Plaka, the oldest section of Athens, sits just off the northern slopes of the Acropolis. It has so much to offer for every taste. There are countless outdoor cafes and tavernas scattered around the area, historical sites, shopping, museums, interesting architecture, and churches. It’s the heartbeat of Athens. It’s hard to imagine this was pretty much all of Athens back in the early 1800s – not much more than a village.
The best thing to do in Plaka is just wander the streets. Walking uphill on the slopes of the Acropolis, there are a few interesting churches. One of note is the Church of St. Nicholas Ragavas. It’s an 11th century Byzantine church rebuilt in the 18th century. It was the first church in Athens to have a bell after the Greek Revolution in 1821.
Another is Church of Agioi Anargyroi Kolokynthi, which opened in the 17th century as a Catholic nunnery. It’s now a Greek Orthodox church.
Near the bottom of the slope is the Lysikrates Monument, built in 334 BC to commemorate the winners of the choral and dramatic festival held at the Theatre of Dionysos. Lord Byron used to spend time next to it.
For the museums in the area, I either didn’t have time to visit them, they were closed when I walked by, or I just wasn’t interested. I mostly wandered through the streets to the highest streets on the slope. There I got to see the neighborhood called Anafiotika, which has a unique Greek island feel to it. I also found some pretty cool buildings and interesting graffiti like this: