If I were you, visiting the Acropolis Museum in Athens should be your first business of the day. Then, climbing Acropolis to see the grandeur of The Parthenon is next. Yes, I know – you’d prefer to see the Parthenon first to avoid the crowd. Well, if you’re just going to take photos without the crowd in the background, then, that’s a smart thing to do. But, if you want to fill in your brain with historical facts and visual feast on artifacts – visit the Acropolis Museum first. The displays on the last floor of the museum are shaped like the Parthenon. The set-up gives you a clear picture of what it was once like. You need to know that you can’t get close to The Parthenon in Acropolis because it is fenced and it is heavily guarded by workers in civilian clothes.
I would highly recommend that you go early to the museum. Have your breakfast at their outdoor patio on the top floor. They’ve got a fantastic view of The Parthenon. It feels good sipping your coffee or eating your pancakes while admiring the beauty of the Acropolis.
The Acropolis Museum is of modern architecture. The whole building is surrounded by glass. Only very few artifacts are enclosed in glass cages. Ancient statues are displayed openly but, of course, you can’t touch them.
You’d be surprised to see that beneath you are the ancient neighborhood of Athens. It dates back to 5th century BC to 9th century AD. You’ll find streets, workshops, houses and baths.
In fact, as you walk up to the museum’s entrance, you’ll find an open space of the excavation. One of the ancient wells is filled with coins because tourists just can’t control themselves to make a wish. 😀
TIME TO SPEND: You’ll need at least 2 hours to stay here. We stayed for three hours though because we had breakfast.
PHOTOGRAPHY: You’re not allowed to take photographs in all areas. This explains why I only have a few photos in this post. 🙁
If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the sights you want to see in Athens.
If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.