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“The Most Stylish Ruins in the World” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acropolis (Akropolis)

Acropolis (Akropolis)
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 10558, Greece
30 210 9238175
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Ranked #6 of 178 Attractions in Athens
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The most famous site in all of Athens, this large hill lies in the center of the city and contains a cluster of ancient ruins.
Dublin, Ireland
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“The Most Stylish Ruins in the World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Acropolis (which means literally "high city") was originally the walled defensive citadel of Athens. Later when the city was secure enough not to worry about being attacked, they converted the top of the hill into a precinct for temples. Today there are the ruins of three temples there: the Parthenon, the Erectheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. There are also various other ruins dotted around the approaches to the hill.

This is the must-see sight of Athens, and to top it all, there's a great view of the rest of the city too.

Visited November 2012
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“The Acropolis is still used today!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

During our visit to Athens, we toured the Acropolis. They were setting up for a concert in the Theater of Dionysus.Wonderful that enjoyment of the Acropolis continues from the fourth century BC through today.

Visited September 2012
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“Athens Shore Excursion "On Our Own" With Rick Steves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The NCL Spirit Southern Europe * Eastern Mediterranean Cruise
October 26-Nov 6, 2013
Venice > Athens > Istanbul > Western Italy > Barcelona

Our best resources for our self-excursions into ports were Rick Steve’s Mediterranean Cruise Ports, Rick Steve’s Pocket Athens, the Rick Steve’s Free Audio Tours iPhone app.

The 15 minute walk from the ship to the Metro station was exactly as described by Rick Steves. We walked out of the metro station and purchased an excellent Athens map for 3 euros from the kiosk vendor just setting up outside the front door, and were at the Acropolis ticket window 20 minutes later – less than an hour from the ship to the Acropolis. Cost: 1.60 euro per person one-way. Rather than try to figure out the machines, we just purchased our tickets from the pleasant tellers at the ticket windows both going and returning (this was a Sunday and the station was nearly empty at 7:40 a.m. – your mileage may vary).

We wanted to try the best souvlaki and gyros in Athens so after visiting ghe acropolis and the Ancient Agora we found our way to what Rick Steves calls “Souvlaki Way” and found the restaurants identified by him. At Thanasis we bought a take-out Souvlaki Sandwich for 2 euros and found a nice tree shaded ledge in Monastiraki square to enjoy it. OMG! If you do nothing else in Athens, get this and eat it! I don’t usually eat 4-hoved animals but makes exceptions when traveling to savor the local culture and cuisine. The sandwich was all I hoped it would be and more.

We split the sandwich to “save ourselves for more Greek food and took Rick Steve’s recommended Old Town Walking Tour through the Plaka and Anafiotika (available in his book and for free on Rick Steve’s Walking Tours in Europe). We loved the magical street of Anafiotika, something we never would have found (or been able to navigate) with Rick.

After the two hour Old Town hike we were hungry again (as we had hoped) and had tired feet so wanted to look for a place to sit down. We returned to Mitropoleos Street and Souvlaki Row, but found we would have to pay 13 euro for the same sandwich that I had paid 2 euro for earlier to “take-out.” I questioned a couple of the hustling, hard-sell maîtredee’s on the Souvlaki Row, and they insisted that their best sit-down price was 13 euro (“But sir, this is a whole PLATE, not just the sandwich!”) We kept looking and talking to the maiter dees and got lucky – real lucky. The first street east of M square, running south off S. Row, has a big open air restaurant (with spotlessly clean restrooms inside, upstairs). I questioned the MD, “How much for a gyro sandwich and a glass of wine to sit down?” He told me 2 euro for the gyro and 3 euro for the wine for my wife.

We sat down and he explained that if I wanted to share wine, we could get the equivilant of 4 glasses of wine for less than the cost of 2 glassed individually. He could tell I was a skeptical American, and said “Look, I’m working for you, not against you, let me prove it” and bought over a menu where he showed me the prices. Anyway, to make a long story short, he was honest, the food was awesome, we got a fansastic gyro sandwich for 2 euro and 4.50 euro half liter of great house white wine and a basket of delicious bread all for less than the cost of a “Gyro Plate” on the main drag and enjoyed an hour lunch while people watching on a beautiful 75 F degree day.

It had a very nice feel and local flavor. There was no blaring music. There was no crush of the masses crowding by (you will see what I mean when you get to Souvalki Row). We were surrounded by Greeks, not tourists. We noted when using the restrooms that there was excellent dining inside as well. A bustling place full of Greek residents (on this holiday Sunday at 1 p.m.). We felt like we had a real taste of Greece and Greek food with real people, and we were just a half block off tourist-packed hard-hustling Souvlaki Row.

Rick Steves’ says they “offer lesser value” than Thanasis or Savas, but we found just the opposite – and we shopped it. We challenge you or Rick to find a sit-down Souvlaki or Gyro sandwich for only 2 euro.

The English name is Strathmos Bairaktari Café Resturant, 63Mitropoleos,Dimopratirious Square. The sign in Greek with Greek letters is: Etaomoe Mhaipaktaph

During our day, we listened to Rick Steves free audio tour app to guide us through the Acropolis. We also visited the Ancient Agora (and its excellent museum) the Roman Agora, Hadrians Arch, Hadrians Library, the Temple of Zeuss, the flea market, Ermou Street, the Platka, Souvalki Row (twice!) and a heap of cool churches all guided by Rick Steves books and audio. We were back at the ship comfortably with an hour to spare at 4 p.m. and I was typing this review by 5 p.m. from our balcony as the ship pulled out of Athens harbor.

Visited October 2012
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“Fascinating, but beware of the climb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The Acropolis is pretty much what everyone else says, however if you are a little older or do not exercise regularly, the climb is quite difficult. The terrain is slippery, rocky, with uneven, loose gravel, no hand holds, and some of the stairs are about a foot high. Even in November, it was quite warm and humid. The climb down is steep and maybe even harder than going up. You can find resting places, but they may not be often enough for some. If you have any hesitation, I would say skip it. It looks just like the pictures and actually more beautiful at night from a short distance.

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“Worth a climb.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

You can actually tread where people walked and worshipped thousands of years ago.

Terrific site easily accessible with explanations of the relics in Greek and English

Visited November 2012
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