Souvenir shops in Crete
Souvenir shops in Crete Reviews
Sep 20, 2007
There are lots of disadvantages in tours to Crete but one thing is great for sure: souvenirs and things one could get as memorabilia from there.
First of all, there are spices and olives. Greek salad mix, different kinds of peppers and herb, mix of salt and rose pepper, cinnamon, and a lot more. Some are just in simple transparent bags, some are packed in nice boxes or wrapped. I honestly think spices can't be spoiled, so it's a good thing to bad. They are the same for locals and for tourists, aren't they? The prices vary from 1 to 5eur depending on ammount and type.
Then there are olives. Olives are almost the only thing being produced in Crete, so they try to use every bit of them. Olive oils, olive soaps, olive cremes, olive pesto virgin olive oil and just king-size olives. I don't personally like olives but I love cosmetic products. Soaps cost less that a euro, and one can get different flavors: lavender olive, honey olive, etc...
Ceramics. Have to be honest, they are really solid-made and look very nice. Plates with Greek ornaments, candle sticks with small paintings on them, lamps made of clay. Very beautiful, even for me and I am not the fan of "dust-collecting souvenirs"
There are all kinds of accessories: scarfs, other textile "thingies", slippers.
And finally (probably not finally) there is silver and stones and ceramic beads and earrings and many more. These are the things I loved most and didn't have any money for. These were expensive, yes. 80euros for two small earrings were regular price. In rethymno there were lots of small shops and workshops where all these things were made by hand in from of you. Unbelievable view. Wanted to spend hours there.
Well, in conclusion... This was a pleasant surprise... You could spend some money on souvenirs for your friends and family and not feel worried about buying unneccessary crap. Of course, it's not in the first tourist-oriented store, but there are lots of nice things.
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