Walks around the city

Walks around the city

Walks around the city 2000 1333 Monsieur Didot
6.8km / 8.3km

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Flisvos Marina

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre:
The Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green areas in Athens covering 21 hectares, is a public space where everyone has free access and can participate in a multitude of cultural, educational, athletic, environmental and recreational activities and events.
A modern Landscape Architecture project, the Park has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, respecting the local ecosystem and seasonality. Enjoy a tour at a welcoming and open space with flora that reflects the Mediterranean landscape.
Address: 364 Syggrou Avenue, Kallithea
Tram: Tzitzifies Station

Flisvos Marina:
Flisvos Marina adorns a special place in the coastal area of Athens. It feels like a small independent city in which you can spend you whole day from morning till night. You can start your day with a cup of coffee, walk around the Marina, eat a refreshing ice cream and look at the boats, get a quick lunch, have a drink or cocktail under the magical sunset and enjoy your dinner under the stars. A perfect evening ends with a movie at the open air cinema Cine Flisvos.
Τram: Parko Flisvou Station

1.5km / 1.6km

Monastiraki / Psyrri

It is always standing out for its diversity. Just take a look around the central square and you will see different cultures and religions co-existing. Street theatre, music bands, vendors, groups of friends, tourists, banners, a mosque and a church. You will also find here a market with a multitude of things, souvenirs, traditional products and also modern stores with clothes, shoes, leather goods and jewellery. Proceed to Avyssinias Square. Filled with second hand objects, old furniture and antique stores, it never ceases to enchant guests with the ‘merchandise’ of times of old.
Metro: Line 3 / Monastiraki Station

A walk around Psyrri will remind you of an island with its many alleys, theatres and artistic hang outs, with their walls covered with street art. The neighbourhood of Psyrri looks like it has come out of an old Greek movie, it has had its ups and downs and is today an ideal choice for a walk in the centre of Athens with plenty of stops for a meal and a sweet.
Metro: Line 3 / Monastiraki Station

3km / 3.6km

Thissio / Philopappos Hill - Pnyx

The Grand Walk of Athens via the pedestrianized Apostle Paul Str leads from Makrygianni and Acropolis to Thissio, a small area of Athens on the nothwestern side of the Acropolis. Thissio is a place for walks and recreation for Athenians and tourists, with a variety of restaurants, taverns, bars, cafés and also the historic open air cinema THISSION on Apostle Paul Str, considered the oldest still functioning independent open air cinema in the country placed by CNN first in the list of the ten best cinemas of the world!
Metro: Line 1 / Thissio Station

Philopappos HillPnyx
Philopappos Hill or Hill of the Muses is right across the Acropolis and really consists of 3 hills since there are paths linking it with the Pnyx and the hill of the Observatory where one may find the new and old National Observatory of Athens. The famous stone paths of the hill, made by the architect Dimitris Pikionis, start at the entrance to the hill right across from the end of Dionysiou Aeropagitou Str. The Philopappos Hill is named after the homonymous monument found at the hill’s top built at the times of emperor Traianos. In verdant surroundings, you will find one of the most beautiful chapels of Attica, St Dimitrios Loubardiaris. From there you can follow one of the many marble paved paths which will lead you to the famous Pnyx hill. The view from here is breathtaking!
The Pnyx was the official meeting place of the Athenian democratic assembly in ancient Athens from the 6th century until the end of the 4th century B.C. This is where democracy flourished making Athens the centre of the ancient world, a time that reached its heyday in the Golden Age of Pericles.
Metro: Line 1 / Thissio Station


Plaka / Anafiotika

Under the shadow of the Acropolis you will find Plaka, the oldest and most picturesque quarter of Athens, inhabited uninterruptedly from antiquity to the present day. The so-colled neighbourhood of the gods, it resembles a journey back to old Athens dispersed with ancient ruins, historical buildings and byzantine churches.
Today, Plaka is one of the quarters of Athens – perhaps even the single one – which is not accessible by car even though it is located in the heart of the city. Despite this, it is bursting with life with multitude taverns, colourful stores and attractions by day and quiet bars at night. Millions of tourists walk around its pebbled alleys, whitewashed steps and narrow alleys every year.
Metro: Line 3 / Monastiraki Station  &  Line 2 / Acropolis Station

If you find yourselves on the north-eastern side of the rock of the Acropolis, right on the limits with Plaka, you shall be walking in a neighbourhood with an island feeling that cannot be compared with any other area of Athens. A neighbourhood with Cycladic colours and an Aegean Sea flair.
It was created in the mid-19th century, when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens to work for the construction of the city and the erection of King Otto’s palace. White little houses, narrow alleys, bougainvilleas and vines compose a true painting under the sacred rock still surviving in a cement city.
Metro: Line 3 / Monastiraki Station  &  Line 2 / Acropolis Station


