SHOPPING IN SPAIN

Spain occupies an important position in the global fashion industry. Mercedes – Benz Fashion Week Madrid, previously known as Pasarela Cibeles, has been running for more than 55 years twice a year. It is considered the main platform promoting the Spanish fashion and it has notable attendees as socialites like Beatrice D´Orleans, models as Irina Shayk or athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Higuain among others. Madrid fashion week has become one of the most important fashion events worldwide being held in between the New York fashion week and Milan fashion shows.
 

source:Source: Área de Turismo Ayuntamiento de Málaga
 
On the other hand, the Spanish fashion industry counts with renowned brands known internationally: Manolo Blahnik, a name linked with the character of Carrie Bardshaw of Sex at the city, is a high-end shoe designer that has been producing his world-famous footwear since the 1070s. A true fashion legend. Loewe is a high quality leather craftsmen brand; founded in 1984 it has been serving royalties as Queen Victoria Eugene or the current King of Spain´s mother, the Queen Sofia. Another iconic Spanish label is Adolfo Dominguez; its designs are classic, elegant and wearable and while it is quite easy to find its shops in Spain it is almost impossible to find them around the world. Finally, the most known Spanish fashion brand is Zara. Zara was ranked in 2015 as the 30th best global brand. It was the first store featured low-priced lookalike products of popular, higher-end clothing fashion that has spread worldwide becoming one of the most popular and profitable fashion brands of the world.

When Christmas time arrives, Spain gets ready for one of its most important festivities. At this time of the year shopping in Spain becomes very popular and fun. The streets, squares and avenues are full of colours, lights and Christmas decorations. The main cities open its street markets as the one in Plaza Mayor Square, Madrid. Christmas decorations and figures for the crib, toys and crafts, novelties and joke items can be found!
The best times to find amazing offers and sales are definitely the winter sales after Christmas, from January to March, and the summer sales, starting from July. In the last years the famous Black Friday is also becoming more and more popular in Spain, and nearly every store offers great discounts on the last Friday of November. Even if you are travelling to Spain during the rest of the year, there are always possibilities to find great discounts in one of the numerous outlet shopping centres. If you are looking for special deals for high fashion and designer brands, visit the outlets that are part of Chic Outlet Shopping Villages: La Roca Village in Barcelona and Las Rozas Village in Madrid. A world of exclusive offers and luxury shopping is awaiting you in elegant surroundings. You will be able to find discounts of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Additionally there is a wide selection of restaurants and cafés in each village, serving diverse menus of cuisine, appealing to guests from all over world.
 

source: El País
 
If you are looking for some other type of shopping, one of Spain's most famous stores is El Corte Inglés. It is the Spain’s leading department store dedicated to fashion and lifestyle. With a wide selection of international brands in one store. El Corte Inglés sells clothing and shoes from well-known brands for men, women, juniors and kids, and a wealth of accessories like handbags, jewellery, watches, fashion jewels, perfumes, cosmetics, and much more. Moreover you could make use of the tax refund service, the gourmet experience, healthcare and beauty services and multilingual international products.
 
source: El Corte Inglés
 
For any other time of the year, you have endless possibilities around Spain. Madrid has a wide range of shops and mall centres that enhance visitors off all kind of tastes and ages to go shopping. If you are looking for luxury, the so-called “Golden Mile” in the Salamanca district (Salamanca neighbourhood with Serrano and Ortega y Gasset streets) is home to the most exclusive shops and the most exquisite service, as well as the address of the most prestigious Spanish brands such as Arzuaga, Hannibal Laguna and El Pozo among others. If handicrafts interest you, in the centre of Madrid and the streets around Plaza Mayor you could find the most typical shops where buy typical Spanish products as Manila silk shawls, guitars, capes, hats, etc. can be found. Do not miss the market “El Rastro” on Sundays, one of the oldest of Europe! Finally, for the trendy ones, the centrally located Fuencarral street offers a wide range of shops and markets where all the trends and fashion sty0les meet in a fun and relaxed environment.

Barcelona does not have less to offer. Municipal markets, art galleries and antique shops can be found along with fashion shops, malls and open-air markets. The famous “Shopping Line” is a five-kilometre pedestrian district full of shops that will satisfy any taste or shopping requirement. The most exclusive shops of the city are idyllic located in the straight and modern avenues around Passeig de Grácia and the Rambla de Catalunya.

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