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The Plaka: Shop 'Til You Drop under the Acropolis

December 27, 2011 - 2:24am
The Plaka: Shop 'Til You Drop Under the Acropolis
The Plaka is a small village in downtown Athens, the oldest district in the capital city, where visitors can take a break from sightseeing and shop for the perfect gifts to bring home to their loved ones. This area is also chock full of restaurants that serve authentic Greek dishes and specialty shops that sell everything from handmade jewelry to alabaster replicas of famous statues.

Visitors can stroll around the historic village after touring the Acropolis just above. They need only look up from window shopping to be reminded that they are in one of the world's oldest cities. Even at night, the sight of the ancient Greek ruins is not to be missed. It is illuminated at night and can be seen from practically anywhere in the expansive city, but the view from the Plaka is one of the most beautiful.

Such a scenic backdrop is just the thing to put shoppers in the mood to pick out something beautiful to remember their Europe tours. There are plenty of options, whether visitors are looking for a handcrafted necklace or traditional Greek art to decorate their homes. When they've worked up an appetite, they can stop for dinner at one of the many restaurants, and maybe even find an outdoor cafe so they can gaze up at the Acropolis while they dine.