Mosques to visit in Spain
By Sakina Kamrudeen | 15, Nov, 2017
The Great Mosque of Córdoba
Architecture and Design
- It is reported that Abd al-Rahman I is buried under the site of the Mosque.
- Abd al-Rahman I initially named the Mosque ‘Aljama Mosque’ in honour of his wife.
Mosque of Cristo de la Luz
Architecture and Design
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The Mosque of Almonaster la Real
Architecture and Design
- 16 undated tombs were found in the oration room of the Mosque.
- The Mosque of Almonaster la Real is the focus of the annual ‘Jornadas de Cultura Islamica’ which takes place in the town of in Almonaster la Real in the month of October.
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MOSQUE at Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera
The Mosque within the Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera in the is the Cadiz province of Spain is the only remaining one in the region from the original 18 Mosques. It was built in the 11th century but was converted to a church in the 13th century when the Christians conquered the region. The entire Fortress was designated as a world heritage site in 1931.
Other Former MOSQUES of Spain
- Mezquita de las Tornerías | Toledo, Spain
- Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral (also known as Seville Cathedral) | Seville, Spain
Modern Mosques in Spain
Madrid Central Mosque
Address: Calle Anastasio Herrero, 5, 28020 Madrid, Spain | Opened: 1988
King Abdul Aziz Mosque
Picture Credit – marbellaazul.com
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Shopping in Spain is concentrated in the two largest cities Madrid and Barcelona. These cities have the best malls and shopping centers in the country where you can find things of any price. Collections are represented by international and local brands, however, are also known throughout the world.
In other cities like Sevilla, Valencia, Malaga, and Zaragoza, shoppers will be able to find everything they need. The famous Spanish markets deserve special attention. Unique products and souvenirs can be bought there. In outlets, travelers will be able to find things from old collections with nice discounts.
Most major cities of Spain have El Corte Ingles network. You can find goods of any category in these huge shopping centers. Tourists will enjoy the unforgettable shopping there.
You can do good shopping in several areas, depending on the purpose and budget. Shopping streets start from the central city square. There are also numerous shops of local craftsmen with traditional souvenirs.
Among the most amazing shopping centers of the capital, it’s worth noting Plenilunio, Principe Pio and Moda Shopping. There you can buy inexpensive clothing from the world famous Spanish and foreign brands.
Products of elite brands can be searched in the most prestigious area of the city, Barrio de Salamanca.
Excellent shopping for everyone is waiting for tourists in the Gran Vía area. And in Cuatro Caminos you can buy exclusive fabrics and even order an outfit.
Not far from Madrid, there a fairly large outlet, Las Rozas Village, where you can buy clothes of expensive brands with discounts up to 70%. The season of sales in Spain runs twice a year. Winter sales start in early January and last until March; by the end of it, discounts may reach even 80%. Summer sales also last about two months, from early July to late August. This time is considered the best for shopping in Spain.
Barcelona has prepared a real present for shoppers. Monday to Friday, during the working hours, a bus runs along the streets of the city and takes tourists to the most important places for shopping. The length of the route is 5 kilometers; the ticket price is 10 euros. Most of the shops are located in the city center. You can find boutiques of famous Spanish brands, including Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Stradivarius with rather democratic prices on the Passeig de Gracia avenue. The same street features shops of elite brands – Chanel, D&G, and Yves Saint Laurent. One of the largest shopping centers in the capital of Catalonia is Diagonal Mar. It has more than 150 shops of various brands, children’s areas, and restaurant patios. No less exciting is shopping in the areas of Raval and Gracia. Here, you can find something vintage and exclusive.One of Spain’s largest outlets, La Roca Village, is located near Barcelona. It has more than 100 stores; discounts there can reach 60%. The village has a very special design, so you can visit it even as part of the tour.
Valencia, go for shopping to Carrer Colon, which is the main trade artery of the city. There are shops of different brands, including Lacoste, Zara, H&M, and Nike. The budget-saving shopping can be done at El Saler, where clothes, toys, cosmetics, and accessories are sold. In Seville, it is obligatory to buy something local. The homeland of flamenco produces luxurious colored scarves, dresses for dancing, shoes, and castanets. You can buy inexpensive souvenirs on Bazar Arjona. In Malaga, there is the oldest shopping center in the country, Felix, where you can find a large number of different shops.
Vacationers will also be able to make nice purchases on the Canary Islands. In the south of the island, in the resort of Las Americas, it is worth to go to the main street, which is called the Golden Mile. There, you can buy clothes of both elite designers and inexpensive brands. The largest city of the islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, has somewhat wider choice. Shopping centers like Carrefour and Meridiano are recommended to make purchases.Original post by Orangesmile.com
Tracy Gold went shopping in Madrid for a few days. In this video she tells you where to shop in Madrid for the best high street brands
Gran Via and Paseo de la Castellano in Madrid
Gran Via and the Paseo de Castellano are located in the centre of Madrid and the busiest shopping areas in Spain.
