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Top Parks and Gardens in Athens

Top Parks and Gardens in Athens

Take a break from Athens’ urban buzz and enjoy the city’s tranquil side in its parks and gardens. From forested hills to botanical gardens, Athens’ parks offer the chance to relax and unwind in between visits to major monuments. Here are some of the best. 

National Garden

Located in the heart of the city, Athens’ National Garden is one of the city’s grandest green spaces. Just steps from Syntagma Square, the park spans 38 acres (15.5 hectares) and, in addition to palm trees and exotic plants, boasts ancient ruins, public artworks, and the grand Zappeion Hall.

Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus Hill (Mt. Lycabettus) may be best known for its views of the Acropolis, which is located on an adjacent peak, but it also has its own scenic beauty. During a trek to Athens’ highest point, you’ll wend your way through forested trails that reveal extraordinary vistas of the city.

Philopappou Hill

Another of Athens’ vertical parks, Philopappou Hill—also known as the Hill of the Muses—is a worthy place to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the scenery. The hill is crowned by the Philopappos Monument, which makes it a great place to enjoy sunset panoramas of the Greek capital in the early evening.

Diomidous Botanical Garden

Located on the edge of the city, the Diomidous Botanical Garden falls far enough off the typical tourist trail that you’re guaranteed to beat the crowds. Home to thousands of plants, a pond dappled with water lilies, and shaded walking paths, it’s an urban oasis that’s well worth venturing to.

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Athens Scenic Bike Tour

Athens Scenic Bike Tour

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Explore the ancient monuments and bustling energy of Athens on a fun and easy bike tour. Cover much more distance than walking while peddling along bike-friendly paths and streets, stopping to learn about the city’s long history and legends from a local guide. Cycle around the Acropolis and past other iconic ruins including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, and the Keramikos Cemetery.
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  • 3 hours
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Romantic Dinner on the Top of Lycabetus Hill
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Romantic Dinner on the Top of Lycabetus Hill

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Enjoy a wonderful, romantic night out, especially designed to showcase the best parts of the illuminated Athens. Top a fantastic experience off with a delicious dinner in one of the most romantic spots in Athens, take in the stunning view and let the romantic feeling overtake you! We will pick you up from your Hotel Lobby and head down to the main Greek port of Piraeus, passing by the most important points of the city like City Hall and the picturesque yacht’s harbor of Microlimano. The hill of Lycabettus is the highest peak of Athens, which overlooks the capital from 277 meters. Suitably it is considered as one of the most romantic places while it certainly stands out for its panoramic view of the beautiful city. The most beautiful images fill the eyes of every visitor, facing the Acropolis to Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf.
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  • 3 hours
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Highlights and Hidden Gems in Athens Walking Tour

Highlights and Hidden Gems in Athens Walking Tour

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Perfect for travelers seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, this Athens sightseeing tour reveals the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Alongside your guide, you’ll stroll down secluded alleys and over ancient roads and tick off top Athens attractions including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Uncover the best souvenir shops and local haunts, and sample a traditional Greek sweet in a café. On this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Athens Highlights Walking Tour
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Athens Highlights Walking Tour

Start your time in Athens on the right foot with a comprehensive walking tour that helps you check off more than a dozen monuments in a single morning or afternoon. Learn the history behind ancient landmarks like the Acropolis, Propylaia, Nike Temple, Dionysus Sanctuary, and Agora, and watch one of modern Athens’ most intriguing rituals at the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Leave your guidebook behind and take it all in.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
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Athens Mythological Tour: Boudoir of the Gods

Athens Mythological Tour: Boudoir of the Gods

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Walk in the footsteps of the Gods on this 3-hour journey into the lives and loves of amorous characters from Athens’ mythological past. Dive into a world of transformations, seductions and deceptions, godly affairs and divine punishments. Enjoy an informative and imaginative walking tour whilst admiring many of the most important landmarks in Greece.
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