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The Plaka

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Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Atmosphere

The beautiful, historical neighborhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also shop, especially if you're looking to bring home some gold jewelry.

Motor vehicles are not permitted on this neighborhood's winding streets, so make sure you have a street map and a comfortable pair of shoes. Visitors say Plaka offers a charming atmosphere and plenty of great shops for both souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you'd rather sip a drink once the sun goes down, travelers suggest visiting one (or several) of the area's vibrant clubs or bars.

Plaka sits within walking distance of the Acropoli, Sygrou - Fix, Monastiraki and Syntagma metro stations, and street parking is limited but available. Hours and fees vary by shop, restaurant, club and bar, but the neighborhood itself is free to visit 24 hours a day. Expect some shopping and dining establishments to be closed between June and August when locals head to nearby beach communities for the summer.

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