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Anafiotika, Athens

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A village in the heart of Athens, Anafiotika sits below the acropolis complex. Famous for steep streets lined with whitewashed houses, here you can enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Established in the 19th century by workers migrating from Anafi, the area was upturned and damaged during archaeological research in the 1950s. Today the compact neighborhood has less than 50 houses. As you explore, admire the giant earthenware pots filled with bougainvillea. Browse the handmade souvenirs in the narrow alleys and mingle with the locals at a cafe. Plan to visit Anafiotika and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Athens attractions using our Athens family vacation planner.
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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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  • Stumble upon this neighborhood and you'll feel transported to the islands. I love how it's nestled right between the Acropolis and the Agora.  more »
  • On the foot of Acropolis, I like this picturesque old area of Athens, here I want to have a walk every time I visit Athens; old romantic white houses, plenty of flowers, many cats around, very nice vi...  more »
  • Well worth a walk up hill, just beneath Acropolis, were you will see the Acropolis rock from a different angle and stunning views of the City of Athens. Just walking in these streets, nothing like con...  more »