So here you are in the Acropolis… the realization of a lifelong dream to see it finally came true. So you think… and apparently a few hundred others. I have been to the Acropolis 3 times navigating through hordes of people, until finally I decided to beat the crowd and enjoy it with as much solitude as I can and of course take a photo without the crowd.
Passengers from cruise ships come in hordes (peaks from April to November) in several batches from approximately 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Believe me, the crowd during this time is overwhelming.
Here is how I finally managed to beat the crowd:
Purchase the ticket online Here. Avoid wasting your time in line by trying to purchase the ticket on the day you want to see it. The e-ticket package cost 30 euro that allows you to visit other historical sites as well and valid for 5 days.
Go to the correct line! The line to purchase the ticket and the entrance with the prepaid ticket is different. If you are not sure which one it is, ask.
Arrive several minutes before it opens! We were there 15 minutes prior and believe me there are several early birds as well. We were first in line, but of course some VIP came and they have to enter first (beats me?!)
Wear a good footwear (comfortable and non-slip) , some areas are a bit steep and a little slippery. A proper footwear will allow you to go up faster.
Once in, go directly to the Parthenon! Focus on your goal (if Parthenon is your goal). Do not be sidetracked and take photos every 5 steps, (if you really must, make it quick!) otherwise the Parthenon will already be crowded once you reach it!
In relation to the previous tip, do things reverse.. start from the Parthenon, down to the other sites, the Herodion, Erechtheion, the Sacred Olive Tree of Athina etc.
Try different angles when taking the photos – from the front, sides. From an angle by standing in the rocks.
Take as much photo as you can. But don’t forget to experience the moment as well. Enjoy it with your naked eyes, instead of just posing. Breath in, bask in this glorious moment.