January 9, 2012

Longer opening hours for the Acropolis in Athens

Posted at 1:53 pm in Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens is now going to be open for longer. It is already better than it used to be though, as I remember visiting it in the 1990s, when it seemed that it was barely open in the afternoons during the winter months.

The Independent

Longer opening hours for Athens Acropolis
Saturday, 21 May 2011

Greece is to extend the opening hours of the Acropolis in Athens due to public demand, Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanosin announced Thursday.

The site will open from 8:00 am (0500 GMT) to 19:00 pm (1600 GMT) year-round after staffing changes prompted by a restructure of the country’s public bodies.

“It’s a first,” said Geroulanosin, who added that longer hours had been desired “for a long time.”

Until now the Unesco World Heritage Site, home to the Parthenon, opened from 8:00 am to 17:00 pm from September to April and until sunset during the remainder of the year.

This meant it sometimes closed as early as 15:00 pm, to the disappointment of tourists who travel hundreds of miles to see the Acropolis, one of Greece’s most visited sites which attracts about a million people each year.

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  1. Ron Strybis said,

    03.29.13 at 10:49 am

    I am visiting Athens on Monday, October 28, 2013 for 1 day only (arriving on a cruise ship). I discovered on another website that the Acropolis only opens at 11:00 on a Monday. In view of your website information, has this changed to 08:00 year-round?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

  2. Matthew said,

    04.02.13 at 2:32 pm

    According to their website, it is closed all day on Mondays. In my experience, this is the case across much of Europe (museums closed on Mondays), as I have experienced the same thing in Spain.


    This site has opening hours for a lot of the other monuments / sites in Athens.


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