Take a peaceful stroll through these lush gardens, next to one of the main city squares.
A small oasis
Not everywhere you visit in Athens has to be connected to its classical past. The National Gardens are right in the middle of the city, next to Syntagma Square. These gardens were built around the mid-19th century for Queen Amalia. This leafy corner in the middle of the busy centre was created for the city's inhabitants as a peaceful refuge. They were designed as a place to relax after a hard day's work. Today, they are still maintained for the same purpose and are an excellent place to disconnect and get away from the hectic pace of city life. They are also home to the Botanical Garden, which is open 7 days a week. When exploring the park, you'll be sure to spot a diverse range of plants and curious animals, such as peacocks and squirrels.