
Historic Site
“For gastronomy and no only. One neighbour greek loves, for food and cocktails. No so touristic atmosphere for this tourist loves.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Rising to nearly 300 metres, Lycabettus Hill (Lykavittos to the locals) towers over Athens. Geology assigns it to the Tourkovounia ridge, but mythology explains it as a rock Athena was carrying to fortify the Acropolis, but dropped when she was startled by a cow. The old quarry, which has been converted to an open-air theatre (now temporarily closed for restoration), seems to confirm this account. Starting your visit from Lycabettus will help you get your bearings, as the summit offers a panoramic view of Athens that on a clear day stretches to the island of Aegina. Agios Georgios, the medieval white-washed church at the top, is as small up close as it looks from afar and was originally a monk’s refuge. The short cable-car ride is the quickest way up, but walk down for different views of the city through the pines. Plan a stop at Ayii Isidori, the hill’s second church. It conceals the entrance to a tunnel that Greeks fighters used to escape the city during the independence revolt. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The oldest cemetery in Ancient Athens. This site is a great insight into ancient Athenian life. There was a lot to see in terms of gravestone traditions and information plaques too. The site is also home to a small museum with more artifacts to see. The most impressive gravestones and statues from this site are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Athens. There was once ancient Greek buildings here and a gate house of the city wall built by Thermistocles. Later, the Romans added there architecture and buildings too to the site. If you study the gravestones at Kerameikos you will notice the progress and evolving use of the paterna as a symbol of death used when making offerings to the gods. In the oldest gravestone designs, this was basic and appears as a shield or circles. In later designs at the same site, you will see the patera take the gradual stylized form of a flower. These patera patterns inspired the same designs we see in modern architecture.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“After lunch, walk around Lofos Strefi – the neighbourhood’s famous hill. A climb up the graffiti covered concrete steps and verdant fields to the top yields beautiful results: the view of surrounding Athens is rivalled only by the imposing and more touristy Lycabettus, which sits just behind Strefi. The hill is fairly unkempt, making parts of the terrain less stable than others, so make sure to take care when climbing down.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“This park was created in 1908 in the Pagrati neighborhood, when locals planted a large section of land with pine trees. In 1936 the area was allocated to the Municipality of Athens, which continued planting the area with a wide variety of trees, bushes and other types of Mediterranean flora. The park was once home to a small zoo and a theatre with free performances. Today, the municipality is in charge of the park’s myriad recreational activities. Park entrances are located on Eftyxidou Street and at the junction of Eftyxidou and Spyrou Merkouri Streets.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The green hill behind the Panathenaic Stadium whose foothills were crossed by the river Ilissus took its name from Ardettus, an ancient Athenian who resolved the differences between Athenians, and was the sacred site where the jurors took their oaths. There were important monuments on the hill like the Sanctuary of Tyche and the tomb of Herodes Atticus. Climbing to Ardettus with the paths among the pine trees is a rewarding experience due to the nature and the unique view to the city.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Plaza
“The neighbourhood around Exarchia square is famous for its cafés, bars and restaurants – often with live music – as well as its street art.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“A park with a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos (sculpted by the sculptor G. Pappas). In the rear section are three stone built buildings, accommodating the Athens Municipality Arts Centre and the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum. Facing the park is a row of three unadorned neoclassical buildings of the hospitals Aeginitio, Aretaeio, and Alexandra. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“The grove of Galatsi has athletic facilities, facilities for walking - running - jogging, cinema, swimming-pool, cafe-restaurants and a wonderful view of Athens from the hill.”
  • 12 locals recommend
City Hall
“Beautiful green park located right next to the tram station, perfect for jogging or a walk. It opens daily. Winter hours; 6:00am- 21:00pm & Summer hours; 6:00am- 23:00pm There is also a circumferential bicycle lane.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“The park was designed in 1934 and its purpose was to honour the heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821, 21 of whom are depicted in marble busts standing in the park. In the central square of the Park there is a fountain surrounded by many plants that thrive in the Mediterranean climate and create beautiful natural colour combinations, corresponding to each season.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Small, cozy place, perfect for pancakes and eggs, located in a pedestrian street of the Koukaki area.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“This is the parc of the police school, but it is open to the public with activities for kids, some animals in cages, lots of peacoks roaming free. Dog walking and jogging ”
  • 11 locals recommend