Europe Greece Greece Guide Things To Do Essentials All Greece Top Ten Destinations of Greece - #1 The Acropolis and the Parthenon By deTraci Regula deTraci Regula DeTraci Regula is a freelance writer who has specialized in Greek travel and tours for 18 years. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Slow Images/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Top Ten Greek Destinations: #1 - Athens - The Acropolis Say what you like (or don't like!) about Athens, no one's trip to Greece can be complete without a visit to its supreme symbol, the outcropping of rock called the Acropolis, crowned with Athena's sacred temple, the Parthenon. It looks great all day, but visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Skip the Sound and Light show - cold in temperature and corny in tone. New pedestrian pathways make it easy to visit via the Athens Metro. It's definitely one of the must-sees of Greece. Planning ahead? You can directly book your own tour ahead of time: Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis & Parthenon Next - # 2 The Best Museum in Greece When visiting the Parthenon, you can choose the option of a ticket providing entrance to several additional attractions including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the New Acropolis Museum, and the Panathenaic Stadium. If you have the time to use the multiple ticket, it's a good value and a good inspiration to make sure you see these other iconic sites in Athens. Tips on Visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon As with other sites in Greece, the ground at the Acropolis is littered with marble paving stones and fragments which have been worn smooth by countless feet. These stones can be slippery, especially when it is raining. Wear good shoes. What's the difference between the Acropolis and the Parthenon? The Acropolis refers to the hill itself - the place of the "high city". The Parthenon specifically means the temple structure built to honor Athena Parthenos, or Athena the Maiden, and which once enclosed a magnificent statue of Athena made out of gold and ivory. There's no trace of the statue left - such valuable materials were looted in antiquity - but remember that for the original visitors, there was no doubt whose temple it was. Now, stripped of its marble friezes and permanently under reconstruction, it's easy to forget about Athena even in her greatest temple in Greece. More Parthenon Viewing Options You can also enjoy seeing the Parthenon from a distance - many rooftop garden restaurants provide diners with a view of the illuminated Parthenon at night. One favorite is the Premiere restaurant located at the top of the Athens Intercontinental Hotel. Plan Your Own Trip to Greece Find and Compare Flights To and Around Greece: Athens and Other Greece Flights - The Greek airport code for Athens International Airport is ATH. Find and Compare prices on: Hotels in Greece and the Greek Islands Book your Own Day Trips Around Athens Book your Own Short Trips Around Greece and the Greek Islands Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Learn About the Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens, Greece A Visitor's Guide to the Valley of the Temples, Sicily Top 18 Things to Do in Athens, Greece 48 Hours in Athens: The Perfect Itinerary Where Are the Temples to Greek Gods and Goddesses? The Top 20 Things to Do in Greece The Temple of Olympian Zeus: The Complete Guide Greece's Newest Hotels Are Worth Planning a Trip Around How to Get from Venice to Athens Planning Your Trip to Greece The Top 11 Day Trips From Athens, Greece Cruise Your Way to the Ruins of Greece and Egypt Best Things to Do at the Athens Airport on a Layover Getting From Greece to Turkey by Ferry 8 Budget-Friendly Hotels with Amazing Views of Iconic Architecture When Is the Best Time to Visit Greece?