Shopping

The shops of the Algarve are well stocked with trinkets and souvenirs along with works of art and unusual ornaments. For finding that special gift, you may browse in a chic boutique or haggle at one of the many markets around the Algarve. Below are listed many items from Portugal which will give you ideas for gifts.

Azulejos: Hand painted glazed tiles; buy a single square with a pretty motif or a whole set for your patio or kitchen.

Brass, Bronze & Copper: Candlesticks, traditional scales, pots and pans!

Cork: Portugal is the world’s leader in the production of Cork. Placemats, delicate sculptures and light-weight knick-knacks.

Dolls: In authentic costume depicting regions of Portugal.

Knitwear: Hand-knit pullovers or thick cable fishermen’s sweaters – even a shawl fit for a folklore singer.

Leather: Good quality at varying prices. Handbags, shoes, belts, bags – Portimão is excellent for shoe shops or try your hand at the local markets.

Marble: The unusual texture of the local stone makes for attractive vases, candlesticks and ashtrays.

Pottery: From the simplest earthenware pots to beautiful crafted plates etc. The Algarve is a happy hunting ground for all ceramic artefacts.

Seashells: Scan the local beaches as well as buying local made “sculptures” composed of tiny shells.