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Plaka Neighbourhood

Like a village in the city, Athens' charming old town is known as the Neighbourhood of the Gods.

TravelCurious Tip

The streets may be pedestrianized, but don’t presume that everyone plays by the rules – keep an eye out for the occasional speeding motorbike!

Located immediately to the north of the Acropolis, Plaka is the historic heart of Athens. Its proximity to the famous Athenian citadel, and its abundance of religious shrines, have earned it the nickname “Neighbourhood of the Gods”, and you often feel a sense of wonder at this beautiful place as you wander through it.


Lost and Found

Lying on top of and around the ruins of the ancient Athenian agora, Plaka was actually abandoned by its inhabitants during the 1820s because of the fierce battles of the Greek War of Independence being fought against the Ottoman Empire. They soon drifted back, though, and the neigbourhood began to rebuild. These days, Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, and after spending some time there, the reasons become obvious.


An Easy Pace of Life

Most of the streets in Plaka are pedestrianised, making a stroll through the neighborhood a pleasantly relaxing change from the often hectic avenues in rest of Athens. You can wander beneath hanging flowers, past beautiful old red-roofed houses and towards one of the many street vendors selling delicious plates of traditional Greek food. It’s a great place to unwind with a cold drink and watch the everyday happenings of traditional Athenian life. If you’re after designated attractions, the lovely Byzantine Saint Nicholas Ragavas church is almost a thousand years old, the ruins of the ancient agora are great for a sense of historical perspective, and the exquisite Lysicrates monument is the dramatic ancient centrepiece of Tripodon Street.


Nearby Attractions

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Parthenon
Crowning the Acropolis hill, the sublime marble columns of the Parthenon form the most recognisable monument in Athens.
Theatre of Dionysus
One of the earliest preserved theatres in Athens, this space was used during festivals to honour the wine god Dionysus.
Lysicrates Monument
The monument sits on Tripidon Street, the ancient road that led from the city entrance to the theatre and was erected in honour of victory at the Great Dionysia festival.
Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus
On the East of the Erechtheion around 500 BC, the Athenians built the open-air sanctuary of Zeus Polieus, the city protector.
Temple of Rome & Augustus
The Temple was built at the end of the 1st c. BC on the east side next to the Parthenon.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
Walk along the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou and have magnificent views of the Acropolis.

Related Tours

The Greek Essentials - Full Day Highlights of Athens
If you only have a short amount of time in Athens and want to see as much as possible in one day, then this highlight tour is the one for you. On your all-inclusive, private full-day tour of Athens you will:

  • Enjoy personalised attention from your licensed guide on this private tour. 
  • Start the tour with ease and skip the line tickets to the Acropolis. 
  • Admire the Parthenon’s remarkable design, learn about the uses of Acropolis Hill over the centuries, and cross through Acropolis propylaea gate, as the ancients would have done in procession centuries ago.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Greece's most iconic archaeological site, including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus, where classical works by the most famous Greek poets were first performed in the 5th Century B.C. 
  • Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its famed white staircases, cafes and terraces and see the Lysicrates Monument. 
  • Admire the Tower of the Winds and Roman Agora and marvel at Hadrian's Library.
  • Skip the line into the Greek Agora to explore Ancient Greece's economic and political centre.
  • Admire the Temple of Hephaestus, known to be the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world, and is even older than the Parthenon. 
  • See the Stoa of Attalos, the beautifully reconstructed Ancient Greek Portico, once an ancient shopping mall.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (not included in price) at a place recommended by your guide, which will be off the main tourist drag. 
  • Skip the line and tour the air-conditioned New Acropolis Museum during the heat of the day!
  • See the Parthenon Marbles up close on the Museum's top floor, as you admire breathtaking views over the monument itself.
  • End the tour at the famed Olympic Stadium (Panathenaic Stadium), the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble and home to the first modern games in 1896. 
  • This tour includes the "combo ticket" that will give you skip the line access to the Roman Agora, Kerameikos site & Museum, Lykeion Gymnasium, Hadrian's Library and the Temple of Olympian Zeus during in the 4 days following your tour. 

