Athens Anafiotika

Location: Plaka

The charming neighborhood of Anafiotika is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Athens! Anafiotika is part of the historic area known as Plaka, close to the center of Athens and the Acropolis hill. It is one of the most popular places to go for a stroll in Athens and in this area you will discover a few cafes and restaurants with a warm and traditional atmosphere.

The old houses of Anafiotika have a unique kind of architecture that will probably remind you of the Cyclades islands and they date back to the mid 19th century. Anafiotika neighborhood was named after the island Anafi, since it was built by workers who arrived from there and moved to Athens to construct the Hellenic Parliament building, former palace of King Otto. They were initially constructed for subsidized housing purposes and a large part of the neighborhood was later demolished. Currently, many of the old houses located there are listed buildings and well preserved, painted in vibrant colors and with small, yet lovely gardens.
This is one of the best hidden viewpoints in Athens, allowing the visitor to admire the urban landscape, as well as Mount Lycabettus.

How to get there: Anafiotika can easily be approached from the city center on foot. The neighborhood is located close to the metro stations of Acropolis, Syntagma & Monastiraki. The tiny neighborhood is paved and it cannot be visited by car.

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