Three Interesting Souvenirs To Bring Home From Greece
Buying a souvenir from a place that you visit is a part of the enjoyment of exploring the place. It will remind you of your holiday back home. But, when you are in Greece, you can buy a lot more than a postcard or a showpiece. The history and culture of Greece are reflected in its souvenirs that make them unique as well as useful. The areas of Plaka and Monastiraki are a heaven for tourist shopping. You can find famous leather sandals, the globally known protective blue eye, oil products, komboloi and much more. If you are someone with a more modern taste, then you can also find luxurious and contemporary art from famous artists at Goulandris Cycladic Museum shop and Benaki Museum shop. Here is a list of top three interesting souvenirs to bring back from Greece. Check it out!
1. Stylish handmade leather sandals from Monastiraki
Handmade leather sandals would be the most iconic and the best thing to buy from Greece. Sandals reminiscent of personalities from Ancient Greece are really comfortable and cool. While roaming around in the tourist areas of Plaka and Monastiraki, you will pass by a number of shops to find unique styles, colors, and patterns.
2. Jewelry with the blue eye
According to the tradition in Greece, wearing a blue eye will protect you from the evil eye (when a person is affected by someone because of envy or just a glance). The world-know talisman of the blue eye is believed to protect the person who wears it. You will find many different variations of it in Greece, mostly in jewelry but in other forms as well. The shops in the Plaka area are full of the blue eye and you will be able to find necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. In the tourist shops, you’ll even find more versions of it- printed on bags, t-shirts etc.
3. A komboloi
Komboloi, worry beads is a number of beads that are bound together on a string. Traditionally, the Greek men used to have komboloi in their pockets in order to keep their hands busy. To play komboloi, you have to move the beads between your fingers, making noises just as the beads turn around and hit together. In today’s time, komboloi is mostly used for decoration purpose and also as a souvenir to remind of the old times. Depending on the material and size of the beads, there are various types of komboloi. The beads are usually made of amber or coral since these materials are better to handle as compared to metal or plastic. Komboloi is a really nice remnant of the Greek culture.
Souvenir shops are all around the historic center of Athens in Greece and you can find both beautiful as well as tacky things to bring back home. From contemporary jewelry to Acropolis miniatures, leather shoes, artistic creations inspired by Greek folk art, bags, and belts, you can find anything that you can imagine in your Greece visit.