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Athens, Greece | How To Visit The Acropolis Like A Boss.

July 27, 2016
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Ok, so the title is a bit misleading because the tips that I’m going to give you here will not grant you a VIP access to the Acropolis in Athens. However, I feel like it’s important for me to share these tips to the world because I sure wished I was aware of these before going to Athens. So for my own reference in case I get to visit Acropolis again, I’m jotting this down and sharing it to you as well just in case.

 

How To Visit The Acropolis Like A Boss

1. Avoid going there between 9am to 3pm.

We arrived at the Acropolis at around 11:30am as the starting point of our self-guided Athens City Tour. I thought that going to the Acropolis first before anything else would be ideal for my senior citizen Aunts so that they will have enough energy to do the climb. Oh boy I was so wrong about that decision!

Acropolis was packed! So packed that the line to the ticket office looks like a human centipede which goes all the way around the site. My Aunts were telling me that we should just wait in line but I can’t possibly make them stand under the summer heat because that will defeat the purpose of our visit, their energy will be drained just by waiting for a long time to get a ticket and then starting the climb afterwards.

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The entrance of the Acropolis which I could see from the ticketing area didn’t look promising as well, so many people were up there so I thought it won’t be such an enjoyable visit for my Aunts if it’s that packed. I wasn’t expecting that amount of people to be there because the last time I visited the Acropolis with The Greek Mister 5 years ago, it was almost empty.

I told my Aunts that we’ll just go back in the afternoon since the site is open until 7pm anyway. When we came back at 5pm, there were only 3 people ahead of me on the line to get the entrance tickets and the site itself wasn’t as crowded. Also during this time, it was no longer that hot so the climb was bearable as well as walking around the Acropolis.

I later connected the dots, the crowd of people who were at the Acropolis between 9am to 3pm were all from the cruise ships docked in Athens. So yes, avoid them at all cost.

2. Buy a special package ticket from other ancient sites.

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If you must visit the Acropolis during the aforementioned timings, then I suggest that you buy the special package ticket which costs EUR30 per person and will give you access to other ancient sites around Athens including the Acropolis. A good option is to buy it from the Temple of Olympian Zeus which is near to the Acropolis and will not have such a long line of people.

3. Visit the Acropolis Museum first before going to the Acropolis itself.

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We decided to visit some other sites after seeing the human centipede at the ticket office of Acropolis and one of those sites was the beautiful Acropolis Museum. It’s possibly one of the best museums I’ve ever visited – very modern, informative and interesting. It also tells you the history of the Acropolis itself. At the third level of the museum, there is even a movie documentary about the site.

I highly recommend that you watch the documentary because it will give you so much information about the Acropolis. By the time we finally went up to the Acropolis, we had all the information we got from the Acropolis museum which made our trip more enjoyable.

4. Dress appropriately.

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I saw many visitors wearing flip flops on the way up to the Acropolis, I can only imagine how hard it must be for them. The ascend itself isn’t that bad (my 70+ year old Aunt was able to do it) but some rocks that you’ll step on are a bit slippery. I recommend that you wear a sneakers or anything which will have a good grip. Definitely not a wedge!

Also wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses or anything to protect you from the heat of the sun. Once you’re at the Acropolis itself, there’s not much shade to protect you from the heat.

5. Bring your own water.

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There’s a store by the ticketing office and also at the bottom of the site but they don’t sell water – only juice and fizzy drinks. I was told by The Greek Mister’s friend that it’s some kind of a tourist trap since they can only have an itty bit of income if they sell water so they would rather sell juice or other fizzy drinks instead. Lol.

I absolutely love the Acropolis and I think everyone should see its magnificence at least once. It showcases the architectural prowess of mankind even when they didn’t have the modern technology back then. It’s absolutely worth the climb and the heat, trust me.

The Acropolis
Entrance: EUR20 per person
Opening Times: 8am to 7pm, last entry is 6:30pm

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44 Comments

  • Reply Jacky March 2, 2017 at 20:29

    Great tips, I’ll need them!
    What are your thoughts on going before 9? When I was in Rome we went to the colosseum super early and were basically alone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jacky

  • Reply Susannah Bell March 1, 2017 at 23:57

    Awesome tips & photos. It really shows you how to get the most of the experience. Like a boss ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Lol love that)

  • Reply Chiera March 1, 2017 at 16:18

    Some really great tips here. Will need to keep them in mind if I ever make it!

  • Reply Jacqui The Jax Blog March 1, 2017 at 13:37

    I really LOVE your stunning photographs and the handy tips! The Acropolis is something else in person isn’t it? Great post! Love greece!

  • Reply Joy Generoso March 1, 2017 at 10:39

    Athens… Athens! I have a love-hate experience of this city. There’s no doubt it’s beautiful, interesting and full of history. However the pickpockets are everywhere and they almost ruined our trip. We’ve visited Acropolis during the day and went back at night. It’s so pretty with all the lights. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Felicia March 1, 2017 at 09:28

    These are great tips! I haven’t been there yet but I definitely plan to! I’ll save this to read again later when I plan my trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sheena March 1, 2017 at 09:24

    Awesome post. Reading your blog I can now visit Athens like a boss

  • Reply Veronika March 1, 2017 at 09:06

    Great tips! Never been to Athenes before but will definitely keep your advices in mind when travelling there. Lot of people goes over-dressed sight seeing so it is good you pointed out what to wear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ellis March 1, 2017 at 08:57

    It’s been 15 years ago when I was in the Acropolis. Luckily it wasn’t so busy then, but it was in the summer, so it was really hot. You made some amazing pictures. The time I went I did not even have a digital camera yet, so they are still old fashioned pictures. I remember the anticipation waiting to see my Athens pictures when I brought the film for development.

