Top 5 souvenirs from Croatia
Croatia, a picturesque country located in Eastern Europe, is famous for its incredible beaches, brilliant people and ancient cities that you definitely need to visit. Today we will tell you about the best things to bring home as a souvenir from your wonderful trip to Croatia.
Unique Croatian wine
Croatia produces more than 700 varieties of wine, 76 of which are recognised as elite and are popular not only within Europe but also worldwide. The most famous red wines from the town of Istria are Teran, Merlot and Cabernet. Among the white wines, Opolo, Dingac, and Potup are at the top of the list.
Croatian lace, a cultural heritage protected by UNESCO since 2009, has become renowned for its unique designs and patterns. Today, the Adriatic islands of Pag and Hvar are considered to be the centres of lace weaving. The islanders of Pag weave jewellery in the form of a spider's web with geometric motifs, meanwhile the island of Hvar has a unique process of making ornaments, because they are woven only from agave leaves, which are collected on the island and then specially processed to make a thin fabric.
Paški sir is a hard cheese made from sheep's milk and olive oil. It originates and is produced on the island of Pag and is considered the national product of Croatia. The cheese itself has a wonderful aroma, resulting from the taste of the milk itself and the addition of a large number of aromatic herbs such as sage or rosemary.
A toy carved in the Zagorje region of Croatia, located north of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, will be a great gift for both young and old. The toys are entirely made of wood and are handcrafted by local craftsmen. The most famous toys from Zagreb are wooden horses, spinning tops, boats, and miniature furniture.
Travelling across Croatia, you will repeatedly come across local markets and shops offering a huge selection of lavender products, from lavender oil or soap to bags or clothes. You should also pay attention to the island of Hvar with its stunning lavender fields.