Faliro is the closest coast to the city center. Redeveloped in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the area contains a seaside promenade, several sports venues, the Flisvos Park, the Flisvos Marina and the Naval Tradition Park, attracting many families during sunny weekends.
New “entry” is the “Benaki Toy Museum” opened to the public in 2017. Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is among the most important in Europe, include toys, books, ephemera, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Check the official website to retrieve information regarding admission, tickets, private tours and educational programs, as well as the extremely interesting museum shop.
Opposite to the “Benaki Toy Museum”, you will find the entrance to the Flisvos Marina and its commercial complex that offers numerous dining, shopping and recreational opportunities (and a playground!) – all within a natural environment overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea. Check the official website for further information.
In the Marina, you will also have the opportunity to visit the “Neraida Floating Museum”, narrating the business career of the ship’s owner, John Latsis, as well as the history of the ship since its construction in 1939 until the completion of its reconstruction in 2010. Next to the Flisvos Marina, you will find many playgrounds for all age groups, a restaurant-café and toy cars in the “Flisvos Park”.
If you and your kids love ships and boats, and especially battleships, do not miss the opportunity to visit the “Park of Naval Tradition” in Flisvos. Historic vessels are docked there; such as the destroyer “Velos” (now a museum of the struggle against the Military Dictatorship), the only copy of an ancient trireme named “Olympias” and “Thales of Miletus’ (constructed in the US in 1909) the only cable-laying ship, as well as other boats of that time.
The most important “exhibit” of the Park is “Georgios Averof“. She was the battleship-liberator of Lemnos, Mount Athos and the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean (Thassos, Samothrace, Imvros, Tenedos, Ag. Efstratios, Lesvos and Chios). Today, she operates under the name of “Floating Naval Museum Battleship G. Averof”. Contact +30.2109888211.