The classy Northern Suburbs of Athens never cease to fascinate with their impressive architecture, lush greenery, and high quality of life.
A walk is enough to make you fall in love with them. They are undoubtedly leafier and significantly quieter compared to the center of Athens, but they lack nothing in fun and liveliness, while the majority of them, are relatively close to the center of Athens.
This is one of the most popular parts of Attica, traditionally chosen by wealthy families, who opt to live close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the Athenian Center. Here you will find literally everything: from green areas with quiet neighborhoods to more crowded places with a vivid nightlife. The northern suburbs are also home to top-rated public and private schools, which is in fact, one of the main draws for families.
Which are the most popular areas in the northern suburbs? The list is long, so let’s start: Kifissia, Nea Erithraia, Ekali, Politia, Chalandri, Agia Paraskevi, Psychiko, Filothei, Marousi, Papagou, Cholargos, Penteli, Vrilissia and Melissia are the most popular suburbs in the north. The options vary and offer endless alternatives to choose the ideal property for you.
Reasons we love the Northern Suburbs of Athens
1. Kifissia & Ekali
Kifissia emits a sense of nostalgia and romanticism, as restored 19th-century mansions and villas line up gracefully along its tree-lined streets. Picturesque parks, luxury boutiques and award-winning restaurants have made it one of the most popular and exclusive areas to live in. The large pedestrian and bike paths favor alternative tours around the commercial streets of Kifissia.
A quiet area in the forest, Ekali is one of the most expensive parts of Athens. It is an ideal choice for those looking for a genuinely cosmopolitan area, with high standards of architecture in every bit of it – here you will mostly see mansions with private gardens and usually a swimming pool. Ekali is surrounded by verdant nature, so it is as green as it gets, offering an array of parks or your daily walk or exercise in peace.
To Athens International Airport: ap. 35 km (21 miles)
To Piraeus Port: 25 km (15 miles)
To Athens City center: 17 km (10.5 miles)
2. Chalandri & Agia Paraskevi
Chalandri is one of the most popular areas of the Northern Suburbs. It has a well-organized market, schools, and many sports facilities, while it is easily accessible from the center of Athens. Chalandri is also home to some of the most famous restaurants and taverns in Attica, as well as bars and cafes.
Agia Paraskevi, the quiet neighbor of Chalandri, is situated near the northern edge of Mountain Hymettus, so it’s needless to say that the area enjoys a cooler climate than downtown Athens and it is also much leafier. Its additional advantages are its proximity to the Athens International Airport, which is accessible in less than 20 minutes by car, while the port of Rafina is also a 30-minute drive away. The National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, a French International School and The American College of Greece are located in the area, so don’t be surprised at how many international families and students have made Agia Paraskevi their home – even for a short period of time.
To Athens International Airport: 22 km (13.6 miles)
To Piraeus Port: 30 km (18.6 miles)
To Athens City center: 10 km (6.2 miles)
3. The quality of life
The Northern Suburbs stand out for the quality of life they offer to those who choose to make them their home, as they combine the comforts of a quiet area with luxurious residences, intense commerciality and social activity, and – most of them – easy access to the center of Athens. Many multinational corporations are headquartered here, and you will also find private hospitals, popular private schools – Greek and international – and the most famous shopping malls. Moreover, they offer the right conditions for a healthy lifestyle. Even if you are not a fit kind of person, the green scenery and the wide roads and paths will inspire you to add walking, running or cycling to your daily routine.