Welcome to my article on the Acropolis. My name is Chris Kapoulas and I come from Stylida, a small village located in Phthiotis. Seeing magical sunrises over the beautiful Malian Gulf triggered my love for travel and photography. I was obsessed with these sunrises as a kid growing up.
One of my favorite places to travel to and photograph in Greece today is the Acropolis of Athens. Sadly though, it has been over two years since I last visited because of the restrictions around the pandemic. This sacred rock where the Parthenon is located is bursting with history and heritage.
My last visit there can be seen on my Instagram. It included an evening walk at the Pnyx, the rock just opposite the Acropolis. I watched the sunset there, flew my drone and tried to capture this majesty of civilization.
The Acropolis is an absolute gem that should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Greek civilization introduced democracy and philosophy to the modern world, and this breakthrough history can all be felt at the Acropolis. The Greek language is showcased in many sciences and our ancient civilization played a big part in forming the modern world today.
How to Best Experience the Acropolis
The best experience at the Acropolis for me, as a passionate photographer and drone operator, is the aerial view above which captures the Herodion Theatre, Propylaea and Parthenon all in one photo. For visitors, they can experience similar views by visiting the Philopappos Monument.
As well as taking in the views from Philopappos, visitors can attend a tour with a guide, enjoy the walk, ask questions and when done, grab a book of the Acropolis and go through it taking your time to explore each aspect. You definitely need to spend time here in the morning and evening, as the daylight affects the scenery. The Acropolis Museum is also a fantastic visit.
Which Neighborhood to Stay in Athens
I recommend staying in Plaka. This part of Athens offers you views of the Acropolis and has everything you need. Walking the narrow streets and alleyways makes you feel like you are traveling back in time – it’s amazing! You will find several Greek restaurants (tavernas) to taste Greek cuisine and many cafes and boutique hotels with rooftop gardens and Acropolis views.
Be sure to check out some other incredible attractions in the city of Athens such as Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, National Garden and Zappeion. All of these places are less than 30 minutes walk from the Acropolis. Each has its own history and uniqueness to enjoy.