Tiny memories of the Algarve
Rich in beauty, imagination and creativity, Algarvian crafts encompass a myriad of ornaments and objects of more practical use. You can find many pretty souvenirs and little bargains.
Spread throughout the Algarve, there are many specialty shops, many of which are open at night. There are street stalls, especially in summer, which contribute to the lively atmosphere along with other activities at street level.
Among traditional souvenirs we have decorative tiles; miniatures of traditional Algarvian houses and chimneys; worked copper cataplanas (traditional Algarvian cooking pots); ragdolls and jute dolls; baskets and hats made out of palm leaves; bobbin lace and crochet; decorative jugs; wooden utensils and furniture, including crosswise stools from Monchique.
Among more recent items are paper flowers, hens made from dried figs, and all sorts of decorative objects made from sea materials. These include paper weights, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and small picture frames and jewellery boxes.
Other examples of souvenirs are samples of regional food, such as liqueurs, wines, sausages, fruit compotes and the ever present almond and fig sweets, which can be purchased at Tourist Information Offices throughout the Algarve.