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The oldest residential neighborhood in Athens, Plaka sits in the shadows of the city's ancient ruins, welcoming visitors with a labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets and notable examples of Neoclassical architecture. In the 1990s this district transformed itself from a primarily working-class neighborhood to a tourist-driven area rife with trendy shops, upscale restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Though most visitors come to this area--the heart of the ancient city--to soak up the authentic street atmosphere, you can also visit several historically important sites here, including a 5th century temple and an 11th century church, one of the oldest in the city. The neighborhood also houses a good selection of museums and galleries, displaying ancient artifacts and folk art. Make Plaka a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens itinerary maker app .
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  • This is a the place to grab souvenirs and have dinner. It is a bit touristy but perfectly positioned adjacent ti the Acropolis & the museum. The streets are colourful and full of shops.  more »
  • The Plaka area is not just one street - it goes on and on. Don't be deceived as you just start the area because it's just inexpensive tourist shops. You need to keep walking ( lots of walking) further...  more »
  • Cute neighborhood, at the foot of the Acropolis, full of shops, restaurants and picturesque buildings. To lose time.
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