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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.

Deer in Parnitha

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.

Tatoi Palace

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 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 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.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.