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The best thing to bring home from Barcelona would be an artisan work of some sort, which could mean a whole host of things. Find glassworks, pottery and other pieces of art in the Ciutat Vella, or Old Town. Take time to stroll around — you never know what original works you’ll encounter. If those are the sort of souvenirs you enjoy, then also check out artsy areas like Portal de l’Angel, Plaça de la Vila de Madrid and Rambla de Santa Mònica.
For something that exudes the Modernist soul of the city, browse the gift shops of places like La Pedrera, Parc Güell and the Sagrada Família. A model of Gaudí’s anthropomorphic architecture, a ceramic mosaic or a small replica of the iconic dragon of Parc Güell will help you relive your Mediterranean memories years down the road.
And for an eco-friendly and fashionable souvenir, shop around for a pair of espadrilles, the comfortable, rope-soled shoes native to the Pyrenees. You’ll have a whole rainbow of colors and patterns to choose from in the stores lining Barcelona’s streets.