With your expert guide, you will discover the city’s most important cultural sites, including the colossal remains of the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site. On the plateau of the Acropolis, you will find the awe-inspiring heights of the Parthenon pillars, gaze on the beautiful female forms of the Caryatid columns, discover some of the earliest theatres known to man and enjoy panoramic views over the city. Y

our guide will explain the central role these monuments, and more, played in classical society and immerse you in the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. You will also wander through the Agora, the heart of classical Athens. Once a bustling marketplace, in these now peaceful ruins you’ll walk in Socrates’ footsteps amongst classic temples and Byzantine churches, learning how Athens became the birthplace of democracy.

On your way to lunch at a place recommended by your local guide, explore bustling Plaka, the oldest district in the city. Sometimes called “the neighbourhood of the gods”, Plaka is known for its winding alleyways and scenic shopping. 

After finishing lunch, escape the heat of the day with a visit to the spectacular (and air-conditioned) New Acropolis Museum. Here you will learn firsthand the artistic wonders that once adorned the monuments of the Acropolis. Finally, you will also visit the stunningly marbled Panathenaic Stadium. Constructed for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, this immense structure is a strong reminder of the continuing legacy of ancient Athens in the modern day. 
Private Food Tour of Athens: Monastiraki Markets, Charming Plaka & Cretan Cuisine
Dine on Greek food today, and you are feasting on a culmination of thousands of years of  history: a fascinating and revealing taste journey of rich, deeply-satisfying flavours. Greeks, it is said, approach food with a mix of passion and nostalgia, inevitably reminiscing about the dishes on which they were raised. On your drool-worthy Greek Food Tour, you will:

  • Enjoy personalised attention of your local expert guide on this private tour
  • Embark on a gastronomic exploration of one of the most delectable food quarters of Athens: Monastiraki
  • Sample delicious Greek produce such as charcuterie, cheeses, dolmadakia
  • Explore authentic Greek foods such as traditional pies loukoumades and gain an insight into rich, local flavours
  • Visit a local food market Market and taste some Greek olive oil.
  • Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its white staircases, cafe's and terraces and see the Lysicrates Monument
  • Learn how to make a typical Greek starter with a professional chef!
  • Enjoy authentic Cretan cuisine as you sit down to lunch in our favourite local restaurant, well away from the tourist drag. 

With a foodie guide, your Greek Food Tour will explore some of Greece’s finest traditional dishes as well as mouth-watering local specialities. Meet Greek chefs, visit Greek kitchens and spend time in speciality food stores that tourists rarely discover. 
Private Walking Tour of Athens, including Changing of the Guard, Monastiraki, and Plaka
In Athens - one of the world’s finest preserved ancient cities - venturing off the tourist drag is near impossible to perfect without a local guide, and worth every moment of serenity.  On your private walking tour of Athens, you will:

  • Get yourself oriented in the city with the help of a private guide, including helping you navigate the famed Monastiraki area shops and restaurants. 
  • See the highlights of the historical center in a matter of hours, including Athens Cathedral 
  • Enjoy personalised attention from your expert guide, who will be able to answer any of your questions from the city and country’s history to where to enjoy the best dinners
  • See the Greek Changing of the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 
  • Enjoy a coffee and traditional Greek pastry at a local bakery.
  • See some of Ancient Greece's most iconic sites, including Hadrian's Library, Arch and the Roman Agora. 
  • Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its white staircases, cafe's and terraces.
  • End your tour by the Acropolis Museum, which you are free to explore at your own pace. 
Greece’s capital ranks amongst the world’s oldest cities, with history spanning over 3,400 years, and human settlements believed to date back to the 11th millennium BC. Today, the city packs a heady punch of absorbing ancient history and hip, gritty neighbourhoods overlooked by the Acropolis even in Athen’s furthest reaches. 

Enjoy meaningful insights from a local Athenian as you wander the historic centre with a local. As you explore the famed shopping street, Pandrossou street, your guide will give you invaluable recommendations for the artisanal shops which are hidden in plain sight. 

On your walking tour you’ll see several of the major attractions, including: Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, Tower of he Winds, and Lysicrates Monument, all of which your guide will give you the history of. Your guide will take you to one of the oldest bakeries in Athens, where you can enjoy a coffee and a traditional Greek pastry, while jotting down more expert recommendations. Your tour ends in front of the Acropolis, which you are welcome to explore at your own pace. 

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