What to buy in Barcelona: best souvenirs and memorable gifts. Products, alcohol, clothing & accessories ceramics, what else? What to bring back home from Barcelona as gifts for kids, women and men, where to shop – explore good Time for Trip.
All good things, including travels, eventually come to an end and it’s worth being prepared for it. Especially if you have the opportunity not only to cherish pleasant moments in memory but also to acquire some souvenirs, memorable items!
So, when going on a trip, or even better, well before its beginning, consider exploring what you should bring back home. If we’re talking about Barcelona, for example?
The brilliant and so touristically attractive capital of Catalonia? Rightfully one of the main tourist spots in the world?!
We would advise you to think about gifts from Barcelona for your close ones and friends not only when you are packing for the return journey. Because quickly orienting yourself and buying something truly worthwhile is quite challenging.
What charming souvenirs can you buy in Barcelona, and where to find them, so as not to get lost in the variety of shops? In our overview, we will present our perspective on this matter. And even if it seems somewhat subjective to you, we hope you will also find some useful information in it.
Edible Souvenirs from Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia is greatly authentic and original. So, bringing back soulless Chinese magnets from it that are unable to convey even a thousandth part of its aura seems inappropriate. So, first of all, we would recommend focusing on products, wines, and other alcoholic beverages that may not last too long, but will vividly bring Barcelona to you.
Especially since they are as diverse as they are delicious. And finding and buying ham and Manchego cheese, original sweets or cava in Barcelona is possible in almost any store. Even in a supermarket, although an aesthete or gourmet will undoubtedly want to spend a few extra euros in a specialized (preferably family-owned) shop.
Ham and Meat Delicacies
The people of Spain in general and Barcelona in particular love meat delicacies, with cured pork loin or ham standing at the top of their preferences. The best and most expensive variety is Iberian ham, made from black pig breeds.
Due to its high price, it’s not an everyday item—unless you earn a lot. But on major holidays, such as Christmas, in Barcelona, they buy a whole leg.
As for Serrano ham, a meat product from white pig breeds, it is much cheaper and can be present in the daily menu.
Ham is sold both sliced and as whole legs. Naturally, a tourist would prefer to bring back such an edible souvenir from Barcelona in vacuum packaging. Firstly, it is almost guaranteed not to spoil on the way. And secondly, it will last a long time.
It’s also worth buying in Barcelona the signature dry-cured sausage made from pork. The most popular varieties in the city and the country as a whole are:
- Chorizo: a sausage with paprika in a natural casing
- Salchichón: a smoked sausage made from pork, sometimes with the addition of beef and spices
- The most original meat gift from Barcelona, in our opinion, is Fuets, thin Catalan sausages made from pork, covered with white “noble” mold.
As is well known, travelers often love to bring different varieties of cheese from France or Italy. However, Spain also produces hundreds of types of them, some of which are quite original.
The most famous Spanish cheese is Manchego, made from the milk of the homonymous breed of sheep. It is a hard cheese, aged for a long time, so you don’t have to worry about its preservation during the flight.
Manchego is produced in Castilla-La Mancha, its homeland. But in Barcelona, of course, you can buy this cheese, both in large shopping centers and in family-owned shops.
By the way, note that the designation “curado” on the packaging means aged for a minimum of 6 months, and “viejo” means a cheese that has matured for at least 10 months.
Asturian cheese with blue mold, Cabrales, is very original in taste. It is made from either raw cow’s milk or a mixture of cow’s, sheep’s, and goat’s milk. Cabrales matures for several months in limestone caves near the homonymous town in Asturias, and it has a unique smell and taste.
We also recommend taking home from Barcelona a round of soft cheese Tupí. It is made from cow’s milk with the addition of aguardiente and olive oil – truly a Catalan product.
Catalans like their wine, although the local appellations are not very well-known overall. In the region, there are 12 wine-producing areas.
Eleven of them, including popular ones like Montsant or Terra Alta, have DO (Denominación de Origen) status. Only one has DOC (Denominación de Origen Calificada) status – Priorat.
A bottle of wine from these regions is a highly symbolic souvenir from Barcelona!
Cava, a sparkling wine similar to French champagne or Italian prosecco, started production in Catalonia in the 19th century. It is essentially Spain’s version, produced in the northeast of the country.
Catalan wine is mostly white, with rosé being less common. Cava with a maturation period of more than 15 months is called Reserva, and over 30 months is Gran Reserva.
The most famous winery producing Cava is Codorníu. If you don’t bring a bottle of this sparkling wine from Barcelona, at least try it.
