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A unique mix of historic Athens and modern day Mediterranean culture

Athens, which sprawls well beyond its official limits, is unlike any other European capital. Home to roughly one-third of the Greek population, its fabric has been woven by successive waves of migrants – initially from the Greek provinces, today from abroad – since it was established in the 11th century B.C. The Greek capital may exhibit all the characteristics of a big city but at heart it remains a small town.

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National Gardens

National Gardens

Famous Subtropical trees, winding paths and ornamental ponds

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A must-do family activity in Athens all year round. The gardens offer shade and cool in the summer heat. The park is a car-free oases of tranquility in the buzz of the city. The stroller and bicycle friendly paths in the park take your family through variety of endemic and exotic flowers and trees. The park hosts a small Zoo, a playground, a turtle pond, a botanic center and a children library. Ideal for picnic and play. My children love watching the antiquities and the zoo animals.

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Subtropical trees, winding paths and ornamental ponds Editors' Note

The National Gardens are considered one of Athen’s greatest treasures. Formerly known as The Kings Garden, this city park is a tropical paradise in the middle of a concrete jungle. Ducks, the permanent residents of the gardens, don’t go with tropical trees, but they are fun to watch and feed.

Aside strolling and feeding quakers, you can also visit the botanical museum, and a small zoo featuring goats, rabbits, birds, and chicks. The National Gardens has two ponds where ducks reign supreme, but there is also a water turtle population children will enjoy.

National Gardens
Irodou Attikou 21, 10674 Athens
Syntagma Square
+30 210 721 5019