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Tatoi King Estate in Athens

Feb, 08, 2016

Tatoi King Estate in Athens is the (now empty) summer residence of the former Greek Royal Family. It is also the birthplace of King George II of Greece. It’s ancient and current official name is Dekelea. It can be found on the east-facing slopes of Mount Parnitha at 27 km distance from the Athens city centre. The mountain is densely wooded and there are many walking and riding paths in the woods as well as large open grass areas. These open areas have picnic tables and swings!

Our experience at Tatoi King Estate

Our most recent visit to Tatoi King Estate was in February of 2016. We parked our car near the palace (it is easy to park near the estate on the Tatoiou Ave towards Parnitha) and climbed up the hills towards the main open area. Just this walk up the hill was an adventure full of nature’s treasures. At the open grass area near the stables and service houses, we saw the cows on the estate and we had a picnic stop.

We continued our walk towards the main palace and stopped for the swings. At some parts of the park, we felt that we were in Switzerland instead of in Greece. The landscape is amazingly unspoiled and inviting for all sorts of activities.

The abandoned royal buildings are still fascinating. Watching the former landscaped gardens with the statues and fountain, we imagined fairy tale like garden parties and festive summer nights happening.

©family experiences blogThere is plenty to learn on Tatoi King Estate. You can follow the walking routes finding your own way. There are special plants and trees along the walking paths with signs explaining what species they are. There are also some farm animals that walk around freely. Some parts of the park are accessible by bike.  My 3 year old walked the whole estate for hours. But you can also use a stroller on the walking paths.

Tatoi King Estate offers a free family quality day out for all ages in exciting outdoor surroundings.


I am Celeste and this is my Family Travel Blog. The first and only one about Greece in English and Dutch with real stories. This is where I share my experiences on family travel and activities in Greece and tips on how to make wonderful family memories.

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