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A LARGE RANGE OF SOUVENIRS ARE TO BE FOUND IN SPAIN. TOLEDO
GOLD, LEATHER GOODS, LLADRO'S PORCELAIN WORLDWIDE KNOWN FROM
VALENCIA AND CERAMICS, RUGS AND PONCHOS, SHERRY AND
LOCAL LIQUEURS IN DECORATIVE BOTTLES, DAMASCENE,
WHICH IS INLAID GOLD IN OBJECTS SUCH AS CUTLERY
AND JEWELLERY. ALSO GLASSWARE.

THINGS ARE GENERALLY CHEAPER IN THE BIGGER TOWNS AND CITIES
THAN THE RESORTS. IT IS BEST TO BUY CRAFT ITEMS FROM THEIR
REGION OF PRODUCTION. THE ARTESPANA SHOPS ARE AN OFFICIAL
NETWORK OF SHOPS SELLING WORK OF SPANISH ARTISANS. THE
DEPARTMENT STORES OF THE EL CORTE INGLES HAVE BRANCHES
IN THE LARGER TOWNS. THEY ARE OPEN ALL DAY TO
NINE THIRTY IN THE EVENING AND DO NOT
CLOSE FOR THE LUNCH SIESTA PERIOD.

IN MADRID THE MAJOR SHOPPING AREAS ARE SERRANO AND
CASTELLANA FOR FASHION AND JEWELLERY. DEPARTMENT STORES CAN
BE FOUND IN PLAZA DEL CALLAO. IN OLD MADRID THE CALLE MAYOR
AND THE PLAZA MAJOR ARE THE SHOPPING AREAS. THE GRAN VIA IS
THE MAIN EAST WEST THROUGHFARE IN MADRID AND ALONG THIS
ROUTE THERE ARE MANY SHOPS.

IN GALICIA IN THE NORTH WEST THERE ARE ALONG THE COAST
MANY WORKSHOPS PRODUCING WOODCARVINGS, FURNITURE AND CLOGS
WHICH ARE STILL WORN IN SOME PLACES. ALSO IN CORUNNA THE
SILVER JEWELLERY IS EXCEPTIONAL. POTTERY ESPECIALLY THE
BLACK POTTERY FROM LLAMAS DE MOURO IS WORTH LOOKING FOR.
BASKET MAKING USING WILLOW, LACE ON THE COAST OF CORUNA AND
JET STONE OBJECTS FROM SANTIAGO CAN BE FOUND IN THIS
REGION. MANY PRODUCTION CENTRES ARE TINY VILLAGES FAR OFF
THE BEATEN TRACK.

IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY IN NORTH WEST SPAIN WOOD IS USED TO
PRODUCE A WIDE RANGE OF OBJECTS ALSO LEATHER, AN EXAMPLE
BEING WINESKINS FROM PAMPLONA AND BILBAO. IN THE NORTH
EAST POTTERY HAS A DISTINCTIVE GREEN AND PURPLE DECORATION
FROM CATALONIA. THIS AREA IS ALSO KNOWN FOR ITS DECORATIVE
CAST IRON WORK, BASKET MAKING USING REEDS AND IN BARCELONA
LACEWORK.

IN ANDALUSIA IN THE SOUTH POTTERY AND CERAMICS ARE
IMPORTANT. GLAZED EARTHEN WARE JUGS, JARS AND WATER COOLERS
ARE PRODUCED. BASKET MAKING WITH WILLOW AND PALM LEAVES IS
ALSO WIDESPREAD. TEXTILES ARE FAMOUS IN THIS AREA, BLANKETS
FROM GRAZALEMA. THERE ARE MANY LEATHER WORKSHOPS PRODUCING
SADDLEBAGS IN LA ALPUJARRA AND MOROCCAN LEATHER FROM
UBRIQUE. THE SILVER JEWELLERY FROM CORDOVA IS OUTSTANDING.

ON THE EAST COAST GLAZED TILES FROM MANISES, VALENCIA AND
WHITE POTTERY FROM AGOST, ALICANTE TOGETHER WITH GLASS FROM
L'OLLERIA, VALENCIA ARE THE MAIN HANDICRAFTS.

ON THE ISLAND OF MAJORCA HAND DECORATED GLASS IS PRODUCED.
MAJORCA IS ALSO FAMOUS FOR ITS EMBROIDERY.
GRAN CANARIA IS KNOWN FOR THE CUTLERY PRODUCED THERE. THE
HANDLES OF WHICH ARE MADE OF BONE DECORATED WITH MOTHER OF
PEARL. BASKETRY MADE FROM PALM, BANANA STRAW AND REEDS CAN
BE FOUND ON LANZAROTE, EMBROIDERY ON TENERIFE AND HANDWOVEN
SILK ON LA PALMA.

POPULAR CITIES:
MADRID | BARCELONA | SEVILLA | MALAGA | PALMA MALLORCA
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