As soon as you start walking around Plaka's stone-paved,
narrow streets, you will have the feeling that you are traveling back
Plaka: The Clock of Andronikos
This is Athens oldest and, thanks to the restoration efforts which
went into its buildings in recent years, most picturesque neighborhood.
You will be delighted by the beauty of the neo-classical colors
of its houses, their architecture, their lovingly tended little
gardens, the elegance, and the total atmosphere of the area.
In Plaka, even the air is different; lighter, clearer, scented,
like a gift from the gods.
When you decide to take a walk around it be sure to bring a map
along, because Plaka is a labyrinth and you may get the feeling
that you are lost in its maze of narrow streets and alley ways.
No need for alarm though. It is easy to orientate yourself: uphill
is the Acropolis and downhill are Syntagma and Monastiraki.
What does Plaka mean
The origin of the area's name is not really known thus allowing various
theories to have developed concerning it. According to the most recent
one, Plaka owes its name to a large stone slab (plaka in Greek) found
in the area of the church of Ayios Georgios of Alexandria near the
ancient theater of Dionysos.
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