There’s no better way to describe Athens’ magic, other than describing Plaka! Right under the shade of the Acropolis, in the middle of the city’s center and just a breath away from Syntagma Square, you’ll find one of the oldest and most historical neighborhoods of Athens. Filled with quaint, labyrinth-like alleys and beautiful, neoclassical, architectural masterpieces, just by taking a simple walk, Plaka will make you feel miles away from the city, when in reality you’re in its heart! The fact that it is known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods” is really no wonder. Plaka is also the place where you will find the historical Melina Merkouri Café, which pays an ode to the famous and unforgettable Greek actress and politician, Melina Merkouri.
For the longest time Plaka has been a pole of attraction for tourists and locals alike. The allure of this Athenian gem leaves every visitor in complete awe. Since Plaka was built around the ruins of the Ancient Agora of Athens, other than the wonderful streets and buildings, the neighborhood is also well known for its ancient monuments, such as the Lantern of Diogenes and for the multitude of museums. The Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, the Athens University Museum and the Museum of Polular Music Instruments are only some of them.
Anafiotika, which is one of the most popular locations in Plaka, features buildings of classical Cycladic architecture, giving you a unique feeling of being on one of the amazing Greek islands. Due to its undeniable beauty, several spots of Plaka have served as filming locations for many popular films which have caught worldwide attention. Some of them are “An”, “Worlds Apart” and the legendary “Stella” starring Melina Merkouri.
Still to this day there are street musicians that roam around playing the barrel organ, a tradition which goes back into the times of the old Athens. If you’re looking to take a trip back in time, and get lost in the history of Greece, Plaka is definitely a place worth discovering. Despite all the beauty and monuments of Plaka, the most important factor is the way it makes you feel. And that is magic!