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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



People visiting the Acropolis of Athens

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:


Seating on the Dionysus Theatre, the first stone theater in the world

The Dionysus Theater

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

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


Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis of the city of Athens

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.


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.

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Historical artifacts from the Acropolis Museum in Athens

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!

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Greek salad with tomatoes, red and green peppers, cucumbers, black olives, red onions, feta cheese, and spices

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 Olympion 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 historic 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.

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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 Olympion 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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Other neighborhoods of Athens

Monastiraki
Monastiraki

Take a stroll on busy streets with colorful shops or stop at a lively tavern with a view over the Ancient Agora.

Thissio
Thissio

Explore the Athenian’s favorite neighborhood when they go out to grab a coffee or take an afternoon stroll.

Koukaki
Koukaki

Hike up Philopappos Hill and visit the prison of Socrates. You can also spend the afternoon in a traditional café, having strong Greek coffee.

Syngrou-Fix
Syngrou-Fix

Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art, then explore the establishments of the cheap foodie district of Athens!


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16 thoughts on “Things to do in Athens in the Acropolis Area

  1. JK Darling says:

    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.

  2. Keshia Richmond says:

    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.

  3. Anna says:

    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!

  4. Sheqo says:

    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 ❤

  5. Sheena Moncatar says:

    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.

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