Most popular and historical neighborhoods of Athens are located in the city center: Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki, Acropolis, Thissio and Gazi are the most tourist places to walk around and include most sightseeing. Many tourist facilities are located in these places. Many hotels and accommodation are located in this Athens neighborhoods. After you have seen the best neighborhoods, you can also find information about the best beaches in Athens.
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Guide to 22 neighborhoods
Discover our guide to 22 Athens neighborhoods. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Athens. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Location: Between Syntagma and Monastiraki, metro station Monastiraki Description: Plaka is the most picturesque quarter in the heart of Athens. Paved streets, Neoclassical houses and gift shops distinguish this relaxing neighbourhood.
Location: Between Syntagma square and Thissio
Description: The neighbourhood of Acropolis, also called Makrigianni, start from Hadrian's Arch and extends till Thissio. This is a paved region under the shade of Acropolis and within a walking distance from the city centre.
Location: The centre of Athens, metro station Syntagma
Description: Syntagma, whose name means Constitution, is the central square of Athens. It distinguishes for the Parliament House and the beautiful Neoclassical buildings that surround it. Most sites are within a walking distance from Athens.
Location: In a walking distance from Syntagma and Omonoia, metro station Monastiraki
Description: Monastiraki is a picturesque neighbourhood in the heart of Athens. It is famous for its Neoclassical houses, the ancient sites and the open market with souvenirs and antique shops.
Location: Close to Monastiraki and the Acropolis, metro station Thissio
Description: Thissio is a lovely neighbourhood right in under the Acropolis. With many outdoor cafeterias, this is a favourite coffee spot for locals and visitors. Next to Thissio, there is the Ancient Agora.
Location: Close to Monastiraki, metro station Monastiraki
Description: Psiri is a typical old neighbourhood in Athens, with Neoclassical buildings and paved streets. It is a popular nightlife spot, particulalry for its clubs and the taverns.
Location: Between Syntagma and Lycabettus hill, metro stations Syntagma and Panepistimio
Description: One of the most elegant neighbourhoods of Athens, Kolonaki is located within a walking distance from Syntagma square. It has many shops, paved streets and cafeterias.
Location: Behind Kallimarmaro Stadium Description: Mets is a beautiful traditional but classy neighborhood in Athens. It has taken its name from the brasserie that Charles Fix, the son of Yohan Fix, owner of the homonymous Greek brewery.
Location: Under the Acropolis Description: Koukaki is a beautiful neighborhood in the center of Athens and a breath away from city center. Located on the southeast part of Filopappou hill, it is a very nice neighborhood to stay in Athens.
Location: 20 km north of Athens centre
Description: Kifissia is among the greenest and most elegant neighbourhoods of Athens. It is famous as a shopping quarter and has many plante trees along the streets.
Location: 3 km from Syntagma, metro station Kerameikos
Description: Gazi took its name from the gas factory that worked there in the past. Now the factory has been turned into a cultural centre and the neighbourhood is very popular for its nightlife.
Location: 10 km south west of Athens, metro station Piraeus
Description: Piraeus is the largest port of Greece and it serves ferries to the Greek islands. The town of Piraeus is modern and has lovely seaside cafeterias to relax.
Location: 11 km south of Athens Description: Glyfada is a lovely seaside neighbourhood south of Athens. Its beach usually get crowded in summer and it is lined by many cafeterias and watersports centres.
Location: In a walking distance from Syntagma, metro station Omonoia
Description: Omonoia is one of the largest squares in Greece and most important squares in Athens. Although it doesn't have good reputation, many luxury hotels are located there.
Location: Between Syntagma and Omonoia, metro station Panepistimio
Description: This large avenue is famous for its Neoclassical buildings, the museums and its malls. The University and the Academy of Athens are located along it.
Location: Academias Avenue starts from Syntagma square and ends near Omonoia square Description: This is one of the most popular streets of Athens and close to most central spots. Along its way, there are many beautiful Neoclassical buildings and churches.
Location: Area connecting Omonia square with Ermou street Description: Aiolou used to be the street of textiles, as there used to be many textile shops here. Today, you’ll find all kinds of shops in Aiolou street, including fashion shops, cafes, restaurants and patisseries.
Location: 55 km north east of Athens
Description: Rafina is the second largest port of Attica, after Piraeus. It is a lovely small town with little tourist development.
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Location: The boundaries of Kypseli are set by Patission Street, the Tourkovounia hill, the Municipality of Galatsi and the Pedion Areos park. Description: The commercial areas are Patission, Fokionos Negri pedestrian Street and recently the square of Agios Georgios. The area is known for its many theatres.
Location: Located between Thissio, Gazi and Koukaki Description: Ano Petralona has this cozy urban neighborhood feeling, right in the heart of Athens and can be easily reached by public means of transportation.