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Plaka
Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.

The Basics
This charming old neighborhood is full of cafés and restaurants as well as shops aimed at tourists (with prices to match). That said, it's definitely one of the nicest parts of Athens to wander around and is centrally located near archaeological sites and museums. Whether you explore Athens independently or as part of a city tour, you're likely to end up here at some point. Dozens of guided tours pass through the neighborhood, from small-group walking tours and shore excursions to night tours and tours that include dinner or a Greek dance performance.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plaka is a must-visit for all first-time visitors.
  • Plaka is a reliable place to buy souvenirs, but expect prices to be inflated.
  • Much of the neighborhood is wheelchair-accessible, but check ahead with individual attractions for accessibility information.

How to Get There
Pedestrian-friendly Plaka is located in the heart of Athens, near the Acropolis and many of the city's numerous museums. It's easy to get to using the metro—both the Acropoli and Monastiraki stations are near the neighborhood—and the huge Syntagma Square transit hub is nearby.

When to Get There
Plaka is a 24-hour destination, so it's best to plan your visit around what you want to see in the area; for example, while the sprawling Acropolis Museum is open daily, the Bath House of the Winds is closed on Tuesdays. Hang around when night falls for a meal in a local taverna or, at the very least, a drink in a pub.

Anafiotika

Arguably the prettiest part of Plaka, Anafiotika is a charming little area that was originally constructed by migrant workers from the Cyclades, who came to work on King Otto's palace. Much of its architecture was influenced by the hometowns of the original inhabitants, with whitewashed walls and lots of angular structures typical to the islands. It’s a fun place to wander and worth visiting for great city views.
Address: Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of AthensHalf-day Tours

Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

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Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.
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Athens Day Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Local FoodHalf-day Tours

Athens Day Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Local Food

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Combine ancient Greek architecture with traditional Athenian food on this walking tour of the Acropolis and Plaka. Head to the hilltop Acropolis and tour its age-old buildings as your guide shares their stories. Marvel at the Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Odeon, Propylaea, and more; and then explore Plaka, Athens’ cobbled old town. Admire the neoclassical architecture and visit cafes, markets, and shops to sample local delicacies such as Greek donuts, cheese, pies, coffee, and more.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner ShowDining Experiences

Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

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Experience the full magic of Athens by night with this 3.5-hour panoramic evening tour, with an enjoyable Greek dinner show included. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, enjoy spectacular views of top Athens attractions such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Greek Parliament building, all beautifully floodlit against the night sky. Then, head for a traditional taverna in the old district of Plaka for a delicious Greek dinner and colorful folklore show of traditional dancing, music and song.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Full Day Private TourDay Trips

Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Explore the highlights of Athens in a private vehicle on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel and make your way the the Acropolis, where you can stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. Take in views from Lycabettus Hill and explore the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki.
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  • 8 hours
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Athens at Night Small-Group Walking Tour with DinnerDining Experiences

Athens at Night Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner

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Discover the most ancient and atmospheric quarters of Athens on a small-group night walking tour. Feel the weight of history while passing the Greek and Roman Forums, and admire views of the illuminated Parthenon and Acropolis as the city's nocturnal energy comes alive in pubs and cafes. Catch the sound of the ‘laterna’ barrel piano drifting through doorways as you wind along narrow streets, and then complete the evening with a delicious Greek dinner in a traditional tavern.
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  • 5 hours
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Acropolis Private Skip the Line and Hidden Gems TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Acropolis Private Skip the Line and Hidden Gems Tour

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On this skip-the-line tour, you'll save time visiting the Athens sight you’re most excited to see: the Acropolis. You’ll whiz past the crowds, and hear fascinating commentary about the UNESCO-listed site. Your itinerary also leaves time for highlights including Hadrian’s Library and the Roman Agora, as well as hidden gems such as the tiny village of Anafiotika and Greek Orthodox churches. Please note the admission to the sites is not included in the price of the tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Plaka, the old neighborhood of AthensPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Discover Plaka, the old neighborhood of Athens

