Last year I fulfilled a big dream of mine, to visit Santorini island. In order to get there we needed to catch a flight (though It can be done by water as well, we decided to fly). And the flight was from and to Athens, Greece (I have another dream, to visit all European capitals and it was a good idea to combine the two trips so that's why I bought tickets from Athens).
The capital of Greece, Athens is one of the oldest named cities in the world. The city has been inhabited for over 5000 years! The main historical attraction is of course Acropolis, you have probably seen it in many movies or if you have received a souvenir from someone who has been in Greece, it's proably that.
We had only one day in Athens since we were just passing through, but we managed to see the most important sightseeing in the Greek capital, Acropolis of Athens. When we arrived, we straight ahead headed to this amazing landmark, for those of you who don't know, though I doubt there would be such pepole, Acropolis is an ancient citadel, an archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on a hill in the center of Athens city. It consist of the remains of many ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance inthe Greek history.
Acropolis can be seen from almost everywhere from Athens, we even had a nice view of it from our hotel which was on like two kilometers from the attraction.
You have a fee of course, of 20 euro if you want to enter on the citadel territory, quite pricy I personally think, but it's definitely something you should do if you ever visit the Greek capital. And there is an even better offer, for 25 euro you can buy a ticket to enter not only Acropolis, but also several other historical treasures in a walking by distance. And if you don't want to pay that fee and simply can't afford it there are some dates the it's free, but you hava to make your plans according to them.
No entry fee days are 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day, 18 May (International Museums Day), The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days), 28 October, Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
From above the hill everywhere you look you are surrounded by Athens city. Which typically consists of low buildings. You can spot several parks and other sightseeing of the city, like Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, which is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. An amazing view reveals before your eyes and some great photos can be taken. Unfortunately the weather wasn't that great during our stay and our photos are not glamorous, but at least we enjoyed the view for ourselves.
We spend several hours at the Acropolis, taking photos and admiring the view but it was getting late and after while we headed back down to the city to grab a bite to eat, we had a flight early in the morning and we couldn't afford to miss it. We found a little typical Greek restaurant where we sat and had some of my favorite lamb chops, delicious. We headed back to the hotel and instantly fell asleep. Santorini was waiting for us!