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National Garden: an oasis in the heart of Athens

Athens ● 10 October 2017
 

Athenians sometimes don't appreciate the small oases of their city. Lost in the daily routine, we forget to see the jewels of Athens that can offer us amazing moments. Yesterday, I was in Athens Center, and only because I had an hour free I decided to go to the National Garden of Athens, at Syntagma Square, near the building of the Greek Parliament. I hadn't been there since I was six years old, although the National Garden is located in the heart of Athens. And I was impressed.

Everybody says that the National Garden is the best park that Athens has to offer to its residents and travellers. And that is true. Of course, the National Garden is not as big as Hyde Park in London or Stadtpark in Hamburg. But when you go there, you have the exact same feeling: like having left everything behind and being lost in a heaven far away from the crowded city with the traffic and the people in rush. Nature, flora and fauna are literally on your feet, and everybody seems charmed by this magical space.

National Garden 

A stand of tall palm trees at the main entrance resembles an exotic colonnade blocking the outside world from the garden. 7,000 trees, 40,000 shrubs and other plants grow around the garden's network of shaded paths. There are also small lakes with ducks, a café and ancient remains dating back to Roman period. Can you imagine something better for relaxing after a tiring day full of work or sightseeing?

People walk around, others do an exercise, such as jogging, and parents with their babies and children enjoy the calm scenery. Kids love the National Garden because it has a lake with ducks, which you can feed with nuts and seeds. There is also a bird and animal collection where you can see geese, swans, parrots and ibexes play with each other and lie under the shade of trees in large fenced spaces. You can also watch turtles strolling around in the narrow paths of the garden!

Alley in the National Garden

In the National Garden, there is also Zappeion conference hall, one of the most famous landmarks of Athens. Zappeion conference hall is a typical sample of Athenian Neoclassical architecture of the 19th century that stands imposing with a fountain and a courtyard with beautiful flowers in front of it. Near Zappeion conference hall, there is a café and a luxury restaurant as well as an open-air cinema, which is ideal for the warm summer nights.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Hostel in Athens, Greece Lozanni
8.2 10
Lozanni
54, Kapodistriou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Hotel and Hostel Lozanni is located in the heart of Athens, 400 meters from Omonoia Square and from Omonoia metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens is 20 minutes on foot. Piraeus Port can be reached within 25 minutes using the electric railway. Elefthérios Venizélos Airport is 36 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Carolina Hotel
8.8 10
Carolina Hotel
55, Kolokotroni str., 10560 Athens, Greece

Hotel Carolina is strategically located in the center of Athens, just 500 m from the lively Monastiraki Square and 200 m from Ermou shopping street. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is a 10-minute walk away. Plaka, the historic part of Athens, is a 15-minute walk away. Athens International Airport is at 43 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.


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