A Walk Around Plaka
ΕΝΑΣ ΠΕΡΙΠΑΤΟΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΛΑΚΑ
Plaka, known as the “neighborhood of the gods,” is the old historic neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, incorporating maze-like streets and neoclassical architecture.
Excavations have proven that Adrianou Street, running North to South, is the oldest street in Athens, still in continuous use and with exactly the same layout and use since antiquity. Adrianou still is the central street of the neighborhood, and as in the other main streets in the area, you will find shops selling traditional products, souvenirs, folk art and handicrafts, but also design stores, outlets of fashion, etc.
Adrianou Street divides Plaka into two areas: the upper level, -Ano Plaka- located right under the rock of the Acropolis and the lower level -Kato Plaka-between Syntagma and Monastiraki. Plaka was developed mostly around the ruins of Ancient Agora of Athens.
During the Greek War of Independence, Plaka, like the rest of Athens, was temporarily abandoned by its inhabitants because of the severe battles that took place in 1826. The area was repopulated during the first years of King Othon's rule.
In 1884 a fire burned down a large part of the neighborhood but gave the opportunity for the archaeologists to conduct excavations in the area of the Roman Market and Hadrian’s Library. Excavations and research have been taking place continuously ever since.
Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year, and is under strict zoning and conservation regulations. This is the only neighborhood in Athens where all utilities (water, power, cable television, telephone, internet, and sewage) lie underground in fully accessible, custom-made tunneling.
There are several small and medium-size hotels in the Plaka area, which you may be able to research and book through Booking.com.
In the Plaka area, we recommend Electra Palace, an excellent 5-star hotel on Navarchou Nicodemou Street for your stay. The hotel offers a beautiful rooftop with a lovely pool area and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. Spacious, well-appointed rooms equipped with AC and satellite TV. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms offer direct views of the Acropolis. Greek Breakfast is served in the dining area. Guests can also make use of the hotel's spa facilities, including an indoor pool and sauna.
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Plaka and the Hills of Athens
Escape the buzz of downtown Athens and head to its peaceful hills for a 3-1/2 hour leisurely-paced walking tour, finishing with a Greek picnic and glass of white wine! Your expert local guide will introduce you to the gentle hills around Athens’ Acropolis, chatting about the area’s ancient history as you go. Discover the charms of Plaka (Athens’ Old Town), Anafiotika with its pretty Greek island-style houses and three of the city’s famous hills: Philopappou and Mars Hill.