Where to go birding in Athens

Where can I watch birds in Athens? A location list of the best birding areas in and around the historic city, home of the sacred Little Owl of Athena, goddess of wisdom.

Athens is an amazing city, both for sightseeing but also for birdwatching. In very close distance, a birder can find different habitats, unspoiled areas, and ideal weather conditions for birding all year long.

Hoopoe in Athens Greece
Hoopoe in a blossom field
 A typical spring sighting in an Athens Urban park 


Here are the best areas to watch birds in Athens. Dowtown and suburbs areas are best for urban birding, while around the city the scenery changes dramatically, with natural reserves, rocky hills, olive and grape orchards.

Downtown Athens
Athens National Gardens
Filopappou Hills
Acropolis Hill and Ancient Agora
Lycabettus Hill

Suburbs of Athens
Syggrou Park @Kifissia
Antonis Tritsis Metropolitan Park @Ilion
Stavros Niarchos Park @Kallithea
Pikrodafni Stream @Paleo Faliro

Around Athens
Schinias National Park
Oropos Lagoon 
Mt Hymettus
Vravrona Wetland 
Erythres Plains
Vourkari Bay 
Spata fields 
Artemis Lagoon 
Mt Parnitha 
Cape Sounio