Greek landmark crowded as tourists return

2013-09-03 11:21

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Athens - The good news for Greece's tourism industry - a record 11.5 million tourists are expected this year reports the country's National Tourism Organization - is bad news for the country's best-known landmark, the increasingly crowded Acropolis.

"It's leading to terrible crowding," local archaeologist Eleni Stylianou told dpa on Monday. The crush gets worst in the morning, when hordes of tourists stream out of their cruise ships.

The mass of people under the hot Athens sun can lead to unbearable situations. Tourists often have to queue for tickets and then take the hour-long climb to the Acropolis in temperatures that often reach 38 degrees Celsius, says Stylianou, who is also a tour guide.

She estimates that there should be no more than 4 000 people at the Acropolis at any one time. But she says there have been multiple days where 12 000 tourists have tried to pass through the propylaea, the courtyard that serves as both entrance and bottleneck to the Acropolis.

The Culture Ministry has set about trying to solve the problem. In cooperation with cruise ship companies, it is working on a plan whereby the ships will unload their passengers in shifts for tours of the Acropolis and other city attractions, reported the newspaper To Vima on its website.

Read more on:    travel  |  travel international

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.