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Anafiotika: Athens hidden gem


If you follow the blog from before you know me already by this point: I'm always on a seek for unknown explored places and hidden gems around the globe. My soul craves for unique experiences, but of course I do enjoy touristic places - it's just a matter of how you enjoy it. And if one day you discovery a hidden gem you will understand this feeling: it's like you found out a treasure!


During my trip to Athens I visited a small village called Anafiotika, it's just under of one of world most visit places: The Acropolis. It might be the type of place people find my accident climbing up the hill to Acropolis, or just a place no one visits because they don't know about it. I met some tourists while I was there and all of them asked me the same question: "Do you know how can we get to Acropolis?" Fun fact, because in Anafiotika has a lot of history behind too.


So let's start, Anafiotika it's a tiny neighborhood in Athens and it belongs to Plaka, one of the oldest areas in the capital. I was googling about it and I also heard it's very hard to find - I just wrote "Anafiotika" on Google Maps and it was pretty easy. The journey it's a bit unsure of course, as it's a very small area, as I called "The Greek Favela" as it does looks like a favela, all dressed in white colour. The history it's pretty much the same, the village was built from workers who came from Anaficame island, to work in Athens. It's also on the hill, which remember me a lot of Rio de Janeiro. (Fun fact: when I send the picture to my mom without explain anything her first reaction was: Is that a favela?) So yes, it's the greek favela. :)


The first two inhabitants were listed as G. Damigos, carpenter, and M. Sigalas, construction worker. Soon, workers from other Cycladic islands also started to arrive there, to work as carpenters or even stone and marble workers, in a further building reconstruction period in Athens, but also in the following era after the end of the reign of King Otto (Otto of Greece was a Bavarian prince who in 1832, became the first modern King of Greece).



The view over Athens from the hill in Anafiotika


In 1950, for archeological reasons many of the little houses were destroyed, and just in 1970 the Greek started bought them again. Nowadays there are only 45 houses and it feels like being at one of the Cycladic Islands just on the heart of Athens. I'm so happy I got to find this place - if you are going to Athens don't miss it, y'll never regret.


With love,

Lulu.

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