Zappeion – National Garden

The Zappeion garden is a beautiful touch of the history and culture of Athens taking you back in time. Zappeion is ideal for walking and relaxing for the whole family. The imposing Zappeion Hall was constructed in the 19th century and was the first building worldwide built for the Olympic Games. Next to it, the café-restaurant Aigli is an ideal choice for a coffee break with a unique view of the Acropolis and Lycabettus hill.
Next to Zappeion, a verdant paradise in the heart of Athens offers a refreshing walk through history. Here, you will wander around an endless green area, with various endemic trees, and also trees from other continents, a gorgeous lake, a small zoo, a playground and a children’s library. The National Garden of Athens, open daily from sunrise to sunset, has always been one of the favourite strolling destinations for Athenians. Totalling 154.000 sqm, it started taking its current form during the reign of King Otto (1832 – 1862). Walking through its labyrinthine alleys, 7km in length and 3-5m wide, the visitor will get lost in the green areas and impressed by the variety of plants, bushes and trees to be found here.

1.2km / 0.7km

Syntagma Square / Panepistimou Str

Syntagma Square:
A landmark of Athens, Syntagma square is located right at the heart of the city in front of the Greek Parliament. The square’s historical value for Athens and Greece in general is huge. It was called Palace Square until 1843, since the Greek Parliament building used to be the palace of King Otto. The square is named after the Constitution (‘Syntagma’ meaning ‘constitution’ in the Greek language) that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after an uprising on 3 September 1843 led by the Greek Revolution fighter Makrygiannis.

On the square’s eastern side, you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument representing the burial site of all the unknown soldiers who gave their lives during the different wars in Greek history. The square’s attraction is the Change of the Guards by members of the Presidential Guard, names Evzones, in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier every one hour following a strict set of orchestrated moves.

Panepistimiou Str:
Starting from Syntagma Sq and moving towards Omonia Sq, a visitor to Athens has the chance to admire many historical buildings along Panepistimiou Str:

National Library of Greece
Since 1903, the National Library of Greece has been housed at the emblematic Vallianeio Mansion on Panepistimiou Str in Athens. The Library is the custodian of Greek literary heritage with documents currently amounting to approximately 2.000.000. Its collection of 5.400 handwritten codices, dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries, is one of the largest ones in the world. The building displays characteristics of the Doric rhythm and the Renaissance mode and is made with pentelic marble on Pireaus stone. On its main entrance you will find the statue of Panages Vallianos and further in those of his brothers, all made by the sculptor Georgios Bonanos.

Iliou Melathron
Iliou Melathron, also known as the Schliemann Mansion, was built in 1878-1879 as the residence of Heinrich Schliemann. It was named after the ancient city of Troy discovered by Schliemann and was the richest private building of Athens and one of the most important works by Ernst Ziller. Today, the building houses the Numismatic Museum of Athens.

Bank of Greece
The building of the Bank of Greece is a clasiified building by the Ministry of Culture. It was built beτween 1933 and 1938, after the Second World War, and used to cover the whole building block until the 1970s.

The Academy of Athens
A characteristic sample of neoclassical architecture and the best work by Theophil Hansen in Greece. The Academy of Athens or Sina’s Academy was constructed with the donations of the expatriate businessman from Vienna baron Simon Sinas. The building’s architectures has a lot of similarities with the Acropolis Erectheion. It is famous for its statues of Socrates and Plato, goddess Athena and god Apolla, by the sculptor Leonidas Drosis, found at its exterior, as well as for the pediment on its entrance depicting a representation of the birth of Athena and displaying characteristics of the Ionian rhythm.

University of Athens
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was the first university of Greece and of the Balkans. It consists of a group of buildings forming a double T, with two exterior courtyards with statues. Today, it houses the Rectorate, the Senate and the University’s large ceremonial hall.

Arsakeio School for Girls
One of the most imposing buildings on Panepistimiou St, on the corner with Pesmazoglou St, is the mansion of the Arsakeion, built between 1846-1856 on behalf of the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning. It was completed thanks to a donation by the expatriate Apostolos Arsakis and was named after him. Stones from the rock of the Acropolis were used in its construction while it adorns a characteristic main entrance decorated with Doric semicolumns and a pediment decorated with the head of goddess Athena. Historians consider it as ‘the most authentic expression of Hellenic neoclassicism’. Today, the building houses the Council of State.



Lycabettus has an imposing presence over the Attica basin. St George chapel is to be found on its very top. From there you can enjoy a panoramic view of Athens with the eyes reaching the Piraeus port. 277m high, this is the highest spot in Athens. According to mythology, the hill was created out of a rock goddess Athena was carrying on her way to the Acropolis. The rock fell off her hands after distressing news brought to her by a raven and so the rock became what Athenians would later call the hill of Lycabettus. The cable car transferring us to the top of the hill started functioning in 1965. Right under the chapel of St George, there is plenty of choice for a meal or a cup of coffee.
Lycabettus funicular: 66 Ploutarchou, Kolonaki

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