Plaka, Athens

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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 Lilasel Written Nov 13, 2004

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    That this is the oldest district of modern Athens is clear from its complex street layout, which in many cases follows the ancient street plan. The aspect of Plaka today is still the same as in late 19th and early 20th century. The Plaka has been an integral part of Athens throughout the city's history, from Antiquity to the present day. In its narrow streets are monuments and fragments of monuments that take us back to more distant and different times. Ancient and Byzantine buildings have been incorporated into the fabric of the district, especially in the 19th century, thus creating an urban site of singular beauty and functionality, where past and present, entertainment and culture, the needs of tourists and residents merge harmoniously.

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    touristic but lovely to stroll around

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    the old Plaka and the new city
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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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    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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    Plaka, The Magical Area...

    by Sharon Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    ... If you are at the right place in the right time.
    This is probably one of the most if not The most touristy area of Athens.
    BUT its also the most beautiful part of Athens.
    Lots of narrow allies, beautiful and colorful small houses & terraces, small cafes & restaurants and lots of souvenir shops.
    Once again i was so glad to visit there at the time i was cause such few tourist was around and mostly locals was hanging out in the cafe's.
    I loved walking around, exploring the small narrow streets, looking at this houses, so peaceful so calm... sometimes made me feel like i was going back in time.....
    I wouldn't want to walk there during summer time when all the mass of tourists & Locals will be out there...

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    The Real Thing...

    by Sharon Updated May 31, 2005

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    And there's another part of the Plaka, which is less known but i would say the real one, hidden up there on the way to the Acropolis.
    Much much narrow alleys, So quiet, really small and crowded houses, painted with the so well known colors of blue and white, no cafe's no restaurants no souvenir shops just a real small Greek neighborhood. Anafiotika.
    Walking there gives you the chance to see the real way of living there.
    That captured my heart, i went there twice, had to see it again and to explore it more carefuly.

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    PLAKA Village within the city

    by Heniko Updated Apr 13, 2006

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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 I was told, 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. Their plans a rather successful one; it is now an area of restaurants, tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens.
    The Plaka is loaded with archaeological sites both large and small. The famous Tower of the Winds is just a block up from Adrianou on Aeolou street and it is a part of the ancient Roman Agora

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    The REAL Plaka

    by Crift Written Oct 7, 2003

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    A Cyclades village in the heart of the city

    Some Athens visitors never get to see the real Plaka, unfortunately. They stick around the Monastiraki area where all the stupid Taiwan-made-souvenir shops are, and have coffees and eat kebap, which is OK I suppose.

    But my favorite spot is Anafiotika. This area of Plaka is on the Northern slope of the Acropolis and it takes its name from its first inhabitants, the people of the Cycladic island of Anafi. This is how the story goes:

    A good deal of the post-ottoman Athens buildings were built by the builders of Anafi, famous for their skills and craftmanship. These people left their island and moved to Athens to make a living, but the nostalgia they felt for their island made them build their houses on the slope of Acropolis in a style that reminded them of their island. More than a century later, this area is still standing well preserved and it gives me an illusion of island life whenever I walk its narrow alleys.

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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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    Plaka

    by SirRichard Written Jun 24, 2003

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    A view of Eolos Street

    Plaka is the classic touristic destination for all kinds of tourists in Athens. It is a little, quiet (well, just in the early mornings, LOL) quarter around the north slope of the Acropolis. Its narrow streets are filled with terraces, restaurants, souvenir shops... and tourists, hundreds of them.
    You can get here from Monastiraki or Syntagma metro stations.
    Though nice to have a walk around with the Acropolis as background, for lunch & dinner I prefer the nearby quarter of Psiri, not as spoiled (yet) as Plaka.

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    Lose yourself in Plaka

    by Q-Man Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Plaka is full of streets, alleys, stores, restaurants, and most of all tourists. Plaka is a must do when in Athens. I recommend exploring this area later in the afternoon after you're finished with the Acropolis. This is a half day affair. Just pick a place to start and don't worry about getting lost. Keep walking until there is nothing to see or until you get hungry that you find yourself in one of the many restaurants there. If you can, explore it later in the evening when the sun has set. The lights at night make for an interesting time and the parthenon is marvelous to look at in the headlights at night.

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    PLAKA

    by STRATOS79 Written Apr 23, 2007

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    Plaka is the oldest area of Athens located under the Acropolis .
    It is a place with small streets full of cafes and traditional
    tavern-restaurants a popular tourist area.There are also a
    few museum like the folk museum and the children’s museum

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    Walk through the Plaka

    by ChrsStrl Written May 11, 2003

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    Mysterious watchers

    The old Plaka is long gone with its maze of streets and typical restaurants that were once so noisy. Now it is cleaner, more organised and yet has lost some of its charm. Here you see typical roof decoration - terracotta sphinxes or akroteria look down on passers by in the Anafiotika area named because it was colonised by craftsmen from Anafi in the Cyclades.

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    Plaka

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    Actually Plaka was the only modern place in Athens, I liked. Maybe because the town is very large and I did not have the opportunity to see any other fine places.

    The atmosphere of Plaka is unique. You'll find a flea market at Monastiriaki, a Flower Market, several museums. And a large number of different cafes, restaurants etc. Plaka is an absolutely must see!

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    BRETTOS Liquor Stor!

    by MITNIC Written Mar 7, 2003

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    It is the oldest distillery in Athens! Walk inside, dond wary of the dark. Atmosfer is grate, admire the old barrels and the colored bottles all over. You can jast have an ouzo , brandy ore raki. It is a tiny litle bar, you can dring by glass. You will be surprized from the taste! Excellent! You dond have to buy a bottle but I thing you will!

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