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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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  • August 17, 2017
    It is an elegant and pleasant enough young and vital neighbourhood, the most famous walking and shopping centre. Nice area with cafes and bars, all kinds of restaurants and shops for all tastes.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The area is a bit touristy but it doesn't take away from the experience. Wander the narrow streets and grab a bite to eat. If you're looking for a souvenir, jewelry, clothes or other nick nacks this i...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Too many tourists in small Winding Streets. Shops contains all sorts of nick nack that you dont need. Bars and restaurants are very busy and very mainstream. Have a look around and then find a another...  more »

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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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