We are headed to Athens soon and I'm looking for any information on botanic gardens, arboretums, or anything horticultural. The National Garden sounds OK, but has anyone visited The Diomodis Botanical Garden or similar?
Hi Kathy. We unfortunately don't have any information on anything related to botanical gardens. I would try either the Greek Tourism Board or the Athens Tourist Information offices. Here's information on how to contact both along with a couple other resources that will hopefully help.
The Greek National Tourist Organization (EOT), with its main branch near the Acropolis Museum, covers Athens and the rest of the country. Pick up their handy city map, the helpful Athens City Guide booklet, and their slick, glossy book on Athens (all free). Although their advice can be hit-or-miss, they do have stacks of informative handouts on museums, entertainment options, bus and train connections, and much more (April-Oct Mon-Fri 8:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00; Nov-March Mon-Fri 9:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00; on pedestrian street leading to Acropolis Museum at Dionysiou Areopagitou 18-20, Metro line 2/red: Akropoli; tel. 210-331-0392, www.visitgreece.gr, email@example.com).
Helpful Websites: Though not officially part of the TI, Matt Barrett’s Athens Survival Guide (www.athensguide.com) is a great resource for anyone visiting Greece. Matt, who splits his time between North Carolina and Greece, splashes through his adopted hometown like a kid in a wading pool, enthusiastically sharing his discoveries and observations on his generous site. While his practical information isn’t always the most up-to-date, his perspectives and advice are top-notch. Matt covers emerging neighborhoods that few visitors venture into, and offers offbeat angles on the city and recommendations for vibrant, untouristy restaurants. He also blogs about his latest impressions on the city.
Other useful websites, some of which you may also see in print form around town, are Athens in Your Pocket (www.inyourpocket.com/greece/athens), Athens Today (www.athens-today.com), and the online version of the bimonthly Greek lifestyle magazine Odyssey (www.odyssey.gr).