Most taxis and buses will drop you at the Acropolis. After going inside which can take well over an hour and is a lot of steps, or simply viewing it from the vantage point we show on our Athens Guide film – you might like a rest. Rather than walking down to Plaka, there is a horse and carriage option, which can hold 5 if one sits beside the driver.       DORIS VISITS WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN MENU OF PORT GUIDES RHODES GUIDE ATHENS METRO ATHENS ICE CREAM ATHENS GUIDE ATHENS PLAKA

Athena, the goddess of wisdom, competed against Poseidon, the god of the seas and Athens has had a port since 4BC. The Olympic games in 2004 did much to enhance the 3,400 years of history with new walkways, better transportation and major works of restoration supplementing the things that never change. They actually removed hundreds of modern buildings to give better access to the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch, the Agora, the Academy of Plato and the Monastery of Daphne which are now linked by walkways. Some of the sites round the back of the Acropolis are now closed but the small church is still open.

The horse and carriage ride will take you to Plaka, circle it, then drop you there. You can then see other monuments or walk into Monastiraki square or up to Syntagma Station. If you are on a tour and need to get back to the Acropolis then this square is not far. This walk is covered in our Plaka film.  Chat group for your ship? – click here

Just a mention of the Athens Coastal Tram which goes from Syntagma Square to the Beaches. 

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We went there on the Oceana, (Ship tour here) followed all the way round by the Norwegian Spirit (Ship blog here).

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