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Join a photographer for a private photoshoot in the atmospheric Plaka neighborhood, where narrow streets, historic houses, and ancient ruins offer a picture-perfect backdrop. Making the most of the natural light and scenery, you’ll create beautiful images to remember your time in Athens.
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  • 2 hours
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Greek Dancing in Plaka with 3-Course Meal and WineWine Tastings

Greek Dancing in Plaka with 3-Course Meal and Wine

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Immerse yourself in an evening of Greek culture with this dinner and dancing experience. You'll head up to the historic neighborhood of Plaka where you'll sit down for a feast in a charming local tavern. While you dine on traditional food, you’ll be entertained by folk dancers performing popular Greek dances.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
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Walking in the historic center of AthensHalf-day Tours

Walking in the historic center of Athens

Because the past of Athens is not just the ancient Greek civilization, come and walk with us in the alleys of the oldest neighbourhood of the world and the surrounding historic centre. A unit that can well be described as an open museum of a well-known city whose exhibits form an incredible unity, displaying all the historical periods of Athens after antiquity. Early Christian relics, Middle Byzantine churches from the 11th and 12th centuries, Ottoman towers, old mansions such as the oldest surviving dwelling of the city with its original 16th century core, its Ottoman mosque 17th century, a small island settlement in Plaka, ancient streets and hidden corners of other times full of colors are some of the exhibits of this museum that we will meet as we explore its topography historic centre and its past.
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  • 4 hours
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Athens By Night & Greek Dance ShowHalf-day Tours

Athens By Night & Greek Dance Show

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Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Athens after the sun goes down on an evening tour. Begin with a scenic driving tour past the city’s illuminated monuments, including the Acropolis. Take a stroll along the charming cobblestoned streets of the Plaka neighborhood to a traditional Greek tavern. While you dine, live performers deliver an energetic performance of traditional folk dances.
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  • 4 hours
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Athens Off-the-beaten-tracks Tour with Philopappou Climbing & Plaka VisitFull-day Tours

Athens Off-the-beaten-tracks Tour with Philopappou Climbing & Plaka Visit

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You fancy an introduction to Athens off-the-beaten-tracks? Let’s have a local insight with this experience, to better understand this city, its history and its present, with an original route through quiet streets and a panoramic view over Athens! Our moment together will be structured around two main moments. We will meet on the bustling Monastiraki square and ascend the Philopappou hill, a heaven of tranquility in the heart of the metropolis which offers magnificent perspectives on the Acropolis and a panoramic view. Then, we will head to the upper part of Plaka, the old neighborhood of Athens, to wander in its small streets and out the beaten paths spots. NB: this experience has no particular difficulty (including Philopappou hill) but the capacity to walk for 2:30 to 3 hours (with stairs though). It’s possible with children. Note as well that this experience is not focused on archeology nor antique history and that we will not enter any site.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Old Town: Monastiraki and Plaka Small Group Walking tourCultural Tours

Athens Old Town: Monastiraki and Plaka Small Group Walking tour

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This small-group walking tour is ideal for travelers who want to venture beyond the top tourist attractions of Athens. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll discover hidden alleyways and unusual sites that you wouldn’t find alone. Visit the neighborhood of Plaka, and finish the tour in Monastiraki. 
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Athens Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Athens Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Athens’ busy streets and steep hills by whizzing around the sights on an easy-to-ride electric bike. Glide effortlessly around the hilltop ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, pedal around the atmospheric Old Town of Plaka, and explore lively Monastiraki. Hop off along the way to see the New Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, Panathenaic Stadium and the National Gardens of Athens.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Athens Scenic Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

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Athens Scenic Bike Tour

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Explore the ancient monuments and bustling energy of Athens on a fun and easy bike tour. Cover much more distance than walking while peddling along bike-friendly paths and streets, stopping to learn about the city’s long history and legends from a local guide. Cycle around the Acropolis and past other iconic ruins including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, and the Keramikos Cemetery.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Greek Cooking Class in Athens Including Rooftop Dinner with Acropolis ViewDining Experiences

