What to buy on a trip to Granada?
Granada is known for its deep-rooted traditions centred around artisanal goods. The craftsmanship that currently exists in the city is a combination of the Nasrid culture dating back to the Moorish occupation and the flamenco culture that flourished in the city around the 15th century. The local cuisine is another important element of the city’s traditions, so if you like to pamper your taste buds, perhaps your souvenirs should be linked to the local food.
In summary, when considering what to bring back from your trip to Granada, all forms of artisanal creations should come to mind.
Muslims spent many years in Granada, so the Moorish culture remains present throughout the city, including in the local handicrafts. The Alcaicería and Calle Zacatín are two spots for traditional Moorish artisanal creations.
One example is Fajalauza pottery, with its characteristic colours: green, blue and white. It was named after the Fajalauza gate, one of the six entrances along the Albaicín wall.
Granada has a long-standing clay and earthenware tradition. Pottery was popular in the Albaicín quarter and the technique has endured to present day. This glazed earthenware is decorated using traditional colours and natural themes such as birds or plants.
The art of wooden inlay or marquetry should also be taken into consideration. It consists of inserting small geometric pieces of wood, mother of pearl or ivory to create traditional Muslim mosaics. They are a great alternative for people who love home furnishings because the handcrafted items are truly unique. There are also trunks, boxes and other decorative elements.
Granada-style lamps also form part of this artisanal tradition. The shape of the glass and the geometric structures used to create these lamps are directly inspired by the decor of the Alhambra.
Granada also has an extensive silversmithing tradition. Working in silver for ornamental purposes also originated in the Moorish culture. Because of this, one of the city’s most common souvenirs is a silver pomegranate, available in multiple versions: pendants, bracelets, brooches, cufflinks and more.
Craftsmanship with flamenco roots
The flamenco culture also has its own handicrafts which are great souvenirs to bring home from a trip to Granada. Sacromonte is a cradle of flamenco and home to traditional handmade elements of this culture.
Guitars are an example. Granada currently has as many as 27 artisanal experts specialised in making these instruments. Music and folklore are some of the identifying symbols of this region and flamenco guitars play a fundamental role.If you love music, then a handmade instrument shaped by expert luthiers is a wonderful souvenir and a guitar you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Embroidered shawls and mantillas are unique creations made by hand and also great souvenirs. These elegant headdresses with strong flamenco traditions are made by some of the city’s artisans.
Purchasing local cuisine
Granada’s pastry legacy has a star: the pionono. This dessert, consisting of a soaked sponge cake and flambéed cream, is incredibly popular. As one of the city’s most famous treats, it is frequently requested at restaurants. If you have a sweet tooth, then be sure to take some piononos home with you (although they will disappear in no time!).
Moorish desserts have made a comeback and can be purchased at any pastry shop, particularly those located in the Albaicín quarter.
Over the course of the years, Granada has created an extensive array of wines that have gained a strong following. Wineries in the province have implemented the latest production techniques and recovered local grape varieties such as Vijiriega.
All of this has resulted in a select collection of wines with a well-defined personality. Granada has a wide variety of red, rosé, white, sparkling and dessert wines that have earned awards and special recognitions.
A number of local establishments arrange wine tastings to showcase all of these varieties and sell the products served.
The region’s Moorish roots are also present in the local cuisine, specifically in the use of spices. In fact, Granada boasts a large selection of spices, condiments and teas. Many shops throughout the city sell these products.
With all of these examples, you will surely find a little piece of Granada to bring home with you. Having a souvenir of a city you visited helps you remember the wonderful time spent there.