During your visit to Athens, you may feel the need to take a short break from the hectic city like and have a relaxing picnic. Our city has many green corners and parks to do so and all you need is a tablecloth or blanket, something to eat, and, of course, great company.
#1 Philopappou Hill
Philopappou Hill - credits: Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock.com
Philopappou (or Filopappou) Hill, 'the Hill of the Muses', is a green area to the southwest of the Acropolis. You can easily reach the Hill, as it is only a 10-minute walk from Thiseion train station. Philopappou Hill is opposite to the Acropolis main entrance, so you can have a spectacular view of the Parthenon from there, especially at night. The place is a green paradise in the center of Athens and many people visit it every day for walking, running or just enjoying nature. In case you want to have a picnic, you can go to Philopappou at noon and find a peaceful spot to relax. It is not advised to stay up to the hill until late, as it may be a bit dangerous after sunset.
Very close to Philopappou Hill is PnyxHill, the birthplace of the Athenian Democracy. This is the place where the great orators of antiquity such as Demosthenes and Pericles along with the Athenian citizens used to gather and discuss political matters. On the far side of Philopappou is located the Dora Stratou Theatre, where dancing performances take place, and where you can enjoy a Greek dancing lesson lead by us!
#2 Athens Riviera (summer picnic!)
Part of Athens Riviera - credits: Aerial motion/Shutterstock.com
During the summer months, you can have a picnic in one of the beaches located in the southern suburbs of Athens. Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkyza are easily reached by tram and bus from Athens' center and within less than an hour, you can be transferred to a peaceful and sandy beach, away from city noise. Walk barefoot on the sand, swim and enjoy the crystal clear waters, and then lay your tablecloth on the sand; it's time for a picnic by the sea!
#3 Athens National Garden
Athens National Garden - credits: Andreas Adam
Athens National Garden is located next to the building of the Greek Parliament and is easily reached by Syntagma Square. It is a green oasis in the middle of the city and the perfect spot to walk and relax while having a picnic. It is a big park, spread across 15.5 hectares, so you"ll need time to stroll around and enjoy nature. If you want to keep on wandering around Athens after visiting the National Garden, you can take the exit to Herodou Attikou Street -where the residence of the President of Hellenic Republic is located- and then visit the Kalimarmaro (Panathenaic) Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. You will even have the chance to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Greek National Gardens on our walking tour in Athens!
Despite being the capital of Greece, Athens is not short of parks and places to connect with nature while enjoying a traditional picnic, something you will figure out yourselves as soon as you visit it! What are you waiting for? Greek food and nature are calling!