Knives, flokatis, and pottery are the most typical Cretan handicrafts which catch the eye of most tourists but to really have "the most special" Cretan souvenir, you must buy a knife and find a way to get it home. Usually, putting them in checked baggage will get the job done but I have even seen people pulled out of lines to explain why they were carrying dangerous weapons.
What to buy: High quality knives will be dagger-like, usually with a map of Crete on the blade which will be curved, but not grotesquely, as you may sometimes be offered. On the blade, which should be pretty sharp there should also be a motto, poem, or even a Bible verse. They are also very highly likely to have a map of Crete on the blade. The handles will usually be intricately made of bone or metal with either carving or jeweled inlays, or both.
Any shop sells olive oil over there but it has nothing to do with a reality. You may find the real one at any restaurant in the village as the owner might probably have the olive business as well. It's very cheap. Besides you may buy a nice souvenir bottle and it will go together well as a typical greek gift. Just a tip.
This market has everything from discounted Bags, to Fish to Fruit everything here,
All the locals are here , and it is very big and its right by the harbour so i guess all the fresh fish off the ships are
put here as well
Its a lovely way to spend a morning
he famous Cretan products, such as olive oil, wine, raki, honey, and herbs are, of course, of special importance and a major attraction to visitors and residents
Great place to get Your presents
NOTE Just read up on Crete and this
Saturday market in Heraklion: moved! its been moved from the port area to some outlying area
see http://www.cretetravel.com/Features/1_day_in_Heraklion/1_day_in_Heraklion.htm for more details
What to buy: Anything ?
The ladies clothes shops in Agios Nicolaos are just fab so up to date so designer for so little cost.
All the latest fashion and all the assistants very helpful and look a million dollars too.
What to buy: You can buy some beautiful silver jewellry mostly hand made, pottery is also a good buy,leather shoes are very reasonable there.
They have lots of loofahs and olive oil soaps which make your skin so soft there always a good buy.
Olive oil too!!!and plenty of it
What to pay: Less than uk
1- In Limani area there are some streets which offer some stuff in touristic prices,it is not that high but you can buy it
little bit lower from the market in the downtown.
What to buy: leathers,T-shirts
What to pay: around 10 euros
This shop run by Mari-Elena and her family is sells great local crafts for the home. It is open and full of mostly ceramics, wooden pieces, and table textiles.
What to buy: The pottery is all handmade and is very specifically painted and decorated. Many pieces are serving pieces with earth tones or brighter colors. The textiles are handwoven or by machine but are of fine quality. The items carved from olive wood are various and done by Mari's husband.
What to pay: Everythign is reasonably priced and very worth it. Cermaics go for as little as 5Euro to 80 or more. Textiles are roughly 20 Euro and the olive pieces start at 2Euro for a spoon or the like.
Probably the best place to buy traditionally woven Cretan rugs and carpets. Mihalis Manousakis and his family use a loom that is over 400 years old and he does very traditional styles and designs. It is tucked back on the streets of historic Hania and looks like it has been there for years. The tea or beverages he offers are a great way to sit or stroll around the shop.
What to buy: The traditional pieces he sells are really amazing. The best thing is to look around the folded and hanging carpets and find one you like. If not, he will always be willing to do a custom design and can send them to you.
What to pay: Carpets can go as low as 20Euro for a small one to a couple of hundred for a large (8x10) one.
The variety of shops and items is impressive, prefer the local products. Be careful especially in the summer -all the summer period, from May to October, the weather is usually very good- about high prices, have a look to other shops too before buying something... Although I believe that you should better save money to stay much time there or do more things...
You will find some shops offers everything for 1 euro,try to collect things which worth 1 euro.
What to buy: everything mostly Antiques.
What to pay: 1 Euro.
In these very small roads in the old port of Chania you can find a lot of shops of souvenirs, local stuff, gifts and of course very nice restaurants and taverns.
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Herbs, Spices and Olive Oil are a must but there is plenty of other things to buy!