All those who visit Plaka, make a pass from Anafiotika, that are considered a must visit while in Athens.
Why there are so astonishing? it is a combination actually from characteristics
They are built ON the rock. Seriously. Just like that. It is quite obvious and interesting observing such buildings today.
They look like Aegean’s island houses, white and blue. Small & White houses in the Aegean, were made for two reasons: They are whitewashed actually and this is a disinfectant material for rural areas, that islands are, or at least were before tourism prevails. They are small and built on rocks, because their inhabitants were trying to hide themselves from pirates.
They were built illegally actually, so quite rapidly.
They were mostly but around 1830-1850. Around them there are neoclassical buildings, a really interesting comparison for the eye..
There are many churches, which are a miracle of architecture and respect to the natural environment.
There are also many trees and plants around the area, that gives a very unique essence of nature. Nature is wise.
People still live there. Really.
When you walk around Anafiotika, you have a feeling of losing in time, or feeling like a kid playing in the streets, for anyone that has still the luxury to live that… You just forget who you are, where are you…
You know that above your head is Acropolis and Parthenon, the top monument that human ever made, a natural combination of mathematics and aesthetics.
These streets make you feel ancient Athenian, take you to Athens Agora, or the Olympian Zeus temple… you live real history in the oldest city of Europe and western civilisation.
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Everybody knows that Greeks are Orthodox. Especially in Plaka you may explore a fantastic scenery of sacred monuments, built in 11th century, during Athens’ last period of glory. After that period, Athens was occupied by Latins and Ottomans, till the final liberation of the city in 1828 and its new architectural plan.
Plaka as a neighbourhood was built onto the ancient paths that existed in Athens, even amo
ng ruins. Moreover, the new Athens plan that was made from foreign architects, young people, just finished their studies at that time, who wanted to builf their fame together with the new capital of Greece, on the ancient “highways”.
These streets are Sacred Way or Iera Odos, that led from Elefsis to Acropolis, Panathineon street, today inside Athens Agora, and of course Plaka streets as Tripodon, Kydathineon, Adrianou. If you notice carefully having your head looking up, you will see Acropolis rock from Patision, Pireos, Kifissias, since all roads were leading to that hill. How about Plaka?
Streets of Plaka were next to ancient ruins, that were built either just after war with neoclassical buildings, either renovated and today they are beautiful buildings, either were abandoned and today you pass by and you ask yourself “why”.. Buildings stand among the ancient walls, next to ancient buildings, a destroyed column is in Philomousou square…. Time is everywhere around in Plaka and plays with its visitor. Time is what a traveller spends and time is what everyone cannot earn…. time is precious and while walking at Plaka’s streets you can definitely realise and move forward… Even if many monuments of Athens do not exist today, in Plaka you can realise a lot of that value.. and feel like Athens european visitors felt 200 years before..
If Athens is the oldest city of Europe, and Plaka is the oldest plus continually inhabited part of Athens, then Tripodon street is the oldest road of Europe.
Initially the path was used to connect Dionysus Theater with Athens’ agora. Today in Tripodon exists the world-famous choregicLysicratous monument (raised in 335-334 BC) and the street was full of such monument. Lysicrates Square near the monument is the main part of Plaka.
Around Lysicratous square you can also enjoy a coffee, eat, choose some gifts from boutique shops that exist at Tripodon. Tripodon is not a main shopping street as Adrianou or Kydathineon streets. But you will definitely know where you will walk!!! You can get to Syntagma via Kydathineon and to Monastiraki via Adrianou. The choice is yours!
Around there you can find neoclassical buildings, churches, museums, even cats that pass their time there!
Plaka has numerous artisans and professionals that offer their products and services in Plaka. Handmade items from ceramic, silver, wood, leather and more, found everywhere in Athens streets.
Geoart Silversmith at Plaka
George is an active silversmith, one of the few nowadays in Plaka. His shop, Geo Art, today is located in Kydathineon 25 in Plaka, next to a neoclassical historical abandoned building at 27.
George’s collections are mostly related to biker’s culture, since George is a Harley-Davidson Hellas Club member for more than a decade. He designes special silver mechanical parts and generally what his’ friends ask him to make!
His portfolio includes more than that, having also a specialy in ancient Greece’s metal masterpieces, not only in classic Greka style (the meander) but his innovative Spartan collection is one of the most detailed you can find globally!
Everybody knows Athens as the birthplace of democracy, and Plaka as a tourist trap! Well, there are some points in both sentences, but we are here to discover the truth!
So, dear reader, welcome to Plaka and its famous streets, near Monastiraki and Psirri. Here you can find useful information about not only how to spend your time in Athens, but how to make your time as most useful it could ever be in a trip for you!
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In Plaka you can feel romantic, young, cosmopolitan, but there is everywhere coffee and food! It is like an island inside the modern city of Athens. Read our articles and send us an email if you need anything!
Well, which is the best period to visit Athens? Actually Athens is an all-year destination, the weather is fine always except rare occasions during the winter! Bad weather conditions for Athens and Greece of course cannot be compared with what happens in the rest of the world, it’s much more mild.
You can visit Athens in August, when most of the Athenians are in Greek islands for holidays, and is empty and you can really enjoy city’s choices. Also before Christmas in November you can arrange your company’s meeting in Athens, in one of the top city hotels. A big event only for Plaka is Orthodox Easter, which it maybe be combined with the Catholic Easter vacations. A special Plaka period is also during Apocrea celebrations in February.