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These posts are on the authentic local things to buy that we think make great souvenirs, from local handicrafts to regional produce, and will cover what to buy and where and how to buy it.

Ceret Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

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Ceret may be a popular destination for art tourists, hikers and long-term holidaymakers, but there are no souvenir shops (thankfully) and aside from picking up some art from one of the galleries and buying beautiful Catalan textile products from La Bohème, there's little to buy – which makes the supermarket a great place to scout ...

Ceret Take-Homes: Catalan’s Sunny Striped Cloth

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Stroll around Ceret for a while and you’ll start to see stripes – Catalan stripes. These bold colourful lines seem to enliven everything here in the village from screens in bistros to pot-plants on windowsills, and even appear on plastic shopping bags. In boutiques and gift shops, you’ll find them brightening anything from summery espadrilles to ...

Best Barcelona Artisanal Food Shops for Edible Souvenirs, from Nougat to Chocolate

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Best Barcelona artisanal food shops for edible souvenirs range from a charmingly old-fashioned, 150 year old specialty food store selling spices, teas, coffees, nuts, and chocolates to the sleek shop of the contemporary chocolatiers who changed chocolate making. In a gastronomic centre such as the Catalan capital, it makes sense that the best Barcelona take-homes would be edible ...

Jerez Take-Homes: Flamenco Accessories

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Jerez doesn’t really cater to tourists, so there are few souvenir shops, which is what we love about it. So you need to get creative when it comes to looking for something to take home. Sherry and foodstuffs are an obvious choice, but for girls it’s got to be something flamenco. There are ...

Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

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Jerez gets few tourists wandering its wonderful pedestrian streets compared to its Andalucian neighbours of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. When they do come they’re either on a day trip to sip sherry at the bodegas and watch the pretty horses prance at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, or they’re flamenco fans here for ...

Moroccan Take-Homes, Medina Mementoes from Marrakech & Essaouira

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On previous trips to Morocco I’ve purchased countless carpets and kilims, Oriental lanterns, colourful ceramics, leather poufs, the ubiquitous teapots and tea glasses, and Essaouira’s famous Thuya wood among suitcases of other things. This time I’m limited in what I buy by the length of our trip, so my souvenir suggestions for this edition of Moroccan ...

Marrakech Medina Meander: a Shopping Themed Walking Tour

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The Moroccan city of Marrakech is made for shopping, with only a smattering of sights to detain you from the fine retail therapy. Our Marrakech medina meander, a self-guided shopping themed walking tour, takes in some of the best browsing in the souqs. Our Marrakech medina meander has been inspired by our daily strolls through the covered markets or souqs ...

Sustainable Travel — Buying Local Produce and Local Products

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Sustainable travel will be a big focus of our grand tour of the world this year. Whenever we settle into a place we'll be buying local produce and local products wherever we go. We want to inspire you to do the same on your travels. As we’ve travelled the globe over the past few years we’ve ...