The August full moon is one of the best times to visit the antiquities and museums of Greece.

A popular initiative by the Greek Ministry of Culture, running since 2002, allows locals and tourists alike to visit ancient sites around the country for free.

This year’s events kick off on 11 August, culminate on 15 August and continue until 19 August.

There will be 97 archaeological sites, museums and monuments open for people to enjoy on the brightest moon of summer. While there, visitors can enjoy live music performances and other cultural offerings to make the experience even more unique. Special events will be held at 48 of the open sites.

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Popular sites, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Elefsina and more are open to the public as part of the initiative. In 2018, the number of visitors exceeded 100,000 people against 74,970 in 2017 and 63,795 in 2016.