The Alcaiceria

Very close to the Cathedral is the Alcaiceria, which is the area that contains many closely packed stores with narrow corridors between them. This was the Moorish silk bazaar and is now occupied by inexpensive souvenir shops. During Moorish time, this was the area where silk was made and sold. The Emperor Justinian allowed the Moors to sell silk, and the word Alcaiceria means “belonging to Caesar”.

These stores have many inexpensive items and souvenirs. One can find elaborately embroidered handbags for women to use at parties for only 5 euros each. They have glasses with gold colors (copies of Murano glasses), made in Morocco for serving tea, and a set of 6 glasses costs only 5 euros. 

One just has to look and one will find very affordable merchandise in these stores.