Buying souvenirs of your journey is one of the most entertaining activities. It is all about finding the article that best represents what you have enjoyed. There is plenty on offer in Euskadi. In addition to exquisite food products, there are a thousand and one things that will help you feel close to this beautiful land even though you are now far away. Whether it is to do with sport, fishing or the most traditional but up-to-date fashion, there is always plenty to choose from.
The traditional boats in Euskadi are painted red, green, blue or black and are skilfully handled by the arrantzales (Basque fishermen) with their environmentally-friendly fishing techniques, who have turned the Basque people into ambassadors of the sea all over the world.
In Euskadi, it is a typical custom before lunch or supper to go out with a group of friends and drink txikitos in the bars and taverns. Txikito glasses are small, heavy handcrafted wineglasses from which the wine is drunk in one go. One of these will help you remember the culinary delights you enjoyed in Euskadi once you are back home.
Harrijasotze, or stone-lifting, is one of the most striking sports in Euskal Herria. A souvenir stone of Mikel Saralegi's record, he lifted 329 kg in 2001, could be the perfect way to keep a small bit of the Basque Country on your desk.
You can find these wrapped up like a gem, always ready to be used in any of the versions of Basque pelota once you are back home. Hand-made, using top quality materials, with a core, or kiski, made of rubber (making it faster and more powerful), or of boxwood, and covered in several layers of latex and wool, and an outer skin of leather. Less expensive, factory-made versions are also available.
This is the Basque cap par excellence. They are made of the finest wool and provide ideal protection from the rain, the sun or the cold. As well as being characteristic of this country, they are always in fashion and may be the perfect accessory to add a sophisticated touch to an autumn-winter look.
For this version of Basque Pelota, played with both hands you need a wooden bat, the best ones are made of beech, and a leather ball. This is one of the most popular versions and can be played in any corner of the globe.
The baskets from jai alai (happy game in Euskera) as this ancient sport is also known, fit in your hand like a glove and are so pretty that not only can they be used to play 60-metre fronton, but also to decorate your home. Traditionally made from woven chestnut wood, they can now also be found made from synthetic materials.
This version of Basque pelota is very fast, requiring technique and precision. The basket is much finer than the one used in cesta punta as it is not intended to hold the ball but is used to throw it at high speed. Both baskets are pretty, as well as being useful for playing these sports.
A symbol of the elegant Basque style with a nautical air it is the perfect accessory for cool summer mornings and evenings.
The traditional Basque jacket, closed with pom-pom ties, is a classic article that nevertheless also comes in the latest designs. Made of wool or felt, it is the perfect complement in cold weather.
The ancient cross with rounded arms, common in a number of ancient cultures, is one of the most sought-after symbols by tourists to Euskadi. The beauty of its shape means that it can be found on almost all souvenirs, although the jewels made in the form of the lauburu are undoubtedly among the most beautiful.
Green and with decorative borders, the traditional tablecloth used in the Basque Country helps you to remember this country at every meal and pine for the delicious Basque cuisine.
Basque legends tell that the flower of the thistle, Carlina angélica, or as it is known in Euskera, Eguzkilore (Flower of the Sun), was created by Amalur (Mother Earth) herself to protect the inhabitants, who hung the flower on the doors of their homes. Today it is used as a decoration or a jewel. Its beautiful shape brightens up any spot.
Always in fashion, with or without ribbons, espadrilles are the perfect shoes for spring and summer and are closely linked to the history of the Basque Country. Traditionally white with red ribbons, they are available in any colour. Although available factory-made, the handcrafted ones are a true work of art for your feet.
Known as the Handkerchief de Hierbas or de Arrantzale (fisherman) or Baserritarra (peasant), its use is closely linked to work at sea or on the land. It is worn at festivals as an accessory around the neck.