Parks and Green Walking Areas in Athens

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Parks and Green Walking Areas in Athens

Athens ever-increasing traffic-free pedestrian streets and greenways are turning the center of the city into one of the most liveable in Europe. The Acropolis, Thission, the National Gardens, Psiri, Gazi, Monastiraki, Syntagma, and the Plaka are all connected by greenway or pedestrian street while some steets like Athinas have had the sidewalks widened and the road narrowed to discourage traffic. These people-friendly zones are being extended further and further. If you book a hotel in the right place there is no need for you to even see automobile traffic in Athens except to and from the airport or the port. And the best is yet to come. The plans for Athens is to make many of the major roads more like parks than streets and enable people to walk or ride their bikes safely and happily all over the city.

For such an unnatural setting as Athens, there is lots of open space and wildlife in the area around the Acropolis. Much of it is free and full of ancient ruins. There are miles of pathways to walk on and in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom you can feel like you are out in the country or walking through an Athens that existed before the age of apartment buildings and traffic. There is a plan that is being carried out where all the archaeological sites will be connected by these wildlife areas and a series of pedestrian streets and you can see much of this coming into being on Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou, the roads that separates the Acropolis from the neighborhoods of Makriani and Thission, on the opposite side of the hill from the Plaka. What used to be a very busy street is now a pedestrian avenue and park with cafes and restaurants and even a horse drawn carriage. It begins across the street from Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, goes past the Acropolis Museum and continues all the way to Monastiraki. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Parks and Green Walking Areas in Athens
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
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