Athens Plaka

General information

Plaka Athens: Following Ermou Street, the most famous shopping hub of Athens, and going down south, you will arrive at the neighborhood of Plaka.
The area is found between Syntagma and Monastriraki and it is easily accessed on foot from the center of Athens.
Due to the numerous ancient Greek monuments that are scattered all around the area, Plaka is also known as the "neighborhood of the gods".

Plaka is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens, located right below the Acropolis hill.
It is extremely beautiful and picturesque, distinguished for its authentic character and traditional layout.
The largest part of Plaka consists of neoclassical houses that date back to the 19th century, although archeological findings suggest that the region has been continuously inhabited since the prehistoric times.

All the buildings in Plaka have been listed and this is the only part of Athens that has been untouched by modern urban development, allowing you to get a glimpse of the city's past.
Not much has changed in Plaka for the past 100 years.

The most beautiful part of Plaka is definitely the settlement of Anafiotika. The settlers who constructed the neighborhood arrived from Anafi island and as a result, you will find pretty Cycladic houses leading to Acropolis.

Things to do

The historic neighborhood is full of landmarks worth seeing that make Plaka itself seem like an open-air museum. Among them, you will discover the Monument of Lysicrates, the 11th century Church of Saint Nicholas Rangavas, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, Benizelou Mansion and Canellopoulos Museum, as well as other Byzantine churches and museums.

Plaka is also full of charming little cafes, bars, traditional taverns and souvenir shops.

Within a short walking distance from Plaka, you will find more important historic sights, such as the Roman Forum, the Tower of the Winds, the Acropolis, the Theater of Dionysus and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Best Hotels & Accommodations

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Electra Palace

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The elegantly decorated rooms and suites of Electra Palace are ideal for your accommodation in the city center, very close to the Acropolis and other places of interest in Athens. There is a gym, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor one, as well as a spa center and many other excellent shared ...

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Central

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3 stars

The Central Hotel is situated in the area of Plaka, boasting a roof bar with direct view to the Acropolis hill. All cultural and business venues, shopping centers and entertainment options are just a breath away from the hotel, which is located 200 meters from Syntagma Square. The Central hotel ...

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Adrian

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Adrian Hotel stands in a privileged position right beneath the Acropolis. From the private balconies and the roof garden, guests can admire the great Parthenon and the rest of the city. The elegant rooms, fully equipped with A/C, TV, wi-fi, hairdryer, and safe box, are within a short walking ...

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Things to See & Do

Top Tours and activities

  • Walking tour with Acropolis and city tour

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    Discover the most important sightseeing of Athens on foot! Walk through the Syntagma Square, Plaka and go up the Acropolis Hill. The tour begins in Syntagma metro station and ends in the Acropolis. A licensed guide will give you detailed explanations of all sights.

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    Discover the most famous monuments and attractions of Athens and see the magnificent New Acropolis Museum! See the highlights of Athens in one day with this walking tour. A licensed guide will give you detailed information about all the sights you pass by and the exhibits you will see in the Acropolis Museum.

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    Athens Tour by night

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    Athens sightseeing tour by night with dinner. Your tour includes a night view of the busy avenues of the city centre and a dinner in a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

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Reviews

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  • arbanlol 08 Jan 2011
    In the heart of the town
    Plaka is one of the most picturesque and oldest districts of Athens. It is characterized by the several monuments that carry an important history. The historic neighborhoods of Plaka are actually a symbol of authenticity in Athens, you certainly think about it as you walk around. Anafiotika is a quarter with old traditional houses and blue doors that bring a Cycladic atmosphere. This quarter was first inhabited by refugees from Anafi, a small island next to Santorini, and the people have maintained the architecure of their homeland.

    Plaka is a trading spot with high tourist movement as it has several archeological places to demonstrate. Walking around, we saw Byzantine churches, the ancient market and the Tower of the Winds. Our travel guide said that we couldn't miss Plaka and indeed you go through this quarter to visit most sights in Athens.

    Every little shop of Plaka satisfies the need of every customer. They sell a huge variety of things such as books, clothes and rare pieces of jewelry. Going out from Monastiraki station you will surely enjoy walking around market places, the antique shops and flea markets.

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