Athens, Greece

Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium or ‘Kallimarmarois spans was constructed in the 4th century BC and is the place where the first Modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.  It is a real treat to run inside the stadium. Run around the horseshoe shaped dirt path inside the stadium or up and down the marble stairs. A nice time to run is in the evening, when there is a clear lit view of the Acropolis.  Note: Admission ticket required

The stadium is also the finishing line of the Athens Marathon, the Authentic which takes place every November.

DC Rainmaker has a nice write-up on the stadium and the running experience.

Add-Ons: National Gardens, right across the street. Also the path to the Athens Gate, taking you by the Temple of Olymian Zeus. Or, make it a grand tour, and include the Acropolis!

Write up of stadium National Gardens Run Acropolis Run

 

Essentials
  • Stairs!
  • At stadium entrance, or combine with National Gardens
  • Syntagma is closest metro station, 1 km away; ΖΑΠΠΕΙΟ train station