A walk to
old Athens!

Plaka and Monastiraki

Walking in Plaka and Monastiraki, a promenade to old Athens! Plaka is the heart of the city. Monastiraki is the flea market known as Pazari (Bazaar). Regarding the origin of the name of Plaka, the most possible explanation comes from the Albanian word "pleakou" meaning "old". During the Turkish rule some Albanian guards called the area "Pleakou Athens" that slowly became in the Greek language Plaka.

Plaka was and will always be the center of good food and amusement. It's no coincidence that Plaka is known as the "Gods neighborhood". Many songs were written. One of them says that "the Gods descend to Plaka to dring retsina". But there are also many antiquities and monuments, Byzintine churches, museums and old residences. We can enter Plaka from different entrances, Monastiraki, Syntagma square or the Metro station of Acropolis.

Come along to complete the round of Acropolis!.

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