On our first day in Athens, we made it a priority to see the Acropolis first thing in the morning. We did exactly that and spent most of our day exploring the monuments and then we made our way down to see the Theatre of Dionysus and the Acropolis Museum.
Some things to know before your visit:
UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1987
Hours: winter and summer hours are different, your best bet is to ask a local or go to the site and ask someone who works there.
Price: 20 euros (general admission) & 12 euros (students w/ i.d. cards).
- Bring water – there are about 2 stands that sell snacks and juices before entering the site. However, due to the large amount of visitors they quickly run out of water and they price up the cost for any of their merchandise. I would buy water in town which, will cost you around .40-50 cents…the lowest price I saw for water was .30 cents.
- Hat – since it was spring time we had slight cool winds that offset the heat. Once we were up in the Acropolis it was hot, at a mere 70-72F and there wasn’t a lot of shades on site. I definitely didn’t mind the sun in my face but, I can’t imagine being here during the summer when it’s 90F. Bring a hat!
- Proper shoes – if you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, then by all means wear them. Just remember that you’ll be walking (or climbing) on rocks and loose gravel. There is a possibility of slipping. Yes, it happens. I’ve seen it and it happened to me too.
- Patience – expect to share this experience with other people visiting the site and I mean A LOT of them. One of our tour guides mentioned that there’s about 330 million (don’t quote me on this) people who visit the Acropolis per day. I think we got lucky coming here in the last month before the summer crowd comes in and doubles that number.
- Do NOT TOUCH – There’s a clear message that says “do not touch the columns” everywhere and yet, people were still doing it. I understand everyone’s on vacation and it’s all very exciting to experience an ancient history right under your nose. Although, the monuments are crumbling and restoring them is a constant work everyday. Do all of us a favor and please, don’t touch.
The rocks that the Acropolis is sitting on are original.Erectheion “The Old Temple of Athena” – many of its parts are now in the Acropolis Museum.Yes, it’s crowded. The temple of Athena of Nike is on the left side from this angle which is where the brand “Nike” got its name 😉Theatre of Dionysus: we used the same ticket for the Acropolis. Theatre of Dionysus
I have no photos available to show you for the Acropolis Museum as photography wasn’t allowed but, here’s a video of me walking upon entering the museum. Under the museum is an excavation being done. It makes me wonder (among the rest of the Greeks) what else may be hidden in other parts of the city.