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The beauty of Athens! Plaka, the district which is spread under the northeastern hill of Acropolis, among Monastiraki, Psyrri and Syntagma square, is without doubt, the most beautiful part of the Greek capital. It was fairly named as the quarter of gods given that here, under the shadow of the Sacred Rock, ancient past meets vivid present. The biggest part of the most touristic area of Athens – along with Monastiraki, was pedestrianized in the 80s and is ideal for an atmospheric stroll that combines it all; history, nostalgia, fun, experience. After the Second World War, the buildings in Plaka were listed and the neighborhood was characterized as traditional, that is why a micrograph of Athens of the beginnings of the 20th century has managed to be preserved till today. Among paved alleys, neoclassical manors, byzantine churches, ancient monuments (see Ancient Agora, Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Bath House of the Winds etc), museums and galleries, a wonderful blend of history, tradition and Hellenism is reflected. Start your stroll from Hadrian street, the tourist’s paradise, as most stores on both sides of the street are addressed to the foreigners. Souvenirs, leather sandals, ancient Greek-style dresses, traditional products and Greece-scented products capture the thousands of visitors who flock here. Picture changes in the heart of Plaka and Filomousou Etairia square with the café-bars, picturesque taverns and the typical barkers. The same stands for the adjacent Kidathinaion, Farmaki, Olympian Zeus and Aggelou Geronta streets. Mnisikleous street with the famous “stairs” and the cramped tables of the traditional coffee shops and Thrasyvoulou, Tripodon, Lysiou and Lysikratous streets with the typical taverns, folk music, wine and Greek meze being the leading stars. As you go up from Mnisikleous to Ragava street, pretty stores change into island houses adorned with basils and bougainvillea, narrow alleys and the shiny Athenian sun… you are found in Anafiotika, the neighborhood with the cinema setting and magical panoramic view that reminds of a great, shiny summer. This eternal Greek summer and the Cycladic white color seems that the craftsmen from Anafi had in mind when, in the mid-19th century, built their houses on the foothill of Acropolis, just like they would have done at their homeland. The whitewashed residences next to the eternal rocks and labyrinthine cobbled streets still keep their charm and Aegean aesthetics, like a vivid postcard under the insuperable Acropolis. Have a stroll at this part of Athens, discover all these and much more and you will agree with us that Plaka is true love.


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