"touristic but lovely to stroll around" Top 5 Page for this destination Plaka Tip by mindcrime
Plaka, Athens: 75 reviews and 115 photos
This is one of the districts that every visitor loves to walk into. It's located right beneath Acropolis, with great old houses, small streets, and in some part of it with a lot of tavernas and some nice night spots for live music. No wonder, I?d love to live here, so close to the centre of Athens but it?s too expensive to buy or rent a house here.
What?s more the area is so touristic (not everywhere but you will notice where...) with all that souvenir shops that I cant stand it for too long and the prices in all the restaurants and cafes are much higher than the average. Come here on your way down from Acropolis but if you want to eat in a restaurant (and you don?t mind to pay something more) come in the night when the atmosphere is lovely with many greeks also around that come because there are some nice clubs with greek live music. The main street is Kidathineon which is always full of people but even there you can find picturesque corner like small churches (pic 2), deli stores (dont miss Mesogaia with great selection of delicous foods from all over Greece)
Since 1982 Plaka was full of night spots(cabarets etc) that spoiled the image of this nice district and hopefully one great politician, Antonis Tritsis, decided to close them down. That's why beyond the "souvenir" streets you can still see how was life in athens some years before. This year some people tried to change the law so they can build big clubs etc but hopefully they cant do it because there are a lot of people that prefer to keep the area like this.
My favorite part of Plaka is Anafiotika with houses that were built from people that came from Anafi. That's why the small alleys here will remind you of an island from Cyclades (like Anafi). It?s amazing that you can see corners like this (pics 3-4), believe it or not this is only 3? walk from the busy Athenian streets.
Pic 5 is one of the numerous small churches in the area, this one is Agioi Anargyroi of Kolokinthoi, a post byzantine basilica probably from early ottoman occupation. It was named after the priest Dimitrios Kolokinthis who was the first owner and turned into a monastery.
Directions: under the acropolis
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