A more common brand of cava is Freixenet, which is widely available in supermarkets throughout Europe.
Spain is one of the world leaders in producing high-quality olive oil. So, if you plan to visit Barcelona, be sure to take 1-2-3 bottles of this fantastic and beneficial product with you when leaving.
By the way, the average Spaniard consumes about 10 liters of olive oil per year! The country has more than 200 million olive trees, producing up to 50% of the world’s total olives.
The following Spanish olive oil brands are worth special attention:
- Santuario de Mágina
- Oro Bailén Picual
- Valdenvero Hojiblanco
As an original gift, you can also buy at supermarkets in Barcelona canned olives in tin or glass jars. Some gourmets prefer to purchase olives in markets.
Sweets and Chocolates
Some people buy Catànies right after arriving in Barcelona – what can we say, sweet tooths! These very tasty and original candies with white chocolate and almond filling in caramel were invented by a Catalan confectioner named Josep Cudié.
Since then, they have become a kind of sweet symbol of the region. You can find them almost everywhere, including, for example, in Corte Inglés – a small box of Catànies makes an excellent gift from Barcelona for rids and women (who do not constantly monitor their weight).
Those with a sweet tooth will undoubtedly appreciate a box of cookies from the Spanish brand Birba as a present. Not only delicious on its own, but also packaged in a tin box with the recognizable image of the Sagrada Familia.
Glass and Ceramics
Even if you don’t drink wine, buy a porrón jug in Catalonia – an extremely authentic gift from Catalonia. You can proudly show it off at some celebration or a big family gathering.
You can buy rather expensive but inherently original handmade ceramics at Art Escudellers stores in Catalonia. The selection is vast, some works, their shape, and color are inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s creations.
Dishes for olives, jugs, vases, sets, various kitchen accessories purchased in this network in Barcelona will undoubtedly add a recognizable Catalan touch to your home interior.
Clothing and Accessories
Anyone who comes to Barcelona in March should definitely go shopping. Because, in principle, there is still a chance to buy something at a discount in the closing winter sales season in Spain.
The Spanish company Inditex is the undisputed leader in the production of inexpensive casual clothing. Therefore, once in Barcelona, you should buy yourself some items of brands: Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, at the same time inexpensive and practical.
Those who want to please themselves with something premium, we advise them to pay attention to Desigual, Adolfo Domínguez or Pedro del Hierro.
Leather accessories made in Spain are also often the target of foreign tourists looking for something original for a gift. So you may well explore the range of major brands like Bimba y Lola and Loewe.
It should be taken into account that in Spain, excellent leather goods are produced by small family companies. So, going into some shop on the far from central streets in Barcelona, you may buy a high-quality inexpensive thing there.
Good summer or pre-season shoes can be tried on and purchased at the stores of the local Casas chain. We recommend women to look for Camila’s brand, which manufactures both casual and sporty, as well as exclusive leather shoes.
Surprisingly, Canada House, a brand of children’s clothing, has been successfully developing in Spain for more than a century. In Barcelona alone, the number of stores of this chain has exceeded 10.
The quality is better than in Zara. And if you are lucky enough with discounts, there will be no reason to complain about the prices.
Very high-quality, original and stylish textiles from the original Barcelona brand La Mallorquina will give a highlight to the interiors of your home. Definitely giving it a charm and charm, which is difficult to achieve if you decorate the house exclusively from IKEA stores.
La Mallorquina updates its collections of blankets and pillows, bed linen, living room accessories, curtains and carpets, and homewear twice a year. And by Christmas, its designers are developing exclusive decorations for the house – if you happen to be in Barcelona in November, be sure to check out the brand store.
By the way, they are available only in the capital of Catalonia and nowhere else!
Souvenirs from Barcelona For Fans
A cap or T-shirt, a scarf with the logo of one of the most famous clubs in the world of football (and basketball) will be a wonderful gift for a sports fan. The one, of course, who does not root for the eternal rival of the main Catalan team, Real Madrid.
Items with the symbols of Barcelona can be bought in many shops in the city. Original products are available at official points of sale. Including the Camp Nou stadium.
To qualify for a VAT refund in Spain, you will have to make purchases worth more than 90.16 euros. Moreover, if you do this through the Global Blue company, you can even sum up the receipts from several acquisitions. It is only important that they are made during the calendar year in the same store – globalblue.com/en/shoppers/how-to-shop-tax-free/destinations/spain.
Persons under the age of 16 who are not citizens of Spain or any other EU state have the right to receive a Tax Free refund. The average amount to be refunded, taking into account the operator’s commission, usually does not exceed 15% of the purchase amount.
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