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Acropolis
Vacation Travel Guide

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

The Acropolis, the “sacred rock” of Athens, is recognizable from the air, various viewpoints in the city, or from the history books of your childhood. It’s a worldwide symbol of the Golden Age of ancient Greek civilization. Here, you’ll find major portions of Doric temples and other architectural masterpieces, as well as the remnants of sculptures and carvings from the 5th century B.C.

The first thing you’ll see is the Propylaea, the monumental gray and white entrance building to the Acropolis. Guards were stationed here to protect this sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron deity of ancient Athens. Slaves, runaways an other undesirables were turned away here, so that they couldn’t seek protection by the gods in the inner sanctuary.

Anyone who appreciates history, art, and story-telling will have no trouble spending an entire day at the Acropolis. Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be likely be hiking uphill and in the hot sun for parts of the day. Some of the "don’t-miss" highlights include the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the new Acropolis Museum.

When you’re ready for lunch, head along the tree-lined paths and relax on the benches in the park surrounding the main archeological site. Refreshments are available there, but it’s more cost-effective to bring snacks and water from a nearby store. Guides can always be found for a price near the ticket kiosk. You can also buy a guidebook and take a self-tour.

The Acropolis rises from the city center and is accessible by public transportation. The admission fee covers all structures on the archeological site and it’s open daily. Get there early to avoid the year-round crowds and the heat of summer.

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Niche Hotel Athens
Niche Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
21 Syngrou Avenue & 2 Vourvachi, Athens
The price is CA $133 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6

Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma Square ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (270 reviews)

"Great rooftop bar! And the staff were very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 9, 2020

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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
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Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens Central Market and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Flea Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"Great stay ! Really nice five star hotel . Luxury with spacious and comfortable suites and extraordinary Acropolis view"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2020

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Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
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The price is CA $177 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square and Ermou Street. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,138 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance of everything. Comfortable clean rooms. Food and drink was expensive but this is to be expected. Service could’ve been better - reception staff were not overly welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Electra Metropolis Athens
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Niche Hotel Athens
Niche Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
21 Syngrou Avenue & 2 Vourvachi, Athens
The price is CA $133 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6
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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $177 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $136 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
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Home & Poetry
Home & Poetry
4 out of 5
Lusikratous 10, Athens
The price is CA $89 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
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Grand Hyatt Athens
Grand Hyatt Athens
5 out of 5
115, Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attica
The price is CA $124 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Grand Hyatt Athens
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
4 out of 5
15-17 Ermou, Athens, Atikki
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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Acropolis View Hotel
Acropolis View Hotel
3 out of 5
10, Webster Str. & Robertou Galli, Athens, Attica
The price is CA $49 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
Acropolis View Hotel
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $137 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
Electra Palace Athens
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