Astara is the 6th biggest city of Gilan province. The city is one of the most beautiful and vibrant areas of Iran for domestic and foreign tourists. In addition to the tourist attractions, this city is so rich in souvenirs and handicrafts. Astara souvenirs cover a wide range of tastes and almost no one leave this city with out a souvenir. Now the problem is, which one to choose among all the souvenirs? In this article, we have provided a complete list of Astara souvenirs along with a brief introduction of them. So keep reading!
In addition to the green nature and spectacular attractions of Astara, it’s amazing souvenirs have made this city known as one of the best tourist destinations in Gilan province. The following are the most popular souvenirs of Astara city:
Many provinces of Iran have their own local bread; and you can try one of these delicious traditional breads in the city of Astara. The special bread of this region, Fatir (Shoor Chergi in local language), can be a perfect souvenir! It’s delicious and easy to carry. Ingredients of this bread are: Flour, yeast, butter, yogurt, eggs, saffron, sugar and milk. The different taste of this delicious bread is due to the halwa inside the bread. It is a custom among the people of Astara that they distribute this delicious local bread to their neighbors on different holidays such as Eid al-Fitr. You can find this delicious bread in all confectioneries in Astara, so don’t forget to look for it!
In the city of Astara, you can easily buy the natural honey with high quality. And we can assure that you won’t ever taste a honey this sweet and delicious! So don’t hesitate!
When you pass through the Heyran Pass and are hypnotized with the exquisite images and the beautiful nature of this place, every now and then you will see the colorful beehives that have the highest quality honey in their heart; and maybe this honey is the nectar of this beautiful nature. These natural honeys can be a very good souvenir. Considering the suitable conditions for bee breeding in the nature and mountains of Heyran Pass, honey jars in most Astara shops attract your attention and encourage you to buy these Astara souvenirs and take them with you as a gift from your trip!
Astara is full of gorgeous jungles that most of them are full of medlars and some local workshops make a paste out of this fruit, which has a very special taste. Medlar paste is one of the main seasonings in most local foods of Astara; and sometimes they mix it with other jungle fruits such as raspberry, which gives a savory taste to this paste. You can find this paste in most local markets and the local bazaar of Astara, so don’t forget to taste it. You might all in love with it’s taste just like us!
Torshi is one the most popular cuisines in Iran; and we strongly suggest you to try a variety of all kinds of Torshi while you’re in Iran! During your trip to Astara and visiting its local markets, you can find and buy tasty jars of homemade Torshi. We recommend that you buy more than your personal needs, because it can be a perfect souvenir. Among the famous northern Torshis, we can mention Garlic torshi, Liteh, Eggplant Torshi, and Hafteh Bijar. If you are a Torshi lover or have friends who love pickles, visit the local markets in Astara and get this delicious souvenir.
In addition to things we named till now, rice and fish are other souvenirs that you can find in Astara. Of course it might be hard to carry rice or fish on a plane; and this is why we just settled for only naming them in this article. But don’t forget to eat dishes containing rice and fish as much as you can in Astara!
In addition to all the tasty things you can eat and buy in Astara, there are lots of handicrafts in this city available to be gifted to your loved ones!
Gilim is one of the old hand-woven rugs of many villages of Iran; and looking at it’s simple and colorful motifs injects a certain purity and intimacy into a person’s life. One of the best carpet weaving centers in Iran is a village called Anbaran, located in the city of Astara. The artists of this village use goat and sheep wool to produce tasteful designs that are very exquisite and such a valuable art. This lasting work of art can be used as a rug and even wall decoration! The good thing about gilim is that it is a beautiful and exquisite as Persian rugs, but much less expensive.
Zilu and Jajim are also other kinds of floor coverings that you can find in this great city. Each, Zilu, Jajim and Gilim, have their own way of weaving and more importantly, their specific pattern and color. You can easily find them in the bazaar of Astara alongside nice Persian carpets.
Among Astara handicrafts, the most common thing is wicker items. Plant fibers are used in mat weaving. Considering the northern climate of the country, the raw materials of this art can be found in abundance in most of it’s cities, including Astara. With the possibility of dyeing woven mat threads, the variety of mat products is so great that they tempt every taste to buy. Bread baskets, fruit baskets, hats, mats, fans, and kitchen decorative items are popular wicker structures in Astara markets.
Clay is the primary material for preparing clay structures and is found in abundance in the city of Astara! That is why pottery is one of the arts of it’s people and has become one of the most famous souvenirs of Astara. Of course, as you know, the origin of this art and the making of pottery dates back to many years ago. However, due to the benefits of using clay dishes and their unique beauty, they are still popular among handicraft enthusiasts.
Wood carving is one of the old arts of the people of the northern region, who produce beautiful handicrafts thanks to the strong forest trees such as maple and boxwood. Another name for this art is “Chu Carving“. Great artists of Astara city create wooden vessels and other structures with great creativity and using the simplest tools. According to the knowledge that the residents of this area have about the wood of forest trees, the prepared wooden structures have good resistance and do not suffer from bursting and cracking.
Of course, it goes without saying that this old art is no longer popular among the people of the northern region as it was in the past years. However, in some shops in Astara, you can see beautiful examples of wooden products with creative patterns hacked into them.
Other arts of the people of Astara are their local clothing, knitted dolls, night tents, cashmere, leather embroidery and mirror work. which you can buy and take to your friends as Astara handicrafts and souvenirs from your trip.
Which of the souvenirs we mentioned in this article did you like most? And which one will have a place in your suitcase to come home with you as a memento? Let us know by commenting your favorite souvenir of Astara. And if you haven’t read our article about Astara city and it’s tourism attractions, click on the link below and read about the city of clay roofs!