The Romans introduced olive oil to Spain. Olive oil is one of Spain's major exports, it produces some 43% of the world total. Andalucia is perhaps the major olive oil producing area in Spain. You will see row after row of olive trees if you are on the train.
what to look for:
Extra Virgin- this has a much lower acidity (0.8%) this accounts for 30% of Spain's production.
Virgin- no chemical treatment. Acidity is higher (1.5%)
the other grades are a mixture of virgin and processed olive oils.
- Food and Dining
Souvenirs for your coworkers
In Cordoba you probably don't want to spend too much in some of the numerous tourist shops in the old town. For a larger or more expensive item you might want to start at the Corte Ingles,
Cordoba is a center for flamenco so you can buy all sort of flamenco associated clothes. The hats are nice and fairly cheap as well. Guitars are locally made and of high quality.
For your female coworkers you can get some nice fans (abanicos) at a good price. For a wife/mother/girlfriend you can buy a manton, some of them are quite beautiful. Spanish women wear them for formal occasions (going to church, weddings, nice dinners) and they look super!
If you are thinking of buying castanets for a child I would urge you to reconsider! You will feel like you just bought them a brand new drum set and they have no idea how to play it.
Meryan: Cordovan Leather
You can find the Meryan Leather Shop on Calleja de las Flores(Street of the Flowers), just look for the tile sign out front in several languages, including HEBREW which surprised me ^O^
They have a lot of different things for every taste.
What to buy: You can find postcards, chairs, pictures, key rings, wallets, purses, plates, wall ornaments, place mats, bracelets and many other things, even a globe, ALL IN LEATHER.
What to pay: We purchased a leather bracelet for our daughter (after photographing the selection they have in the store and then sending it by phone to our daughter for her "approval") at a cost of about 10 Euro. The prices range from a single Euro to thousands, depends on your taste and pocketbook.
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VARIOUS SHOPS: SHOPPING IN CORDOBA
Cordoba has so many wonderful shops within walking distance of the Mezquita. Carmen and I had fun popping in and out of some of the jewellery shops. The jewellery available in Cordoba are just awesome - silver and gold earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, with many using various brightly-coloured precious stones.
Also available are quality leather goods - belts, hats, handbags, coats and jackets. Local made pottery and ceramics. Your usual souvenir shops with t-shirts, knick-knacks, "Cordoba" books and post-cards. I love the children's flamingo dresses and the colourful Aprons.
Various: Around Plaza de las Tendillas
For regular shopping (clothes, shoes, accessories), head north from La Mezquita to Plaza de las Tendillas. This will take you out of the old town section of Cordoba and into the main commercial area of the city center. We went up here in the 104 degree F heat to look for shoes for my daughter, but none of them suited her.
When I saw this fountain in the middle of Plaza de las Tendillas, I wanted to just lay down on it and let the water run over me. I would've, too, if anyone else had been doing it, but no one was, so it was probably one of those prohibited or unseemly activities.
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Variety: Shopping in the Juderia
The Juderia has a lot of shopping. You can find anything from tacky souvenirs to high quality local crafts. Do your shopping before lunch when most shops are open. The place shuts down in the afternoon heat.
- Historical Travel
Arte Cordobes: Jewelry
Jewelry in Córdoba is very popular, there are lots of shops where you can find whatever you´re finding. I saw this shop the first day i arrived to Córdoba and i decided to entry last day and i bought a fantastic pair of silver earings
Córdoba tiene una larga tradición joyera, hay un montón de tiendas y sitios donde puedes encontrar todo aquello que vayas buscando. Ví esta tienda el primer día que llegué a Córdoba y me decidí entrar el último y me compre un par de pendientes de plata preciosos.
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Meryan: Quality Leather Goods
Meryan has all things leather. And not just any leather, but Cordoban leather. Called cuero repujado, or embossed leather, many of the items are also handpainted and you can watch workers in the midst of this process as they gossip about every day topics.
The city has quite a tradition in making leather goods and Meryan sells quite a bit of things that are made here plus some other things that are brought in from other parts of Spain. Everything appears to be of good quality. Take you pick from frames, notebooks, decorative boxes, wall hangings, photo albums, and even furniture.
What to buy: Decorative boxes, frames, gloves, most anything leather.
What to pay: Varies
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Shopping in Cordoba
The modern centre of Cordoba has a wide range of shops - all that you would expect from the largest city in the area.
The heart of the shopping area is around Pza de las Tendillas, and some streets have canvas awnings to shade shoppers from the fierce sun.
If you like silver or golden jewellery, this will be paradise for you.
Lots of shops (some of them with absolutely great Moorish decoration) all over the area, to buy Majorica or different design necklaces
Just be careful of the gypsies around trying to sell you Rosemary and trying to read the future on your hands....
What to buy: You can buy the traditional sombrero cordobes, a flat topped wide brimmed hat that is also worn throughout Andalucia. Distinctive looking.
Cordoba is not normally thought of as someplace to shop. However, there are many high quality local artisans.
What to buy: Leather goods, nice metal works and particularly colorful pottery and plates. guitars
Souvenirs: Specialty Shops
I did not find out the main shopping district in Cordoba
but all around the Mezquita you can find little souvenir shops.
What to buy: Don't be afraid to haggle
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