Anafiotika is a tiny neighborhood in the heart of Athens and under the northeast side of the Acropolis. It is part of Athens oldest neighborhood Plaka. What makes it so special is that it reminds you of a Cycladic island. It has narrow alleys that lead to beautiful terraces and white cubic houses with blue doors and windows. Most of the houses are well-kept with a lot of flowers and colourful Bougainvillea. Anafiotika has also some very cute residents that you will see lying under the sun, cats.[
I am ashamed to admit that although I have lived in Athens most of my life, I discovered this little gem just a few years ago.
The area took its name after the Cycladic island of Anafi. In the middle of the 19th century when Otto was the king of Greece he needed some builders in order to built his palace and other buildings around Athens.
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The best builders at the time were from the Cycladic island of Anafi. When the builders came to work in Athens they needed somewhere to stay so they built these little white houses under the Acropolis to resemble their houses in the island.
In the 7o’s the greek authorities said that the houses weren’t legal and decided to demolish a few. Some inhabitants of Anafiotika refused to leave and nowadays there are 60 building left in the area.
The easiest way to get there is from Acropolis metro station. Take Vyronos Street, pass Lycicrates monument and turn left to Thespidos street until you arrive at Stratonos. Turn right in Stratonos walk straight ahead and there you are. Of course there are other ways that you can reach Anafiotika but I usually use this one.
After you wander through the small alleyways and you walk towards Plaka there are some abandoned houses on your way full of street art that are definitely worth seeing.
Don’t be afraid to get lost and remember to admire the view of Athens and Lycabettus hill.
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Have you ever visited Anafiotika in Athens? Isn’t like you are on an island?