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Omonia Square
Omonia Square
#About the Main Square in Athens

From Omonia Square continue the few important commercial streets in Athens. This is the busiest square in the city. Once this was a luxurious and well-off square, which was the center of the commercial district of Athens of those days.

However, with the years, the fancy square got more and more run down, and completely neglected. It was then a center of crime, drug dealings, and call girls.

The situation changed when the new metro station was established in the square, and the square won a breeze of fresh air and a new start. Instead of the old stores that were here, big modern fashion boutiques settled in. In the square are also many commercial stores and cafes, and luxury hotels, in the style of the Imperial Hotel.



#Tips

The locals would say that it's not recommended to the streets behind the square at night, especially with children. When the stores close, the streets fill with many questionable characters. In general, try to avoid this area, as it is also filled with pick-pocketers.
Kolonaki Quarter
Kolonaki Square
#About Kolonaki Square

Kolonaki Square, or the Kolonaki neighborhood as a whole, is one of the more pleasant ones in Athens, and where Athens' elite spend their leisure hours.

With wide selections of nice restaurants and cafes, alongside the well-known boutiques of the neighborhood, here the young people of Athens spend their free time, among those who don't need to work all day for a living.

With the modern cafes, Kolonaki Square offers luxury stores for shopping enthusiasts, and there is a decent collection here of designer stores and chains of luxury Greek and international brands.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/W8Zj9kGMa3o
Athens Central Market
Athens Central Market
#About Athens' Farmer's Market

Busy, colorful and full of life, smells and sounds, the Athens Central Market (Varvakios Market) is located in the Agora deep in the city, next to Athens' Town Hall. This is the central and biggest market in Athens, and you can easily spend many hours here.

The Central Market, also called Agora, is a fascinating and wonderful market where you can spend a full day. This is mainly a food market that includes meats, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits.

It lies inside a big metal building from the 19th century, and around are smaller branches of the market that offer different food products. For example, there is the Spice Market on Evripidou Street, parallel to the Vegetable Market. Don't miss the olive stores, the endless varieties of olive oil and Greek cheeses around the market.

If you look closely, you will also find clothes and shoes, even gadgets and cheap electronics. Around the market are many tavernas, and in the evenings the entire area opens up with restaurants that are lively and busy.

#Tips

Come to the market with closed toed shoes - the floor can be wet and slippery, especially near the areas of the fish and meats.



#Tour Around the Main Market of the Greek Capital of Greece:

https://youtu.be/V9Q-iJOI9jg
Ermou
Ermou
#About the Famous Shopping Street of Athens

From Syntagma Square to Monastiraki Square, Ermou Street is the main shopping street in Athens. Here, facing a magnificent view of ancient mountains, monuments and temples, is Athens' main shopping street in Greece.

Here are all the international brands, such as Barshka, E-Spirit, Zara, H&M, Mango and Marks & Spencer, along with hundreds of well-known local shops of Greek products and brands. Here you can buy everything. From fashion and souvenirs to luxury goods and electronics, sweets, spices and more.

But Ermou Street is not only the famous shopping street in Athens, but also the most interesting in town. The combination of a mix of international and local brands, along with a lively and illustrated pedestrian mall, right in the center of Athens, with street performances by local and foreign artists and many beautiful young people full of joy, is a winning combination.

And if you can not find enough in Ermou, at the end of the street you will find other places to shop, including large shopping centers and department stores.


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/D62HYUqWCTo


Another View:

https://youtu.be/1IILoOcsLNw

Shopping in Athens

Piraeus Harbour
Port of Piraeus
#Athens' Port, the Most Important in Greece

Since the ancient days, the Port of Piraeus was the main port of Athens, and the largest in Greece. Today the title remains, as the main port of Greece, the port where many of the cruises to different islands and countries leave, if in the Mediterranean Sea or further away.

Piraeus is a classic port city, like in songs and books. You will find here a port and everything that is expected from a port city, especially in the Mediterranean Sea. The honking of cargo ships, and passenger ships declaring the start of their journey. Ticket stands and travel agencies, marine equipment stores, and cargo that has just arrived with the ships, warehouses and tax houses, the harbor stevedores, loading cranes, tavernas and bars along the main street of the port, lines of cars waiting to board the ferries.

You have arrived at the Port of Piraeus - for generations songs and books were written about this port, and now you are finally here as well. Enjoy!



#What is There to do at the Port of Piraeus?

The area of the Port of Piraeus is among the liveliest areas in Athens. It's nice to walk along the port, near the boats, shuttles and yachts that dock here. A meal in one of the many tavernas scattered around, will reward you with a dinner of seafood and fish.

On Sundays, near the Port, there is the local flea market of Piraeus, that offers mostly clothes, tools, vintage items and antiques. The flea market concentrates around the train tracks and to Alipedou Street. On days when there is no market, in the streets of Piraeus behind the port, you will find many interesting and cheap stores.

From the Port of Piraeus you can leave on a day cruise, to one of the close islands to Athens and to any Greek island. The island of Aegina is pleasant and only a short boat ride away. Longer sailing will get you to one of the most picturesque islands of Greece - Hydra.