  • Reply Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel March 1, 2017 at 08:26

    Great tips Noemi! We went around 11 am as well and I’m surprised how bloody hot it was – no shade either! I wish we had bought our tickets from one of the other sites because we ended up standing in line for about 10 minutes. In the grand scheme of things that’s not too long of a wait, but when it’s 33 degrees it’s a little irritating!

  • Reply Lydia December 13, 2016 at 23:22

    This is great!! Since I’m definitely planning on visiting the Acropolis sometime, this will be really helpful! Thanks for the tips!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:03

      You’re welcome Lydia and you’ll have a great time for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Elizabeth (Wander Mum) August 4, 2016 at 21:28

    Brilliant tips! I particularly like the sound of the museum – to help put it all in perspective. Oh, I hate crowds – Good decision to leave and come back! #citytripping
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  • Reply Cathy August 4, 2016 at 15:42

    Great tips. Athens is definitely on my wish list of locations, will be sure to make a note of your handy tips for when I finally get there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bumble Bee Mum August 4, 2016 at 10:37

    Great tip on timing the visit in the evening! I still remember the scorching hit from visiting Acropolis in June many years ago. I didn’t remember queuing for tickets though.. I think I got the Athens City Pass or something. #CityTripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 4, 2016 at 23:22

      June is ridiculously hot in Greece but it’s still not Middle East hot that I’m used to. Lol

  • Reply Corey with fifi + hop August 4, 2016 at 05:11

    Great tips – especially the cruise ship hours – that’s some good info.! I think I’d prefer to go in the evening anyway, that is if my kids could make it..and good to know about the lack of water. Uggh! #citytripping
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  • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) August 4, 2016 at 01:00

    Great tips – the Acropolis is just amazing, I don’t think I’d realised it was open so late but that’s a good thought to avoid the heat (and the queues!) For some reason I also missed the museum last time (I’m wondering if it was actually closed temporarily) and while it’s a wonderful place to explore, I would have liked to do that to get more of the background as well. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 4, 2016 at 23:35

      Thank you Cathy, if I’m not mistaken the Acropolis museum is pretty new. I think it was finished in 2007 or 2008-ish. So if you visited Athens earlier than that, I guess it wasn’t there yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Erin Gustafson August 3, 2016 at 20:11

    Seriously good post. Thanks for your honesty and information. Beautiful pics and style. Cheers from Copenhagen – happy to find your blog from #CityTripping. – Erin

  • Reply Ahila August 3, 2016 at 04:13

    Thanks for your useful tips, especially the cruise ship times. Will keep them in mind when I finally do get to visit Athens ๐Ÿ™‚ #CityTripping
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  • Reply Mommy Eve @Twentysixoctober August 3, 2016 at 00:30

    Thank you for the tips! It’s definitely useful!

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  • Reply Umberta August 2, 2016 at 21:11

    I’m just planning a little trip to Athens for later this year, so this post is definitely helpful!
    I’m gonna save it for later ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx
    Umberta

  • Reply Lolo August 2, 2016 at 19:58

    Those are certainly some good tips to keep in mind for when I make it to Greece one day!! As with most main tourist destinations, I try to avoid going during peak time! I like to get there super early to enjoy it peacefully before the mad rush. #CityTripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 2, 2016 at 20:02

      Glad you found it helpful. I’ll be waiting for your post about Greece. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kirstie August 2, 2016 at 19:30

    Good tips. I accidentally did the first..visiting at sunrise and sunset so I have no idea how crowded it can get. The Acropolis museum is worth a visit anyway as so stunning!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 2, 2016 at 20:03

      It is! Crowded or not, it’s still worth a visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sally@Toddlers on Tour August 2, 2016 at 03:02

    Years ago I went to the acropolis and headed up first thing in the morning so that by the time I reached the entrance it was just after 8am opening time (it was also free – can’t quite remember the reason but something like it being Sunday or first Sunday of the month). It was wonderful exploring the site with smaller numbers and the sun not too hot. When I left to walk back down at around 10am I could not believe the crowds. So like you go first thing or late.
    I do like your tip on visiting the museum first to get an understanding of the site.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 2, 2016 at 19:13

      Yes, I think they are having those special days when you don’t pay anything to enter the site. I’m not an early morning person so going there at 8am is definitely not for me. Lol. I should start changing this habit I guess. :p

  • Reply Mitzie Mee July 29, 2016 at 13:36

    Oh yes, those slippery rocks! I wanted to visit the museum too, but we didn’t have much time. I’ve heard that the restaurant there is supposed to be good:)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:46

      Oh that restaurant was crap! Mediocre food, horrible service but the views are amazing! :p

  • Reply pinayskattebasse July 27, 2016 at 17:32

    I suppose it’s still sunny at 5pm for good photos? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve seen cranes as well as with Mitziemee.com’s photos. How long is the construction??? Thank you for the nice tips! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 27, 2016 at 19:54

      Yes! Sun sets at around 9pm in Greece during summer. The cranes have been there since the beginning of time. Lol. I remember it was also there 5 years ago but it was on the other side. :p

  • Reply Boots July 27, 2016 at 17:17

    The first time I went there was when I was still a flight attendant. I climbed it with my sandals and what a mistake (of course I wasn’t ready and didn’t think I’d be going but since we had enough time I decided to go). Also, I don’t remember it that crowded then. I went in the afternoon.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 27, 2016 at 19:55

      I saw a woman who twisted her ankle on the way up the Acropolis the first time I went so I made sure that it won’t happen to me. Lol. I think afternoon visit is the best, mornings are incredibly packed.

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