By Sarah Silbertâ€”
Temperatures are dropping as we transition from summer to fall, but this is only a good thing in Athens: In with the mellow weather and out with the scorching temperatures! As things cool down, we think a walk in on of the cityâ€™s many parks makes for a perfect, cost-free way to spend time between visits to the Acropolis and the Agora.
National Garden of Athens
Metro: Exit at Syntagma (line 2 or 3)
Located in central Athens right behind the Greek Parliament Building, the National Garden of Athens makes a scenic place for a stroll. The garden is filled with plenty of gems to discover, including a smattering of ancient runes, a duck pond and a small zoo. For a fix of greenery in the city (and a nice spot to eat your Cheapo-friendly souvlaki), we canâ€™t think of a better place.
Pedion tou Areos
Metro: Exit at Victoria (line 1)
The Pedion tou Areos Park is marked by a large statue of King Constantine I on a horse and a memorial to soldiers who fought in the Battle of Greece. Like the National Garden, the Pedio tou Areos Park offers plenty of greenery and no shortage of peaceful paths to explore.
One of the largest parks in the city, it also boasts a popular playground. Stop by before or after visiting the nearby National Archaeological Museum, but donâ€™t linger past sunset; weâ€™ve heard the scene gets slightly sketchy after hours.
Metro: Exit at Kifissia (line 1)
Kifissia is an attractive, affluent suburb on the northern side of Athens. In addition to some shopping and eating options, the neighborhood offers a lush botanical garden. If youâ€™re itching for a taste of local life, take the metro out here and explore the expansive greenery. (Bonus tip: If youâ€™re in town during April or May, you can catch the annual Kifissia Flower Show, which brings a colorful variety of flora to the neighborhood.)
Where else to walk?
Well, these are our Athens park picks, Cheapos. But weâ€™re no Socrates: If youâ€™ve seen better spots for strolling in the city, set us straight by leaving a comment!
And if you’re interested in reading more tips for Athens and Greece, have a look here.