#Tips

From the Port of Piraeus many cruises leave towards the Greek Islands, including close islands, Aegina and Hydra, but also further islands, like Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Ios, Mykonos, Lesvos, Crete and more.



A Closer Look at the Port of Piraeus:

https://youtu.be/RmVgIvVerDA
Monastiraki Flea Market
Monastiraki
#About the Flea Market of Athens

The flea market of Monastiraki is the most well-known flea market of Athens. It operates on Sundays since 1910 in Avissinias Square in the center of Monastiraki. Once this was the center of Ottoman Athens, and today is the area of the flea market.

Here you can try and hunt for antiques and finds. Many items and clothes are here on stalls along the sidewalks. Likewise, you can find here almost anything imaginable - antiques, jewelry, clothes, kitchen utensils, presents, vinyl records, old books, souvenirs, and more.

The ruins that can be found here can surprise even educated enthusiasts. From surprising souvenirs from World War II, and old watches, vintage items and design, old style toys and weapons, some are real antiques and some fake.

What is nice here is that it is not visited only by tourists. Also the locals of Athens love to shop in this flea market, located at the edge of the Plaka area, at the foot of the Acropolis.

In the streets of the flea market of Athens there are many tavernas, shops, restaurants and cafes.



#Tips

Though it is open all week long, the market is especially popular on Sunday.

The entrance to the market is from Ermou Street, or Ifaistou Street, and it spreads along Ermou and Pandrossou Streets.

It is permitted and even encouraged to bargain with the vendors.

Beware of pickpockets around this market.

Don't touch the archeology - it is either fake or take out of Greece illegally.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oIhyhUKhqMw
Plaka
Plaka
#About the Ancient Neighborhood in Athens, that Come to Life at Night

Picturesque, ancient, and very entertaining, the Plaka is the most ancient and famous neighborhood in Athens. It lies in the northeastern foothills of the Acropolis, and it is incredible that this neighborhood has been inhabited continuously for 5,000 years.

In our day, Plaka is considered the ancient part of Athens. It is located in the most central area of the city, and is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions Athens has to offer. Wandering in the neighborhood with the nickname "old Athens," is a must-see for any thorough tourists, and a visit to the past.

Plaka was born from an ancient neighborhood that was here in ancient times, and built on the foothills of the Acropolis. During the last century, it has gone downhill and become a neglected, poor, and failing area. Only its tavernas and its location under the Acropolis kept its status as a tourist destination. Tourists come here to wander around, eat and drink, and mainly spend the evening hours.

In the way of poor neighborhoods, that suddenly surprise and return with full force, the Plaka in Athens is also slowly evolving as a place vibrant with life, fashionable, and a wanted location by youths. Young people came for the cheaper living quarters, and changed the buildings' exteriors. Many houses were renovated in the past decades, and to the famous tavernas, many souvenir shops have opened up, and currently, it is a lively spot in the evenings and at night.

Many tourists come here to wander around, do some street shopping, sit at a cafe in the district and at the busy tavernas. Most of the streets in the district are meant for pedestrian traffic, and in the square are usually live performances to enjoy.



#About the Plaka's Architecture

The Plaka neighborhood is divided by the main road, Andrianou Street. From both sides, spread across the entire neighborhood, are Upper Plaka (Ano Plaka), and Lower Plaka (Kato Plaka).

The Plaka neighborhood is a type of village within the city. Inside the maze of narrow alleyways, you can see beautiful buildings on both sides of the street, designed in the neo-classical style, many of the houses have red tiled roofs, and picturesque terraces full with growing flower pots.

One next to the other, the houses here are well tended, next to the ancient ruins and ancient archeological remains of ancient Greece.

The Greek style is also wonderful, and comes to life here. The special character here is set by the colored tables of the tavernas in the neighborhood, white and blue for the Greek flag, the blooming geraniums and bougainvillea, the yellow ancient stones, and colorful garlands that are turned on at night.




#History of the Plaka

Plaka was built right over the Ancient Agora that was once here during the days of ancient Greece, on the foothill of the Acropolis. Under the Ottoman Empire, the Plaka neighborhood became a Turkish quarter, and even the Turkish governor resided here.

During the Greek independence war, many residents abandoned the Plaka, and returned only once a new Greek state was declared, under the King Otto.

At the end of the 19th century, many Albanians settled in the neighborhood, that were part of the community, which the new neighborhood's name was named after - the Arvanite Quarter.

In 1884, a fire burned many of the houses in Plaka, which started digs in the areas, and led to fascinating archeological discoveries, with ancient Roman buildings being discovered from ancient Athens.

In the 1960's, a Greek musical culture developed in the neighborhood, and in the 1970's, it became a center for bars and wild night clubs.

Today, the Plaka returns to its place as a tourist destination, that combines youths, adults, and the elderly, tavernas and cafes with middle working class customers. From almost any point here the Acropolis is visible, what in the past gave Plaka a nickname, "neighborhood of the gods."




A Closer Look at the Plaka in Athens while Wandering in the Daytime:

https://youtu.be/dXj9pDpHT10


Pictures from this Beautiful and Old Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/YzUW9N3_gJ8


Wonderful Restaurants and Nighttime Entertainment in Plaka:

https://youtu.be/cza8DiZRygk


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