Things to do in Athens in the Acropolis Area

There are many things to do in Athens, but the most popular one must be to visit the Acropolis. However, this animated city has a lot more to offer, besides its numerous historic landmarks.

Read this post if you want to know what to look for while visiting the Acropolis Hill. Also, learn the best things to do in the Acropolis area of the city of Athens!

Things to do in Athens in the Acropolis area

  1. Visit the Acropolis of Athens
  2. Discover the Acropolis Museum
  3. Have lunch on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
  4. Things to do in Athens near the Acropolis Area

Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece

Visit the Acropolis of Athens

When I say the Acropolis of Athens, you’re probably already thinking about the Parthenon, the beautiful Temple of Athena Nike, or the caryatids forming the Porch of the Maidens of the Erechteion. You can discover the popular landmarks on the Acropolis, but you can also learn about some of the ones people tend to overlook:

The Dionysus Theater

Dionysus Theater on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece

The Dionysus Theater is the first amphitheater you will discover on the Acropolis Hill. Under the open sky, it is the first stone theater ever built.

The Dionysus Theater is also considered the birthplace of Greek Tragedy.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Another impressive amphitheater on the Acropolis Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in the year 161. It is a symbol of love from the rich Greek aristocrat Herodes Atticus, who raised this construction in the memory of his wife.

Nowadays, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is still used for concerts, especially during the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The festival takes place every year in the summer months and brings together famous local and international musicians.

Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece

Other landmarks to visit on the Acropolis Hill

On the South slope of the Acropolis Hill, you will find the Asclepion, the Sanctuary of Dionysus, and the Stoa of Eumenes.

Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece

Discover the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is right across the street from the entrance on the South slope of the Acropolis Hill. If you’re planning a visit here, make sure you allocate enough time to admire the museum’s over 4000 artifacts! They’ve all been retrieved from the Acropolis Hill and its surrounding area.

In case you want to take a break during your visit, head to the wonderful café of the Acropolis Museum. Just imagine enjoying some great coffee while admiring a panoramic view of the Acropolis!

Souvlaki, traditional Greek food

Have lunch on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street

This street with beautiful neoclassical buildings connects the Acropolis Hill with two of the largest parks in Athens. You have Philopappos Hill on the West, Acropolis Hill in the middle, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus on the East. The latter is right by the National Gardens.

Taking a stroll on the wide Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway will help you discover important historical landmarks in the city of Athens. Furthermore, on this street, you’ll find some of the most lovely cafés and taverns the Greek capital has to offer.

You can start looking for an inviting restaurant to stop for lunch after your visit to the Acropolis of Athens on the Eastern end of the pedestrian area.

Greek guard in Syntagma Square

Things to do in Athens near the Acropolis area

After a good meal, you can also continue exploring the city of Athens by heading to the National Gardens. On your way, you can admire the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, the statue of Lord Byron, and the gorgeous Zappeion Hall.

Another option is to go on a 10-minute walk to Syntagma Square. With some luck, you may get to see the dramatic changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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16 Thoughts to “Things to do in Athens in the Acropolis Area”

  1. What an amazing place, I can only dream of visiting a place like this!!

  2. This place is on my wish list of places to travel one day. Thanks for sharing all the details on what we can do there.

  3. Acropolis Museum is in my bucket list. Hope I could visit it one day. Nice article. Thanks for sharing your views.

  4. I am definitely going to plan for this museum, sometime.

    Thanks for the share

  5. Somehow this place brings back memories of my childhood days when I enjoyed watching movies that showed the Roman and Greek history. The place looks so beautiful.

  6. Keshia Richmond

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful things to do in Athens in the Acropolis Area. My first stop would be a stop at the taverns and restaurants for some great Greek food.

  7. This post makes me want to travel to Athens to see and do and experience it all! Thanks for letting me see the world through your writing!

  8. I would to visit Athens. So much history and so much to see!

  9. You can just feel the ancient history here Mirela. Amazing.

  10. I have never been to Athens but it seems like a beautiful post. Since you were in Athens, did you visit the Olympics sites?

  11. This place will definitely go on my to visit list. Everything looks ancient, it’s giving me the feeling of traveling way back. Thanks for sharing ❤

  12. Wow. This place is now in my bucket list! Thanks for sharing.!

  13. Luna S

    This would be an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing all of these “To Do’s”

  14. Gorgeous! This is on my bucket list for sure!

  15. Sheena Moncatar

    Definitely a must place to visit. By the way, I love your blog. The lay out is great and the narrative is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Pictures are awesome too.

  16. Athens has long been in my bucket list. I have set my mind that one day, I’ll surely visit this greatest destination with my loved ones. 🙂

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