In a city synonymous with iconic sights and world-class offerings, naturally souvenirs abound. You’ll find plenty of budget-friendly Dubrovnik key rings and I love Dubrovnik t-shirts but thanks to the city’s artistic flair and diversity, you can also find richer pickings on offer. Here are our top choices for the perfect Dubrovnik mementos.
Olive Oil– Spartans used to rub it all over themselves in order to look stronger and be sexier. The word “oil” is actually derived from the tree of this phenomenal fruit. This flawless miracle of nature is not only one hell of a product, but one mass produced commodity with great health benefits. And magic happens right here in Croatia. It settled on Mediterranean soil for one reason only – the climate is perfect for the cultivation of olives. Pro tip: Many souvenir shops sell homemade olive oil from the villages nearby Dubrovnik. Oil that’s darker in color has a stronger and clearer taste.
Lavender -If you’re looking for an ideal, authentic and practical souvenir that will remind you of holidays in beautiful Dubrovnik, a fragrant bag of “Lavandula Croatica” or a bottle of etherical lavender oil is the right choice for you. Croatia is one of the largest producers of lavender due to ideal climate and a good soil. Lavender doesn’t only smell like haven but it’s also recommended as a stress-relief, for head-ache, high-blood pressure, flu, rheum, some skin diseases, burns, insect bites, and for protection from moths and mosquitoes.
The Wine- Croatia enjoys such a unique landscape and terroir for wine growing, especially here, in Dalmatia. If you’re looking for a classy, yet authentic gift, you can’t go wrong with the Croatian wines since they belong to some of the best wines in the world.
Konavle earrings (Verižice) They were originally worn as part of the traditional Konavle folk costume, but today they are basically a fashion statement (even Queen Rania of Jordan wears them!) These simple gold rings can be decorated with gems, coral, enamel or small metal particles. Konavle earrings can be found in many jewellery shops in Dubrovnik.
The Tie The modern necktie spread by Europe traces back to the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment was named “cravat” (“cravate” in French). Handmade silk tie is among the best-known Croatian souvenirs.
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