Plaka, Athens

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    The heart of Athens

    by dimitrispan Updated Sep 15, 2014

    Plaka is the most picturesque and traditional part of Athens. Many taverns, old houses and churches, narrow streets and stone-made stairs that are full of tables for eating or drinking. A very unique experience no one must miss! Here, it seems that time has stopped. We are not just walking on the streets, we are also going back in time. What has not stopped though is the lively movement of the people around us and their urge to experience more of Athens. Though out the walk, we find “hidden” details of the city. Our unforgettable walk today ended after quite a long wandering in the “time capsule” of Plaka. But our entertaining did't have to stop. An endless list of more fascinating events lies ahead of us in a friendly and large-hearted Athens.
    We had this experience with the private walks offered by excellent local guides at www.athens4u.com

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    Touristy -You Never get tired of it!

    by greekcypriot Written May 31, 2014

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    At the foot of the Acropolis, this neighborhood is a maze of narrow streets with many shops and restaurants where you can explore or enjoy a great meal.

    If you are in no mood to walk you can pick the little train that runs around dropping you off where you wish to stop.

    You will come across picturesque houses with little gardens and beautiful balconies in this spot out here which is the oldest neighborhood of Athens. Its arrow streets are filled with café bars and restaurants which are right at the foot of the Acropolis.

    Have in mind that the feeling is totally different if you come here in the morning to that of the night. Before leaving, try both.

    It is the most famous tourist attraction and mind you, the area is quite expensive for dining too. I would recommend to eat somewhere else if you are on a budget. Eating under the Acropolis means that you can afford the extra euros!

    You can buy your souvenirs at this area as well. There is plenty to make you happy, buy your gifts and souvenirs for friends and family.

    Personally, I love walking through the narrow streets and once in a while when in Athens I come out here to feel the vibes of Plaka, listen to some good music and end up at a nice restaurant for a glass of wine.

    There are wonderful leather shops selling handbags, and sandals in different color and styles. Undoubtedly there is everything for everyone for every taste and budget.

    Certainly a spot not to be missed!

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    touristic but lovely to stroll around

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    This is one of the districts that every visitor loves to walk into. It's located right beneath Acropolis, with great old houses, small streets, and in some part of it with a lot of tavernas and some nice night spots for live music. No wonder, I’d love to live here, so close to the centre of Athens but it’s too expensive to buy or rent a house here.

    What’s more the area is so touristic (not everywhere but you will notice where...) with all that souvenir shops that I cant stand it for too long and the prices in all the restaurants and cafes are much higher than the average. Come here on your way down from Acropolis but if you want to eat in a restaurant (and you don’t mind to pay something more) come in the night when the atmosphere is lovely with many greeks also around that come because there are some nice clubs with greek live music. The main street is Kidathineon which is always full of people but even there you can find picturesque corner like small churches (pic 2), deli stores (dont miss Mesogaia with great selection of delicous foods from all over Greece)

    Since 1982 Plaka was full of night spots(cabarets etc) that spoiled the image of this nice district and hopefully one great politician, Antonis Tritsis, decided to close them down. That's why beyond the "souvenir" streets you can still see how was life in athens some years before. This year some people tried to change the law so they can build big clubs etc but hopefully they cant do it because there are a lot of people that prefer to keep the area like this.

    My favorite part of Plaka is Anafiotika with houses that were built from people that came from Anafi. That's why the small alleys here will remind you of an island from Cyclades (like Anafi). It’s amazing that you can see corners like this (pics 3-4), believe it or not this is only 3’ walk from the busy Athenian streets.

    Pic 5 is one of the numerous small churches in the area, this one is Agioi Anargyroi of Kolokinthoi, a post byzantine basilica probably from early ottoman occupation. It was named after the priest Dimitrios Kolokinthis who was the first owner and turned into a monastery.

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    Enter the Plaka from the East at Hadrian's Arch

    by hquittner Updated Jun 26, 2011

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    Walking west two short blocks from the south end of Leof. Amalia, one comes to the Monument of Lysikrates built in 334-5 BC. This choregic circular marble structure is covered in its upper reaches by a storied frieze and below that by sets of tripods and Corinthian Capitals. In 1669 it was used by the Capuchins as a library and was restored in1845.

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    Plaka

    by iaint Written Dec 31, 2010

    This area is described as “easily the most charming part of Athens”. Well I don’t know the city, but I loved the narrow streets and the absence of traffic (the scourge of Athens). It feels more like a small town than part of the city. It is touristy, but lovable too.

    It sits right under the east edge of the Acropolis. My hotel was round the corner. I’d been advised to get a hotel in that area - sometimes it pays to take advice!

    Lots of shops, restaurants, galleries, theatres, cinemas...

