If you want to capture the best selfie while traveling to Athens, Greece this summer, then look no further. Athens has hidden charms as this rocky outcrop has been at the heart of human civilization as far back as the 4th millennium BC. The most iconic structure on the peak, the Parthenon, was completed in 438 BC as a symbol of the Athenian Empire’s power and victory over Persian invaders.
Today it’s considered to be one of the most important surviving buildings of Classical Greece and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments.
Here are the places to visit to get the best view of the Acropolis:
Athens 105 58, Greece | Paid
This observation deck is probably the most iconic close-up view of the Parthenon. In addition, the panoramic view over the city of Athens is worthy of a Greek god. Entry to the hill requires a €20 ticket. Get here early in the day, around 8am, to avoid the crowds.
Theorias 21, Athina 105 55, Greece | Free
This rocky outcrop near the Acropolis served as a court in ancient Greece, and thanks to Instagram draws thousands of selfie aficionados each day. This angle captures a perfect perspective of the Propylaea and Temple of Athena Nike. Get here at sunrise for the best silhouette over the Acropolis or just before sunset to see the Acropolis light up in a golden hue. Note: 2 flights of stairs must be climbed to reach the summit and the surface is uneven so exercise caution.
Ethniki Odos 3 2, Thiva 322 00, Greece | Free
This viewpoint (known as the “Observatory”) on Filopappou Hill receives far fewer visitors – usually is completely empty – yet boasts even better views than Areopagus Hill. Half an hour before sunset on a clear day is the best time to view. Note: the short yet steep access path can only be reached on foot. In addition to this point, a 2-minute walk southeast will lead to the barren area known as the Pnyx which offers even more space and a beautiful sea of green trees in the foreground.
A for Athens
Miaouli 2, Athina 105 54, Greece | Paid
If you prefer a drink with your view, then this enclosed rooftop restaurant and bar is one of the best views of the Acropolis, plus it overlooks Monastiraki Square. It can get very busy so make a reservation ahead of time to score one of the best seats. Late afternoon is the best time to soak the amber glow from the iconic hill. While access to the bar is free, it is expected that visitors will purchase drinks or food.
360 Cocktail Bar
Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece | Paid
Located across the road from A for Athens, this larger, leafy open-aired rooftop bar has more space and a wider range of drinks. Best enjoyed after dark.
Athens 114 71, Greece | Free
This is probably one of the most popular viewpoints in Athens. At an elevation of 277 m, it is the highest point in the city. The viewing platform gets very busy around 1 hour before sunset so get here early to stake your spot. While it’s free to access on foot (about a 20-minute hike from the base) you can also drive/taxi to the parking lot for a shorter climb or take the paid cable car. A restaurant/bar is located at the peak, aptly named Sky Bar.
Strefi Hill (secret location!)
Exarcheia, Athens 114 73, Greece | Free
Almost no one knows about this amazing viewpoint over Athens, even many locals. It has to be one of the best, and most beautiful to climb, surrounded by trees. A dirt path winds from the north side of the nearby outdoor basketball court up the steep slope. And you’re guaranteed to have the view all to yourself. Best enjoyed before late morning.
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