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
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.
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.
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.