Discovering Amazing Street Art in Athens

Athens is one of those mysterious cities. It’s obviously incredibly well known for the historical landmarks like the Acropolis but it’s also got a very lively and young population based on our visit. There’s lots of culture in the city with popular and lively restaurants, street musicians and lots of street art. Part of this is because of some of the political unrest that the country has been faced with in the last few years. This often manifests into a street art movement and the street art in Athens definitely reflects that. There’s some larger neighborhoods known for their street art (like Exarchia, Psyri, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monasteriki and so many more) where you can seriously not walk a meter without coming across a fantastic piece.

Loukanikos Street Art Piece in Athens

Famous Loukanikos Art Piece in Psyri

Musicians Street Art Piece

Musicians Street Art Piece

The two art pieces showed above are two of the larger pieces we saw. The dog is actually well known in Athens, having partaken in some of the protests that went on in the city. There’s some articles about him here and here. The pieces are on opposite sides of a street called Riga Palamidou. They’re at the corner of the street where it intersects with Sarri (that would be here on Google Maps). The intersection can be found in the Psyri neighborhood of Athens which is actually were we did a lot of our exploring. The below picture (which is very instagram friendly haha) is at the same intersection as the two pictures above. The google earth pictures are outdated but you can see that the architecture is the same! It’s also a great place to start your exploring as it leads into a neighborhood filled with street art all over.

Posing with Street Art in Athens

Posing with Street Art in Athens

You can also find street art centered around historical parts of Athens. The two pieces below were on walls on either side of the road leading to Kerameikos which is one of the less known ruins in Athens to explore (sort of looks like a cemetery because of the lay out).

Street Art near Kerameikos

Street Art near Kerameikos

There are a fair amount of street art tours you can take in Athens and while we didn’t take one (because we saw it everywhere and figured that was enough) it does seem like it’s something worth doing. Some of the neighborhoods are still up and coming and aren’t as safe as the main ones we walked around in but the pictures I’ve seen of the art in them is absolutely stunning and they’re most definitely worth exploring. Do take a look at all the lovely art we did manage to see below!

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

Maybe the most colorful building in Athens?   

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

This one actually fit in with Athens so much for me. It looked so ancient and like it had been there for a long time!

Street art in Athens

I loved the bright pink of this piece. The moped was a cool placement too because it almost looks like the animal is ready to ride away! No? Just me? Haha okay. 

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

Some of the best pieces like this one were actually made on the side of the apartment buildings so you have to make sure to look up while walking around!

Street art in Athens

This is another one on the side of a building

Street art in Athens

This particular alleyway had mainly black and white pieces which was contrasted by the colorful walls

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

I’m a huge fan of these 3D looking street art pieces. I always insist on touching the wall to make sure it’s not actually paper glued on!

Street art in Athens

Street art in Athens

This piece is one of the ones that just stuck with me. I wouldn’t even be able to explain why but something about the eyes and the colors just made it stand out.

Street Art in Athens

The street art could be found everywhere including signs 

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

   Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

 Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

  Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

I’m a huge fan of street and it’s something I seek out in most of the cities I visit (examples). I think the street art in Athens is definitely up there with some of the best I’ve seen and I highly recommend it as something (free!) to do while wandering around the city. Pin the below image for your own upcoming trip to Greece!

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2 Comments

  1. February 6, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    So much incredible street art! Wow. I love checking out the street art wherever we travel. Gotta pin this for when we finally make it to Athens 😊

  2. February 7, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I love this! I just read another post on Athens and started dreaming about visiting but I didn’t know about the street art too. That pink dog does look like he’s about to ride away.

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