Alicante crafts and shopping

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Although there are lots of places to go shopping while on a visit to Alicante – department stores, shopping centres, designer shops, traditional retailers and open-air markets (Thursdays and Saturdays along Paseo Campoamor and a daily crafts market along Paseo de la Explanada), the best idea is to always look for typical, locally-made products.

If you want to purchase some typical food products, try the canned vegetables from the Vega Baja, stuffed olives from Alcoy, turrón from Jijona, chocolate from La Vila Joiosa, dates from Elx and raisins from Dénia. There are wines from the Alicante denomination of origin (D.O.), anisettes from Monforte and moscatel wines from Teulada or Jalón.

There is an important leather goods tradition here, including shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories from the Medio and Alto Vinalopó districts, plus textiles from Alcoy and rugs from Crevillente.

For the delight of children, toys are made in the nearby town of Ibi, and dolls are produced in Onil. For adults, there are ceramic products from Biar and Agost and decorative objects in rushwork and cane from Gata de Gorgos.

photo by Lobo

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