Plaka is on the northeast slope of Acropolis, between Syntagma and Monastiraki square. Adrianou Street (running north and south) is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two areas: the upper level, Ano Plaka – located right under the Acropolis and the lower level – Kato Plaka situated between Syntagma and Monastiraki.
Plaka is the oldest district in Athens, built at the foothill of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. Under the slopes of the Acropolis Plaka attracts all the visitors of Athens with its neoclassical mansions and houses with roofs from red tiles, its small winding roads with their steps, balconies with bougainvilleas ,geraniums and jasmines. It is known as the “Neighbourhood of the Gods” due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. Anafiotica is a must see area just over Plaka and under Acropolis to the east. Anafiotika is like a small island within Athens, builders from the small island of Anafi build their traditional white washed houses in the tiny winding streets and steps of this area when they were building the royal Palace.
The area of Plaka is one of the most attractive districts of Athens. Under the slopes of the Acropolis Plaka attracts all the visitors of Athens with its neoclassical mansions and houses with roofs from red tiles, its small winding roads with their steps, balconies with bougainvilleas, geraniums and jasmines.
Today Plaka is one of the main attractions for the tourists, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops all can be find here. Main attractions in Plaka are the museums and the archeological sites. Museums in Plaka include the new Acropolis Museum, the new Jewish Museum of Greece, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, an annex of which is the Old Public Baths building, the Frissiras Museum, the Museum of Popular Music Instruments, and the Athens University Museum.
Plaka has its special place in the memories of the older generation of Athens. It use to be the area of the working class and many Greek films of the early 50’s and 60’s has been filmed there when the houses where not renovated as they are today and most of the winding roads where just earth. One of the most famous Greek film “Stella” with Melina Mercouri.
Plaka has a lot of things to see. Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year. Local food at the many tavernas, in cool gardens or courtyards, shopping for artifacts and souvenirs, visiting the archeological sites like the Tower of Winds or the Lysikrates Monument, make a stroll through this historical neighborhood an interesting and attractive experience.