Athens’ Acropolis is crumbling under tourism pressure. Should you visit quieter places instead?

Stay longer, go off-season, don’t cruise: Here’s how to ease the burden of overtourism in Athens and beyond.

Sarah Faith is a content and values writer at activist travel company, Responsible Travel.

If you’re planning to visit the Acropolis in Athens this year, be prepared. Timed entry slots have been introduced in a bid to tackle the overwhelming daily visitor numbers to the site.

In recent days, the site has even been closed during the height of the day to protect crowds from the punishing heatwave.

It’s needed. Visitors in June 2023 were up an estimated 70 per cent compared to 2019. Without some effort to curb the queues, the structural

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