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The lovely little village of Anafiotika, a hidden gem in the metropolis, is among the most well-known sights in Athens. It has white houses with flat roofs, outstanding Cycladic architecture, and colorful doors and windows. It is set on a hill. On Anafiotika, commonly known as the small island, several historic Byzantine churches are well worth visiting. Learn about this lovely oasis of beauty where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the most breathtaking views from several hills.

When king Otto, the head of the recently created Greek monarchy, decided to redesign the new capital in the 19th century, this distinctive area in the city was built. He invited carpenters and masons from the Cyclades, particularly from Anafi because at the time, Anafiots were regarded as the best constructors. The islanders made their home on the Acropolis' northern slope, naming their neighborhood Anafiotika after their native Anafi. 

In addition, Anafiotika has a few Byzantine churches that are worth visiting. The first is Agios Giorgos tou Vrachou, Saint George of the Rock, located on the southern edge of the village and still in use today despite being constructed in the 17th century. In contrast, Agios Simeon church is tucked away on the western edge of the town. It is home to a symbol of the Virgin Mary Kalamiotissa, which is believed to have miraculous powers. A grotto carved into the Acropolis and dedicated to Agia Paraskevi is part of the church of the Metamorphosis Sotiros, Transfiguration of Christ, which dates back to the eleventh century.

Best things to do at Anafiotika:

  • Explore the Anafiotika neighborhood's winding streets, take in the various bougainvillea-covered walls, and don't forget to take some photos of the Acropolis from a different angle.
  • Anafiotika is the ideal location for a stroll through the area's tranquil environs and for snapping a ton of Instagram-worthy pictures.
  • Make sure you ascend to the village's summit so you can see Athens from above. There are also several Byzantine churches worth visiting, as was already indicated.
  • The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and the Kanellopoulos Museum are both located close to Anafiotika.
  • Even if there are only residences in the center of Anafiotika, there are several cafés and restaurants where you may stop for a snack in less than 5 minutes of walking.
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    6 hours

Address of Anafiotika

Athens 105 58 Greece

Opening & Closing time of Anafiotika

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Friday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours