The Plaka

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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Long-Lived Neighborhood of Athens ! Jan 02, 2012
Plaka is the area between Psirri, Syntagma square and Monastiraki. A labyrinth of small streets full of souvenir shops, little squares with cool terraces hidden between a lot of green, music, restaurants, pubs , many good taverns with live music at the night time . Plaka is almost completely pedestrianized and contains ancient sites and small museums of traditional and popular culture. Remember that most shops in Plaka will be closed for a few hours early in the afternoon. The most famous street is the Andrianou !

Plaka … always found something to do and never boring ! My lovely weekend walk , after 1500m walk from my house :)

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What around : Acropolis, Acropoilis Museum , Monastiraki and many other sights if you see my Athens reviews :)

How to go : Just below Acropolis , metro monastiraki or acropolis station !

Tips : Nothing special , but don’t be jaywalker , everything will be happen all over the world also to Plaka :)

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The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2012 !
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stevemco stevemco
33 reviews
The Plaka District Oct 31, 2009
Ok... it's a place to shop. Every city has one and Athens is obviously no different.
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travelman727 travelma…
53 reviews
Athen's Most Picturesque Neighborhood Oct 17, 2005

The Plaka is the oldest and most picturesque section of Athens. It’s the neighborhood immediately northeast of and at the foot of the Acropolis. Most of its stone-paved, narrow streets are closed to automobile traffic, though you still need to keep an eye out for a speeding motorcycle or delivery truck.

At one time, the Plaka was the nightclub district, but most of the clubs relocated or closed when the government outlawed amplified music in the area in the 1970s in an effort to get rid of undesirables. The strategy seems to have worked; it’s now a fun, exciting and entertaining place dominated by restaurants, cafés, hotels, churches and tourist shops amidst colorful, modest homes with attractive tiled roofs. The area also offers breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

Some complain the district is not what it used to be. You can say the same thing about any beautiful, popular place: Mykonos' south beaches, Venice's Piazza San Marco, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Hong Kong's Victoria Peak, etc. In this Yank's opinion, the Plaka is still the nicest neighborhood in central Athens and the heart of the city.
Plaka-oldest neighborhood in Athens
Tiny Kapnikarea Church
Plaka view of the Acropolis
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saintgl says:
Great post, I can't wait to get there.
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012
sarahsan says:
Hi Mark! Congrats on getting your travel blog featured yesterday! Well done!
Posted on: Apr 19, 2010
Africancrab says:
Congratulations Mark
Posted on: Apr 18, 2010

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