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The elegant gardens of Athens

Athens ● 03 October 2017

Athens is a large city that sometimes can be tiring. Thousands of cars, traffic jam, people running to catch everything. However, inside this crazy scenery, Athens has beautiful parks and gardens that are small oases, capable of making you forget being in a busy town. Green urban retreats in Athens, and can give you moments of relaxation. Plus, in this spaces, you can do your favourite activities, such as jogging, or just walk around and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

National Garden

Located in the heart of Athens, next to Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament, National Garden is the most popular destination for locals as well as visitors seeking some respite from the crowds and the traffic. 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.

Botanical Garden

Athens Botanical Garden (or Diomedes Garden) is located 8 kilometres west of Athens Center, in the district of Haidari at Mount Aegaleo. This enormous expanse, which covers 180 hectares, is divided into cultivated and wild sections. The second is a natural forest of pine and cypress trees along with other endemic plants. This forest is home to lovely fauna, such as turtles, frogs, rabbits, partridges, foxes, badgers and owls. The cultivated area of the park covers 20 hectares and features more than 4,000 plant species. One of the sections is dedicated to species mentioned in ancient works, such as myrtle, with which goddess Aphrodite concealed her nudity when she emerged from the sea, or hemlock, which was consumed by Socrates after being sentenced to death.

Garden at the Byzantine and Christian Museum

The museum is housed in a 19th century mansion and is enclosed in tranquil surroundings with three exhibition spaces where you can walk around and learn information about the city's drainage and water supply as well as River Ilissos, which is channelled underground. An elegant café-bistro, which serves coffee, sweets and light meals, operates in the garden.

Garden of the Numismatic Museum

The secluded courtyard, which was once the retreat of archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, for whom Ernst Ziller built the mansion in 1878, offers shade, coolness and serenity beneath its trees and umbrellas. Live jazz music events are often hosted here, but you can also enjoy coffee or light lunch sitting near the replicas of ancient Greek statues.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Park

The Park in Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a vital green space and a breath of life for Athens. It offers many surprises to its visitors, such as opportunities for learning, rest, recreation and new experiences. With its lush garden landscape and the wide range of trees, plants, water fountains, allées, paths, playgrounds and open spaces is ideal for a leisure walk, exercise, play with the children as well as open-air concerts and exhibitions. Its ecological concept, functionality and physical topography support the public's needs and preferences.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

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 Omonoia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Best Western Pythagorion Hotel
9 10
Best Western Pythagorion Hotel
28, Agiou Konstandinou Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Best Western Hotel Pythagorion is a modern city hotel located in the historic center of Athens, just 0.3 km from Omonoia Metro Station.