If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to send home from Spain, then the Collegiate team have you covered. When moving away to study in a faraway country, staying in touch with your loved ones back home is vital and the best way to do this is sometimes to send a gift from your snazzy new location.
Your first few months at university in Spain are likely to be pretty tumultuous, getting used to your new surroundings and of course, immersing yourself into your course. For this reason, we have put together the following starter guide on what to buy in Spain, so you can get on with the more important aspects of studying abroad.
From classic gift ideas to the more out of the box presents you can buy in the country, read on to discover the very best gifts for loved ones.
Classic jamón iberico
As predictable as it may be, Iberico cured ham is popular for a reason and incredibly difficult to get back home in blighty. You go to France for fine wine, Portugal for the sardines and Spain for their local delicacy. You can buy this product across the country but if you want the best you may want to try Huelva, Salamana or Granada. If you’re on the hunt for gifts for loved ones who love their ham, then Jamón Iberico is absolutely perfect.
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then Granada isn’t just famous for great ham. The urban myth (or is it?) is that genuine saffron is worth more than gold for its weight and there are few places you will find the premium product in such abundance than Spain. If you have loved ones who like love to cook, then saffron from Granada could be the perfect gift to take them home from Spain.
Andalusian olive oil
It’s quite hard to stay away from the culinary theme when discussing classic Spanish gifts and as such, our second recommendation is perfect for anyone who loves their olive oil. Top quality olive oil is quite hard to come by, especially in the UK and the Andalusian offering is right up there with the best Italian oils.
It could be somewhat tricky to get this back home in large quantities, but you can get some gorgeous ornamental olive oils across Andalusia, look out for Jaen as this is said to be the best of the best.
A Catalonian fan
Now a fan may not sound like the most glamorous gift you could get your loved ones, but the classic Barcelona fans are famous across the world. They incorporate some great art and designs and you will notice many ladies across the city using their “abanicos” when the weather gets a bit much.
The ladies in your life back home may not have much need for their abanico given the British climate, but they also look great as an ornament up on your wall or just as a keepsake. If you go to see any Flamenco music during your time studying in Spain, then you see these fans in all their glory.
Studying in Spain with Collegiate
Should you be looking for some luxury student accommodation in Spanish locations such as Barcelona, Valencia or Madrid then why not take a look around the rest of the Collegiate site? As well s bringing you great guides such as these, we offer some of the finest properties you will find in the city, with all the home comforts you expect and much, much more.