I challenged myself to see how many of Greece’s ancient sites I could visit in a single day. I had already visited Mycenae, Epidauras, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and the Temple of Poseidon. My final aim was to reach Athens or more specifically Pireas and have a look around.
I reached my final destination at 6pm, but too tired to travel into Athens, I decided to call it a day. I wasn’t too disappointed with my day’s work, but next up was Athens and this I knew would be a packed visit. I was undecided on whether to stay for one or two days, it was a case of how much could I see in a single day and would it be everything I wanted to see.
I stayed at a secure car park, Parkopolis, which at €13 per night, was quite reasonable. The only downside was that they locked the gate between 21:30 – 07:30, but they did provide contact details for those returning later. The proprietor Mary, was extremely lovely and helpful, and is very knowledgeable about the city. The car park is a short walk away from the train station, which is only a 20 minute ride into Athens. My first port of call, was naturally going to be the Acropolis.
The Acropolis was built in the 5th century BC and contains 3 temples, 2 theatres and a monumental gateway (Propylaia). I bought a multi site ticket for €30, which included access to the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library and the Roman Agora.
The Temple of Athena Nike was built circa 426 BC in commemoration of Athenian victory over the Persians.
The Erechtheion temple was built between 421 – 406 BC and was named after one of the mythical kings of Athens, Erechtheus.
The Parthenon is arguably one of the world’s most famous buildings and took 9 years to build. Completed in 438 BC, it has over the years had many uses and been subject to much damage. But it remains a symbol of Athens.
The Theatre of Dionysos was built between 342 – 326 BC and was the first theatre built of stone.
Built by the Roman Consul Herodes Atticus, this theatre holds 5000 spectators and is still in use today.
Visiting the Acropolis should be on the top of everyone’s list, when in Athens. Naturally it is a main tourists attraction and rightly so. I enjoyed my visit and especially the views of the city and especially of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was my next destination.