Do you believe that Torremolinos is full of Chinese shops?
Do you believe that they sell there exactly the same trash that they sell everywhere?
Do you believe that, even so, there is still some people who can't skip them?
You may believe!
What can I say - isn´t this what many people do when living abroad and feeling home-sick - or just longing for the feel of home?
I didn´t mean to add a tip on IKEA per se, everybody knows what IKEA is, this is just to point out what to do when homesick in Torremolinos.
I discovered a Dutch grocery store DE HOLLANDSE WINKEL or La Tienda Holandesa purely by accident. I was just wandering around the shops in Carihuela and found it in a side street. They offered many Dutch goodies like chocolate hagelslaag, pinda kaas, Dutch cookies, cheeses and vleeswaren. I bought Hans a box of chocolate hagelslaag (2,35 Euros) and rolls of Kings peppermints (,69 Eurocents each ). They were a little pricey as compared to buying them in Holland but they are after all imported.
Here I will list the FLEA MARKETS in the Costa Del Sol. Information is from the Torremolinos Information Center.
WEDNESDAY ( Miercoles )
Benalmadena Costa ( Parque de la Paloma )
Arroyo de la Miel
SATURDAY ( Sabado )
Marbella ( ( Plaza de Toros de Nueva Andalucia )
Malaga ( Bariada de Huelin y El Palo )
Fuengirola ( Recinto Ferial - Fair Grounds ) best & biggest Flea Market
SUNDAY ( Domingo )
Torremolinos ( Recinto Ferial - Fair Grounds )
Estepona ( Puerto Deportivo - Marina )
Fuengirola ( Puerto Deportivo )
Malaga ( Martiricos, junta al Campo de Futbol - near the Football Stadium ) - a good one
What to buy: I love Costa del Sol Flea Markets. You can buy just about anything new or used there and at great prices. Many new/used clothing, new/ used jewelry ( I bought some real cute pins for one Euro each ), antiques, used furniture, paintings/pictures, new/used books, new/used toys, fresh fruits and vegetables, and just a whole lot of real neat stuff. My favourite was the Fuengirola Flea Markets held on Saturdays. I also enjoyed the Malaga Sunday Market.
What to pay: arter - Barter - Barter
Friday February 4, 2011
My friend Fina and I took the train to ARROYO DE LA MIEL (Euros 2,00 return) for the Friday Flea Market. It was huge. Everything from clothing to leather goods, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
As it was a beautiful, sunny day, it was very busy there. Fina and I enjoyed walking around the market and mostly snooping. I did buy Hans a nice, new leather hip pack for 5,00 Euros (which I haggled down from 7 Euros). I also bought some cute white socks which was 1,50 Euros for a three-pack. I did buy some delicious and HUGE oranges, which were 1,00 Euro for a Kilo. They were absolutely juicy.
What to buy: There was lots to choose from - leather goods, clothing for adults and children, blankets, table cloths, souvenirs, pottery, candy and nuts, fruits and vegetables, flowers, etc.
What to pay: Don't be afraid to haggle and don't always accept the first price. Have in mind what you want to pay and stick to it.
There are a couple of Super Sol supermarkets in Torremolinos, but this one is the biggest of them all with a very good selection of food and beverages. The fruit and vegetable selection is excellent and much better than at Mercadona. So when staying in Torremolinos I buy everything I can in Mercadona (because of the price) and the rest in Super Sol.
This supermarkets is at the very end of Torremolinos by the motor-way very close to the Palacio Congreso.
What to buy: Various types of food, toiletry, kitchen equipment and barbeque equipment, CDs and DVDs, underwear and much much more.
What to pay: A little more than in Mercadona.
Mercadona supermarket is where I do most of my shopping while in Torremolinos. It has got a wide selection of food and drink at a reasonable price. One of the supermarkets is off Avda de Benyamina, in the vicinity of Playa de Playamar and Hotel Principito Sol in between the big blocks of flats, looking like pillars. I would love to live in one of these blocks of flats one day :D
There are three other Mercadona supermarkets up in the city center, one right next to Calle San Miguel, just turn right as you come to the end of CSM and on your right hand side is Centro Entreplazas with a big Mercadona supermarket in the basement. The third one is a little further up in the city center. The fourth one is harder to find as it is hidden away up in the residential area, opposite the police station and City Hall.
Opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:15-21:15 and they don't close for siesta. Sundays is closed though.
What to buy: Food and drink and everything sold at supermarkets - at a much better price than in the stores by the beach or at the hotel.
What to pay: I would say that this is the cheapest supermarket chain in Torremolinos.
As you climb the stairs of the narrow streets you will find them lined with street stalls selling anything from jewellery, watches, scarves, shawls, sunglasses and clothing. The distraction is a welcomed rest stop along the way.
The main area for shopping in Torremolinos is Calle San Miguel. It is a pedestrian street filled with restaurants and cafes and of course shops. There is a good choice both local and international brand clothing, shoe shops as well as jewellery, music, gift and souvenirs for the visitors. handmade leather sandals, very good quality shoes, ceramic lamp shades, ethnic masks, scarves, dresses, costume jewellery and many other items.
In fits and starts along Paseo Maritimo are blocks of tourist shops selling anything from beach accessories and swim wear to souvenirs and clothing. Prices are quite reasonable. Stamps can be bought along with your postcards. Cold drinks, ice creams and light snacks are available.
I love to snoop in souvenir shops in Torremolinos. CEYCE was a great little shop as I was looking for gifts to bring back home and I needed some post-cards for my scrapbook. They were selling here for the very reasonable price of .15 Eurocents, which is pretty good. They also had the usual pottery plates and mugs, colourful Spanish fans, Torremolinos T-shirts for children, etc. etc.
Calle Bulto is a shopping street parallel to the promenade at Playa de la Carihuela. You can either enter the street at the beginning of La Carihuela or at the very end where the beaches of La Carihuela and Montemar meet by the palm-grove and the statue of the fisherman standing on his wooden boat on Plaza del Remo.
It was raining when I took the camera with me and took the pictures, but usually this street is very lively and worth a visit when strolling on the promenade.
What to buy: There are all kinds of stores and restaurants in Calle Bulto, be it Swarovsky crystal you are looking for, or toys or fabulous sweaters, jerseys or cardigans. My favourite shop there is the one with the sweaters, they are expensive but so beautiful, I have already bought 2 there. Some of the stores lead straight into the promenade, open in both ends.
There are also a lot of restaurants and cafés in Calle Bulto and the streets that adjoin Calle Bulto.
This shop is on souvenir street which leads down to the beach. It is on the steps near the beach end.
There were all sorts of gifts many wooden like the wooden willies you see in the photo! I couldn't believe my eyes! Unfortunately I was told off in English for taking the photo, though the Asian sales assistant then explained in Spanish that there was CCTV and her boss doesn't like people taking photos of the products and that she will get in trouble if she lets people do it. so I said sorry and settled for my shaky photo to put on VT.
As you can see there are also wooden figures with large willies. Are they saying Spanish men are well-endowed ???? ;)
Just a ten minute walk from our apartment, MERCADONA SUPERMERCADO has everything you need and at good prices. Actually the prices didn't go up too much from our visit two years ago.
Available: Baked goods, dairy products, canned goods, snacks, beverages (water, soda, beer, wine and liquor), very good fruit and vegetable section with most sold prepackaged, frozen foods, excellent selection of fresh fish, prepackaged meats, domestic and laundry products, paper products, etc.
I usually went every couple of days, so as not to have to carry too much.
Open 9:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
What to pay: I found the prices comparable to what I pay here in Canada
I just loved shopping and snooping on Calle San Miguel. So much variety . As I was looking for some souvenirs ( regalos ) to bring home to Canada, I stopped in this nice little shop ROMERO SANCHEZ which had a nice stock of souvenirs and reasonably priced too. I picked up a few small 'Olive' dishes. They were so cute. They were terra cotta and had a little pot to put the olive pits in and an even smaller pot to put toothpicks in. The only thing is I should have thought of how heavy they would be in my carry-on. Oh well, I just had Hansi carry it. HeHe!