The ancient city of Athens has been drawing visitors and lovers of culture since its earliest days, and this bustling city continues to be a favorite destination for tourists from around the world. Visitors to Athens have a great many opportunities to explore that history and culture, with sights like the Acropolis and the ruins of Agora at the top of many to-do lists.
Visitors to the Acropolis should be sure to make some time to visit Plaka, a beautiful section of old town Athens located below that ancient building. Plaka has become somewhat of a gathering point for travelers to this ancient city, especially when the weather is warm and wonderful.
Those visiting Plaka are free to stroll through the narrow streets and alleyways and view the beautiful monuments and sculptures The area is also home to many magnificent Byzantine churches, as well as many beautiful mosques. Travelers should be sure to allow plenty of time to tour these holy places and bask in their glory.
Plaka also home to many stately mansions, as well as a number of warm and inviting taverns where visitors can relax with a drink and sample some of the best Greek food in Athens. Many of these taverns feature lovely courtyards perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
[ photo courtesy of Julian Lim]