Treasure cove in Makrades
Tourists looking for keepsakes of their visit to Corfu will find a shopper heaven at the village of Makrades, stopping over on their way to the ancient castle of Angelokastro or to scenic Paleokastritsa.
An incredible variety of eatables and what not can be found in the shops of this treasure cove.
Hand-crafted olive wood utensils and ornaments can be found alongside fine traditional needlework like hand-embroidered fabrics and cushions, or traditional carpets.
Essentially, visitors will find olive oil – extra virgin or infused with aromatic herbs, olive paté (tapenade) and pickled olives to pick and choose from.
The shelves are stacked with honey from bees feeding off pine trees, saffron flowers, almond or orange blossoms and forest blooms as well as exotic jams from prickly pear and figs.
This is where the connoisseur can find his special herb mixtures for many traditional dishes
For a festive holiday mood the wide selection of ouzo, kumquat liqueurs, limoncello, rakomelo (although being imported from Crete) and local wines, including the resinated retsina, will suffice.
Of course, there will be loukoumi – traditional Greek sweets – on sale in many mouth-watering flavors.
Taking care of the looks is also not neglected. Olive soap and hair care products like shampoo, conditioner and hair serum take care of the daily hygiene; while beauty products from olives– face and body lotion, face cream and body butters well as sun protection serves a longer lasting purpose.
Frankly, if you don’t find some suitable souvenir at Makrades, you probably don’t know what you want.
And when the shopping is done, why not take a breather and treat yourself to a signature yogurt topped with a surprise of olive jamon the shady porch of Tavern Colombos?