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Plaka, Athens

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The oldest residential neighborhood in Athens, Plaka sits in the shadows of the city's ancient ruins, welcoming visitors with a labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets and notable examples of Neoclassical architecture. In the 1990s this district transformed itself from a primarily working-class neighborhood to a tourist-driven area rife with trendy shops, upscale restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Though most visitors come to this area--the heart of the ancient city--to soak up the authentic street atmosphere, you can also visit several historically important sites here, including a 5th century temple and an 11th century church, one of the oldest in the city. The neighborhood also houses a good selection of museums and galleries, displaying ancient artifacts and folk art. Make Plaka a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens itinerary maker app.
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  • Plaka is deservedly the most popular area of Athens. This is due to its age and the concentration of small shops, studios, restaurants and excellent views of the Acropolis. If you look from South to.....  more »
  • November 2018 (not 2019) This was the best walk we took through Athens. We had just left the Acropolis, and while still in its shadow we descended a staircase past some musicians and wandered...  more »

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