Photo: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Park
Stavros Niarchos Park was designed by architect Renzo Piano. Occupying 85% of SNFCC’s total area, it stretches over an area of 21 hectares. The park is home to a rich variety of Mediterranean flora, including 16 tree species, 161 shrub species as well as an extensive selection of indigenous Greek aromatic plants. In the center of the park is the Great Lawn. This is the point where all of the paths meet. During the summer months the Great Lawn hosts various events and activities, such as screenings, concerts and other.
Moreover, there are playgrounds for kids of all ages, water jets, an outdoor gym and a running track. Rental bikes are also available for pedaling on the cycle path around the park. Pets are welcome at all SNFCC’s outdoor areas, except the Great Lawn, the Labyrinth, and the playgrounds. If you get thirsty or hungry, there are restaurants, bistros, cafes and kiosks where you can buy something to drink or eat. One of them is on the roof of the National Library’s reading room and offers breathtaking view. Next to the park is the National Library, the National Opera and a 400 meter long and 30-meter-wide canal. Stavros Niarchos Park is great place to visit and spend the day. The park is fully accessible to people with mobility issues.
The current opening hours for Stavros Niarchos Park are from Monday to Thursday from 06:00 – 00:00 and from Friday to Sunday from 06:00 – 02:00. The parking is open 24 hours.
How to get there
Stavros Niarchos Park is located in a suburb south of Athens, approximately 6 kilometers from Athens central. There are many ways to travel to the park including, car, taxi, bike, bus and tram. The park features bicycle parking spaces at the entrance of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtourt Street), at the Visitors Center (Eyripidou and Doiranis Street) as well as at the taxi rank. It also has a parking for cars open 24/7.
By bus: Bus No 130: Piraeus – Nea Smyrni (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus), 217: Piraeus – Dafni Station (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus), 550: Kifissia – Palaio Faliro (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onassio Stop southbound), 860: Palaio Faliro – Schisto (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus), Α1: Piraeus – Voula (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus), Β1: Piraeus - Ano Glyfada (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus), Β2: Syggrou-Fix – Agios Kosmas (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onasseio Stop southbound).
Shuttle Bus: In addition to regular public transport, you can also use a free shuttle bus, departing from Syntagma. The starting point is located at the bus station, near the junction of Syntagma Square with Ermou Street. The bus runs several times a day from 07:30am to 21:30pm on weekdays, and from 8:30am to 9:30pm on weekends.
Metro / Tram: Currently the park is not served directly by train or metro, however Attiko Metro is planning to extend Line 1 (Kifissia – Piraeus) with a turn-off from Thisio to the SNFCC. Stavros Niarchos Park is served by tram (Line 2 Piraeus – Voula, Tzitzifies or Agia Skepi Station).