Athens: The Plaka - Part II

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Athens: The Plaka - Part II

Anafiotika is the cluster of small houses built on the slopes of the Acropolis above the Plaka. It's like being on a Greek Island. It's named Anafiotika because the original inhabitants were stone masons who came from the island of Anafi to build Athens in the mid 19th century. Just continue up the steps between Kouklis and the Byzantine church of St Nicholas next to it. You can wander around the small streets and if you continue to your right (facing the acropolis) you can walk along the road that overlooks the city and leads to the entrance for Greece's most famous archaeological site and historic landmark, the Acropolis. Anafiotika is as close as you can get to being on a Greek island in the middle of a big city. If you want to know what it is like to wander around the back streets of Mykonos just come here. The neighborhood is all residential and sadly some of the houses are unoccupied and falling down.

If you come to Anafiotikia and walk to the eastern edge of the Acropolis you will get a nice view of the city. If you turn around and continue walking on the road above the Plaka and go past the Old University of Athens, now a museum, and then past the entrance of the Acropolis and take a right when you get to the new pedestrian street Apostolou Pavlou street you will end up in Thission or you can continue on and take a right on Ermou and you are back in Monastiraki. (You can also get to Monastiraki by cutting through the Agora using the entrance next to the rock of Areopagos just below the entrance to the Acropolis.) If you take a left instead you will be on the same street but called Dionissou Aeropagitou end up in Makrianni where you can take a left on Byronos street and find yourself right back in the heart of the Plaka again. Byron Street will take you past the Dirty Corner, a hangout for poets and musicians in bygone days, right in front of the Monument of Lissikratous and you can continue walking down Adrianou. But this will take you about an hour. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Athens: The Plaka - Part II
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.athensguide.com/the-plaka/index.html
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tower of the Winds
  • Museum of Popular Music
  • Platanos Taverna
  • Monument to Lysikratous
  • Athinas Street
  • Electra Metropolis
  • Hotel Grand Bretagne
  • New Hotel
  • Athens Was Hotel
  • Athens Cypria
  • Hotel Central
  • Amazon Hotel
  • Hotel Omiros
  • Hotel Hermes
  • Athens Gate
  • Hotel Hera
  • Herodian Hotel
  • Parthenon Hotel
  • Hotel Amalia
  • Athens Diamond Hotel
  • Home and Arts Suites
  • Alice Inn
  • Athens La Strada
  • Malliott Skoufou Apartment
  • Acropolis View Suites
  • Lord Byron
  • Hotel Attalos
  • Hotel Cecil
  • Hotel Adonis
  • Hotel Nefeli
  • Hotel Adams
  • Hotel Phaedra
  • A for Athens
  • Sweet Home Hotel
  • Emporikon Athens Hotel
  • Dioskouros Guest House
  • Hotel Tempi
  • Athenstyle Hotel/Pension
  • Athens Backpackers
  • Hotel Kimon

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