The park provides walking alleys and a special path for jogging while it is great as the slight inclination of the ground makes the routes ideal for beginners in running.
The Long Route
Route: 1800 metres approximately
Route characteristics: 1/3 of the route is uphill, 1/3 slightly downhill and 1/3 is flat. Most of the pathways are naturally shaded. Just a small part of the route is not protected by the trees and this is the very spot in front of the Statue of Athena.
It is recommended for runners who run long distances and who do not wish to repeat a lot of rounds of smaller routes.
Route Description: Starting from the main street in front of the Statue of King Constantine, then right in front of the Statue of Goddess Athena and afterwards the route follows a large semicircle past the church of Saint Charalambos above Oikonomidis’ square and the Hellenic Military Geographical Service. Finally, it goes past the church of Taxiarches and goes downhill to terminate along the alley of statues.
The Short Route or The Route of recast
Route: 1200 metres
Route Characteristics: The route covers the most beautiful spots of the Park, which have been transformed into fabulous attractions for the visitors after the reconstruction of the Pedion Areos. Recommended: both for novices and advanced runners
Route Description: The route starts slightly uphill from the main way behind the statue of King Constantine and goes through the marvellous watery route with the planes. It then turns left to the main pedestrian way and after a while it turns right to a small, quiet square with blossomed flowers and the monument of the Sacred Band. Then, the route goes through the rose garden and the small, spiral-shaped river and finally ends downhill in the alley with the busts of National Heroes with the magnificent palm trees.
We attempted to “plan” two indicative routes according to the needs of a runner. You can always plan your own personalized route, of course, or simply wander through the lanes of the park. The only thing that is certain is the fact that you will relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city centre within this splendid oasis of green.