Across the Adriatic, on the Istria Peninsula, sits the charming Old World city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Rich with history and culture, it has long been a favorite holiday spot for Europeans -- and Americans are now beginning to see why.
When strolling the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik you’ll no doubt want to pick up some of the local handicrafts and treats to share with friends and family back home. For the best selection, head straight for the morning market at Gunduliceva Square. This bustling open-air market is hosted every Monday through Saturday in the center of Old Town. In the shadows of a towering cathedral, the market is the place for produce and baked goods, fruits and veggies. Meander through the stalls crammed with vendors from the surrounding countryside, enjoy the Bohemian atmosphere over a cup of coffee or take in an evening concert in the warm, summer months.
Here are some of the best things to buy in Dubrovnik’s Gunduliceva Polijana Market:
Hand-sewn linens: Keep an eye out for table linens and the traditional red, black and green embroidery made famous by the women of Konavle.
Lavender: Made from flowers from local fields, it is dried and made into essential oils.
Regional jams and marmalade: The perfect addition to your morning toast.
Dried fruits: Homemade sweets made from dried lemons, oranges, and figs.
Homemade grappa: Almost as beautiful as the grappa itself are the ornate bottles this liquor comes served in.
Produce, baked goods and fruit: While you won’t be taking home the local bounty, it is ideal for putting together the perfect beach picnic.
Brandy, olive oil & local honey
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