What to bring as a gift from Portugal

What to bring as a gift? This perennial problem is usually bothering tourists from the first days of travel. We want to give something unusual, but special for the country and not very expensive - because every one has a lot of friends.

On this page we will publish not standard traveler's ideas what to bring as a gift.

If you can replenish our ideas - indtravel.admatgmail.com (write us) 

Sacral objects from Fatima

Located in west central Portugal, in the region of Leiria and approximately 110 kilometers north of Lisbon, the small town Fatima is one of the most visited Marian shrines in the world today. Fatima is famous for the religious visions that took place there in 1917.
Fatima's claim to fame is the shrine called the Basilica, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fatima. When the children asked for her name, she said: "I am The Lady of The Rosary".
The children experienced the purported Marian apparitions in a pasture called the Cova da Iria. From Fatima can be brought a vial with a holy water and statuettes of Fatima or kids to whom The Great Lady has appeared.

Souvenirs

"Azulejos" is a traditional Portuguese souvenir - tiles for decorating of walls with images of narrow streets, old trams and funiculars, drying linen and cockerels, anchorwomen its history since the Arabian sovereignty.

A cockerel – is a symbolical character of Portugal. And any souvenir with it will be a good gift.

Plates or trays with an image of one of cities or symbolic of Portugal can be found at souvenir stalls.

A vessel made of dried up pumpkin can become an interesting gift, reminding of the country.

Portugal is the country with very bright history and as a gift or for the memory about it can be brought miniature statuettes of the Belem Tower or Jeronimos Monastery.

The westernmost point of Europe - is Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca). It impresses very much! There is a little shop, where for a small amount can be purchased beautifully designed "Certificate" that is issued on the name of visitor, where "confirmed" visit of the place, "where earth comes to the end and Ocean begins"!

To football lovers can be presented various attributes of commands, which fans they are, and also related to it souvenirs.

Products made of corkwood

There are souvenirs made of bark of cork oak. This surprising tree grows in Italy, Spain, France and some another countries, but its homeland is Portugal. In souvenir stalls can be purchased various products made of the cork, beginning from traditional stands under hot containers and concluding footwear and bags.
But there is an opinion that goods made of the corkwood are just to admire and no more, as they are rather of short timed usage. Although, as mentioned above, for tourist zones have been produced bags, purses et cetera.

Cosmetic and medical conditioning agents of body care

There are production of brand Castelbel such as handmade soap with fruit and floral aromas (pear, fig, lavender etc).

Natural oceanic salt that evaporated from water of the Atlantic Ocean is an excellent medical remedy  because natural pure iodine is contained in it). It is used for massage and for cosmetic purposes.
The French cosmetologists have helped to create special recipes of curative healthful cosmetic salt with aromatic smell that can be got, for example, in city Aveiro.

Gifts with marine symbolic

Miniature caravel with the image of Vasco de Gama is a remarkable gift.

Sea knots in a framework are excellent souvenirs too.

From Algarve can be brought cockleshells and related products made of it.

Puppy of breed Serra da Estrela

There is a recommendation to get a puppy of breed Serra da Estrela.
Serra da Estrela (English: Mountain Range of the Star) is the highest mountain range in Portugal and includes mainland Portugal’s highest point (the summit of the Pico mountain in the Portuguese Azores islands is higher, however). The “Cao da Serra da Estrela” (Estrela Mountain Dog) is a breed of livestock guardian dog that takes its name from this region.

Pottery and tableware

There are ceramics with characteristic for Portugal symbolic of “cabbage leaf”.

In souvenir outlets can be found plates with an image of city that you have visited. There are also souvenirs in the form of a tray (i.e. tabuleiro), where at the bottom an image of one of cities or symbolic of Portugal is laid out by tile.

A set of tableware for 12 persons that is available at price from 30 euros, will also last long at your service.

