If you are after something traditionally Spanish to take home to your friends and relatives, take a look at this list below.
Arts & Crafts
- Leather (piel) - nationwide, particularly Andalusia. The Sol area of Madrid is good too.
- Lace (encaje) - Catalonia has a strong tradition in lace-making.
- Textiles (textil) - Catalonia is the best region for this
- Furniture (muebles) - Valencia.
- Toys (juegetes) - Alicante has a tradition of fine toymaking.
- Shoes (zapatos) - Alicante and the Balearics are the main sources of Spain's finest shoemakers.
- Handmade jewelry (joyas artesanas) - Cordoba has a tradition of excellent handmade jewelry.
- Pottery (alfarería) - Fajalauza in Granada has some beautiful pottery, made with old-fashioned techniques to create blue, green and purple glazes.
- Antiques Antigüidades - some great galleries in Madrid, near Plaza Santa Ana
- Rugs and Carpets (alfombras) - Cáceres, Granada and Murcia.
- Tiles (azulejos) - Triana, Seville, made by the local gyspy community.
- Ham (jamón) - Alpujarras and Granada (which gets its ham from Alpujarras) has the best ham, though it is available nationwide. Also, other pork products - in particular chorizo (spicy pork sausage)
- Spices (especias) especially saffron (azafrán) - Valencia and Granada
- Tea (té) - Tea is not especially popular in Spain, except for in Granada. Pick up all sorts of great teas here - black, green, white or red. My favourite is 'Pakistani tea', which is black tea with cinnamon and vanilla, available only in Granada (and not in Pakistan, as far as I am aware!)
- Sherry (jerez) - Jerez, the home of sherry.
- Spanish Brandy (brandy español) - Available nationwide. My mother tells me it is better than the French variety, and she's been drinking the French one all her life!
- Wine (vino) - especially from Rioja.
- Havana Club Rum (Ron de Havana Club) - real Havana Club rum is illegal in the US (Bacardi managed to get the copyright off the Cubans through the Supreme Court) but the genuine article is available throughout Spain.