There is something for everyone at the SNFCC whatever the time of year. Join us as we explore the activities we can enjoy at its beautiful grounds during each season.
By Andromache Kokkinou
If you haven't already done so while in Athens, it's high time you visited the SNFCC, the magnificent creation of starchitect Renzo Piano. The man behind the Centre Pompidou and the Shard, among other buildings, designed this massive, sustainable sports and cultural complex in the Kallithea area, just 4.5km south of central Athens. The SNFCC is home to the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and a vast 50-acre urban park. Whether you're into cultural events, sports or just relaxing in a beautiful setting, you can easily spend a whole day at the SNFCC. To make your visit even more enjoyable, we've prepared a helpful guide with activities to choose from, depending on when you're visiting Athens.
How to get there
The SNFCC has a very detailed guide on how to reach the site offering many different options, so all you have to do is click here.
‘Tis the Season to be Merry
As the days get colder and shorter (not too cold or short, you're in Athens after all), the SNFCC dons its illuminated finery and transforms itself into Christmas World. You might find yourself skating on the Canal ice rink, racing to the finish line of the first run of the year, or having a dreamy date at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
In Full Bloom
Spring calls for regeneration. Outdoor activities sprout left and right all over the SNFCC grounds: the Mediterranean Garden blossoms and exhales its rich aromas, new world-famous art adorns the Esplanade, cyclists take long rides to the seaside and back, and people of all ages dance to the beat of open-air parties.
Children happily cycle along the Canal, while teenagers set up their loudspeakers and break into spontaneous dance by the water. Moviegoers make their way up the artificial hill to the Great Lawn and spread their picnic blankets in front of the big screen. Afternoons are filled with crowds eager to watch their favourite musicians perform live. Welcome to summer at the SNFCC.
A buzzing hub of creativity
Autumn is here, gently nudging us towards new beginnings, and the centre offers a serene haven for both work and play. Whether you're looking for a quiet productive workspace, a cosy corner to read or music festivals to draw you into their orbit, the SNFCC has something for everyone in autumn.