Plaka Attractions Walking Tour, Athens (Self Guided)

Pláka is the old historic neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
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Plaka Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Plaka Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Athens (See other walking tours in Athens)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: emily
Church of Agios Nicholas Rangavas

1) Church of Agios Nicholas Rangavas

The Church of Agios Nicholas Rangavas dates from the 11th century. This church was built in the mid-Byzantine style. You will see marble columns and other remains of ancient buildings in the walls of the church.
Harma Gallery

2) Harma Gallery

Harma Gallery is a modern art gallery located in the very heart of Athens, on Thespidos Street near the famous Acropolis. It holds a rich collection of original contemporary works of art. The gallery features masterpieces in many different styles so as to please any discerning taste.
Figoures kai Koukles

3) Figoures kai Koukles

Children like puppets and marionettes. A visit to Figoures kai Koukles will be a great event for them. Everyone will enjoy the performance of original puppets from Antigoni Parousi's "Grey Box" puppet theatre.

4) Brettos

A quaint little bar and distillery located in the historic city center of Athens, Brettos first opened its doors way back in 1909. Creating its own wide assortment of over thirty flavored liqueurs, including anything from ouzo to cherry to masticha, a good selection of traditional spirits, wines, brandies, and beers is available here as well. The most notable aspect of its charming décor would be all the high shelves lined with colorful liqueur bottles backlit with warm lighting for a cozy feel inside this small bar. Brettos is the perfect location for a relaxing evening nightcap after an intense night of clubbing.
Hellenic Children's Museum

5) Hellenic Children's Museum

Dedicated to children between ages 4 and 12, the Hellenic Children’s Museum was established by a group of child development experts led by Sophia Roque-Mela. The intention was to provide children and parents with a range of interactive exhibits and activities that help in educating and entertaining children.

The Hellenic Children’s museum is housed in a historic neoclassical building in Athens. It covers more than 520 square meters of exhibition space. The building has three floors, an attic and a garden. The museum was founded in 1987. Different activities are organized, especially on weekends, where parents and children can participate and learn about the cultural and technological heritage and progress of Greece. Activities include games, audiovisual programs and unique child-oriented exhibitions.

Two floors are dedicated to activities for children. Parent sensitization courses and other education programs, geared for the benefit of children, are conducted by child development experts at the museum. 12 full-time staff members and 9 part-timers organize programs for children. Over 150 volunteers serve the museum in different disciplines for the benefit of visiting kids and their parents.

The Hellenic Children’s Museum in Athens is a place that offers an enjoyable experience for the young visitors and their parents.
Museum of Greek Folk Art

6) Museum of Greek Folk Art

This museum dedicated to Greek handicrafts is located in Plaka, Athens. It has vast collections of exhibits representing folk art from all parts of the country.

The Museum of Greek Folk Art opened its doors to the public in 1973. The building has three floors with a wealth of objects depicting the richness of folk art in Greece. It also has a library with 5000 books on folk art and crafts, folklore and ethnology, photographs, film and audio archives. The museum organizes programs for children including pottery classes and shadow theater performances. On the last day of the carnival, it hosts a festival where folk dancers from every part of Greece perform.

Exhibits displayed at the museum include embroidery, weaving, pottery, metalwork, wooden handicrafts, religious and secular silver work, folk paintings and objects made of carved stone. It has a permanent exhibition of paintings by Greek folk artist Theofilos Chatzimichail including murals removed from a house in Mitilini. The top floor has a display of costumes from all over Greece worn by Greek men and women for festivals and weddings. The museum seeks to show visitors the work done by rural people in the different regions of the country.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Greek Children's Art

7) Museum of Greek Children's Art

This museum is dedicated to art by children up to 14 years of age. It has donations from organizations that work with children from all over the world as well as works by young Greek artists.

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is a small private museum founded in 1994. Paintings and 3 dimensional art works by young children from different parts of Greece are exhibited at the gallery. The collection is enriched periodically by art donations from international organizations that work for children. The organization, ‘Save the Children’, has given a toy collection from Africa to the museum and a series of first drawing attempts by Kalash children of North West Pakistan.

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art also organizes programs to develop the artistic talents of children. Games, audio visual representations and teaching programs are held to make children enjoy art and develop creative abilities. Programs are also held for the benefit of children with special needs. Themed exhibitions sponsored by major Greek institutions are held throughout the year.

This museum is a must see for visitors traveling in Greece with children below the age of 14. Children can develop a love for art and sharpen their artistic skills by learning from its many interactive programs.
Jewish Museum

8) Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is located in the heart of Athens. It has been housed in a lovely neoclassical building since 1998. It was established by Nicholas Stavriyklakis in 1977 to preserve the material culture of the Greek Jews. The museum aims to preserve, explore and present artifacts and documents related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. The collection of the museum consists of more than 8000 items.
Sight description based on wikipedia

