Visiting the Parthenon in Athens Greece is a bucket list item for many. Here’s a guild to help make it as smooth and easy for you as possible.
Where is the Parthenon?
The Parthenon is located on a hill in the center of Athens, Greece called The Acropolis. The Acropolis is home to several buildings that have survived since ancient Greece.
How to get to the Parthenon in Athens, Greece?
I found Athens to be very walkable if you are staying in the city center. In fact, the morning I set out to find the Parthenon, I had locals assume where I was going and tell me exactly where it was.
If you are further out from the city center, Greece has its own Taxi app called Taxibeat that makes it very easy to call a Taxi to get wherever you need to go. I did not need to use this to get to the Parthenon but I did use it to get to the ferries when going to the islands from Athens. It’s safe and affordable.
Athens also has a very reliable and affordable metro system.
Best time to visit the Parthenon?
There are two things to consider here, one is the time of year you visit and the other is the day of the week.
Athens is accessible year round and does not close for the winter like many of the islands, however, you will find the best weather in the spring and fall.
Summer is the high season and when it will be the busiest. Winter will be the coldest but Athens rarely drops below freezing. I went in November and it was perfect. Not too busy, not too hot and not too cold.
As for the best day of the week, the Parthenon is open 7 days a week, however admission is free on Sundays. This is the most budget friendly day to go, however, as one might expect, it may also bring larger crowds.
The hours vary depending on whether it’s summer time or winter and it is closed on some holidays, so check the schedule before you go.
Is Athens, Greece safe to visit?
I found Athens to be very safe. Like any city, I’m sure it has it’s incidents and, as in any touristy area, be on high alert for pickpockets and scams. That said, I went alone and did not have any issues and never felt unsafe, even walking at night.
Where to stay when visiting the Parthenon?
I found Athens to be very affordable and staying near the city center to be very accessible. If you prefer a hotel, there are many with a beautiful view of The Acropolis. You will also find very affordable Airbnbs within walking distance to The Acropolis.
My favorite neighborhood is Plaka, which is the old town of Athens. It’s the cutest, in my opinion. It’s also the most touristy and therefore, the most expensive.
Highlights in Athens, Greece:
I’ve heard people complain about Athens but I really enjoyed it. It’s very different than the islands, so if you are expecting Athens to look like the pictures of Santorini, you will be disappointed.
That said, Athens has some unexpected highlights that are not to be missed.
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
OK, now for the main event. You know when a travel destination has been hyped up so much that, when you actually go, it’s disappointing? They call this “the Paris syndrome” and happens when something has been so overly romanticized and then doesn’t live up to the hype.
The Parthenon is not that. The Parthenon and the entire Acropolis not only lives up to the hype, it exceeds it.
There is something absolutely magical about this place. Standing in front of these marble structures that were built over 2000 years ago is humbling and spiritual at the same time.
Cost of entry is 5 euros and I went back twice, once on a paid day and once on Sunday when it was free.
It is entirely possible to walk the grounds yourself and not hire a tour guide, which is what I did. However, I recommend a tour guide if possible. There is just no better way to get the full history and magic of the Acropolis than from a local Athonian.
Whatever you do and when ever you go, please, please, please be respectful and take care of these ancient structures. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece is one of the best destinations in the world. It would really be a shame if we ruined it with carelessness and a contempt for the rules.