Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Athens Chronicles | Plaka

Plaka is an old and typical Athenian neighborhood, built in the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. Its labyrinthine streets, some in steps, the pastel colors and flowers in the windows give it charm while the numerous restaurants and terraces and the movement of people gives an animation that captivates the traveler.

Two main roads, lined with olive trees, cycle through this neighborhood and access to the main points of interest. Starting from Monastiraki by Apostolou Pavlo Street, one crosses Plaka to the entrance of the archaeological site of the Acropolis. From this entry we are in the Street Diousiou Aeropagitou, where we can find the New Acropolis Museum, that can be crossed  to Vasilissis Amalias Avenue, across from the Arch of Hadrian. In its various cross streets one can find small restaurants with nice terraces and live music.

In this charming neighborhood can be found archaeological sites (such as the well-known Tower of the Winds) near typical taverns, flower stalls and souvenir shops, food or crafts. In addition, the views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon are a constant.This is, also,  the favorite area of the Athenians for their night outings in the center of the city.

On the northeast side, lies the picturesque district of Anafiotika. The whitewashed houses, the winding streets, small yards, cats and  pots of basil and geraniums, lead us, in the blink of an eye, from the center of Athens to an island of the Cyclades.

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