The Best Souvenirs to Bring Back from Portugal

At the end of every trip, there is a headache what would be a good local gift for family or friends. Sometimes we can fall in love with countries, cities, or places we just visited so much that we want to take a piece of it back home as a reminder that we are going to be back sooner or later. If you find yourself in Portugal and right now solving such a dilemma, then this article should help you to make a decision of which souvenirs to bring back to loved ones, or to treasure for yourself at home.

Portuguese Wine

If you are traveling with check-in baggage, then a few bottles of different Portuguese wines for you and your relatives should be a must. Like neighboring Spain, Portugal is a wine country also and its famous Port or Vinho do Porto is an excellent sweet wine from the vineyards of Douro Valley, near the city of Porto. There you can find a huge variety of Porto wine including tawny, ruby, late-bottled vintage, Colheita, and crusted. A decent bottle of port wine could cost you between €10 and €30.

Another very traditional Portuguese wine option would be Moscatel de Setúbal. The exceptional thing about this wine is that the winemakers add grape brandy to the mixture to stop the fermentation process, as a result, there is no other similar tasting wine around the world. You can take a very decent bottle of Bacalhôa or José Maria da Fonseca muscatel for just €12 or grab something fancier up to €50 per bottle.

Azulejo Tiles

Even those who have never been interested in Portugal and its culture, have an image in a head of little colorful tiles with incredibly beautiful patterns. Originally, these tiles were brought by Moors to Spain, and Spanish people brought them to Portugal around the 15th century. The white, yellow, blue, and green tiles were used to decorate buildings, walls, fences, and any other structures. These tiles can be a great gift because they can be hanged as home decoration, coasters, or as a hot pad for dishes. There you can find many shops of azulejo and you can choose to buy simple, new, small, big, antique, and other tiles. The range of prices can be from €2 up to €60 per piece.

Azulejo Tiles
Azulejo Tiles

Roosters

The rooster is one of the national symbols of Portugal, so you can recognize the features of this bird around every corner. The Barcelos Rooster also is known as Galo de Barcelos in Portuguese is usually represented by a ceramic or metal figurine of a painted, stylized rooster. The Barcelos Rooster is always brightly colored to represent the love for life. Portuguese people believe that a little rooster can bring happiness and good luck to the receiver. What could be a better gift with such a nice meaning? You can find the little replicas of Barcelos Roosters made from ceramic or wood, as well as, prints on t-shirts, postcards, towels, aprons, or magnets for fridges. The price depends on a shop, place, material, and even design, so you can buy a little colorful rooster for less than €1 or you can spend up to €100 or even more.

Roosters
Roosters

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