Notoriously known as the concrete jungle, Athens, the capital of Greece, however, has no dearth of green spots where people can seek solace and refuse from the fast pace of urban life. In fact, if you take a walk in the area around the Acropolis and the large Philopapou Hill, located at a short distance away, you might as well get a feel of being in a forest. Let us take a look at some significant parks and gardens of Athens:
Philopappos was the grandson of the King of Commagene and a well-known donor of the city, having made a large number of significant bequests. On the top of the legendary Hill of the Muses, lies the burial monument of great Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos. Philopappos Hill offers enough greenery for nature lovers to take a stroll around, relax or click pictures.
Zappeion Garden, taking pride in the awe-inspiring Zappeion Hall (which is at present an exhibition hall), is open from sunrise to sunset. The Hall building itself was erected solely for the purpose to host the first modern Olympic Games in Athens.
Lycabettus hill is an ideal starting point for many significant venues of Athens. You can view the Acropolis and the grandiose Olympic Stadium from above and then through a pedestrian path lined with century-old trees you can head towards the Mediterranean coast. The Lycabettus also has an open air theatre at the top which holds concerts and various other events during the summer months.
Patronized by Queen Amalia, the National Gardens, displays a multitude of strolling paths, large shady trees, cool ponds and lots of greenery.
The Village Entertainment Park:
The Village Entertainment Park, as the name suggests, is an ideal spot for recreational activities right from shopping, dining, wellness to outdoor activities. The park features varied facilities like picnic tables, Mediterranean vegetation, spacious retail area with everything on fashion, news, books, music and electronics stores. The complex also comprises some 20 indoor cinemas, a multitude of cafes and restaurants, plus an outdoor playground for children, which annually hosts a number of children’s events.