Athens Street Art
If ever there was something that truly brings a city to life it would be its street art. Some call it graffiti but for many they are statement pieces of a city’s artists. Wherever I travel to I always seek out street art, from the murals of Midland, Ontario and Philadelphia to Lisbon, Portugal and Athens, Greece. A trip to Europe in search of great art wouldn’t be complete without hitting the streets of Athens to explore Athens street art.
Athens Street Art
While in Athens I was excited to explore a couple of the key neighborhoods I had heard had some of the best street art in Europe. It only seemed fitting to wander its streets in search of ‘graffiti‘ since the word stems from the Greek word ‘graphi‘ which means ‘to write’. And write they do in the forms of Greek icons like Poseidon to political statements and of course where most art stems from – love. My time in Athens was limited but I was able to explore Anafiotika, Psiri and Plaka – all in the downtown area, while other popular neighborhoods for street art are Exarchina, Gazi and Metaxourgeio.The following are my favourite pieces of Athens street art.
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Before I headed to Greece I looked into Athens street art and had come across photos of this crazy curly-haired lady that pop up all over the city and knew I had to seek out her in person. I saw her nearly around every corner it seemed. I later learned they were by a broken hearted guy who’s girlfriend broke up with him and afterward to remind her of his love he made sure to create these pieces along her route.
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These last two are my favourites because of their link to Athens mythology and to me screamed Greece like no other street art in Athens I saw.
Wandering Athens in search of street art is a great option for budget travellers. And if you’re looking for more budget-friendly options here are 7 free things to do in Athens!
A great site to check out for locations and more insight into the various pieces of Athens street art is BLocal Travel Blog
Have you explored Athens’ street art?