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Plaka, Athens

4.4
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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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  • walking around that area during evening is preferred, not too hot then and lots of ancient ruins and cafeterias/taverns around to choose from  more »
  • If you have time, do have a meander along the twisting streets of Plaka. Lovely buildings, interspersed with ancient ruins. Many cafés, bars and restaurants en route. Shame about the huge amount...  more »

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