    Agia Ekaterini church, Plateia Lysikratous street food, Plateia Filomousou Etairias
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    Weapons of All Types & Shapes

    by AusPinay Written Aug 9, 2010

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    Even weapons- like knives are sold in different types and shapes here! My boys were thrilled to see all sorts of hunting knives too and other gadgets! It is quite interesting to look at all those "deadly" weapons!

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    Shopper's Haven- Shoes & All Kinds of Footwear

    by AusPinay Written Aug 9, 2010

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    This is an amazing place even for those with shoe fetishes! It was extremely hot in the spring when we visited Athens! Where we came from in the port of Pyraeus was a bit windy and cold but here it was bright and stinking hot!

    So my youngest thought of looking for some appropriate footwear and we were not disppointed. Before going up to see the ancient ruins like the Acropolis and PArthenon, etc..we passed through a crowded street which led to the ancient ruins but filled with shops of all kinds especially a few that sell all kidns of footwear!

    We bought sandals for my son, flip fops and anotehr pair of shoes for me!Prices were very reasonable indeed!

    shoe heaven! footwear of all kinds just in one shop!
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    Plaka

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    The Plaka area was the original settlement in Athens and sits in the shadow of the Acropolis. It is a fascinating area filled these days with shops and cafes. It is a fabulous place to stroll around either before or after visiting the Acropolis. Some souvenir shopping, a photo or two and a coffee or glass of wine in the late afternoon makes for a wonderful day in Athens.

    Quirky cafe in the Plaka In the shadow of the Acropolis
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    Plaka

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 11, 2010

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    So, where do people go for entertainment in Athens? The favorite for most visitors is Plaka. With its tree-lined streets and lively cafes and bars, it is the city's most popular hangout. Immigrants from Anafi built this area, in the early 19th century.

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    by kkrasnohorska Written Jul 6, 2009

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    I was on Plaka yesterday and I saw shop named Tereza. Ét is interesting, isn´t it? I have already became a fan of http://www.facebook.com/cityofathens since last month and there is so many other tips to do. Included shopping, arts, history and many others!!!

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    Plaka is like a village within the city

    by mallyak Written Aug 22, 2008

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    My favorite neighborhood in Athens, in the shadow of the Acropolis, the Plaka is like a village within the city
    The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic, though you should still keep a watchful eye for a speeding motorcycle or delivery truck. At one time it was the nightclub district, but most of these closed down when the government out-lawed amplified music in the area in the seventies in an effort to get rid of undesirables. The strategy was very successful and it is now an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens. Most of the restaurants are typical tourist places, and I am sure with touristy prices as well!

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    Plaka

    by apbeaches Written Jul 16, 2008

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    The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic, and is an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. We shopped for gifts here and enjoyed a Greek lunch.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Pláka is the picturesque old historical neighbourhood of Athens, just under the Acropolis, incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture.

    Plaka originates from the days of the Greek revolution. Under the Acropolis Plaka was built by the first construction workers that built Athens main buildings. The settlement of Anafiotika was created in the 19th century by migrants from the Cycladic island of Anafi. They built their houses on the steep slopes of the Acropolis in their traditional island style. Thus, they created a small village with white-washed houses and narrow paths between them.

    According to another version, the area took its name from a large plaque founded in Adrianou street. The name initially referred only to one part of the NE tip of the Acropolis, but has later come to mean all the small neighborhoods that composed old Athens.

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    Shopping in Plaka

    by Snipernurse Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    Plaka is a hotspot for shopping and people watching at night in Athens. Vendors set up blankets in the middle of the avenue and lay out their offerings of fake designer purses, belts, wallets, watches and so on and so forth. Lots of souvenir and specialty shops are in the area as well. Street performers are often occassioned on as well. I really enjoy walking through the streets and doing some shopping, however you must questions the quality of some of the items and always just assume that designer items are counterfeit if sold by an unofficial store.

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    Drinking and dining near Acropolis! A must visit!

    by MelsTreks Written May 28, 2008

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    After a hot a gruelling day of climbing and exploring Acropolis, we were walking down the intricate stone molded paths making our way back to central Athen, we decided to stop at the cute restaurant where we could sit out side under the shade of a trellis with fruit growing and hanging over our heads! I was a great find, we ended up becoming friends with the locals and owners of this establishment but at the first moment, shade and a cold beer were exactly what us three gals needed. The owner spoke english and invited us back that night to watch and listen to some traditional musuc performed live. Inside of the restaurant was much larger then we originally percieved from outside.
    Our experience in the evening when we went back was spectacular! It wsnt too crowed, but there was enough people to make it a really good time. The musicians play there 3 nights a week and the mucic was traditional greek with a female singer. The dancing was very interesting to say the least for those who are unfamiliar! We sampled traditional delicious greeks cuisine and complimented it with some strong local wine. I cant even really say what we were eating only that the flavors were bold and flavorsome. If anyone who reads this visits this very cultural and wonderful little restaurant, ask for Dimitri and tell him Jenny, Melanie and Holly from Canada say Hello!

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