Searching for the perfect Spanish souvenirs, gifts, and things from Spain to remember your trip by?
Every time I visit Spain I fall more and more in love with this stunning country that is filled to the brim with rich history, culture, incredible gastronomy, iconic Spanish landmarks, and so much more!
Part and parcel of exploring a new country are making memories that will last a lifetime. And what better way to remember your trip than by buying a special gift or souvenir of Spain.
In this guide, I’ve teamed up with some of my fellow travel bloggers who have all loved travelling and exploring Spain. Together we’ve come up with a list of the 14 most unique Spanish Souvenirs that you can buy on your next trip too!
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14 Best Souvenirs from Spain
By Martina from PlacesofJuma
A really tasty souvenir of Spain, especially for people who love to have a drink, is a bottle of original sherry! In general, wine is made all over Spain, but nothing is more special than de Vino de Jerez, known as Sherry in English.
Sherry is made from the grapes of the ancient white grape variety and the original comes from the city of Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz province). However, this special wine does not simply taste like wine, in fact, it already belongs to the group of sweet liqueurs! For the production only 3 grape varieties are allowed: PALOMINO, PEDRO XIMENEZ, and MOSCATEL.
Although this drink actually comes from southern Andalusia, you can find it in any supermarket in Spain, and if you don’t have time, you will surely find a bottle of this noble drop at the airport. Also nice looking are the typical sherry glasses, which makes for lovely Spanish gifts to take back home too.
Saffron – Spain Food Souvenirs
By Sam from My Flying Leap
Spain is a foodies’ paradise. You’ll find a range of delicious delectables from small-sized sharing plates called tapas to heaping pots of paella made for sharing.
Tapas may be bite-sized treats but they are packed full of flavour. And paella is an incredible rice dish with a flavour you’ll never forget. You’ll find it everywhere, though Seville has a reputation for some of the best food in Spain.
The secret ingredient in many of these special Spanish dishes is saffron. It’s harvested from a flower (“saffron crocus”). They have an unforgettable fragrance and colour foods a brilliant gold.
Saffron is expensive as it’s not easy to harvest—it takes over 50,000 flowers to yield a pound of saffron. And it must be harvested by hand on the day the flower blooms. It’s only grown in a few areas of the world so it’s very special.
Saffron makes for a great souvenir as a little bit goes a long way, so it’s easy to pack. You can purchase it anywhere, though the best is from La Mancha. It should smell sweet and be a deep, rich red colour. Bring home some saffron from your trip to Spain, and it’ll be sure to make any dish worth remembering.
Tarta de Santiago
By Milijana of World Travel Connector
Fabulous Tarta de Santiago, is the world-renowned Spanish almond cake and one of the most delicious traditional Spanish desserts.
Sweet Tarta de Santiago, or literally Cake of St. James, originates from Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The Cathedral of St James in Santiago is the burial place of St James the Apostle and as such, it is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage places in the world. Furthermore, St James is the saint patron of Spain.
But not less important, Tarta de Santiago, also known as Tarta de almendras, is known as one of the most delicious almond cakes in the world. The cake is made with eggs, sugar, and almonds, and flavoured with sweet wine or brandy and a bit of lemon rind. The traditionally round-shaped Tarta de Santiago is always covered with powdered sugar and with the distinctive imprint of the famous St James cross.
Today this fantastic Spanish almond cake is savoured and sold in pastry shops throughout Spain, not only in Galicia. To make a long story short, traditional Tarta de almendras is one of the sweetest souvenirs from Spain to take back home!
Spanish Recipe Book
By Shannon from Traveling Teacher Girl
One of the best parts of travelling to Spain is eating all of the delicious food- Paella, Tortilla de Patatas, Pan con Tomate- the list goes on!
The best way to take a piece of delicious Spanish cuisine back with you after a trip to Spain is with a Spanish recipe book. Recipe books are a great Spanish souvenir- they are useful, easy to store at home, and do not take up too much space in luggage. In addition, since smell and taste are connected with memories- cooking your favourite dishes from Spain is a great way to relive your favourite travel memories.
It is the gift that keeps on giving since you can share these recipes by cooking for your friends and family (or, get the recipe book as a souvenir for a friend in hope that they might cook for you!). Recipe books are often available at gift shops or at book stores in most major cities in Spain.
Tortas Locas (Crazy Cakes) from Malaga
By Cristina from My Little World Of Travelling
If you are visiting Malaga, you will find plenty of Spain souvenirs, especially for food lovers. You can buy just about anything from local wine to cakes and sweets.
Tortas locas (crazy cakes), also known as locas, are two rounded pastries filled with custard and topped with orange frosting and a cherry. These sweet treats are delicious.
The history of this sweet dates to the fifties. Before they were created, all the sweets were quite dry and plain, therefore, these attractive and creamy pastries became very popular in a short period of time. Locas was also considered a hunger-killer in the post-war period, but the reality is that only wealthy people could afford them.
The name “loca” came up because of the song “A lo loco se vive mejor” (translated as Life is better acting crazy), and there are many stories about this sweet.
Nowadays, they aren’t expensive anymore, and you can find them in any bakery or big supermarket, however, if you want to get the best locas, you must buy them from Tejeros.
Spanish Hand Fans – Spanish Souvenirs
By James from Travel Collecting
Hand fans are one of the most popular souvenirs in Spain. Originally brought to Spain from North Africa in the 14th century, they became extremely popular as a way of helping women beat the Spanish summer heat. They also became an important part of traditional fashion and helped women preserve a sense of mystery and privacy, as they could hide their faces behind them. They have since become an important part of traditional dance such as flamenco.
Hand fans range from plain fabrics stretched over simple wood, to much more elaborate versions with lace trim and painted motifs. No matter what type you buy, they make a beautiful, colourful, and easy-to-carry souvenir of your trip to Spain.
Fans are readily available in tourist shops throughout Spain and many souvenir peddlers sell them on the streets of Madrid and Barcelona. Quality – and prices – can vary considerably, so be sure you are paying an appropriate price for the level of detail and craftsmanship of your fan.
Back home, you can use them, display them on a sideboard, or even use them as place settings at a wedding, as I did.
By Talek from Travels with Talek
Spain is a major wine producer as everyone knows. Among the large variety of wines the country produces is Tempranillo, made from a black grape for full-bodied red wine.
The name “Tempranillo” is a play on the Spanish word Temprano or early because the grapes mature earlier than most.
The wine has been produced in Spain since the time of the Phoenicians about 3,000 years ago and is frequently referred to as Spain’s noble wine. The wine features notes of cherry, figs, cedar and tobacco.
Tempranillo is not a “light” wine and pairs best with hearty dishes like red meats, smoked pork, sausages and pasta but is versatile enough to accompany hearty Mexican or Greek dishes.
If you like wine and are looking for a no-nonsense, competitively priced, versatile and delicious wine, you can’t go wrong with a Tempranillo. It is one of the best souvenirs from Spain you can bring home and continue to love back home.
Spanish Ceramics – What to Buy in Spain
By Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles
If you are planning a visit to Spain, and enjoy bringing back mementoes from your trips, you will want to check out ceramics from Spain as the perfect keepsake to remember your travels by.
On our visit to Andalusia, we saw beautiful ceramics in Seville and other cities. The Triana quarter, across the Guadalquivir River from the Seville city centre, has been a centre of ceramics production for many centuries and visiting Triana to browse ceramics is one of the best things to do in Seville.
Azulejos, or decorative tiles, are especially worth considering since the region has a long history of creating tiles with beautiful and intricate artwork. Plates that can be hung on walls are another gorgeous option.
In Seville, you can buy ceramics in Triana, or in the city centre if you are short on time. Most cities and towns in Spain carry ceramics, so you should have no difficulty finding them anywhere you travel in the country.
Churro Chocolate Mix
By Carley from Home to Havana
Perhaps Spain’s most famous sweet treat, churros con chocolate – churros with hot chocolate – can be an unforgettable dish from Spain for many travellers. By bringing home handmade chocolate or hot chocolate powder for this unique dish, you’ll be well on your way to recreating this treat at home. The perfect souvenir from a self-guided tour sampling the best churros in Barcelona, Madrid, or, any other destination on your journey, will help you recreate your travel experience in Spain once at home again.
Many of Spain’s most famous churros con chocolate destinations sell powdered mix to recreate this drink – check out Petritxol Xocoa on the famous chocolate street Carrer de Petritxol in Barcelona for one of the best hot chocolate mixes you can take home from the city.
Those that sample churros con chocolate in Spain will know how unique the hot chocolate is in this traditional Spanish dish – often more bitter than visitors are expecting, and thick, almost like a chocolate pudding, so it’s unlikely you’ll find a similar mix outside of Spain. Don’t miss your opportunity to recreate this famous Spanish dish with this inexpensive and easily packable souvenir of Spain!