A huge variety of shops cab be found around these areas including H & M, Zara, Bershka , Mango, Massimo Dutti, Balenciaga, Pull & Bear, Springfield, Blanco, Desigual, Maxmara, Longchamp, Caramelo, Women’s Secret or Sephora, but also many luxury brands, such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Channel, Valentino.
Also in Madrid head off to the Calle Toro and Calle Zamora for plenty souvenirs and objects as you’ve never seen before.
The streets are packed with souvenir shops full of strange and interesting trinkets from earrings and bracelets, to handmade decorations made by talented local craftsmen.
Barcelona City Shopping
As you would expect when visiting such a vibrant city, Barcelona is full of every kind of shopping outlet to suit every taste and budget. The top places to shop in Barcelona include the renowned Las Ramblas street, the Placa de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and the Avenida Diagonal, here you will find all the top fashion stores such as Versace, Gucci, Armani, Bally, Cartier, Burberry or Calvin Klein, as well as many other brands and shops with quality clothes, shoes and accessories.
Otther important shopping areas in Barcelona include Diagonal Mar, L’illa, Glories or Maremagnum. are some malls in Barcelona where you can find a wide variety of shops with international brands.
For significant discounts on luxury products, you can choose La Roca Village, located outside of Barcelona, where you can easily get by bus, which can be took right from the center of Barcelona. Some of the stores you’ll find here include: Guy Laroche, Guess, Armani, FURLA, Gucci, Timberland and Desigual.
Luxury shopping in Marbella
Marbella has long been home to the rich an famous and as you would expect the luxury high end shops are available around the town specially within the famous Puerto Banus marina located a few miles west of the town centre. Here you will find all the swanky upmarket shops including Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Channel, Valentino, Armani and Cartier.
Spain’s top fashion brands
» Bimba y Lola
» Adolfo Dominguez
» Massimo Duti
» La Potegna
Of course these days you can find all kinds of Spanish good online via Amazon, Ebay and hundreds of other well known outlets.
Top online buys include Spanish cured ham, extra virgin olive oil , chorizo spicy sausage and any number of world class wines and cheeses.
Organised shopping trips
Spain’s major supermarkets
The big players for supermarket shopping in Spain include Alcampo (Auchan), Carrefour, Eroski and Hipercor.
These big name mega-supermarkets can be found all around Spain and offer a huge variety of goods at much lower prices than the local shops.
The ever popular budget supermarkets such as Aldi, Spar, Lidl, Dia and Mercadona are all brands which are becoming increasingly popular throughout Spain offering excellent value and are perfect for visitors on self catering holidays.
Other interesting places to buy fresh daily produce are the municipal found near the centre of most Spanish towns and villages. Here you can find lots of varieties of fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade bakery and confectionery.
They say you can get the best idea on local cusine by visiting the local food market and luckily there are usually at least one in every village, town and city accross Spain.
There are a number of famous indoor food markets that are well worth visiting as give a real insight into Spanish cooking and culture.
Here is a list of the best food markets in Spain:
- Mercado de Asbetos – Santiago.
- Mercado Central – Cadiz
- Mercado de Triana – Seville
- Mercado del Carmen – Huelva
- Mercado de la Ribera – Bilbao
- Mercado Central – Valencia
- Mercado de San Fernando – Madrid
- Mercado La Boqueria – Barcelona
- Mercado Santa Catalina – Barcelona
- Mercado del Puerto – Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
- Mercado de Ataranzas – Malaga
- Mercado de San Miguel – Madrid
- Mercado Victoria – Cordoba
- Mercado Alcaiceria – Granada
Outdoor street markets
Shopping and discounts enthusiasts can enjoy the big outdoor markets open throughout Spain, on certain days of the week. Just about every llarge village, town and city will have numerous outdoor marketsheld between Monday to Saturday.
In these markets you can find really valuable items at bargain prices and a variety of interesting goods.
The multitude of colourful stalls will delight your senses with fruits and vegetables, fragrant flowers, as well as the delicious Spanish pastries and sweets that will add extra flavour to your trip.
