You can’t go to Barcelona without bringing home some souvenirs to remember it by and share with your friends and families. Pictures can serve as memories of a trip, but nothing can bring back the memory of Spain quite like a log of chorizo from the butcher next to your hotel or a shirt you wore to the soccer game. Barcelona souvenirs are little treasures of Spain and there is one for every kind of person in your life. From local foods and flavors to souvenirs commemorating the stunning Gaudi architecture, you’ll find a wide range of souvenirs that encapsulate the culture and beauty of Barcelona. Here are the top 7 souvenirs to buy in Barcelona during your trip:
#1 Cured Meat
The meat lovers in your life will be extremely easy to buy for on your trip to Barcelona. If there is one thing that people can’t live without in this city, it’s their preciously delicious cured meats. They take their meat craft seriously and butchers are easy to find throughout the city. Make sure to pop into the nearest butchers to you and try the delicious cured meats that the region is known for. Ranging from jamón pork to cecina beef there is a huge range of different meats that you can buy depending on your preference. Don’t leave Barcelona without at least one log of spicy chorizo to remember it by.
#2 Local Produce for Paella
Being in Barcelona, you will most definitely try some delicious paella in Barcelona’s restaurants. Although authentic paella originated in Valencia, it is an ancient rice dish typically cooked with seafood, chorizo, and vegetables that is popular throughout the country. Saffron is the spice that gives the dish it’s wonderfully rich yellow color that makes us all recognize it straight away. You can purchase some Saffron threads, bomba rice, paellero spice, and other key local produce ingredients to bring your paella experience home. Share some with your foodie friends and have a paella dinner night together.
#3 Vermouth Alcohol
Though not so common in the U.S. except in some cocktails, vermouth is a very popular drink in Barcelona and is often enjoyed simply on ice while having tapas. People nomrally enjoy it slowly with a meal and love to drink it all day long in the sun. If you haven’t tried any yourself, you need to quickly head to your closest bar or shop to try some! The taste of vermouth will always remind you of those good times basking in the sun in Barcelona. Bringing back many bottles to share with friends will make for many enjoyable evenings. You’ll be able to find deliciously spiced local vermouth in the city at one of the many bodegas.
#4 FC Barcelona Products
For the sports fanatics in your life, buy them an FC Barcelona shirt. For those who don’t know what FC is, it stands for ‘Futbol Club’ and refers to Barcelona’s beloved soccer team. Barcelona has three official stores that sell specially customized jerseys so you can get one with anyone’s name printed in every size.
For those who may not enjoy the bitter taste of vermouth, get them a bottle of bubbly Cava instead. The French have their champagne, Italians have their wine and the Spanish get to enjoy their Cava. In Barcelona, they almost unanimously prefer their wine bubbles extra dry. The great thing about being in Spain is that alcohol isn’t very expensive, even if you splurge for a nice quality bottle you’ll only shedding about 20-30 euro. Buy a couple bottles to give away as gifts at parties.
#6 Gaudi Souvenirs
The most popular of Barcelona souvenirs has something to do with the architect of the city’s whimsical buildings, Antoni Gaudi. Whether it’s a postcard, miniature replica, or a coffee table book, the architect is Barcelona’s favorite art celebrity. If you’re visiting Sagrada Familia, Casa Vicenz or any of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces, make sure to bring home some Gaudi souvenirs to the creative souls in your life.
Got a fashionista in your life that you need to please? Buy them a pair of the traditional cloth shoes that everyone sports in Barcelona. They’re called ‘espadrilles’ and come in a variety of models. It doesn’t matter what your age or class, literally everyone in Barcelona has a pair of these simple walking shoes.