One of the delights of travel is bringing back exotic treasures from the countries that you visit. OK, maybe they aren’t exotic per se but to you they are special because you had to travel thousands of miles to get them. They help you remember your journey, impress your friends when you return with them as gifts and are just plain fun to shop for. Sometimes hunting for souvenirs in markets, unique shops and on famous walking streets is all part of the itinerary. With so many trinkets and souvenirs, shopping in Crete may get a tad overwhelming. So, before you hit the shops, keep in mind these top souvenirs you should bring back with you from Crete.
Mountain Herbal Tea
If you want some delicious tea with healing properties, make sure to purchase some varieties that only can be found in Crete. There is the Diktamo which is known to be therapeutic, Mountain Sage and Malotira. A great way to relax at home and remember your vacation on the beautiful island.
Taking home a bottle of olive oil from Crete is a must. Not only is it the headliner of their cuisine but it is also the island’s most vital agricultural product. The extra virgin variety is of the highest quality so make sure to grab a bottle or two to help you recreate the dishes in your own kitchen.
If you want to be a trend setter, buy yourself some traditional clothes from the shops in Crete. With a modern twist on the old costume, there are plenty of shops selling wearable outfits for tourists. Don’t forget to grab one of the head scarves if you are a daring fashion enthusiast.
Crete has had a tradition based around ceramics for thousands of years. Purchasing some of these beautiful pieces will give you a taste of the island’s history. If you are lucky, you will be able to find potters who have been in business their entire lives producing some of the most intricate works.
The sweet Cretan wines are a flavor of Crete that you won’t want to forget. Many of them are quite unique and unable to be found in most other places. If your suitcase can fit it, bring a bottle home to serve your friends or family at your next dinner party.
We highly recommend visiting the award winning Douloufakis winery in Dafnes (Heraklion) to stock your wine cellar or just enjoy a wine-tasting tour and learn more about the Cretan vineyard.
One of the highlights of the Cretan markets are the mounds of fragrant herbs for sale. If you plan on getting some olive oil, don’t forget to pick up some oregano, thyme and rosemary to really finish off your home-cooked dishes.
Typically offered at the end of a Cretan meal, this popular drink is quite famous with the locals. Distilled from the leftover pressed grapes after making wine, this potent and tasty liquor is similar to Italian Grappa. Carry over the tastes of your holiday into your everyday life when you bring home a bottle.
The search for these souvenirs is all part of the experience while in Crete. Whether they are for yourself or gifts for friends, make sure to get some of the traditional items to remember your trip by.