The National Gardens used to be a private garden for the royal palace until the 1920s, when it was opened to the public and renamed.
It's a pleasant, lush, shady and atmospheric park right in the city center, boasting an overpopulated duck pond, a Botanical Museum, a café and a children's library and playground. Animal lovers may be depressed by the small zoo though.
The tall palms planted by Queen Amalia at the entrance gate give the park a distinctive look. Henry Miller described it as a 'quintessential park', an ideal that one rarely finds in real life.
Sure, it's a little touristy, but in a good way. Located in the center of Plaka, it's easy to find,... Read more