COME SEE Areopagus Hill, Athens. Greece.
Areopagus Hill: THE GUIDE
ACCESSIBILITY: By taxi or private vehicle to the nearest road then walk.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Sunset.
LOCATION: 11 minutes by car from Syntagma Square |8 minute walk from Monastiraki Square Location on Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 10 minutes max from any entry road| 1 minute stair climb.
TIME REQUIRED: Allow 0.5 – 1 hr.
TOURIST RATING: Very popular but people only stay for a short time.
OUR TIPS: Go early for sunset to get a spot and take snacks.
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Areopagus Hill: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
Sometimes it’s the destinations you stumble across that become more memorable than the ones you anticipate. Areopagus Hill, for us is definitely one of those places. Areopagus is 113m high solid marble formation that is loosely translated to Ares Rock; Ares being the god of War, son of Zeus and is not to be confused with Australia’s Ayers Rock. According to Greek Mythology, Ares was trialed and acquitted for murder here.
It’s by far the easiest *climb I’ve done and anybody that attempts it is rewarded with an instant hit that makes the pupils dilate similar to the sugar rush a kid gets after downing red cordial. So just before the ticket booth to The Acropolis you’ll see a small metal stair case leading upward into the tree foliage, take it!
In about 45 seconds (depending on the crowd) you will have reached the top and can now stand back and embrace the vista before you. You’ll see right over the Ancient Agora of Athens out past Thissio to the left, Psyri & Plaka in the center; and Mt Lycabettus and the upper class neighbourhood of Kolonaki to the right.
Oh and if you turn around 180 degrees you’ll also get a pretty impressive view of Athens number one tourist attraction too, the Acropolis.
You can take a walk and explore the entire rock without much restriction and we advise you do. But be careful because even in the most favourable conditions it’s slippery AF. We decided to walk a few layers lower than the entry point and although the view wasn’t as broad we enjoyed it more as it was waaayyy less crowded.
Having not knowing Areopagus Hill was even a thing to wanting to go back for sunset with an antipasto platter and bottle of wine, you bet we were going to give this spot a mention! If you didn’t catch that hint let me be more direct. Go to the hill. Go at sunset, take cheese and wine and find a quiet spot to enjoy the show.
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