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At the pinnacle of your next adventure stands Lycabettus Hill, an iconic Athens landmark that offers a breathtaking panorama of the city and extends its gaze to the distant islands of Salamina and Aegina on clear days. Nestled above the chic Kolonaki area, the base of the hill unfolds into a sprawling park with meandering paths leading to a rocky outcropping that unveils a top view. For a leisurely ascent, an easy funicular ride will effortlessly transport you to the summit.
Following is the National Gardens at Syntagma, an urban oasis spanning 24 hectares. Beneath its seemingly modest exterior lies a verdant haven boasting over 7,000 trees, 519 plant varieties, six ponds, and delightful wildlife. Perfect for family outings, duck feeding, turtle watching, or exploring the expansive playground. Formerly royal gardens invite you to free from the hustle and bask in the shade of its historical allure.
For a dose of mountain air just minutes from the city center, venture to Mount Hymettos/Kaisariani. This vast park, encompassing over 20,000 acres, provides an escape into nature with numerous trails and paths. While not easily accessible by public transportation, panoramic views of Athens reward your effort. Embrace the serenity and explore the historic monastery of Kaisariani as your base.
Philopappou Hill, affectionately known as the Hill of the Muses, stands next to the Acropolis, offering a multifaceted experience. Wander through pine-studded terrain, capture Instagram-ready views of the Acropolis, and explore historic monuments. With picnic spots scattered throughout, recharge amidst nature before continuing your Athens exploration.
If you stick to the city, The Stavros Niarchos Park in Kallithea introduces a modern green haven adjacent to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Amidst classic green spaces, discover flower-filled landscapes, pine and olive trees, enchanting fountains, and canals. Boasting creative playgrounds and a labyrinth, this complex is a must-visit, providing a refreshing respite from urban life.
For adventurous spirits, check out Alsos Syngrou in Marousi beckons with its sprawling Syngrou Estate. Covering over 200 acres, this wooded park offers well-maintained trails for jogging and walking to flee the city. Armed with a mobile/GPS map, explore the natural beauty before venturing to the luxurious suburb of Kifissia for shopping and culinary delights.
One of Athens’ last hidden treasures is at Diomedous Athens’ Botanical Gardens in Haidari. Spanning nearly 500 acres, this botanical wonderland features organized gardens, themed plant displays, and meandering paths. You can learn so much about the ancient plants, including those dedicated to the god Dionysus, and walk through bamboo groves, lily ponds, and a cactus garden. An unconventional gem, the Athens’ Botanical Gardens promises a cozy trip to a natural city’s habitat.
Do not miss to explore the rich history of Athens largest park, Pedion tou Areos, named after military exercises during King Otto’s reign and designed in 1934 to honor Greek Revolution heroes. Adorning with twenty-one marble busts, the park became a central hub until a revival in 2015 when an artistic collective reclaimed the Green Park café. Now a dynamic space for political discourse and performances, Pedion tou Areos invites you to enjoy picnics, festivals, walks, concerts, and conversations, offering a unique blend of history and contemporary vibrancy.
As you explore these diverse fall parks, each offering its unique charm, Athens unfolds as a city that seamlessly blends urban excitement with pockets of natural serenity, inviting you to make your day greener in the most captivating way possible.