First, keep away from the lengthy entrance strains by reserving your tickets on-line (20 euros, or about $22, for a single-entry grownup ticket). One other reserving choice, the Athena’s Mixed Ticket (adults, €30), offers entry to 6 extra websites in Athens, together with the close by Agora. Begin your day right here, earlier than 11 a.m., when most vacationers are on the Acropolis.
Your finest window for a much less crowded go to to the Acropolis is between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., when most guests eat lunch. However the solar is excessive, and its been extremely popular, so take precautions with the climate: Put on a hat and sunscreen, stroll slowly, discover shade the place you’ll be able to, drink loads of liquids and take a bottle of water with you. And hearken to your physique — if it’s too scorching, maintain off. Additionally observe that beginning Sept. 4, the Acropolis might be capped to twenty,000 each day guests. Greek authorities are experimenting with the restrict to assist fight overcrowding on the web site.
Rhamnous, about an hour’s drive from downtown Athens, is a much less crowded archaeological attraction — and it has ocean views (adults, €4). However put on snug sneakers, as it’s a couple of half-mile from the positioning’s entrance to the remnants of this historic metropolis.
Eat like a Greek
With the scorching summer season temperatures, observe the native traditions in the case of consuming. Have a full breakfast within the morning, solely a lightweight chew within the afternoon and full dinner within the night — after 8 p.m., when the warmth begins to subside.
When it comes to discovering Greek delicacies, eating places abound all around the metropolis. In Piraeus, get seafood, like sea urchin and shrimp pasta, at Yperokeanio, a tavern the place the surroundings appears like a time capsule of a Nineteen Fifties film. LS and SIA within the neighborhood of Psyri, in central Athens, affords a recent spin on conventional specialties, whereas Mavros Gatos, a principally tourist-free hang-out within the hip neighborhood of Pangrati, makes scrumptious meat dishes. For an upscale choice by the ocean and the very best views of the Athens Riviera, go to Ithaki restaurant. Reservations are really useful for the entire above.