My Week in Athens… Sep 20

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
My Week in Athens… Sep 20

As it turns out, there is a zoo in Athens! Well, just outside Athens towards the airport - in Spata, to be precise. Maybe I'm the last to know this - it wouldn't be the first time.

The Attica Zoological Park has been growing and adding to its surprising collection of animals since 2000. With lions, cheetahs, apes, camels, rhinos, birds - the list goes on - this is a great day out for the whole family. The day we went, we were lucky to be in time for the dolphin show, where a family of dolphins happily swims and twirls about, to the utter joy of the young (and not so young) audience.

As I learned about the zoo, I found out that it is a member of ΕΑΖΑ (European Association of Zoo and Aquaria) and follows strict guidelines around animal hosting & conservation. This is great! And with tickets priced at €15.00 (adults) and ?11.00 (kids under 12), this is a well-priced day out ("worth it!")

And if the animals weren't enough of a draw for our trek out to Spata, across the road from the fantastic zoo is the equally fantastic McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. (The first one in Greece - this I had heard about.) It's got 110 shops with prices 35-70% off retail, in one of those 'village style' outdoor mall setups. Surely something for everyone's taste.

A jam-packed Saturday - and 'worth the drive to Spata'.

Attica Zoological Park

McArthur Glen Athens

Until next week.


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…