Tatoi Park in Athens

Feb, 08, 2016

Last Updated on February 8, 2021 by Celeste

Updated blog post: February 2021

It was announced in February 2021 that the Tatoi Estate in Mount Parnitha will be developed into a museum, heritage hotel and holistic spa for luxury stays and agro-tourism escapes. The Greek Ministry of Culture plans to turn the former Royal property into a luxury hospitality venture and a year-round national and international travel destination.

Tatoi Park in Athens

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

Here’s how you can visit the Tatoi Park in Athens. Take the highway towards Lamia and turn at the exit Parnitha. Follow the road until the road signs for the Tatoi Estate on the Tatoiou Ave.

We parked our car next to the road and climbed up the hills towards the first main open area. 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 admired the cows, 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.


Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.

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