If you’ve ever wanted to take your doggie or moggy to a Greek archaeological site, you’re in luck. The Central Archaeological Council, the body which oversees digs across the country, has passed new rules allowing pets at more than 120 key sites. The decision is “a first, but important, step toward harmonising the framework of accessibility to monuments and archaeological sites with the standards of other European countries, where entry rules for pets already apply”, said the culture minister Lina Mendoni in a press statement (major draws such as the Acropolis in Athens are still off limits though for animals). There are rules though for taking little Fido or Fifi to hallowed heritage areas. The council approved the entry of pets provided they are kept on a leash no more than one metre long, reports Associated Press. “Owners will also need to… carry the necessary accessories to pick up their animal’s droppings in order to be allowed entry,” adds AP (those mosaic floors need to be kept clean after all).
Pets allowed at Greece's top archaeological sites—but don’t forget the pooh bag
Animals still barred from the most popular attractions such as the Acropolis and Ancient Olympia
2 May 2023