When you think of Athens, ancient monuments usually come to mind right? In the last years, the streets of Athens have transformed into an open art gallery with many stunning pieces of graffiti that place the city into the top places to see street art around the world.
On a sunny morning, my blogger friends from Travel Bloggers Greece and myself met with our guide Nikos from Alternative Athens in Thission station. Nikos apart from a tour guide is a street art artist and a graphic designer.
He first explained to us how street art started in New York and what were these colourful tags that you can find on the trains and walls.
We then embarked on a tour around the most alternative neighbourhoods of Athens; Thissio, Gazi, Keramikos, Psiri and Monastiraki.
Throughout our walk, we saw many works of art from famous street art artists from Greece and around the world. We learned about the different methods of creating graffiti and how to recognise each artist.
It was fun trying to figure out the meaning behind each mural and it was interesting to learn that some of the art around Athens was commissioned from companies from the public and private sector.
One of my favourite murals in Athens is the one with Loukanikos, the protest dog. This dog was photographed along with people who were protesting against the austerity measures a few years ago. He was always with them. The dog has passed away and this mural was made in his memory. The mural is called “All Dogs Go to Heaven”.
I found this tour fascinating not only because of the beautiful street art that we saw but because we discovered some alternatives neighbourhoods in Athens and learned some historical facts too.
Here we are on a fantastic street art tour with Nikos of @altathens! ( Niko was taking the photo. ?) Is Athens the “New Berlin” when it comes to street art? Stay tuned! We learned so much and we’re each excited to blog about it for our followers. #streetart #athens #athina #travelbloggersgreece #tbgrocks #blog #travelblog #visitathens
Our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable and throughout the tour, I felt like we were on a walk with friends.
The tour lasted for 3 hours. There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes.
You can also check one of my favourite tours in Athens: The Mythological Tour, again from Alternative Athens.