Eroski: Shopping Centre
On the outskirts of town you will find a very large Eroski. Eroski is really a supermarket but all you see are signs for Eroski on this shopping centre. The Shopping centre is mainly filled with clothes and shoe shops but there are also places to eat and a cinema (don't expect to be able to watch original version films though).
Casa de Artesania: Ideal shop for local handicraft gifts
This workshop is worth the short drive out of Antequera. It sells ceramics (including the famous 'lattice-stlye' alfaferia pottery), woven wall hangings and rugs, basketware, gift boxed-local produce and marquetry.
Town of Lucena: Traditional & Modern Furniture Mecca
If you're looking to furnish a property you've bought locally and dont want to schlepp to Ikea and kit it out with the same old stuff then head for Lucena! This town is 30 mins north of Antequera, direction Cordoba and has loads of huge furniture stores/warehouses which offer everything from traditional wrought iron work, wooden furniture for painting, moorish artifacts, sleek modern sofas..........everything for every taste.
The town of La Rambla: A whole town full of Ceramics!
1 hour north of Antequera is the town of La Rambla. It is packed with ceramic factories that sell their wares directly to the public. If you're happy to sort through some of the more gaudy patterned articles, you can find some real gems. If you're looking at buying a holiday home here, then this is the place to head to kit out your garden, huge Ali Ba Ba pots at a fraction of the cost.
Plates, cooking vessels, vases, spice jars, lamps,....you name it, they've got it, some patterned, some in traditional earthware glaze.
La Rambla has little else of interest and even after numerous visits, I've yet to find a watering-hole that I'd recommend - take a packed lunch!
Leather factories in Campillos: Quality leather goods direct from factory shops
The small town of Campillos, about 20mins from Antequera, is known for its leather factories, a number of which have shops and outlets open to the public. Numerous styles of coats and jackets are sold to sort all age groups and a smaller selection of bags and shoes are usually available. Prices, whilst not cheap, are certainly very good value for the quality of goods.
CERAMICA ARTESANA: CERAMICS
One of the many ceramics and pottery shops in Antequera was the CERAMICA ARTESANA. Their beautiful and colourful display outside was enough to lure me inside to see what kind of goodies were there. I was pleasantly surprised to see professionally crafted bowls, platters, plates, mugs, etc. The artisan was obviously very gifted and had some very unique pieces.
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Can't remember!: Where are the Post Cards?
We looked for a very long time for a shop that sold post cards. The only one we found was a small sweet shop, right next door to the restaurant. So that was easy, we wrote our cards from Antequera whilst enjoying our meal, and then they went into a local post box.
Try to carry some spare postage stamps with you. The rates are (Mar 2003): Europe 51 Cents; Rest of World 76 Cents. Shops may sell them, but might charge more.
The shop is to the right of this fountain.
What to pay: About 20 cents each,
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