Shopping in SarandaEdit This
Because the town is not large there is not a lot of Saranda shopping
but you can find a little bit of everything. The cruise terminal offers
many of the more traditional souvenirs such as leather goods, glass,
jewelry and textiles. There are also roadside stalls that offer
handmade tablecloths, figs, olives and oranges.
Tablecloths and Textiles
The main souvenirs in Albania are the textile works and tablecloths.
These are offered around bus stops and other tourist areas.
This is really the main local craft and will have the word 'Albania' on
it. You will find children and women selling these beautiful pieces of
handicraft. Some other popular crafts include hand woven rugs, felt
makers and more.
Albanian jewelry centers around gold work, filigree gold and the
Albanian eagle that are found on bracelets, cuffs and pendants. The
eagle is from a traditional Albanian folk tale and used on many
traditional pieces of jewelry and other works. In the folk tale, a young
man saved a tiny eaglet and this eaglet protected him through his life.
When the boy was grown he was elected king and named son of the eagle.
Albania was called Land of the Eagles. You can find jewelry at the new
cruise terminal in Saranda as well.
Leather goods are popular purchases in Albania. One of the
larger leather manufacturers in Albania is Tomaificio Bama, and their
products are found in many stores. You can find leather shoes and other
products at any tourist or general store throughout the country.
The best place to get food products and produce is at the street
markets. You will
find excellent fruits and vegetables as well as bread and other
products. These items are very inexpensive and the experience is much
more interesting than going to a supermarket. You can find olives, oranges and grapes as these are grown in the area. If you're driving between towns and need a snack, stop at a stall
along the coast for some figs, corn on the cob and olives. You can also
find local producers that offer olive oil. The main producers are
outside of Saranda, Vlore and Himare.
There are no large shopping areas in Saranda; you have to go to the main cities such as Tirana. Some of the more famous brand names that you can find include Lancome, Levis, Nike, Diesel and Samsonite. In 2010, the first major shopping mall was opened, offering more international labels and brands.
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