square is one of the biggest of Athens and the place where you can
find most buses and taxis. It is surrounded by luxurious hotels, a
lot of travel agencies, banks, the main post office, the Greek National
Tourist Office (EOT) and places where you can change your money. It
is the biggest meeting point for Athenians and tourists.
If you take the Ermou Street from Syndagma square, going south, you
will arrive in Plaka. It is Athens's most beautiful neighbourhood,
with a mostly neoclassical architecture dating from King Otto's time.
Plaka and the Parliament were the only composites of the city of Athens
when it first became a capital in 1834. It is like an historic centre,
full of beautiful buildings, Byzantine churches, little touristy shops,
café, bars and taverns (Greek restaurants).
It is a delight to walk in the small streets of Plaka, even in summertime
when it is quite crowded with tourists. Plaka is the neighbourhood
where you can see the Ancient Roman Agora, the Tower of the Wind,
the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Acropolis and the Herode Atticus
360 pictures of Plaka
Smart residential district of Athens, Kolonaki is between Lycavittos
Hill and Syndagma square. It is the home of Athens chic, offering
expensive and luxurious shops, cafes, and bars. It is quite enjoyable
to walk around in Kolonaki's street, admiring the beautiful buildings
this market you will find the fruit and vegetable market, surrounded
by a lot of diverse shops.
South-west of Monastiraki, you will find the district of Thisio. It
is a place full of café and bars, with a beautiful view on
the Acropolis. It is one of the places where most of the Athenians
go for their night walk and amusements; therefore it is usually crowded
especially during week-ends, from 10pm until 3am.
pictures of Thisio
Located north-west of Monastiraki, Psiri is an old popular neighbourhood.
The mainly architecture is not really beautiful for most of the buildings
are big blocks of cement dating from 1970, when a lot of people lived
the country to go to Athens because a lot of new hands were needed.
Since a few years, Psiri is changing: neoclassical buildings have
been restored and a lot of trendy bars and shops have opened.
It is now the young Athenian's favourite place to go out during the
It has some really nice taverns and some of them offer live Greek
It's not a touristy suburb, so it\s the place where you can experience
the true Greek way of night life.
This district used to be quite disreputable because it was where all
the young drug addicts used to go.
It has now changed into a trendy place attracting mostly young people
and inhabited by students (it is near the university on Panepistimiou
Avenue) and international models.
Kifissia is a coastal suburb, 18km north-east of Athens's centre.
It is one of the city's wealthy elite's neighbourhood, where you can
see some luxurious buildings and shops (offering high standard labels
like Valentino, Prada, Chanel and much more).
Kifissia is also a place where you can go during the night, with a
lot of classy café and bars, in which you're going to find
the rich youth of Athens.
Piraeus is 10km south-west of central Athens. It is divided in three
harbours: the Great Harbour (Megalo Limani) which is Athens's main
port where all ferries for the Greek islands and Italy live from.
It is also a place full of cheap shops, restaurants, café and
bars. Every Sunday morning, you can go to the Piraeus flea market,
bigger and considered as better than the one in Monastiraki.
On the other side of the peninsula, there is Zea Marina (Limani Zeas)
from where are leaving the hydrofoils to the Saronic Gulf; it is also
the place where millionaires moor their yachts. North-east of Zea
Marina is the little port Microlimano (small harbour), full of private
yachts, restaurants and trendy bars.
pictures of Piraeus