Along with your suntan, photographs and great memories, why not immortalize your Greek sailing holiday with a well-chosen local souvenir or two? Whichever Greek itinerary you happen to choose, a week-long voyage will surely entail stopovers and visits to an array of Greek islands.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone back home, here’s a list of Sailogy’s must-have souvenirs from one of the best sailing destinations in the world: Greece!
Ouzo: Of course we had to start with the legendary, anise-flavored liqueur that is practically ubiquitous in Greece and Crete and is widely believed to have its origins on the island of Lesvos. Drink it neat or diluted with ice and water and you’ll be re-living your holiday even in the dead of winter.
Honey: As the 7th-largest producer in the world, Greece and honey have been inextricably linked since the time of Hippocrates, who believed the precious, golden food provided “health, energy and life”. Don’t leave Greece behind without at least one jar of rich, sun-drenched honey.
Leather sandals: The flat-soled, strappy “slave” sandals have definitely made a fashion comeback in the recent years, but Greeks have been making them and wearing them for centuries. You’ll find some beautiful, artisan versions on islands like Patmos and Mykonos. The best ones won’t come cheap, but they’ll last forever and never go out of style.
Textiles: If you’re on a sailing holiday, space may be limited, but locally woven Greek textiles are simply irresistible. Bright bags and scarves make great gifts, while embroidered tableware, lace-trimmed bed linens and the traditional, colorful area rugs are heirloom-worthy items.
Natural sea sponges: Now that you’ve got that heavy rug stored away in your cabin, pick up something lightweight. You’ll find natural sea sponges sold in market stalls on just about every Greek island you visit. Pair one with some olive oil soap for a unique, island-sourced gift.
Jewelry: While browsing the market stalls on islands like Santorini or Crete, look out for brightly colored Greek jewelry. The traditional blue and white “evil eye” beads, which can be found just about everywhere, are cute, chic, and irresistible—even for the least superstitious among us.