9) Mitropolitikon

What to buy here: Sweets and confectionery: Greek desserts are the most tantalizing, mouth watering desserts you will find. Baklava (diamond shaped, crisp filo pastry, layered with a filling of walnuts and drenched in an aromatic honey syrup) is probably the most famous of all Greek desserts. Other popular favorites include kourambiedes (crescent shaped shortbread, filled with crunchy pieces of almond, dusted in icing sugar), and melomakarona (golden cookies drenched in honey syrup and sprinkled with crushed walnuts). Other sweet treats include Ion chocolate, mantolata (sugar coated almonds), pasteli (sesame seed and honey bars), nougat, ouzo candy, and loukoumia (flavored Turkish delight) to name just a few. You can find these in Zaharoplastia-the Greek cake shops all over Athens. They are generally open everyday and close quite late. A box of cakes can start at 10 euros. Greeks usually buy cakes when visiting friends or family rather than making their own. The variety is so great, you don’t know what to choose but the shop owners will help you, giving you a taste of a few to help you make up your mind. We found a great store here in Athens; this year it clocked 81 years! It opened in 1930! It's called Mitropolitikon and is located at Voulis 39, Athens. It is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am-9:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-9:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
Church of Agios Eleftherios

10) Church of Agios Eleftherios

The Agios Eleftherios church, also known as Mikri Mitropoli ("little metropolitan church" or "Small Cathedral") or Panagia Gorgoepikoos is a Byzantine-era church located at the Mitropolis square, next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Megali Mitropoli). Michael Choniates, the bishop of Athens, ordered the construction at the start of the 13th century. It was erected over an old temple of goddess Eleithya. It represents a fine example of Byzantine architecture.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Metropolitan Cathedral

11) Metropolitan Cathedral

This cathedral church, more popularly known as the "Metropolis", has recently been cleaned, restored and reopened to visitors. The interior decoration, with elaborate icons, decorations, and detailed murals, is beautiful and a great example of Greek Orthodox faith.

Construction of the church began on Christmas Day, 1842, with the laying of the cornerstone by King Otto and Queen Amalia of Greece. Workers used marble from 72 demolished churches to build the structure's immense walls. Three architects and 20 years later, it was complete.

Inside are the tombs of two saints killed by the Ottoman Turks during the Ottoman period: Saint Philothei and Patriarch Gregory V. In the Square in front of the Cathedral stand two statues of the last Byzantine Emperor, killed defending Constantinople against the Turks, as well as of the World War II Archbishop who worked to save Athens' Jews from the Nazi persecution. The square itself is much quieter than Syntagma Square and is a great spot to escape the bustle while having a drink in one of the cafes.

Opening Hours:
Daily 6:30am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Athens, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Athens

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Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Walking Tour Around Athenian Exarcheia

Walking Tour Around Athenian Exarcheia

Exarcheia is a district of Athens, it is next to Kolonaki and shares in the abundance of historic buildings and landmarks. The district is home to the Academy of Athens, the National Archaeological Museum, Cultural Centre of Athens, and many others. Exarcheia is also a famed shopping destination, being originally named after a merchant who opened a large general store here more than a hundred...  view more

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Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Athens for Children Walking Tour

Athens for Children Walking Tour

Traveling with children differs a lot from traveling alone or with other grown-ups, children require a constant source of entertainment and an outlet for their energy. Luckily, Athens has plenty of places that are suitable for families and offer something for kids to do. Take this guide to find your way to the best spots in town for a family visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Walking Tour Along Vassilissis Sofias Avenue

Walking Tour Along Vassilissis Sofias Avenue

Vassilissis Sofias is a major avenue in the eastern part of the city. Walking along this street you will have the chance to see some of the most popular attractions of the Greek capital, such as the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the War Museum, and many others. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this interesting tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Athenian Museums Tour

Athenian Museums Tour

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, steeped in history and culture, this is a fact know to everyone. As such, the city is literally packed with museums, museums which house an inestimable treasure of the Greek civilization. The tour below will guide you through some of the most significant museums in Athens.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Walking Tour Around the Peaceful National Garden

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km

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Whether you are in Athens for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Athens has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Athens's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Athens Tourist Card, Athens City Pass, or Athens Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Athens's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Athens hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Electra Hotel Athens, Hotel Grande Bretagne, King George.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Athens, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Athens typically costs somewhere between US$15 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Athens from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for all three).

- Explore Athens in its entirety, from the beautiful beaches to historic treasures, on a similar hop-on hop-off double-decker sightseeing tour running straight from the sea shore all year round! Ideal for those arriving on cruise ships!

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of night Athens – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Greek capital in its nighttime ambiance. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have by walking.

- Pedal your way around Athens on a 3.5-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Acquaint yourself up-close with the wonders of Ancient Greece on a 3-hour walking tour of UNESCO-listed Acropolis and other fascinating sights within its walls, plus many more historic and otherwise notable attractions in Athens.

- Awaken your taste buds to an array of authentic Greek delicacies on a 4-hour guided gourmet food walk in Athens during which you will sample some of the finest street food in the city. Apart from feasting on the local specialties, with each bite you will also learn about the culinary history of Athens.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Athens, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae and Epidaurus, Corinth, or Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon. For as little as circa US$50 to US$120 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including fascinating monuments of Greek mythology and history, immerse in Greece’s spectacular scenery, admire the beauty of the local countryside replete with breathtaking views, scenic monasteries and villages existent for centuries, explore ancient ruins, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Athens, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, train or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.