Wares made of stainless steel

There are products made of stainless steel. The wide choice of ware made of stainless steel for different needs is presented:
- Kitchen products (pots, pans, forms for paella, teapots, colanders, mortars, bowls and so on);
- Articles of serving (fondue, dishes, butter dishes, cups, milk pots, trays etc);
- Wares for a garden (vases, flowerpots, supports, containers for watering);
- Products for decoration (candlesticks, wicks, miniatures);
- Ware for hotels and restaurants (pots, pans, trays, ice-pails, ashtrays, steel wine glasses for champagne et al),
- Products for a sauna (ladles, scoops, pelvises).

Foodstuff

Cheese - here it is represented by various grades and taste depends on region (north, centre of the country etc). In  upermarkets can be bought small circles of cheese, the price is from 5 to 11 euros for kilogram. There are circles from 50 grams (5-6 pieces in a pack) to 500 gr. If someone purchases dry red wine, cheese will be a good concomitant souvenir.
Sheep’s and goat’s cheeses are quite good indeed, but it is on fans, although there are very interesting grades.

Traditional chestnuts (castanhas) are very good. They are very tasty and offered at an inexpensive rate. 12 pieces are cost 2 standard units. They have been sold on streets from trays, wrapped in a simple paper - as sunflower seeds. It would be an unexpected gift from Portugal.

Presunto is dry-cured Portuguese ham can be brought for tasting also; it is for sale both as separate leg on a stand and small pieces in the vacuum packing, prices are from 5 euro per kg. There is wide variety of presuntos; among the most famous are Presunto from Chaves, produced in the north of Portugal, and Presunto from Alentejo, in the south, made from local  Alentejano pigs. A wet-cured ham called “fiambre” is more common in everyday meals. There are various smoked products such as sausages (chorizo) as well.

And, of course, there are olives, both black and green - on your taste.

Olive oil is available too. Coffee is everywhere in Portugal and it would be lovely to share it with friends and relatives. The common name for coffee in most of Portugal is Bica. In Oporto, (home of the famous Port wine), it is called Cimbalinho in reference to the machines used to make it.

Sweets and pastry products

Among sweets can be advised to select almond cookies and macaroons, which are baked with almonds. It is a special sweet dessert of the south of Portugal, but it can be bought in supermarkets also.

Traditional honey cake "bolo de mel" is very popular too.

Egg cream is added practically in every pastries and cakes. Figurines with this cream are named “ovos moles” – is the traditional delicacy in Aveiro.

Alcoholic beverages

Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Oporto, Porto, and often simply Port) is a Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet red wine, but also comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. It is often served as a dessert wine. Wines in the style of port are produced around the world in several countries - most notably Australia, South Africa, Canada, India, Argentina and the United States. But under European Union guidelines, only the product from Portugal may be labeled as Port (Porto or Vinho do Porto). Port wine, as a gift, is better for buying in large supermarkets, instead of in wine stalls at the city centre: you will not find such wide choice, but considerably will win in the price. There is possibility to get a bottle of good Port wine for 10-15 euros. “Vinho do Porto” (that matches to requirements quite well) can be bought even for 5 euros and with discounts for 3 euros.

However, it is needed to take into consideration an opinion that good port wine, most probably, can not be bought for 10-15 euros, cost of valued vintage is 30 euros at list. Therefore for experts and connoisseurs it is better to buy it in brand name shops, where it is possible to test 4-5 sorts and to experience the difference. Cheap port wine Portuguese use as a dressing to baking or in preparation of dishes.

Liquor Beirao (8-10 euros for a bottle) – is very soft to the taste with fruit and herbal notes.

Cherry liqueur from the township Obidos possesses a unique quality.
Obidos is the famous medieval town set in the castle walls with its little shops, restaurants and more. Obidos is a mandatory stop for the thousands of tourist buses that tour the region each year. Obidos is the cultural center of the region, with festivities, which include:
Medieval festivals, chocolate festivals, opera and other cultural events. It is also famous for its cherry liqueur  Ginga” (Gingha,
Ginjinha, Ginja de Obidos) drunk from chocolate cups, which are then eaten.

