6 highlights to explore in a single day in Athens


Discover a selection of the most important places, to keep as memorable souvenir of your visite to Athens. There are a lot of places to visit in Athens, but in one single day it will be difficult to see them all. That's why, from my experience, I can suggest you the ones you absolutely must visit, during a short stay in the Greek capital.

The absolutely must-see places in one day

The site of Dionysos

An entrance to the site that gives access to the mythical hill of Athens and the Parthenon. It' s one of the oldest theaters of ancient Greece which saw the birth of the tragedies.

The Acropolis Hill

The emblematic hill of Athens with the Propylae, the Parthenon, the Caryatides and the temple of Nike. They are among the most visited monuments in the world.

Plaka & Anafiotika

A medieval discrit on the northern side of Acropolis, tourists love to stroll through the narrow streets and visit the surprising area of Anafiotika which reminds a Cycladic island.

The Acropolis museum

Ouvert depuis 2009, ce palais de verre présente les objets des fouilles de la colline et de ses abords ainsi qu'une reproduction à l'échelle du temple du Parthénon.

The site of the Ancient Agora

The main square of the ancient Greece, it was the meeting place of the population and of the city's authority. The site also houses the almost complete temple of the god Herphaestus.

The site of Keramikos

This is the ancient pottery district and cemetery, situated at the northwest gate of the antique city, where the procession of the Eleusis mysteries passed along the sacred way.

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The itinerary of my tour

1st step : The Site of Dionysos in Athens

Every time I go to the Acropolis, I never get enough of visiting the site of Dionysos. I constantly discover new elements, either I didn't see them last time, or new restorations have been done.

The important things to discover on the site :

The fauna and flora on the Acropolis hill - The Theater of Dionysus - The stoa of Pergamon Attalus - The antique Hospital and the temple of Asclepios - The bronze foundry - The Odeon of Herod Atticus-

Some pictures of the site of Dionysus in Athens

How to reach the starting point of the tour by metro

By subway with line N°2 (Blue)

Get off at AKROPOLI station, the entrance is less than 150m from the exit via the 2 escalators.

By subway with line N°1 (Green) & N°2 (Red)

DGet off at MONASTIRAKI station, the entrance is 700m through Plaka.

By subway witn line N°1 (Green)

Get off at THISSIO station, follow the pedestrian path, the entrance is 2 km away (gently uphill)

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How to get to the starting point of the tour on foot

To start my visit, if you are staying in the center of Athens, it is quite easy to get to the place on foot, the road is gradually downhill.

You have to walk from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on where you start, 1km from Syntagma Square and 2km from Omonia Square. 

Opening hours at the Acropolis

  • In low season from 08:00 to 17:00 (between November 1st and March 31st)
  • In high season from 08:00 to 18:00 or 20:00 depending on the sunset (between April 1st and October 31st)

The opening hours are variable throughout the year, and the last entrance is 1/2 hour before the closing time. 
It is closed on January 1, March 25, Easter Sunday, May 1, December 25 and 26. 
The site may be closed in case of high temperatures, thunderstorms, strong rains and high winds.
Free admission on March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, last weekend of September, October 28, and every first Sunday from November to the end of March. 

Rates for Acropolis and ancient sites of Athens

Ticket price at the entrance

Entrance to Acropolis

Rate from 01/11 to 31/03

20 €

10 €

Entrance of antique Agora 

Rate from 01/11 to 31/03

10 €

5 €

Entrance to Keramikos

Rate from 01/11 to 31/03

10 €

5 €

Combo ticket valide for 5 days

Acropolis, Antique Agora, Adrian's library, Keramikoscimetiery, Lykion, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman Agora, North and south slopes of the Acropolis, Museum of the Agora, Museum of Keramikos.

30 €