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“For tourists this is the neighborhood to stay in” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Plaka District

Plaka District
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Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show
Ranked #8 of 342 things to do in Athens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.
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“For tourists this is the neighborhood to stay in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Plaka neighborhood is definitely the area to stay in if you are visiting Athens as a tourist. Lots of charm, shops, restaurants, things to see and do. My impression is that the northern part is more crowded/urban/busy while the part to the south is somewhat more charming, quiet but still pretty touristy. We stayed far to the south (Airotel Parthenon) which was a lovely area, between the Acropolis Museum and Hadrian's Arch (a couple theatres, lots of restaurants, tavernas, tree-shaded streets, the usual ruins here and there, street musicians, hawkers, etc.). We visited the rest of the Plaka and found it more crowded, noisy and busy, though still quite interesting. Lots of hotels throughout the area, with a range of cost and amenities.

Visited May 2014
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“Addictive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Alive, monotonous, loud, repetitive, colorful (blue and white mostly) stil the same stuff everywhere. Reminds of the Ramblas with the richness in characters; I mean the sellers but, more, the tourists. Try negotiating but in a reasonable margin. Keep smiling, thousands of people will leave Greece with pictures of you in the crowd. Eat there, since you will have only the basic delights, fresh and simple, as Greek life is, tested in thousands of years.

Visited June 2014
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Bellingham, Washington
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“a bit overrated and quite touristy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

if you miss it - don't feel bad .....
many other similar set ups surrounding the major sights - selling mostly cheap tourist trinket nobody want , let alone needs

Visited May 2014
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“Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Idyllic, nice ole town where is many good place to eat and spend time. Good service,, friendly people.

Visited February 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“A never forgotten island surrounded by the Balkans' New York!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Try to climb up onto the Anafiotika area, where it is more tranquil and humane, having thus avoided Plaka's main axis, Adrianou, a hectic pedestrian street with begger-sellers, fake tradition, kitch stores, big tourist groups, annoying taxis, noisy motorcycles and low quality tavernas. Whenever you see an old byzantine church, please enter, no matter that perhaps you abstain from christians - your reward is huge in terms of a magical atmosphere of holiness and goodness. Archeological marvels lie in immediate proximity allover, be it ancient Hellenic agora, roman forum or the first meteorological station of the planet; even muslim relics are embraced here, with honour and respect!

Visited July 2014
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