Plaka and Anafiotika Walking Tour, Athens

Plaka is one of the most beautiful and oldest parts of Athens, and nestles in the shadow of the Acropolis. Delight in its labyrinth of winding streets that are filled with traditional houses, some of which date back to the 19th century. There are also plenty of cafés with seats that spill out onto open terraces. Browse the tourist shops for their paintings, carvings and hand-painted icons, and sample some Retsina and olives in an old taverna. From your table on a flower-decked shaded terrace watch the scenes of neighborhood life unfold before you as flower sellers, street musicians and residents go about their business. Visit some of Plaka’s fascinating museums, including the Greek Folk Art Museum and the Children's Museum, then explore the ancient sites. Among the historic structures in this part of the city is the Tower of the Winds, which originates in Roman times and the 18th-century Doorway of the Medrese. Be sure to spend some time in the settlement of Anafiotika, considered to be the loveliest part of Plaka. This 19th-century neighborhood is on the northern slopes of the Acropolis and is characterized by its Cycladic houses that are painted brilliant white and decorated with splashes of growing bougainvillea.
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Plaka and Anafiotika Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Plaka and Anafiotika Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: emily

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