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Shopping on the Iberian Peninsula should do wonders for your home and your wardrobe, because this is a paradise for shoes, clothing, and lovely, cheerful hand painted pottery. You can’t spend all your time in museums or on the beach anyway, can you?
Fashionistas may go crazy in Spain, where long opening hours give maximum access to top Spanish and international designers. Trendy, creative, traditional or deluxe fashions; enjoy your favorite fashions to the full with a day’s shopping in Spain. Leather goods and shoes in particular will probably prove to be a major and most welcome temptation. Every major city has lots to offer in fashion. If you love handicrafts, keep your eyes peeled in Galicia; for the famous Spanish ceramics, head to Valencia. For something really precious, a Spanish guitar sounds like no other, and the luster of Majorca pearls will cause smiles for years. There’s also that bottle of unctuous Spanish olive oil you might want to pop in your suitcase.
What souvenir will you take home from your stay in the Portugal? The handicrafts reflect their regional culture and skills in the most tangible way. Consider dwarf palm basketry from the Algarve, made into hats, flat baskets and mats in natural or tinted colors. On the banks of the river Guadiana men use the canes to make light and resistant baskets, perfect for picnics. If you like textiles, admire the bedspreads woven on old wooden looms, rag-dolls and the fine bobbin lace. Glazed ceramics and pottery are of superior quality and beauty, irresistible to most shoppers; the small furniture and wooden toys are also great collectables. Find these treasures at both shops and market stalls, and keep an eye out for modern interpretations of traditional crafts from glazed tiles to stained-glass windows, embroidery and tapestries.
The Carpathian Mountains form the largest mountain range in Europe.
The Rhine, one of Europe’s great rivers, brings to mind wine and beautiful landscapes.
The wild and woolly Atlantic rolls ashore on many coasts.