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Alicante is with its deep-rooted handicrafts tradition that produces goods with great touristic appeal. The local handmade handicrafts and products can be found in many of the resorts. The towns of Biar, Onil, Agost and Orba are famous with pottery and ceramics.

Traditional two-spouted water jars (botijos), large amphora-like earthenware wine vats (tinajas), pitchers (cántaros), mortars (morteros), water ewers (aguamaniles) and the basketry items of Gata de Gorgos center made of esparto grass, osier, rush and palmetto are the other highlights in the handicraft products.

Elx produce symbolic palm decorations for Palm Sunday as well as the Callosa de Segura and Cox produce the typical esparto-grass and canvas alpargatas.

For the textiles, an attractive range of handiwork is on offer in many resorts. For embroidery and needlework, nice ones can be found in San Juan as well as the towns of Monóvar, Algueña, Novelda, Pinoso and La Romana sell handmade lacework (encaje de bolillo). Also knitted garments made of brightly coloured wool are the main mementos on sale in Guadalest. Wrought ironwork can be found in the Denia, Agres, Villena, Torrevieja and El Campello regions.

Alcoy is the main manufacturer for the blunderbuses (trabucos) that are used in fiestas.

Santa Pola and Torrevieja are the towns for the nice objects and souvenirs made of seashells and tiny boats overlaid with salt crystal taken from the neighboring saltpans.

The old Pinoso and Monóvar wineries produce quality wines. the Alicante Seal of Origin (Denominación de Origen, equivalent to the French Appellation d’Origine Contrôleé) are the most famous ones.

The dolls from Ibi and Onil, rugs and carpets from Crevillente, turrón and ice-cream from Jijona, and footwear from Elche, Elda and Villena are the popular items to be bought on the
Costa Blanca.
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