Plaka and Monastiraki are located in the heart of the city and take you on a journey of the past using the engaging features of today.
These are the most visited neighborhoods in Athens and are well worth visiting, since they fascinate every visitor with their atmospheric ambience and traditional Greek style.
Your walk in Monastiraki should begin from the metro station and the central Avissinias Square. The place reminds 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 its open-air market. Here the flocking crowds enjoy an unique shopping experience, negotiating prices of antiques, shoes, boots, jewellery, beads and anything else you can imagine.
Plaka is probably the most beautiful and most picturesque neighbourhood in the city. It is between the area of Psiri, Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Square and it comprises of mostly pedestrian only streets. The small labyrinthine narrow streets full of gift shops with souvenirs, cafes, taverns etc. hide a small surprise for the visitor around every corner. Andrianou and Kydathinaion are the main streets and will act as your journey's compass.
The most mysterious and fascinating area of Plaka is the famous Anafiotika. Its small white-washed houses reminiscent of a Cycladic island, yards full of flowers and narrow streets are some of the most photographed corners of the country. And they deserve it!