I have been planning the day I could finally walk the grounds of the Acropolis since I watched the Disney movie Hercules and pretended I was Meg walking around in a purple dress. Obviously, no longer being 6 years old, I didn’t have a purple dress in tow when visiting this attraction, but I didn’t expect to feel slightly disappointed once finally seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon in person. Controversial comment, I know! Building things up in your head are a quick way to set yourself up for said disappointment, but I couldn’t crush my little kid dreams of not entering.
There are pros and cons of the Acropolis, but I’ll mention a few of the cons and you can weigh up yourself if you want to make the effort to get to the location and enter yourself. So, my reasons behind making this cultural site, not so appealing for some, start with the price points. Since the President of Greece was appointed in 2015, he has made some big changes to tourism to help with the economic state of the country. These changes include the doubling in price of historical attractions, including the Acropolis and making the entry price €20 instead of €10. For the average backpacker, this means quite an increase in your budget for Athens.
I, like many others will pay the overpriced value of €20 just for entry as when in Greece, how could you not go to the Acropolis (at least that’s what my inner child was screaming to my adult brain) to see the Parthenon. I do know that most people are also traveling on a much larger budget than I am, so €20 isn’t all that much!
Now, we all know things age over time and with the Parthenon being a couple thousand years old, as well as dealing with great destruction that sees only a few columns standing. This means that Greece has decided it’s finally time to do some restoration. The entire design is basically covered in construction from now, until whenever they have the money to complete it. When in Greece you come to realise quickly you can’t really trust a time line, so if traveling to see the Acropolis in the next year or so, expect the possibility of construction still being in place.
I was able to get a few pictures before the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down. Obviously I can’t change the weather, but it dampened my spirits a bit and making my pictures not as clear as I’d like. On a sunny day though and from the right angle, excluding the construction bits, your images could look magnificent.
There are also other great places you can get a brilliant view and not pay the entry fee, but you just won’t see the Parthenon as close as you would in the grounds. The first location is if you walk to the entrance of the Acropolis and look to your right, you will see a rock formation. This has man made stairs that you can climb to the top and take some beautiful shots of both the Acropolis and the city view of Athens. Another option is that many hotels and hostels surround the Acropolis as a central point in the city and they provide amazing views. I was lucky enough to see one view with a new friend I made on my free walking tour from the rooftop bar of his hotel.
My only comment to those considering going, I’d say unless you are obsessed with seeing the Acropolis like I was, it’s not all that bad to give it a miss and spend your money visiting other areas near to the city. My suggestions would be Rafina or Marathon Lake. I was able to see both of these locations and it was so peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of city life. See my images above and below to understand why!
My final point if you do attend the Acropolis is wear sensible shoes! The natural rocks are very slippery and even in trainers I slipped a couple of times. This means sandals, although stylish for pictures, aren’t the best choice. For me, I’m glad I went into the grounds and fulfilled a bucket list item, but my sensible side wept a little on the inside at the thought of how much food I could have bought for €20.
♥ Love from Leah