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Monastiraki, Athens

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A quintessential Athenian attraction, the old town neighborhood of Monastiraki draws visitors by offering a blend of history and shopping. The atmospheric neighborhood is crisscrossed by a network of narrow backstreets, lined by open-air stands and cramped shops offering bargains on everything from vintage shoes and new furniture, to rare books and handmade instruments. Named after its main square, the compact neighborhood represents the Ottoman and Byzantine influences on the city by serving as a home to both an Islamic mosque and Christian church. Avoid the worst of the crowds by exploring the neighborhood early in the morning. Work out when and for how long to visit Monastiraki and other Athens attractions using our handy Athens journey planner.
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  • Of the districts visited is definitely my favorite, full of life and movement, a nice market, fruit and every step a church or ruins, until you get to the hill with the Parthenon. To visit and explore. It is the point of arrival by metro to visit the ruins of the Acropolis.
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  • Interesting flea market and boutique shops fill this area away from the main square. We bought some super sandals at Mellismos as well as some nice Greek-design and made clothes for ourselves and as g...  more »
  • Of course to visit Athens must go to Monastiraki. You can do it with the electric, or even walk after going to a central point. You will enjoy the cafe, the peddlers, many shops with retro items and you will see the Acropolis enlightened if you go.
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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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