Things to Do in Athens
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Also sometimes called, La Plaka, this is the beautiful neighbourhood situated to the south and east slopes of the hillside that supports the Acropolis. But it’s not just proximity to the great historic site that has made this area a major tourist draw; it’s a picturesque walk into the past. Thanks to strict conservation rules in place by the city of Athens, all utilities, such as cables, wires, plumbing, etc., must be buried underground so as not to spoil the ancient sensibility of the glorious neo-classical architecture that lines the narrow winding streets.
The Plaka — neighbourhood of the Gods — is the place to walk in Athens. Dotted with tavernas, churches, museums and live entertainment, a stroll through the Plaka is a walk through history, but also great beauty. Residents take exceptional care of their stunning homes, located on a part of the ancient Agora, or market place.
After an 1884 fire in the Plaka, Roman ruins were discovered and excavated; archaeologists discovered a Roman market and parts of Emperor Hadrian’s library. Work continues to this day. In a city this old, restoration efforts are part of the daily grind.
While in the Plaka, be sure to visit the Acropolis Museum, Athens University Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, and many others.