Lying in the most famous spots of Athens or tucked away in well-hidden areas, lush gardens and parks of adorn the city’s neighborhoods and form pleasant green havens in the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Whether you want to take a peaceful stroll, relax, offer your children a pleasant environment to play or lay a tablecloth for an unofficial and very pleasant picnic, the gardens of Athens are definitely to be visited during your stay in the Greek capital!
OUTDOOR AND NATURE
FOREST OF TATOI
Just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Athens, it was once the summer retreat of King George and Queen Olga, before being converted to the royal family’s permanent residence in 1948. Walking in the forest you will be stunned by the lush vegetation; Aleppo pine trees, tall cypresses, poplars, plane trees, beech trees, Greek strawberry trees, olive trees, and citrus trees among others adorn the Tatoi forest, which is protected by the Natura 2000 network as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Don’t miss the 10 m. waterfall that offers an unrivalled sense of serenity and enjoyment!
Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century, this is the ultimate children’s paradise in the centre of the city, home to more than 500 different species of plants, trees, birds and animals. There is also a Botanical and a Children’s Museum, a zoo, and a playground along with scattered ancient monuments and statues. Relax at the pleasant and always shady coffee shop where children can taste one of the best strawberry sorbet in town!
ANTONIS TRITSIS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS PARKATTICA ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Welcome to the largest green zone in Attica! It’s the region’s precious gem that encompasses ponds, canals, a rich flora and a refuge of hundreds of species of birds and mammals. A specially designed system ensures continuous recirculation of fresh water between the park’s six lakes. This abundance of water has helped promote and preserve the park’s rich biodiversity. Immerse yourself into some trekking, jogging, biking and even horseback riding!
ATTICA ZOOLOGICAL PARK
There is nothing better than spending the day with your children at the largest zoo in Greece! Amazing animals from all over the world will enchant and impress the whole family and leave you with unique memories. Get to know more than two hundred species of birds, reptiles as well as representatives of the best that the Greek fauna has to offer: Wolves, bears, wild cats and foxes, a number of African mammals like giraffes, zebras, antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. Among the highlights of the park are the African penguins, the playful dolphins and the adorable seals.