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Plaka, Athens

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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 area was the best part of our trip! Lots of little shops and restaurants. Lovely afternoon strolling around with the family. 
    This area was the best part of our trip! Lots of little shops and restaurants. Lovely afternoon strolling around with the family.  more »
  • don't miss the Plaka stairs that lead to the lovely Anafiotika neighborhood it's a steep walk uphill but definitely worth it 
    don't miss the Plaka stairs that lead to the lovely Anafiotika neighborhood it's a steep walk uphill but definitely worth it  more »

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