Alsos Neas Smyrnis Athens

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Welcome to Nea Smyrni, my neighbourhood in Athens. This alsos (something between ‘parkland’, ‘recreational area’ and ‘small artificial forest’ in Greek) has been around since the founding of Nea Smyrni in the 1920s. We used to go there with school on our days off, watch films in the summer when the open-air cinema was still working… Lots of memories.

It used to be much denser with vegetation, more like a tiny forest than a park, but ever since the general reconstruction it went through as part of the gentrification of the neighbourhood by the municipality in the last decade, it’s become more “civilised”, with more open spaces etc. There’s also an open-air gym I sometimes go to when I’m not feeling completely lazy, and a playground that’s totally worse than the one we had back in my day!

You’ll mostly see families, joggers (including myself) and yogis here, but you might also spot an odd children’s party. Bring your book, your gym clothes and/or some music and you’re good to go! Stop at tram stops “Aigaiou” or “Agias Foteinis”. Nowadays I often come here to spot tortoises with my 3-year-old son – last time we counted more than 12!

Tip: also check out the Ionikes Giortes cultural festival for September concerts/plays. Keep an eye out for hoepoes!

Oh – also, check out Café Alsos at the center!

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Dimitris from Athens

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Address

Plateia Vasileos Konstantinou, Athens

Opening Times

06:00 - 22:30 daily

Price

Free

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)