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I will be visiting Athens with my family and I was thinking it would be nice to make a barbeque rather than eating out in a restaurant as we will do every night otherwise.

Does anyone know if it's OK to bring a small barbecue (possibly a disposable one) to a public park (preferably in the Psiri area) and get it on?

  • Being Greece at a constant risk for wildfires, I doubt that barbecues would be allowed in their parks. I tried looking up some information but could find none. – JoErNanO Nov 26 '14 at 14:08
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    @JoErNanO I'm referring to city parks, not large national parks. "Wildfires" don't happen in city parks – CodyBugstein Nov 26 '14 at 14:34
  • My assumption is that if there are plants and trees they can burn. Whether it's a city or national park it doesn't matter. – JoErNanO Nov 26 '14 at 14:49
  • I doubt it would be appreciated by the local community if you are smoking up their city park with barbecue smoke (however nice it might smell), unless it's a vast expansive open area park. Why not try on the beach? Where those things are quite common and there is virtually no chance of fire. :) – easymoden00b Dec 16 '14 at 14:18
  • @Imray Are you sure that wildfires don't happen in city parks? Have a read on what happened to the Athens suburbs in 2007. – JoErNanO Dec 22 '14 at 16:43
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Going out on a limb here, I would say that open-fires, and therefore barbecues, are not allowed in public parks in Athens, or anywhere else in Greece for that matter. This statement is based on the fact that Greece is a country at a constant risk for wildfires during the hot and dry season, which is the peak time for barbecues. I could not find any information (in English) specific to public barbecues. I did however find some statistics behind the wildfire claim. Taking the most recent, most devastating event, in 2007, wildfires consumed circa 670,000 acres of land.

It is also worthy to note that wildfires don't happen only in national parks. In 2007, several suburbs around Athens were involved in the catastrophic summer wildfires.

This is not to say that the Greeks are not barbecue fanatics. Indeed, most houses with a garden will have either a brick barbecue with an automatic spit-turning system to make Kokoretsi, or a dedicated area for a mobile barbecue.

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