Don’t you just love the adventure of travel? Nothing beats the high you get when going against the beaten path and earning the bragging rights to discovering an obscure but amazing place to enjoy your Cappuccino and baguette or better yet the guilty pleasure of a glazed donut! Well, as much as I love to go against the grain, I decided to go with the crowd on my last trip to Athens. This was my third time in the city so I said, “What the heck, let me follow the crowd.” Yes, I subjected myself to tourist traps! Think expensive cafes with the view of the ruins, thick crowds and lines to the museum, and an apartment right smack in the heart of Athens. It burnt a tiny hole in my pocket but I loved every moment living in my favorite neighborhood of Plaka in a historic (maybe even haunted) 100-year-old house with a priceless view of the Acropolis from the balcony.
Plaka is the one of the oldest parts of Athens. I read that it is considered a neighborhood of gods because of its proximity to archeological sites. It lies right on the foot of the Acropolis. I have roamed these cobbled labyrinth streets many many times but it was only in my last trip that I discovered my own little sanctuary,. I call it a Greek Isle in the city. The place looks like a village in the islands (sans the ocean). They call this place Anafiotika which means from Anafi island in the Aegean. The story is that these tiny houses in a neighborhood called Anafiotika were built as homes for building experts that came to Athens from the island of Anafi who helped to build modern Athens.
If you ever find yourself in Athens, follow the directions on the map I posted. It is a 5 minute walk from the foot of the Acropolis. Just follow the street that surrounds the Acropolis and you will find the Anafiotica. Happy Hunting!