In Croatia we ate like kings...and took gingerbread hearts back to our loved ones.
Croatia is a country of culinary delights. Try a Rab cake - its recipe is closely guarded secret. If you like peppers, you'll love ajvar, a traditional relish that you can find in markets. And take home some Pag cheese, which originates from the island that bears its name. If you like salty, hard cheeses, then this one's for you. Even if you don't, at least give your friends and family the chance to try this popular cheese!
As for drinks, take home some famous Maraschino liqueur as a Croatian souvenir along with some rakija, the country's popular schnapps. As for stocking your kitchen cupboard, Croatian olive oil is famous both for its taste and medicinal properties.
The island of Pag is famous for its beautiful lace, which is also known as 'white gold'. You can pick up some great gifts from local lace makers, who sit in front of their homes and intricately produce their wares by hand. You'll also find top quality bed linen and embroidered silk.
As for clothes, Lika headdresses may not be the easiest of things to wear, but they're part of the traditional costumes worn in the Lika region and you can always use them for decorative purposes. And did you know that Croatia is the land of ties? If you like ties, then here's your chance: you'll find them everywhere and you'll be spoiled for choice. Buy yourself a selection!
For a romantic gift, pick up someCroatian gingerbread hearts. Made from a honey dough that's shaped into hearts and topped with a red icing, these will win your loved one over...
So what have your brought back from your trip to Croatia?