Plaka and Monastiraki are located in the heart of the city and will take you on a journey back in time through engaging contemporary means.
These are the most touristic neighborhoods in Athens and are well worth visiting, since they fascinate every visitor with their ambience and traditional Greek style.
Your walk in Monastiraki should begin from the metro station and the central Avissinias Square. The place will remind you of a big feast with a huge flea market, impressive monuments and reflections of the glorious past. Some of the monuments include Hadrian's library, the Tower of Winds, the Roman Market and the Gate of Athena Archegetis. The trademark of the area is the open-air market, where the crowds flock to enjoy a unique shopping experience, as the engage in a lively bargain for the best possible price in antiques, shoes, boots, jewellery, beads and anything else you can imagine.
Plaka is probably the most beautiful and picturesque neighbourhood in the city. It is located between the area of Psiri, Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Square and it comprises mostly of pedestrian streets. The small labyrinthine narrow streets full of gift shops with souvenirs, cafes, taverns etc. hide small surprisew for the visitors around every corner. Adrianou and Kydathinaion are its main streets and will be the ones that you will spend most of your time.
The most mysterious and fascinating area of Plaka is the famous Anafiotika. The small white-washed houses, reminiscent of a Cycladic island, the verdant and colourful yards, as well as the quaint alleys are, deservedly, some of the most photographed corners of the country.