Plaka, located under the slopes of the Acropolis is one of the most beautiful districts in Athens and attracts numerous tourists visiting the city. One of the oldest sections of Athens, Plaka is a great neighborhood to visit to experience authentic Greek culture. Well known for its cafés, restaurants and boutiques, this area is a great place to get souvenirs to take back home, get a bite to eat or just have a cup of coffee and watch the world go by, while strolling down its narrow winding streets with lovely white houses on either side is pleasant as well. Plaka is like a village in the city and for tourists that don’t have the time to visit the Greek Islands, exploring this lovely part of Athens is a must. Plaka also has a number of interesting archeological sites as well as museums and galleries that are worth a visit. Although this area is mostly pedestrian friendly, tourists should keep a lookout for speeding motorbikes or delivery trucks.
Around an hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The beauty of the area, the archeological sites in the area, the traditional Greek products and souvenirs
Muslim tourists might find it difficult to locate prayer facilities when in the city of Athens, since there are no official mosques in the city. Although Al Salam Mosque, an unofficial mosque located underground is used by the city’s local population, tourists might not be able to locate this mosque, unless they get directions from the locals. Those visiting the Plaka area could ask the locals to direct them to this mosque, or they will have to return to their hotel rooms at prayer times.
The Plaka district is well known for the restaurants and cafés, which line its winding streets. While tourists will find numerous restaurants here, Muslim visitors may not be able to find any that serve Halal cuisine. Although the city of Athens has numerous Halal restaurants serving cuisines like, Turkish, Egyptian, Indian and more, these outlets might not always be easy to find. Tourists who are unable to locate these outlets may have to dine on suitable seafood or vegetarian dishes at non-Halal restaurants.