Seeing the Acropolis up close is breathtaking.
But here is something just as amazing ( if not more ): seeing the Acropolis in all of its beauty, not surrounded by selfie sticks and tourists.
Here are the top 3 places I recommend you go in Athens to get the best uninterrupted views of this ancient beauty:
This is my absolute favorite view of the Acropolis and of the city!
Lycabettus Hill (or Monte Licabeto) is the highest point in Athens at 910 feet. You have a couple options in terms of getting to the top. You can take a cable car for $8 which leaves from Ploutarchou and Aristippou Streets in Athens…
Or you can enjoy a heart-pounding hike up the hill! The walk starts from Aristippou Street in Kolonaki and winds upward for about 20 – 30 minutes.
Here’s the view:
Also known as the Hill of the Muses, Philopappos Hill provides an amazing view of the Acropolis since it’s located at almost the same height.
Although I never ventured here during my time in Athens, I’ve heard from friends that this is a fantastic place to go during the day because the park is very lively! Nighttime can be sketchy because the paths are poorly lit.
Mount Hymettus is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Athens. You could easily spend a full day hiking the mountain, exploring the ancient monasteries & churches along the way and finally enjoying this beautiful view at the top:
It’s a wonderful place to watch the sun set.
The Electra Palace Hotel Rooftop
You can get up to the rooftop of the Electra Palace without being a guest at the hotel! Located in downtown Athens, The Electra Palace roof has a large pool with a bar & restaurant. You can easily spend a good portion of the day here tanning, swimming and looking out at a beautiful view of the Acropolis.
What are your favorite places in Athens to see wonderful views?
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Wow the Acropolis is really breathtaking. I can’t wait to visit next year! Thanks for sharing!
It is! Up-close and from these viewpoints 🙂
Wow you have such great photos from your visit. When I was there 2.5 years ago all i had was my old iphone as a camera and the photos aren’t clear. Glad I could re-live my experience through your eyes. <3
Thank you! I took all of these photos with a point-and-shoot camera, but luckily I had enough foresight to bring multiple SD cards and document everything 🙂
These views are incredible. I have not been to Athens yet, but (as Susan Sontag says) it’s definitely on the list. I love Greece, at least I love the islands that I’ve been to. When I finally get to Athens, I will visit the places that you have recommended.