The Big Olive Great Walk of Athens

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Birthplace of drama, democracy and philosophy, Athens today is a maze of aesthetic anarchy filled with concrete edifices and bustling thoroughfares. A stroll through its vibrant squares, colorful markets and meandering streets reveals a city full of secrets and surprises. Explore the major and less traveled landmarks of downtown Athens and hear anecdotal stories about visionaries who left their indelible mark on this new -old- capital.

In a nutshell

The route follows the trail of the 2020 Great Walk masterplan, an ambitious effort put forward by the City of Athens to further unify the historical and cultural sites of Athens through extensive pedestrianization and other infrastructure works. A pioneer project by the late public figures Melina Mercouri and Antonis Tritsis, the plan aims to change the way locals and visitors perceive public space in Europe’s oldest capital.

4 hours

Aristotle’s Lyceum, the Presidential Mansion, Zappeion, The Acropolis, Monastiraki, the Central Market, Omonoia, the University, Syntagma square.

Route designed by Nicolas Nicolaides, PhD cand. in History, University of Athens

This walk will not visit any archaeological sites.

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We have dreamed the world as resistant, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and firm in time, but we have allowed slight, and eternal, bits of the irrational to form part of its architecture so as to know that it is false.” – Jorge Luis Borges, Avatars of the Tortoise.