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.