Greek Cooking Class in Athens Including Rooftop Dinner with Acropolis View

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Be taught how to make real Greek food and enjoy dinner with a view on this 3.5-hour cooking class in Athens. Head to a much-loved bakery in vibrant Monastiraki and learn how to make traditional Greek dishes, from tzatziki to spinach pie, with hands-on guidance from an experienced chef. Then, when the food is ready, head up to the roof to enjoy the fruits of your labor while you take in unbeatable views of the Acropolis of Athens, the UNESCO-listed jewel in Athens’ crown. This small-group tour is limited to just eight participants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Athens Night Segway TourHalf-day Tours

Athens Night Segway Tour

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Admire the dazzling monuments and prettily lit streets of Athens at night on this 3-hour Segway evening tour. Riding an electric, eco-friendly Segway, glide around the twinkling Plaka and Monastiraki neighborhoods as your guide entertains you with historical tales. See the floodlit Hadrian’s Library and Agora; admire glittering city views from the slopes of the illuminated Acropolis, and enjoy a drink stop at a friendly bar. Finally, cruise around top Athens attractions such as the Temple of Zeus and Panathinaikos Stadium.  Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Acropolis of Athens Segway TourHistorical Tours

Acropolis of Athens Segway Tour

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Journey around ancient Greece on a Segway! This thrilling Segway tour is the ideal introduction to Athens, taking in historic highlights like the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestous. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic tour around the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thiseio, stopping to take in the views from Mars Hill. Best of all: this small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)Bus Tours

Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)

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Customize your own tour of Athens and visit the landmarks that are of more interest to you on this private adventure. Choose from a number of key landmarks like the Royal Palace of Athens, the Temple of Zeus, the Archaeological Museum, and enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Acropolis. Discover ancient Greece’s rich history as you stroll around the ruins with your dedicated guide and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Electric Bike Tour of Athens by NightMountain Bike Tours

Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night

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Escape the daytime heat and see Athens’ ancient sights after the sun has gone down on this 2.5-hour electric bike tour. Meet your guide in the late evening, then hop aboard your easy-to-ride bike and zip around the city center. Cruise through atmospheric Plaka, or Athens Old Town, and see the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Acropolis of Athens and other historical landmarks illuminated against the night sky. This small-group tour is limited to just 11 participants.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Coastal Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Athens Coastal Bike Tour

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See a different side of the Greek capital on an energizing half-day bike tour of Athens. Cycle through the city along bike-friendly paths, getting a great perspective of landmarks like the Parthenon, before heading to the beautiful coastline known as the Athens Riviera. Soak up fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf while riding along the water, and see coastal highlights that most visitors miss like the Faliro Olympic Complex and Flisvos Marina. Enjoy leisure time to explore the marina, and take advantage of your local guide’s insider expertise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sunset Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

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Athens Sunset Bike Tour

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Hop on a bike for this fun and fascinating 2-wheeled tour around Athens, capped off by an unforgettable sunset. Follow a friendly tour leader to most of the capital’s major sights and panoramic viewpoints. Cover much more ground than walking while enjoying the flexibility to stop often and soak up scenes of daily life along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Small Group Tour with Acropolis,Parthenon,Museum Including MealsHalf-day Tours

Athens Small Group Tour with Acropolis,Parthenon,Museum Including Meals

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Put the ancient world in context during this full-day private tour of Athens. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the birthplace of western civilisation or a veteran classicist, this private tour offers the chance to immerse yourself in ancient history and and architecture. Work up an appetite following your guide around Athens' major sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Acropolis, before settling in for an authentic Greek dinner.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Photography TourPrivate and Luxury

Athens Photography Tour

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Discover the hidden treasures of Ancient Greece and learn the tips and techniques of professional photography on this guided, 2-hour, small-group photo tour. Choose from a morning, afternoon, or evening departure time. Then walk the city streets and learn practical tips from a professional photographer guide, capturing the details that many amateurs miss. See the city from an entirely new perspective and get creative pictures to make memories that last a lifetime.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Athens Legends: Gods and Myths Private TourHalf-day Tours

Athens Legends: Gods and Myths Private Tour

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Get an on-the-ground lesson in Greek history on this private walking tour. Explore the atmospheric streets of Athens while learning about the myths and legends of ancient Greece from an informative guide. Visit the Trilogy of Athens, learn about neoclassical architecture, explore the Central Market and hear about Hermes, the God of Commerce, explore the colorful local spice market and more on this affordable half-day outing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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