Sun, orange blossom, white sand, sunlit beaches, good vine, and passion – these are the things that are definitely shaping the memories of everyone who has ever been to Spain. Although you cannot bring your experiences with you, there are some things that will remind you of them during the year. So, we have prepared for you a list of the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Andalusia. Enjoy!
1. Índalo from Almería
If you plan to include beautifully soft beaches to your trip around Andalusia, you should definitely include Almería to your itinerary. Once you are there, the symbol of a human with a semi-circle above his head will not go unnoticed by you. You will see it everywhere! That´s Índalo, a symbol used as a lucky charm, that came to our days from the Neolithic times.
2. Flamenco Rose from Seville
Andalucia is famous for flamenco culture. Annually Seville holds at least one flamenco festival and an April fair. Where Flamenco festival is mostly focused on music and dance performance, April fair, Feria de Abril is an authentic event that takes place every spring. The April fair will give you an opportunity to feel what is it like to be a local: drink sweet orange wine, ride a hose and dance from midnight to the morning. Rose is a good souvenir that will remind you of your experiences. If you want to attend this years’ fair, the announced dates are starting from May 4 – May 11.
3. Manzanilla from Cádiz
Manzanilla is a variety of aged wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, situated in the province of Cádiz. Spanish people say it reminds them of the taste of chamomile tea. (In Spanish manzanilla means chamomile). The taste can vary, but manzanilla type of vine is normally stronger than the table wine. In Sanlúcar de Barrameda the culture of the local vine is so developed that there is even a museum shop and visitor center, called Bodegas Barbadillo. In this vinery, you will be guided to the process of making vine and you will be able to make a good choice before buying your perfect bottle.
4. Incense Burner from Seville
You have probably heard that Seville is one of the most important Catholic centers in Spain. It has absorbed history in the ancient walls of its cathedrals, churches, monasteries, and convents. When you plan your visit to Seville, make sure you include some historical places in your itinerary. Even if you are not a Catholic or religious person at all, religious legacy of Seville is interesting at least for those who want to learn lessons of the history. There is at least one cathedral at each district and you will easily spot a street stall with souvenirs in front of it. One of them is an incense burner. Its lights and fragrances will bring you back to the Christmas mood whenever you light it up.
5. Embossed Leather from Córdoba
Arabic heritage can be easily spotted in every Andalusian city, and Córdoba is one of them. Cordobán is a leather embossing technique that came to our times from the VIII century. It can sound fantastic, but the ancient technique stayed almost unchanged over the centuries. In ancient times artisans used to decorate houses and palaces with embossed leather. Nowadays, you can buy belts, bags, backpacks, and boxes, elaborated with the old technique. You can find good souvenir places at Artisan’s Market “Jardín botánico de Córdoba”
6. Azahar or Jasmine Essential Oil from Seville
When you walk along the streets of any Andalusian city, it will probably smell of different things: tobacco smoke from bars, stew smells from the houses during the lunch and the smell of the orange tree flowers and jasmine. If you ask any Spanish woman about their favorite aromas, they will definitely tell you it’s Azahar (orange blossom), jasmine, vine, roses, and passion! Definitely, you cannot carry away a bottle of Spanish passion with you, but there is something that will help you reconstruct your experiences in memory – these are aromatic oils and cosmetic products, made on the basis of aromatic oils. You can test local fragrances at Oleoteca de Sevilla. Find it at Calle García de Vinuesa, 39.
7. Ceramic Tile from Granada
Andalucia is famous for the fabrication of amazingly beautiful ceramic tiles. The origins of the craftsmanship came from the times of the Arab Invasion. Although the technique is quite old, it stayed almost the same as it was originally. Maurice Escher, an outstanding artist of the XX century got inspired by the harmony of tiles mathematical precision. The tiles can be purchased at Mercadillo de San Nicolás (flea market) that takes place every first weekend of the month at Mirador de San Nicolás.
8. Olive Oil from Jáen
If you think of Spain, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Oranges, siesta, and olives! Spain is one of the most important producers of olive oil in the world and Jáen is famous for a variety of its types and exquisite flavors.
9. Orange Wine from Huelva
Spain is the country that supplies different types of wine to European and international market. Although there are some types of wine that are just local specialties and are not known by foreigners; still, their special exquisite taste cannot be questioned. Orange wine is a good example of hidden gems of Spain. Once you try it, you will never forget the taste!
10. The Figures of Bull, Flamenca, and Nazareno
All the three words are deeply connected with art life, cultural background, and history of Spain and Andalusia in particular. The figure of a bull might remind you of the corrida, the traditional art of bullfighting. The figure of Flamenca might remind you of the passionate flamenco dance and music. And the figure of Nazareno is the most curious one.
If you come to Seville for the first time, you will probably be surprised by seeing it at every souvenir shop. It looks like a human dressed up in an outfit of Ku Klux Klan adept! This outfit traces its roots to the old tradition of religious fraternities that are plentiful here. Nowadays people who belong to any religious fraternity put on this special suit on some days of Semana Santa (Saint Week, Easter). They attend a mess and walk around the city just like this because it is part of their rich culture, old history, and actual life. Even if it can look strange for giris (a funny name Spanish people give to foreigners), it is real and worth to see and remember!
Updated: December 19, 2018