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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 in Athens, Greece Elizabeth Hotel
8.5 10
Elizabeth Hotel
46, Arkadias Str., 11527 Athens, Greece

Elizabeth Hotel is only 10 minutes away from Panormou Metro Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 stops away using the metro and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be easily reached as it is directly connected with Panormou Metro Station.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port. Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos is 36 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.