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Athens Acropolis Visit

The sacred rock of the
Acropolis

From wherever you catch sight of it in Athens, the Acropolis steals every bit of your attention. And with good reason for, just as it did 2,500 years ago, it continues to bear witness to an ever-changing city that carries the name of its most famous temple.

A natural hilltop fortress for the first inhabitants, a place for worshipping the ancient gods, the centrepiece of the glorious reconstruction project of Pericles in the 5th century BC as Athens enjoyed its Golden Period… the Acropolis has seen it all. Civilisations and conquerors have come and gone (some adding to, some destroying the monuments of the Sacred Rock) and it’s still there.

It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and is an enduring symbol of the spirit, enterprise and culture that Greek antiquity gave to the world.

To explore it is to discover a masterpiece of ancient architecture and artistry. What we admire today – together with the artefacts housed in the Acropolis Museum – is the work of the greatest craftsmen and engineers: The Parthenon (certainly the most recognised Greek structure worldwide) dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Erechtheion with its majestic female Caryatids holding up the porch, the Temple of Athena Nike… astonishingly feats of ambition.

So whether you explore the museum on your own, or join a tour with an archaeologist (which is recommended), you’ll be rewarded. With each floor, your respect for a monument that is emblematic of Athens will rise.
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Don’t Miss

Discover up close and personal why one of the greatest cultural landmarks of the world continues to emit a special energy over the city it has inspired for more than 2,500 years

The Parthenon

at the top of the Sacred Rock

The Erechtheion

dedicated to Athena and Poseidon

The Temple of Athena Nike

to the Goddesses Athena Nike

Old Temple of Athena

early 6th century BC monument

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When to go?

Athens Acropolis Visit

  • The Acropolis is open all year round except certain national holidays.
  • If temperatures rise above 40°C (37°C in town) the site will close.
  • Winter and summer opening times vary.

Duration & Tickets

  • A couple of hours is enough to explore the Acropolis Hill but your length of stay should depend on how much time you want to appreciate each monument.
  • Guided tours are typically 2-4hrs.
  • Tickets are €20 (€10 reduced) and are reduced for all visitors between 1 November to 31 March. Certain free admission days apply.
  • Guided tours cost more but many allow you to skip the queue.

Good to know

  • There’s is very little shade on the Acropolis Hill so wear a hat, sunglasses and sun cream and bring a water bottle.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with a good grip as the marble can be slippery.
  • There are numerous walking tour options for the Acropolis, or you can book a guide here.
  • There’s a canteen opposite the ticket office.
  • There’s a lift for visitors with disabilities, around 350m from the main entrance, but you are asked to contact officials in advance.
Getting there
From the airport
  • By metro: Blue Line to Syntagma station and then Red line (one stop) to Acropolis station.
  • By car or taxi: 35km, 40mins (approx. €50 during the day)
 From Piraeus port
  • By metro: Green line to Monastiraki station and walk 750m to the Acropolis through the archaeological site of Ancient Agora or Plaka.
  • By car or taxi: 15km, 30mins (approx. €25 during the day)

Athens Acropolis Visit

Please help us preserve the magic of our heritage for future generations by following all the basic rules of visiting archaeological sites.

  • Refrain from touching any remains or monuments. The fingers’ natural oils can be extremely damaging to artefacts.
  • Stay on the marked paths and respect your fellow visitors.
  • Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you.
  • If there’s a “No flash photography” sign, please respect it. It’s to protect the monuments.
  • Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
  • Smoking is prohibited.

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