A SHOP­PER’S par­adise

An In­dian in­ter­na­tional trip can never be com­plete with­out a bag­ful of in­ter­na­tional good­ies. Whether its fash­ion, food, jew­ellery or an­tiques, Spain has a lot to of­fer

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ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR IN­DI­ANS

There are guided tours of­fered in var­i­ous cities for those who would like a unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. These tours will take you to a range of stores to ex­pe­ri­ence a myr­iad of prod­ucts from dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. One can shop for leather (which is of the best qual­ity in Spain) such as jack­ets or shoes, fash­ion­able clothes at branded stores such as Loewe, Zara or Mango; hand­i­crafts (ce­ram­ics, shawls, fans etc.) in An­dalucía, mainly in Sevilla, food prod­ucts that are pro­duced in Spain (olive oil, olives, wines, cheese, saf­fron, etc.), jew­ellery, watches, an­tiques and gifts to take back home for fam­ily and friends.

SOU­VENIR’S GA­LORE

One of the Span­ish fans makes a great sou­venir for ladies to take back home and is dis­tinc­tive of the cul­ture in An­dalucía. A Fla­menco CD is also a char­ac­ter­is­tic sou­venir to rem­i­nisce the pop­u­lar mu­sic and dance of Spain. Food items that will not dis­ap­point are: a fine olive oil, manchego cheese or a bot­tle of Span­ish wine. To take back some­thing more ex­clu­sive, some op­tions are: sherry, cava or tx­akoli.

El Corté Inglés’, the big­gest depart­ment store in Spain, is the most recog­nised shop­ping spot

HOP ON TO SHOP

‘El Corté Inglés', the big­gest depart­ment store in Spain is with­out a doubt the most recog­nised shop­ping spot across the coun­try. Lo­cated in the cen­tral district of each city, it is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via foot and any other mode of transport since it is al­ways in the heart of the city.

EX­PLORE FLEA MAR­KETS

‘El Ras­tro' is a pop­u­lar flea mar­ket that is held ev­ery Sun­day or fes­tive morn­ing in an au­then­tic his­toric district in Madrid. ‘Els En­cants Flea Mar­ket' in Barcelona opens ev­ery­day and of­fers an­tique fur­ni­ture, jew­ellery, crafts amongst other things. The col­or­ful ‘Mer­cadillo de los Jueves' (Thurs­day's Flea Mar­ket) in Seville has be­come a meet­ing point for tourists that are look­ing for an­tiques, pho­to­graphs, paint­ings and much more. These are also eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by cab, metro or bus and not too far from the city cen­ters.

BAR­GAIN BUYS

The best fac­tory out­lets for bar­gain buys are ‘Las Rozas Vil­lage' at Madrid and ‘La Roca Vil­lage' at Barcelona. They of­fer top brands' bou­tiques and stores where vis­i­tors will al­ways find spe­cial dis­counts, pro­mo­tions, priv­i­leges and ex­tended open­ing times un­til late even dur­ing win­ters.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

With just two hours to spare, one can go shop­ping in the main com­mer­cial dis­tricts of each city. In Madrid, the most ex­clu­sive shops lay across the Golden Mile at Bar­rio Sala­manca while Paseo de Gra­cia is its Barcelo­nan coun­ter­part. For vin­tage clothes, Fuen­car­ral (Madrid) and the sur­round­ings of La Ram­bla (Barcelona) are a must, both lo­cated at the city cen­ter al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ex­tend their shop­ping time to in­clude sou­venirs, lo­cal goods and crafts.

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