Discovering the lanes of Athens (1/2)

Photo Catherine Gras

Today I invite you to accompany me on a stroll through some of Athens’ neighbourhoods. A visit in two posts, of which this is the first.

A walk that starts in Plaka, the touristy district of the city centre. In its southern part: sloping alleys under the Acropolis, with restaurants set up on its steps.

In its lower part, more to the north, a set of alleys, full of shops and cafes where I invite you to look up: the facades have very interesting wrought iron ornaments.

Along the streets:

The café and bar culture is very present here and visits are a must, as is the wonderful place where you can taste wines and liqueurs: Brettos.

A neighbourhood that changes throughout the day, in the early morning, the cafés are still empty… almost ready for the midday and evening rush.

South of Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis hill, there is a change of atmosphere: we are transported to the Greek islands: Anafiotika. This hillside neighbourhood was built by the inhabitants of the island of Anafi. Partly destroyed in the 1950s, it remains a beautiful set of narrow streets where you should not hesitate to enter.

Its narrow streets are full of charm:

From one of the many rooftop cafes, you can see the density of the city centre neighbourhoods and how they cling to the slopes of the Acropolis.

See you next week for the second post on the alleys of Athens.

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