Plaka & Thission
Welcome to Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens! Situated between the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Plaka offers a unique blend of history and charm. Its short, cozy streets are adorned with numerous souvenir shops and restaurants, making it a popular destination for tourists.
As you stroll through Plaka, you’ll be captivated by its picturesque ambiance. Despite being located in a city with a population of approximately 4 million people, Plaka exudes a distinct charm that transports you away from the bustling urban environment. One particularly special place within Plaka is Anafiotika, renowned for its enchanting snow-white houses. According to legend, the Delphian oracle forbade any construction in this area. However, two resourceful builders, seeking refuge in Plaka, managed to construct a small house for the night using their skills. When the guardsmen discovered their makeshift dwelling the next morning, they were moved by compassion and allowed the builders to stay.
This incident set a precedent: if you can build a shelter for the night, you’re welcome to stay. Additionally, this area is also known as Thission, named after the ancient temple in the Agora that was dedicated to Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and patron of craftsmen. Interestingly, this neighborhood was once a thriving hub for metal workers, and it would have been more fittingly named after Hephaestus. However, throughout the centuries, it has been primarily associated with Theseus, the hero who ventured to Crete to slay the fearsome Minotaur. Thission used to be a hidden gem that few people, especially tourists, would visit.
Experience the magic of Plaka and Thission, where ancient history, vibrant culture, and captivating legends intertwine. Join us on a journey through the heart of Athens’ oldest and most charming district.