What to do and see in Plaka, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

February 16, 2018 Russell Mellin

Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
Restaurants in Plaka

1. Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos

Tripiti 84800, Greece
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos

Reviewed By Shelley D - London, United Kingdom

We combined this visit with a trip to the Catacombs which made the walk worthwhile. We parked in town and walked. It's a fair way but well signposted with reasonable paths. There are also information boards which were helpful. No amenities to speak of.

2. Venetian Castle of Milos

Plaka, Greece
Excellent
66%
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28%
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Venetian Castle of Milos

Reviewed By Andre B - Curitiba

A place displaced in time. It seems to have stopped in the Middle Ages. There was even a bard inside !!! An exhibition with ancient musical instruments very interesting. The place offers beautiful views and is very well maintained. Free entrance.

3. Papafragas Beach

Pachena, Greece
Excellent
42%
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31%
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18%
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6%
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4 based on 328 reviews

Papafragas Beach

Reviewed By hzzz_travels - London, United Kingdom

Fantastic if you like "adventuring" while swimming - perfect for checking out caves and swimming through holes in the rocks. Also perfect on a very hot day when you'd like to mostly swim in the shade (though also good for swimming in the sun- it's just that the sun is more easily avoidable here). I'd avoid when there are strong winds for safety reasons as well as if you have young children. It seems like you must be a bit fit to climb the steep path down to the beach.

Agios Sostis Beach, Provatas 84800, Greece
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5 based on 42 reviews

Zephyros

Zephyros offers two routes daily, one in the morning (10:00 - 14:00) and one in the afternoon (15:00 - 19:00) from 1st of June until the end of September. We start from the beach of Agios Sostis, which is located in the southern part of the island, next to Provatas beach. Our first stop for swimming is “Gerontas” beach, for about half an hour. Next stop at Kleftiko for about 1-1 ½ hours, so there is plenty of time for swimming and visiting the caves with the dinghy rubber boat. The price is 27 € for adults and 15 € for children up to 12 years old. We also offer iced tea, iced coffee (frappé), local raki and homemade appetizers (included in the price).

Reviewed By Vassilis V - Rethymnon, Greece

Nice, clean and cozy boat, the best way to visit Kleftiko and Gerontas, two of the nicest Beaches of Milos that are almost impossible to reach by road. Kind and Friendly staff, nice snacks, raki, coffee and other refreshment drinks. The whole cruise lasts 4 hours and the time that you can spent on Kleftiko beach is 90 minutes, long enough to swim around the caves, but also to have some time on the inflatable boat around, in groups of 10 people, along with a crew member, guiding. For me, there is no reason to take a whole island tour that lasts 10 hours. You can reach almost every beach by road. Zephyros was the best choice for us to visit these unreachable Beaches. 4 hours for that trip, for the price of 27 euros per person, I think it was fair enough.
We really enjoyed every minute of that trip and we highly recommend it amongst any other boat trip of Milos island.

5. Catacombs of Milos

Tripiti 84800, Greece +30 2287 021625
Excellent
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4 based on 317 reviews

Catacombs of Milos

Reviewed By Magdalena Z

Catacombs in Milos are one of 3 most old Catacombs discovered maybe even older than Rome one ! Tour took 15 minutes, you can take photos inside but just without flesh and ticket cost 4 euro each and there are some discounts possible. Each tour max 10 people but was not so crowdy when we were there so you do not need to wait to long for your tour

6. Archaeological Museum Milos

Plaka 848 00, Greece +30 2287 028026
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4 based on 52 reviews

Archaeological Museum Milos

Reviewed By Iva S - Western Australia, Australia

The Museum is centrally located and only few minutes from the bus stop in Plaka. I was surprised by the quality and number of historical exhibits for an island. Once you are in museum you can not miss the inspiring statue of Venus de Milo that is a copy of original discovered in 1820 (produced around 100 BC) on the island of Melos. The original was presented to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the Louvre. The goddess originally wore metal jewelry.The arms were never found.

7. Kleftiko Beach

Greece +30 2287 024083
Excellent
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5 based on 885 reviews

Kleftiko Beach

Reviewed By Richard H - Church Stretton, United Kingdom

In many years of visiting Milos, we have 4 times taken a "round-the-island" cruise. Until this year (previous visit was as far back as September, 2012), Kleftiko was the highlight of the trip. It is still a special place, but even arriving late afternoon, the whole of the Kleftiko area was swamped with both "legitimate" island ships and, more disturbingly, several large "yachts", illegally moored using rocks on the shore to anchor their bows. Fortunately we were one of the last to leave, so were able to enjoy tranquil swimming through the caves and around the bay without bumping into moored ships and/or schools of snorkelers. The beauty of the area is in its remoteness, in the spectacular rock formations, and in the clarity of the water - you can only experience this if you are one of tens, not one of several hundred. There is no beach as such so you are limited by what you see from your boat, and what you experience by swimming. One couple on our yacht were so disappointed that they booked a private charter for the following day, hoping to be there in a "lull" period. Hope they managed it. Kleftiko can also be accessed by foot, but not a clear trail, and from a point on the road that car rental companies tell you is prohibited for their cars. If you want to enjoy the splendour of Kelftiko I recommend walking in early and/or staying late (my preference), or taking a private charter outside of the public cruise season. Expensive, yes, but (almost) guaranteed to avoid disappointment.

8. Pollonia Beach

Pollonia, Greece
Excellent
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4 based on 324 reviews

Pollonia Beach

Reviewed By Krasimir K - Sofia, Bulgaria

This is a very pleasant, narrow but very long beach right in front of the village of Pollonia, Milos. It goes mainly along the Promenade but also forms a semicircle around the bay and port. Plenty of tavernas, restaurants, cafes, shops. The Ferries to and from Kimolos depart and arrive here. A word of caution. The ferry to Kimolos is small, it cannot take more than some 20-30 cars, so plan carefully the trip to and from Kimolos in high season with a car - do not risk having to spending the night on Kimolos. Not that it couldn't be a nice experience after all.

9. Sarakiniko Beach

Sarakiniko, Greece
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sarakiniko Beach

Reviewed By gatzbee - USA

This was one of my favorite spots in Milos. The view of the white rocks against the blue-green sea water is quite beautiful. The rocks do get very hot however given the reflection off the sun. The water felt cold in comparison but your body adjusts to it once inside for a few minutes. It’s definitely not the most comfortable spot to lie in the sun for a tan as it does get quite hot and there’s no soft sandy area. But, overall, it is very unique and a must-see if you’re in Milos.

10. The Art House - Photography Milos

Plaka 84800, Greece +30 694 804 4505
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

The Art House - Photography Milos

An intriguing studio where creative photographer Dimitris Tsirigotis exhibits his artistic work. Experimenting with light and colors, he applies long exposure technigues to create unigue images.

Reviewed By MarcT555 - Phoenix

Adjacent to the Folk Museum, church and the best view of sunsets on Milos, The Art House certainly has location nailed. But they are thin on art. Great for some souvenir photos that are better than you can take yourself but I did not find anything compelling here. YMMV. The proprietor is a very nice man, BTW.

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