Skip the kitschy tourist traps and find a beautiful local treasure that’s just as precious as the city it came from.
There are dozens of souvenir shops lining the streets near the cathedral or the Alhambra, but Granada deserves to be remembered by more than a cheap trinket that wasn’t even made in Spain. The city’s ancient cobblestone streets are home to countless hidden artisanal treasures made by granadinos themselves. Not sure where to start? Here are five souvenirs in Granada that will do justice to your time in Spain’s stunning Moorish treasure.
1. Fajalauza ceramics
These beautiful handmade ceramics can serve many purposes. They’re great for use in the kitchen, and also make incredible decorations that add a uniquely Spanish touch to your home. With pots, dishes, mugs and other ceramics available at shops like Antonio García Fabre, there’s something for every traveler.
Typically designed in blues and greens with touches of white, the ceramics are favorite home decorations among Andalusians. The blue tiles and ceramic dishes adorn the walls of homes across southern Spain, which makes them one of the most versatile souvenirs in Granada.
Local’s tip: A lot of ceramics in Granada feature a painting of a pomegranate, which is actually where the city’s name came from!
Address: Plaza Pescadería s/n
In the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain villages known as Las Alpujarras, artisans have preserved the tradition of weaving jarapas. If you want to escape the busy capital, come and pick up one of these lovely woven rugs. Most noteworthy is the village of Pampaneira, where you can watch how they’re made at the local telar (sewing factory).
Don’t have time to make it out to Las Alpujarras? No problem! While it’s great to see them come to life in person, jarapas are also available for purchase in the city center.
3. Local food products
We love Spanish food, and Granada is one of the best places to get it. The city’s weather, altitude and tropical conditions make it an ideal location to try Spanish cuisine with an additional distinction: the granadino stamp.
One of our favorites is Comestibles Cristóbal, which is also featured on our Hidden Granada Food & Tapas Adventure. This food lover’s heaven sells serrano ham from Granada, cured sheep and goat cheeses, sausages, sweets and pastries. The best part is that everything is either homemade or handpicked by the owners.
Want to taste the real Granada? Join us on tour where you’ll taste everything from tapas to pastries, while getting to know the city, granadino-style.
Address: Plaza Pescadería s/n
4. A granada
That’s right, a pomegranate! This yummy fruit gives the city its name, and as a result, it’s one of the most emblematic souvenirs in Granada. Granadas are all over the city, in all shapes and sizes—from pieces of jewelry, fridge magnets, ceramics and even candy. The possibilities are endless. What unique granada souvenirs in Granada can you find?
5. Straw baskets
Dating from the beginning of the 20th century, this art form is newer than some of the others but nonetheless a cherished tradition. The gypsy community has preserved the art of weaving baskets, and pieces made by master canasteros can be found at shops such as Espartería San José.
It doesn’t just stop at baskets—straw carpets and other decorative items are also available!
Address: Calle Jáudenes 22, bajo
Before tucking one (or more!) of these memorable items into your suitcase and saying adiós to Granada, be sure to join us on one of our food tours. We’ll take you around to some of our favorite local spots, where you’ll taste just why the heart and soul of Granada is its food!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.