– Historical sites around Athens open for free this August

June 07, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
The free admission is part of Night of the Full Moon, which promotes the capital's most treasured historical locations and is a chance to see classical Greek performances. Places taking part in the evening include the most famous sites such as the Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus and the Roman Agora. Hundreds of museums and other key attractions around the country will also be taking part to celebrate the country's unique heritage.

The month of August is particularly significant as it's believed that during this month that the moon is at its brightest. As well as seeing the impressive monuments by moonlight the evening also offers a diverse programme of performing arts including opera, classical music and dance.

The many ancient theatres and open air stages are also set to see artists performing plays of both ancient Greek classics along with contemporary interpretations.

Due to many of the city's great landmarks being open for free, visitor numbers rise dramatically over the event and this is expected to make getting into an Athens hotel considerably more difficult over the event.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "With tourists taking advantage of the free entry, hotels often become oversubscribed with people wanting rooms. To avoid missing out on places all visitors are advised to go online to book places as early as they can."