If you have time for only one outing, shame on you! But seriously, you cannot visit Athens without visiting the Acropolis.
All of the remaining monuments on the Acropolis have withstood wars, pilfering and the footsteps of countless visitors. These include the Propylaia, Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erecthion. It is amazing to realize that Socrates and Plato meandered in this very place along the Panatheantic Way.
Just in front of the Acropolis you can see a show of greek dance, if you are interested, and some days by night you can see a show of lights in the Acropolis, I watched first show of dance, it wasnt very interesting for me, but maybe you are interested...and I didn t see that show of lights, but I heard it is good.
Also you must go to Islands or you didn t be in Greece at all. The recommended ones are Mykonos and Santorini, the classical, but of course you will find many so charming places, cause each one has it s magic. You can go by ferry and stop in each one stay for some hours, and take a ferry to another, ask for that...it s a recommendation!!
When in Athens, a visit to the Acropolis and the nearby suburb of Plaka is a must.
The Acropolis (meaning 'high city') is a bunch of ruins that include the famous Parthenon, and has served through the centuries as a political and religious centre.
The Acropolis should be seen during day as well as during the night. during the night sometimes video/slide shows are aranged at the Acroplois which can be quite interesting. The same goes for the Zeus Temple ruins. Another worthy visit can be made to the Olympic Stadium which held the first ever Olympic games back in 1896. At the entrance to the right is a stone upon which are carved in Greek, the Olympic games venues upto the 1988 Seoul games. Other information relating to Olympics is also carved onto similar stones. See adjoining pic.
Now of course, it's just not a trip to Athens without a look at the Acropolis. Union rules, you know. Besides, all the other cool kids are doing it. :) To avoid the worst of the crowds, try to visit either when the gates open or at the last hour of the day.
It's the symbol of European culture and democracy and full of great artworks!
The most famous of the buildings on the Acropolis hill is, of course, the Parthenon which was built 447-432 BC by Kallikrates in doric style with sculptures by Phidias. It is admirable in its size and proportions, but I personally prefer the smaller but more elegant temple of the Erechtheion which was the holiest of all temples on the Acropolis. Aren't the karyatides (columns in the form of young women's statues) great?!
Don't forget to visit the Acropolis museum although it's sometimes really crowded. It's worth a visit especially for the sculptures from the Archaic period.
Go to Acropolis for sure, see the remains of the old city and the Acropolis museum if you are into that kinda stuff... See the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the traditional mounting of the soldiers in turn... Visit the Stadio (the Ancient Stadium), the National Garden (actually there isn't much to see there but worth a look), the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadria, and the shopping streets where you reach if you follow the street Athinai...
Athens is one of the oldest cities and history is pouring all over you... The ruins are well protected and are not lost in the modernisation of the city.
The Acropolis is the focol point of any stay in Athens.Having weathered 2,500 years of wars and the odd siege/occupation or two...the sacred mount is not fairing as well against modern-age pollution....sulferous rain had tarnished the structures untill a few years ago UNESCO got involved.
It still remains an awesome and humbling tribute to the glory of Greece and it is revered by Greeks everywhere.Be a good citizen and dont deface or scale any of the stuff in the area ..no matter how innocuous you think it will be or humorous you hope the picture will turn out. One guy jumped up on a pedestle and froze like a statue for the usual picture to send home...and ended up sending home for bail instead.
The Acropolis and the Plaka of course!
Well....I love pillars...wonder what Freud would say about that! And shopping...which can be done at the Plaka!! Great stuff and it's all so pretty! There was also a cinema there, outdoors! It's called Cine Paris Rooftop Garden Cinema or something =] And the REALLY wierd thing was when we saw the Gladiator....they have intermissions!!
'The parthenon, the temple of Athena Parthenos, built on the summit of the Acropolis hill, marks the zenith of Classical Greek art at the level both of architectural creation and of sculptural decoration.'
The Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum; most of the artifacts are in the museum so to go up to the Acropolis & not go into the museum is a huge mistake.
Acropolis is a must-see because it is genuinely a sight to behold! Be careful of the slippery marble though, i can't remember the number of times i had slipped and nearly ended up on my butt.