Vinegar from Jerez
By Joanna from The World in my Pocket
If you want to buy an authentic souvenir from Spain that will make you remember the trip for a long time, consider getting a bottle of Jerez vinegar. The Jerez vinegar is also known under the name of sherry vinegar because it is made from sherry.
Same as the sherry, the Jerez vinegar can only be produced in the area between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria, in the province of Cadiz. You can buy a bottle of sherry vinegar on your visit to Jerez de la Frontera but also from any major supermarket or gourmet food shop from other cities.
What makes the Jerez vinegar special is the acidity, which is at least 7%, making it extremely flavoursome. You can use the Jerez vinegar to make cold soups such as gazpacho or salmorejo, in stews or sauces, but also on its own as a salad dressing too.
Spanish Tapas Dishes
By Shireen at The Happy Days Travels
One of the best souvenirs you can get from Spain would be a set of tapas dishes. I have visited Spain over 10 times and every trip involves an evening or afternoon of enjoying tapas food in that area.
Tapas is known as small dishes that are sometimes eaten as a snack but it’s getting more popular in the UK to eat a few tapas dishes as a main meal and it’s something I always look for when dining out and definitely when visiting Spain. Popular options include seafood, Padron peppers, olives, cheese and bread, patatas bravas or cured meats.
Spanish food is an experience in itself and tapas sits at the top of Spanish cuisine and culture particularly in popular San Sebastian or Andalucia where it originated. This is why purchasing some tapas dishes as a souvenir in Spain is perfect so you can create your own tapas meals at home, drawing on your own time in the country!
Paella Pan – Food Souvenirs of Spain
By Claire from This Food Lover
Paella is a quintessential Spanish dish and one that you simply must try while you are in Spain. Once you’ve fallen in love with the delicious flavours and textures of paella you will want to make it at home, so how about a paella cooking class to learn how, before buying your own paella pan as a Spanish souvenir?
Paella is made in a large shallow carbon steel pan that was traditionally called “una paella”, and that gives the rice dish its name. The term “paellera” is also used to describe the pan, to avoid any confusion.
The shallow paella pan cooks the rice evenly, without having to stir the ingredients. As it cooks, it also leaves a crust on the bottom of the pan – which many people say is the best bit of the paella!
You can buy a paella pan in most large Spanish supermarkets and cookware shops, as many people cook paellas at home – it isn’t just a dish for tourists! The key is to buy the right size for what you want, that is how many people you want to cook for, as they vary in size from being suitable for 2 people to large enough to feed a big family.
Spanish Olive Oil
By Ania from The Travelling Twins
When you think of souvenirs or mementoes, the first things to pop into your head are likely magnets and other trinkets. But while these are great choices, they can be seen as kitschy and overpriced. Instead of looking for something useless, look for something that you’ll use.
One of the most popular souvenirs from Spain is oil olive. Although you can find oil olive around the world, oil olive from Spain is reputedly some of the best oil in the world. You may be wondering what makes oil from Spain so great or why olive oil would even make a good Spanish souvenir to take back with you on your trip.
One of the facts about Spain is that the country is the biggest olive oil producer. In addition, oil from Spain is high-quality, they even have a competition to recognize the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Spain.
Plus Spanish olive oil is the most awarded in the world, most flavoursome olive oil.
So, when looking for things to bring back from your next trip to Spain, consider olive oil as an option. It’s flavourful, it’ll last a long time and it can be used in your favourite meals back home and remind you of your holiday in Spain for a long time to come.
By Victoria from Guide Your Travel
Spain is a great country for shopping especially when it comes to jewellery. There are lots of different styles to choose from including both traditional options and more modern things. Silver is especially popular and not all too expensive.
You can usually find options for necklaces, earrings, or rings for less than 30€ with really high-quality options. Check out little jewellery shops around the centre of town and lively areas which tends to be the best place to shop. In large cities like Madrid, you can also find markets such as the famous El Rastro which is a weekly flea market that always attracts lots of jewellery vendors offering different styles.
If you like something a little bit more unconventional you can also shop for traditional Spanish styles such as the popular damascene jewellery which is usually a bit more expensive. Just make sure to only buy from verified vendors and trustworthy sources if you’re choosing something a bit more expensive.