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  • Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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While there are many more acropoleis (the plural of "acropolis," in case you're wondering) in Greece, it's this one in Central Athens that garners the most attention. In fact, it's routinely referred to simply as "The Acropolis." Fodor's puts it best: "You don't have to look far in Athens to encounter perfection. Towering above all -- both physically and spiritually -- is the Acropolis, the ancient city of upper Athens." The site is an elevated flat-topped rock with an assortment of monuments and ruins (including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Theater of Dionysus) that date back to before 300 BC.

Travelers say the hike to the Acropolis is just as memorable as the sites it holds. If you're going to try it, begin your trek in the early morning before the afternoon heat and heavy crowds. An alternative plan is going in the early evening, after the mid-day sun but before the sunset. 

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