Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century, the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. Its meandering bench-laden paths, cool trees and popular ponds, make a favourite stroll for everyone. There is a Botanical Museum for the garden aficionados and for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. A pleasant coffee shop is also located here (see “secret gardens”).
Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens, the Zapion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen, while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zapion Hall) with the pristine, in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways.