Andalusia – been there, done that, got the T-shirt

Straw DonkeyThis week we have Belgium guests, living in Madrid and they want to take some typical Andalusian ceramics back ‘home’ when they leave on Saturday. Coming here by car gives them quite a lot more possibilities to take stuff with them than the average tourist that sees Ryanair’s Overweight Sword above their head. So what can you take home from here without sponsoring the airlines too much.

Personally I prefer to recommend things that I would really appreciate if I was back in the Netherlands. I also think it´s important to support small companies or family businesses whenever I can, so I try to recommend their produce.

Here are some ideas

  • Take an excellent quality Olive oil home as a gift or to use yourself. The best is from Priego de Cordoba and Jaen.
  •  Spain has an excellent selection of wines. Red, white, sparkling Cava …Andalusia has some great bodegas. Check out the selection in the airport on your way home, you pay a bit more there but at least you can keep it as hand luggage.
  • Spanish Serano ham, like pata negra, can be packed properly for you to take it with you. (no need to be refrigerated when vacuum packed)
  • Local cheese or other gourmet products may be great items to enjoy when back home.
  • Biscuits cakes & local pastries. Such a huge selection, like turon. Each village will have their own speciality. Some things are only made at certain times of the year, Christmas, Easter, Summer, Winter etcetera.
  • If you are feeling extravagant you could always buy some Caviar de Riofrio. This is the only Organic Caviar in the world. Made in Riofrio, Granada. You can also buy this on line.
  • Scarves, If you prefer a longer lasting gift, Andalusia has a lot of craft and art to choose from. Beautifully embroidered scarves in lots of colours will always remind you of time spent in Andalusia and the colour of the region, like close by here in Grazalema.
  •  Beauty treatments made from local produce. In Andalusia you will find creams and soaps made from local Honey and Olive oil. These are great natural ingredients and often your are directly supporting small farms or local business this way
  • Spanish pottery is colourful and handmade.  You can buy small items such as egg cups or small bowls for just a few euros. Or splash out on statement pieces such as pitchers, vases or bowls.
  • More difficult to transport are colourful are typical from the Sierra areas. No two are the same.  Another idea are the tablecloths which are often beautifully embroidered pieces.
  • Fans. There are some basic models which cost 4 euros or so. Then there are others which are hand painted or maybe made from shell or more exclusive lace or quality materials. There is one in every colour imaginable.

Whatever you do: avoid the Straw donkey & Mexican hat. That really is not allowed and should be confiscated when passing the customs. Then again they hardly lead to Overweight issues….


About The El Guarda Posts

We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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