The historic center of Athens is filled with sights and attractions of significant historic value and beautiful neighborhoods. Plaka,in the heart of the city, is a place with aromas and traditional flavors.
Plaka, old and elegant
Built into the hillside below the Acropolis, Plaka is Athens's oldest residential quarter. Retaining a quaint village atmosphere, its paved streets are lined with pastel-colored neoclassical houses, souvenir shops and bustling small restaurants.
Tips : Don't forget,as you walk through the cobbled streets of Plaka,to gaze at the imposing Parthenon and to admire the site of the Roman Agora. Avoid to visit Plaka on weekends, it's always over crowded.
Tower of the Winds
The tower the Winds is a clocktower of Pentelic marble in the Romana Agora that functioned as a "timepiece". The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane.
Anafiotika, a touch of Cyclades
Anafiotika is a tiny neighborhood, well hidden under the shade of Parthenon Temple. It lies in northern east side of Acropolis hill. Anafiotika, is a miniature of a Cycladic scenery. The first houses were built by workers from the island of Anafi, who came to Athens to work in the refurbishment of King Othon’s Palace in 1840. The first inhabitants, built their houses as they knew according the folk architecture of the Aegean island Anafi. Small houses almost cubic,with white walls and tiny yards with bougainvillea flowers. Over a century later Anafiotika is still inhabited even by some descendants of those workers.
Tip: Be polite with inhabitants and dont forget their need of privacy.
words & photos by Sonia Farasopoulou