Plaka found in the heart of Athens, the old town
A little bit of the Plaka and the Anafiotica
What comes to mind when you think of Athens?
What comes to mind when you think of Athens? Do you see the Acropolis, or the smog filled centre of town.
I remember going there in the 1980’s to the Acropolis (sacred rock of the Gods) and having to climb up all those stairs from where the taxi dropped us. It was so awesome to see, spectacular really, with a concert going on below in one of the arenas. It was coming up to nighttime and with all the lights, the town glowing in the distance below. Livakathos the hill opposite the Acropolis, another striking viewing spot.
I have been back several times over the years, the last time there was lots of renovation or should I say restoration, but still pretty spectacular. So timeless with history, you have to go there to experience it yourself.
Another of my favorite areas is the Plaka with all the outdoors bars, café’s or restaurants. The wonderful energy, sounds from the buzz of people from tourists to the locals and the vendors selling items on the side.
The Plaka is situated under the famous Acropolis; it attracts loads of visitors to Athens. The area is full of neoclassical mansions (very impressive can hardly believe that just a family can live in them), and red tiled houses, with small winding streets and steps always steps. The houses have flowers everywhere on the balconies like bougainvilleas, geraniums and even jasmine.
What is better than sitting in a street café in the warm sunshine drinking a glass of Retsina or a nice cold beer of course?
I remember going into one of the stores on my last visit to buy my mom one of these Greek icons, these stores are filled with so many.
Things to do nearby, lots of museums I went to one that had some of the artifacts they found when they built the new metro for the Olympics, halting the construction at times.
Another thing to do is take a walk up those steps again starting from the south slope of the Acropolis, you will come to Anafiotica, looks like it stepped out of one of the Greek Islands, all the whitewashed houses. It is a bit like Mykonos with winding little streets, one of my favorites, see my hub on Blissful Mykonos.
Shopping and eating in the Plaka
Shopping for tourist things, some Greek art shops (icon shops as well), leather and fur stores, and jewelry. It would not be Greece without the jewelry stores like on the islands. Some of the streets for shopping are Andrianou, Pandrosou and Hephaestou.
Restaurants are located near the square of Philomouson in Kythathineon Street. Get to drink some ouzo or the retsina, or have some wonderful octopus and Greek Salad, or have a Gyros or souvlakia (my favorite).
Plaka, anafiotika & Syntagma Square
Books on The Plaka and Athens
A few of my other hubs
- Wondrous India
I was honored to visit India on two occasions, some of my views of this Wondrous India. Seeing Ghandi's house and some of the places I visited. Today I have a love of all things Indian from the blouses, these things surround me.
- Blissful Mykonos
My fascination with the Island of Mykonos, the atmosphere, the old Venetian section, the windmills. The buzz of the outdoor cafe's enjoying a glass of wine, coffee and being in the moment.
- Angels and Signs
How a friend of mine mentioned angels and how they can help you. How once I knew I have discovered that they are there you just need to watch for the signs.