Sangria costs very cheap - 2 euro for two litres of unreal tastiness!
But there is an opinion that Sangria from a supermarket is suitable, most probably, as a basis for the traditional Sangria and here is its recipe to your convenience. It can become a pleasant souvenir for your guests. So, let’s start. Pour in a jug one litre of table wine (red or white, choice is up to you), 100 - 150 grams of reed sugar, a piece of cinnamon and mix up all it. Then add fruits - half orange, half apple and a lobule of lemon. Pour into it 200 millilitres of beer, 300 - 400 ml of soft drinks “Sprite” or “7 Up”, 50 ml of vodka and 50 ml of liquor “Beirao” (it was spoken about above). Last stroke – are small
cubes of ice and few leaves of mint. Among wines Madiera (its cost is from 4 euros) should not be forgotten. Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands. The wine is produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry
wines, which can be consumed on their own as an aperitif, to sweet wines more usually consumed with dessert. Cheaper versions are often flavored with salt and pepper for use in cooking.

There is dry red wine prepared in Alentejo (eastern Portugal, south of the Tejo) - area that is famous for its dry wines. It costs inexpensively – about 1.50 euro.

And similarly Muscatel Wine prepared from Muscat sorts of grapes is very pleasant to the taste. Muscatel is a fast growing wine category, locally taken as an aperitif (Dry types) or digestive (Sweeter types) and became one of the most popular wines in Portugal. The wine is aged in cellars for minimum of three years before bottling. It has volume strength of 17% and a sugar varying between 3º-5º, depending on its type - Dry or Sweet.

Green (young) wine Vinho Verde is produced only in Portugal, Minho region - in the far north of the country. The name literally means "Green Wine", referring to its youthful freshness rather than its color. Vinho Verde is distilled from green, i.e. isn’t ripened grapes; it is a special sort of small grapes. The wine is offered both white "Vinho Verde Branco" and red "Vinho Verde Tinto". Traditionally it is not stored by years and consumers of the wine do not keep it till next year and try to drink it up to the following harvest. It matches to a dinner and a supper well, improves appetite and makes excited not so strongly (only 11 degrees). To the taste – it is very light, pleasantly pricking the tongue. For example, white "Casal Garcia" is
very pleasant beverage. There are another most valued sorts such as “Ponte da Barca”, “Ponte de Lima” and “Alvarinho”. There is an opinion that Green wine is drunk very cooled – and it is for fans of very dry wines as well.

An inexpensive aerated wine (3-8 euros) has been sold in champagne bottles. It is available both dry and sweet.

Among stronger noble drinks can be also recommended Aguardente (Aguardiente) - 40 degrees, 10-15 years of storage. It is not the cognac; it is a kind of local moonshine, but specially made and stored. Prices are 10, 20, 30 euros.

Clothes and concomitant accessories

National clothes are suitable gifts too. It is not necessarily to bring whole suit, for example, can be purchased aprons with drawings and different kitchenwares made of fabric.

On Serra da Estrela near Guarda can be bought warm things, footwear and soft toys, which are done from sheep’s wool.

Textile products and goods with embroidery

Portugal produces the best textiles. For the memory can be bought a set of towels or bedclothes, prices are from 18 euros.

From Madiera can be recommended to bring Bordados da madeira - hand-drafted embroideries, products of unusual  eauty. It can be serviettes, tablecloths, kerchiefs and clothes. Prices are most different - from 2 to 2000 euros.

Footwear and another leather commodities

Footwear - the best Portuguese shoes are made in the north of the country in district of city Porto; this handmade footwear has been produced of skin of the highest quality. It does not get unstuck from a rain, not messed up and can be worn until its owner will lose interest towards it or will not get out of fashion. Cost of man and lady’s footwear is about 50-80 euros, but during sales (July - September and January - February), it is possible to buy the same shoes at 2-3 times cheaper. Beautiful bags and gloves of local production can be purchased as well.

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