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Plaka District, Athens
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The oldest residential neighborhood in Athens, Plaka District 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. Arrange to visit Plaka District and other attractions in Athens using our Athens holiday planner.
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  • Unlike most of Greece which is quite dry, Plaka is leafy and there is lots of other shade too so it can be a good place to avoid the heat for a while. Plaka is a lovely blend of cosmopolitan and ancie...  more »
  • Very cool neighborhood of Plaka. With several souvenir shops, spend at least 1 day for a walk in the streets, eat and do a lot of shopping.
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  • Nice area with tourist shops and cosy restaurants. One area where most tourists end up. Nicely!
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