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Information about Plaka

Plaka Athens: Following Ermou Street, the most famous shopping hub of Athens and going down south, you will arrive in the neighbourhood of Plaka. The area is found between Syntagma and Monastriraki and is easily accessed on foot from the centre of Athens.

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Plaka is one of the oldest neighbourhoods 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 19th century. However, the most beautiful part of Plaka is definitely the settlement of Anafiotika with pretty Cycladic houses leading to Acropolis.

The historic neighbourhood is full of beautiful buildings, Byzantine churches, little touristy shops, cafes, bars and taverns (Greek restaurants).Today, it is a sightseeing itself and tourists enjoy walking around the narrow alleys of Plaka. Plaka was the centre of ancient Athens and today lie many archeological sites, like the Ancient Agora, the Tower of the Winds, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis and the Herodes Atticus. In the wider region there are many museums, bars, Greek taverns and cafes.

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How to get to Plaka

There are many ways to reach Plaka, from any location in Athens.
Airport to Plaka: 31 km / 19.2 miles | Piraeus port to Plaka: 14.2 km / 8.8 miles | Syntagma square to Plaka: 0.9 km / 0.5 miles

Tours: Discover Plaka with an organized tour, starting from 17 euros.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As Plaka is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma square or Monastiraki square, in approximately 10 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro stations are “Syntagma” on lines 2 and 3 and "Monastiraki" on line 3. Note that in order to reach Plaka from the metro, a 10-15 minute' walk is needed. Get a map of the metro here.

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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.