Olive trees and olive oil have to be the number one item Greece is known for.....the Acroplois is lined with them. i did not see the olive trees, although my friend mentioned it after the fact...........they were there, but just like the mesquite trees in Texas, unless pointed out, I would miss them.
They are very special to the greeks because in the original Olympics, the leaves were given as the prize........no gold medals, but olive leaves......
Anafiotika is the area located on the slopes of Acropolis, south Plaka.The name derives from the inhabitants of the island Anafi (Cyclades) who moved here at the beginning around 1830 afther the Hellenic Revolution.
The houses are built in typical (white-washed) Cycladic style.
An Eastern Peloponnese Gem
"What A Spot....."
This page is about a very small port in the Eastern Peloponnese in Arcadia. It has nothing to do with Athens or any other Plaka. VT. came up with lots of Plaka's in Greece so I'm presuming this Peloponnesian one is amongst them.
Two years ago the hydrofoil service ceased to run it's service down this isolated coast and Plaka, along with Geraki, Monemvasia and Kiparissi are now very quiet places.
The establishments in Plaka are crying out for business and only for the month of August is the place manic with holidaying Greeks.
This was our second visit to Plaka and I must admit, we liked it quiet but could fully understand the concern of the businesses there.
"Clean and Tidy"
Plaka was the port which served the bustling inland market town of Leonidio, 4 km. away. Now, I suppose everything comes in and out on the improved but still very winding road.
It has two beautiful"Blue Flag" beaches ,a pretty harbour, a handful of tavernas, a swish beach bar or two (only one open in May) and a couple of small hotels. It's always been a popular port of call for the yotties and one or two motorhomes are always parked near the beach.
The whole place is wonderfully clean and even the resident ducks have their own accommodation on the stream!!!
"Agricultural Plain Between Lakkos and Plaka"
It's an intensely farmed area, the alluvial plain between Lakkos and Plaka is a delight to drive through, full of vegetables, fruit and flowers growing in profusion. The mountains behind form a spectacular backdrop making Plaka SO picturesque.
We loved the place and wished we could have spent a few days here, but time was short and we had already "done" this area a few years ago.
If you are staying in the area and have transport, please call in and give the village some custom.
You cannot be in Athens and to miss the visit to Plaka.
The old quarter of Athens deserves to be explored.
Stroll around and you will see beautiful neoclassical houses, some of them renovated some of them not.You will fins also tavernas with greek music, in some of them you can dance during the night or at least to try to dance the greek dances.
Don't forget the souvenir shops!
All the pictures on this page are mine and you are kindly requested not to use them without my prior consent1
"VIEW TO ACROPOLIS"
This is the view to Acropolis from Plaka.
Step by step I'll add more tips about the restaurants in Plaka. For the moment, you can find them in my Athens page.