Top street markets in Spain:
- El Rastro – Madrid
- Mercado de Motores – Madrid
- Els Encants Vells – Barcelona
- Marcantic – Barcelona
- Mercadillo de Jueves – Seville
- Alcaiceria – Granada
- Plaza Redondo Market – Valencia
Spains largest shopping malls
» Xanadu Madrid
» Commercial Centre – La Vaguada Madrid
» Centro Comercial Marineda City – A Coruna
» Centro Comercial Puerto Venecia – Zaragoza
» Centro Comercial Parquesur – Madrid
» Centro Comercial Bonaire – Valencia
» Centro Comercial Plaza Imperial – Zaragoza
» Parque Comercial La Cañada – Marbella
» Centro Comercial Parque Principado – Asturias
» Centro Comercial Nueva Condomina – Murcia
» Centro Comercial La Maquinista – Barcelona
» Centro Comercial Mataró Parc – Barcelona
» Centro Comercial Gran Vía 2 – Barcelona
» Centro Comercial Los Arcos – Seville
» Centro Comercial Gran Via – Alicante
Upmarket shopping at El Corte Ingles
The network of stores El Corte Inglés is probably the king of the super stores,and found throughout Spain.
Customers who come to El Corte Inglés have access from a wide range of food, electronics and toys to clothing, perfumes, jewelry or decorative objects, all of good quality.
In a few words, you can find everything you need in one place.
Usually, El Corte Inglés enjoys a central location in each city where it is located and often has all sorts of deals, which makes it attractive for each tourist eager to buy quality stuff at good prices.
Guided Shopping Tours – Book in Advance
Centro Comercial La Gavia
If you need some furniture or just have an urge to stock up on cheap candles, then La Gavia is for you: it is home to one of Madrid’s two IKEAs (top tip: try to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds). As well as Scandi furniture, the shopping centre, located on the end of Line 1 on the metro, has a huge range of shops, from women’s and men’s fashion, to toy shops and tech stores, as well as a cinema. There are a good number of food options too: popular burger chain Five Guys is one of the latest fast food options to open here.
Shops: Monday–Sunday 10am–10pm
Restaurants: Sunday–Thursday 10am–1am; Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays 10am–3am
IKEA: Monday–Sunday 10am–10pm
The Centro Comercial Príncipe Pío is a good option if you don’t want to stray too far from the city centre; it is located in the former Estación Norte train station just to the west – and within easy walking distance – of the centre. There is a good range of high street brands, from Spanish favourites like Zara and Mango to international names like H&M and Levi’s. There is a Cinesa cinema and a food court packed full of different dining options.
Shops: Monday–Saturday 10am–10pm; Sunday 11am–10pm
Restaurants: Sunday–Thursday until 1am, Fridays and Saturdays until 2am
Principe Pio, Paseo de la Florida, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain, +34 917 58 00 40
Set in the historic former headquarters of Spanish newspaper ABC, this shopping centre is located right in the heart of Madrid’s most exclusive neighbourhood: Salamanca. It holds regular events, from art exhibitions to tie ins with Madrid fashion week. Don’t miss exploring the nearby Golden Mile of designer stores, even if you’re just window shopping!
ABC Serrano, Calle de Serrano, 61, 28006 Madrid, Spain, +34 915 77 50 31
Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú
Madrid Xanadú, to the south-west of Madrid, is much more than just a shopping centre. As well as a good range of shops and restaurants, it is home to the biggest indoor ski slope in Spain, Madrid Snowzone. There is also a cinema, bowling alley, and mini golf – so it’ll have you covered for activities for all the family.
Shops: Monday–Sunday 10am–10pm
Restaurants: Sunday–Thursday 10am–1am; Fridays and Saturdays 12pm–3am
Located in Leganés, seven kilometres south of Madrid but easily accessible on the cercanías commuter train, Parquesur is one of the biggest shopping malls in Spain. It has 153 shops and 47 restaurants, as well as an IMAX cinema and bowling alley.
Monday–Saturday 10am–10pm; Sundays 11am–9pm
Parquesur, Av. de Gran Bretaña, 28916 Leganés, Madrid, Spain, +34 916 87 36 00
Plaza Norte 2
This shopping centre is located in San Sebastián de los Reyes, to the north-east of Madrid. It is the location of the second IKEA in Madrid so a useful option if you’re looking for some new furniture or homeware. As well as all the usual Spanish and international high street stores, there is also a cinema.
Shops: Monday–Saturday 10am–10pm; Sunday 11am–9pm
Restaurants: Sunday–Thursday 10am–1am; Friday and Saturday 10am–3am
Las Rozas Village
In the town of Las Rozas on the outskirts of Madrid is Las Rozas Village, a designer fashion outlet with lots of top brands at bargain prices. There is a direct bus line from Plaza de España, right in the centre of Madrid. Non-EU residents can also claim back the tax on purchases by asking for a tax-free receipt and showing it to customs when leaving Spain.
Sunday–Friday 10am–9pm; Saturday 10am–10pm
Original post from The Culture Trip