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Acropolis of Athens, Athens

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A cluster of ancient ruins of great architectural and historical significance, Acropolis of Athens has been the star attraction of Athens for many centuries and is a World Heritage Site. Sitting on a rocky hill just above the city, this age-old citadel contains ruins of temples constructed during the 5th century BCE. The "City on a Hill," as its name roughly translates, contains outstanding examples of Classical architecture that continues to influence the building styles of modern cities around the world. Although pollution and exposure to weather continue to take their toll on the ancient buildings, the historical hill remains an important reminder of the cultural influence and political power ancient Greece once exercised on the rest of the world. Plan to visit Acropolis of Athens during your Athens vacation using our convenient Athens vacation builder.
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  • If you are in Athens, this is an obvious must see. We were able to tour with an archeologist who was so full of information, it really made our trip!  more »
  • Worth knowing, but always bring a bottle of water in the summer. At some points you can fill the bottle to continue the tour. The most interesting is the landscape for the photos.
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  • Definitely worth the walk up. The sense of history was palpable and the views of the city and sea amazing.  more »
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  • Great place to tour filled with history. It is better when you have done your research about the site but in case you didn't you can always hire a guide at the entrance. We decided not to hire a guide because we had read up on the place but the little we heard from the guides next to us was neat. The ticket includes other ancient sites as well so make this is your first stop to avoid paying twice for the other sites.
  • Phenomenal, everything about my trip up the parthenon was fascinating. The history behind it all was so interesting, when I got to the big marble steps near the top it really gave me a feeling of grandiose and I could picture how the great philosophers of there day felt. Then when you get to the top the view is just breathtaking. I would advise booking a guide or just as good go to the acropolis museum first and find out about the fascinating history behind it.
  • Now that I actually visited the place I can truly say that the Acropolis truly deserves its statue as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is simply stunning to see how impressive and massive the work of people who lived many years ago is. In case you are vising it in the summer I highly recommend that you try to get there early in the morning right before opening time. On the one hand you will skip the huge crowds of tourist and on the other you will not be standing on top of a rock in the middle of an extremely hot day.
  • Upon a good bicycle tour we hit that place. We cannot always bike. So we made something good in terms of culture. All over are food places. We enjoyed the good Local food and drinks. Nice environment. Recommended for real Greek lovers. Staff is friendly and helpful. Worse to go!
  • Great views, amazing history. But near everything here (statues etc) is a replica. They've housed it all in the museum down hill. Still worth a visit. Make sure you get an audio tour, or a guided tour. You won't regret it.

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Where to stay in Athens

If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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