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Acropolis for seniors

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Acropolis for seniors

I'll be in Athens for one day in September with my mum who is 71 and although very active, has a heart condition which makes her breathless.

Is the walk to the Parthenon and surrounding temples very strenuous? If so, is there an alternative for people with limited mobility?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Acropolis for seniors

The walk up to the hill to the Acropolis takes about 20 minutes. The first, longest part isn't especially steep, but the last part involves high steps which could be a challenge for her. There is a lift for wheelchair users and others with severe mobility problems: you need to arrange it in advance. See the link on the right, under Top Questions, for information about this.

The other sites are all at ground level, and your mother should be all right with them. Bear in mind that in September it may still be hot, which may also affect her breathing, so take it slow. Both of you should wear good/flat shoes as the ground is quite rough in places.

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The heat could be a major issue. Depends on the weather that day. We went to the Acropolis with my 81-year-old mother, who walks with a cane. As soon as we arrived, it was clear she couldn't handle even the climb to the base where the tickets are sold. Thankfully, we had a private taxi, and she was able to wait with the driver while the rest of us went to the top. If we didn't have the taxi, she would have been stuck waiting outside in the heat alone-- not a good option. So, just make sure you are with an organized tour or private taxi so that you have a place for her to wait safely in case she can't handle it. If your mother can make it to the base, then she can probably make at least part of the climb. The problem is, once you get to the top, the walkways are REALLY uneven and slippery. Anyone could fall! My able-bodied husband fell, for example. So be careful, and have a back-up plan for her. We didn't see any sign of the so-called "elevator" to the top for handicapped people. I am sure it exists, but it wasn't well-marked.

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The "elevator" does exist: we used it last year. We asked a staff member, and were escorted through the usual exit from the site to the bottom of the "elevator", which is a metal cage on a track that labours up to the top.

Despite the rather primitive nature of the equipment, I would strongly recommend this for anyone who has a problem with getting short of breath.

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Thanks SOOOOO much everyone! Would be so sad for mum to get to Athens at 71 and miss out on the Acropolis, so your suggestions are really appreciated.

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We walked up with my 73 year old mother about 4 weeks ago in 37 degree heat!

Taking it very slow is essential. The biggest problem for her were the steps and also up top the stones/paths were very slippery in parts. Understandable with the millions of tourists.

We didn't know about the lift but I suspect if we used it all of Athens would have heard her screaming up to the top!

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The lift does exist and gives one presumably a great view of the Agora as you go up. We have not had to use it though we have seen it on our way from the Acropolis to the Agora. One is supposed to make arrangements in advance.

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Here you can see the lift:

http://tinyurl.com/2u4vacd

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How does one contact the elevator people to make arrangements in advance? Should I bring a doctor's letter?

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Look up this:

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From what others have said it sounds do-able but if you/she decided not, then the New Acropolis Museum would give her a very good flavour. It's worth a visit before going up to the real thing anyway, to improve understanding of what you are seeing. The Ancient Agora, Stoa of Attalos, Temple of Hephaestus are also worthwhile considering - much flatter and more sheltered from strong sun. My personal favourite is Kerameikos, near to Thissio metro. It's nothing like as dramatic, but the scale is easily digested and there is a small. It interesting museum as well as the site itself.