At the foot of the Acropolis lies a secret hideaway. A labyrinth of small white streets, colourful blue doors, painted roofs, and amazing street art. The little houses are cubical shaped and hidden under the colourful pink Bougainvillea flowers. It almost feels like a Greek island in the middle of Athens. So peaceful and quiet. And a moment of peace is what we kind of needed in the crowded city of Athens.
We passed by these streets when we were visiting the slopes of the Acropolis. It looked so picturesque and inviting that we came back the next day to check it out. To enter Anafiotika you need to go to the North side of the Acropolis hill via Plaka.
Anafiotika is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Plaka and built in the 19th century when King Otto needed workers to build his Palace. The name originated from a Cycladic island Anafi, where the workers came from.
It is a perfect place to wind down and take in the view of Athens. Don’t worry that you will be lost, so go and be a little adventurous and take the next corner to see it for yourself. Maybe you will get some love from the local habitats, the cats of Anafiotika. It’s really a small treasure in a big city.
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