Stavros Niarchos Park

Park in Athens

Image by Vangelis Koronakis Lonely Planet

Athens is short on green spaces, so this vast park, opened in 2016, is a true breath of fresh air. A large central lawn hosts free dance and exercise classes, as well as midnight movie marathons in summer, while rambling paths cut through patches of lavender and rows of olive trees. A playground, interactive sound installations and rental bikes (€1 per hour) add to the fun.

It's also just a pleasant place to pull up a chair and watch the sunset – which is what a lot of locals do.

In addition to regular public transport, you can also use a free shuttle bus, departing from Syntagma at Ermou. It runs several times a day on weekdays, and every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 11pm on weekends.