Athens is a great place to explore with children of all ages and in the first part of our “Best of Athens with Kids” series, we reveal the perfect way to discover the Acropolis Hill and its wonderful surroundings with your little ones.
Before you venture out, make sure you are all comfortably dressed from head to toe and most importantly, wear comfy shoes (sneakers are ideal even in summer). You can’t drive all the way to the top of the Acropolis and there is no parking close by, so if you aren’t staying in the heart of the city your best bet is to catch the metro straight to the Acropolis station.
Once you climb up to the top, take a moment to admire the breathtaking view of the city… and then start exploring.
The Acropolis Hill is undoubtedly the most important archaeological site in Athens, with the Parthenon being the crown jewel of the Greek capital. Here you will find the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the beautiful Caryatids at the Erechteion temple.
This is by far one of the highlights in Athens, so make sure you have your camera ready to take plenty of family shots.
If your kids are fascinated by mythology, there are great guided tours specifically designed for families, such as Greeking Me with kid-friendly guides taking you on a journey back to ancient times and mythical wanderings.
Another one of our favourite family tours, where you can learn about the history of the Acropolis with engaging storytelling, interesting games, and cool quizzes is via Kids Love Greece, and don’t worry about being bored, they are designed for parents to join in on the fun.
Top tips: We must warn you the Acropolis is not stroller friendly, so if you have a baby or toddler, bear in mind you’ll need to leave the pram at the entrance. If you are travelling during the warmer months, we recommend you get there first thing in the morning or very late in the afternoon, as it gets extremely hot. And don’t forget to pack bottles of water, sunscreen, and your hats! Oh, and the rocks at the top are extremely slippery, so make sure your shoes have a good grip.
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