Archaeological Park

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Archaeological Park, Acropolis, Athens

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Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Sporty types, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Archaeological Park

Pretend to be Plato as you stroll among the city’s ancient landmarks.

Athenians rarely visit the Parthenon. Instead, they stroll around it, thanks to the Archaeological Park that links all the major monuments. One of the few pedestrian zones in the city, the park has totally transformed the area around the Acropolis since it opened in 2004. Stretching between Hadrian’s Arch and Gazi, the park covers almost the full extent of ancient Athens. Wandering past Roman amphitheatres, Byzantine chapels, and neoclassical mansions is like strolling through a cross-section of the city’s long history. Subtle landscaping seamlessly integrates the antiquities into the urban fabric. The aroma of grilling sweetcorn and the strumming of buskers accompanies you along the way.

Expert tips: 
Tour the monuments on a bicycle:
Make like a local and go for a sunset stroll, followed by an aperitif at one of the cafés along Dionysiou Areopagitou near Thisseion station.

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Archaeological site, Landmark / monument, Park / garden
Archaeological Park, Acropolis, Athens
Months open:
All year round
Free tags / Keywords:
Pedestrian zone, Ancient monuments, Park

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