Parnitha National Park and Tatoi Palace
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Parnitha National Park and Tatoi Palace

Athens ● Parnitha ● 15 May 2017
 

Athens has great nature, and the most impressive thing is that it does not only contain sea and beaches, but also mountains, which make you feel like being in an amazing winter destination. The highest mountain of Athens, in its north-western side, is Parnitha. Mountain Parnitha has been declared National Park under protection for its amazing landscape and its rich fauna and flora.


Parnitha, with its forests, its variable topography and its high protection status offers a suitable ecosystem for various wild species. Red deers, 23 bird species, 12 mammal species, reptiles and amphibians are among the strictly protected species of the Mediterranean nature. Parnitha is also a botanical paradise with more than 1,000 species of plants and flowers.


In addition to nature, Parnitha National Park offers its visitor the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Greece. The most important historical monument there is the Palace of the former royal family of Greece at Tatoi. This Palace was the main summer residence of the royal family since the beginning of the 20th century. After the referendum in 1973, when the Greek people voted against regality in Greece, and especially after 1975, when regality was permanently abolished, the estate of Tatoi became public. Today, it is managed by the Tatoi National Park Foundation.

The Palace complex includes numerous outbuildings, such as personnel quarters, storehouses and farms, and the main building of the Palace. However, the history of this place together with the long-lasting issue of the ownership and the expropriation of the estate has as a result its neglection for years. Nevertheless, this neglection is part of the history of Greece, and it is very interesting to see how time has passed and changed this place together with the whole public life of Greece.


The National Park of Parnitha is a huge area, where you can walk, hike, picnic with your family, and let kids run, play and be impressed by the numerous deers. You can go to Tatoi by car or taxi, it is located about 25 km from Athens Center. The visit to the Palace is ideal for walking around while seeing the buildings, and afterwards, you can walk to the hiking paths of the mountain. There are also many shelters for the mountaineers, where you can eat, relax and enjoy the amazing view. From Parnitha, you can see whole Athens, Piraeus Port and the islands of the Saronic Gulf.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Lotus Center
9 10
Lotus Center
95, Ermou Str., 10555 Athens, Greece

Lotus Center is located in the heart of Athens, in Monastiraki area, 20m from the metro station. These luxury apartments are fully renovated in 2016 and offer easy and quick access to all the attractions of Athens. The world-renowned Acropolis is at 1 km. Athens International Airport is at 45 km.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Friendly hostel located in a quiet residential spot close to the heart of athens.The Athens International has been renovated and re-opened offering new extra facilities all the time.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and vibrant areas of the city.


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