During your stay in Athens you can visit areas outside the city center. Athens suburbs are perfect for long distance walks in tree-clad streets, where you can stop in a patisserie, a coffee house or a bar.
Psichiko, Filothei, Maroussi, Kifissia: Psichiko and Filothei suburbs were constructed at the end of 1920's, influenced by the architectural style of English garden cities. Nowadays, they are very quiet residence areas with beautiful villas, rich vegetation and wide streets.
Athens Olympic Sports Center (OAKA) is situated in Maroussi, where the biggest part of Olympic Games 2004 sports activities took place. Kiffisia on the other hand is probably the most beautiful suburb in northern Athens. The rich Kifissia villas of the 19th century are residences of the oldest Athenian families.
Nowadays, the beautiful local villas in combination with the busy commercial streets have turned Kifissia into a very interesting area. The Museum of Natural History, the remarkable Archeological Collection of Romaic monuments, tomb pillars, ceramics, marble findings, statues and busts found in the area, the summer cinemas and the Flower Exhibition, that takes place every year in May in Kifissia park, are some of the sites worth visiting in Kifissia.
Some of the best restaurants, patisseries and coffee houses in town are also in Kifissia. Between Maroussi and Kifissia is Siggrou grove (1.000 sq. m) a perfect place to walk and do different kinds of activities.
The central street that connects Athens with the aforementioned suburbs is Kifissias Avenue. To go to Maroussi and Kifissia you can also take metro line 1.
Faliro, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni. All these areas extend along Saronikos Gulf coast from Piraeus to Vouliagmeni Cape. South suburbs have some of the best and busiest beaches in Attica (see p. --) due to their easy access from Athens (20-30 minutes away) which makes them perfect destination for seaside walks and swimming.
Each of these areas has its own mall with amazing shops. You can walk by the marinas, eat lunch or dinner by the sea, enjoy your favorite water sport or play golf. Glyfada Golf Club opens everyday from 8am until sunset. Along the coast there are many hotels with sea view.
Faliro Bay coastal area (from Neo to Palaio Faliro) has been designed to become a huge recreational area, which will include sports venues for Olympic events, small entertainment and culture venues, an impressive aquarium with Greek and Mediterranean sea life theme, a garden with different kinds of birds and marine sports facilities. It will be interconnected with an aerial bridge (“Esplanada”).
In Trokantero (P. Faliro) you can visit the Naval Museum, which is housed on one of the most glorious warships of contemporary Greek history the battleship Averof. A large seaside park is located in Aghios Kosmas area while a metropolitan park will be constructed (4.000 sq. m) in former airport’s area (Elliniko).
Vouligmeni is also a beautiful suburb with rich vegetation, elegant villas, beautiful beaches, and the homonym lake of unique natural beauty and some of the best hotels in Attica. Athenians usually visit these areas to dine in one of the restaurants or have fun in the coastal bars.
To go to southern suburbs you can take the tram departing from Syntagma Square and follows two routes: line Γ1 to Neo Faliro (“SEF” stop) and line Γ2 to Glyfada (“Kolimvitirio” stop). Line Γ3 also goes from Glyfada to Neo Faliro, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a trip along the coastal zone. You can also take bus lines B3 (Akadimia-Glyfada, through Vouliagmeni Avenue), E22 (Akadimia-Saronida, express line) etc.