Biosphere Plaza, old town: Shopping mall Puerto del Carmen
OK a mall is not particularly original ! but Lanzarote has been the cinderella of the Canary Islands when it comes to shops. This mall, opened in 2002.
Selling mens and women's clothes and shoes, sports goods, funky jewelry, and well known shops like Zara, Mango, Timberland, Natura and Oysho and several other shops. There is also an artisans shop selling high quality pictures and ceramics.
Good selection of restaurants, and cafe/ bars, all outdoors and facing the sea. Reasonable prices. Open from 10am daily til 10pm, including Sunday (opens 11am). For cheap souvenirs search further afield in the resorts.
Despite the hot climate the clothes shops at the Mall change to their winter collections at end of August and it is more difficult to find clothes for the sun.
What to buy: Everyone tells me that Zara clothes prices are cheaper than in the UK and Ireland. Maybe its because taxes here are only 5%.
There is one 'perfumaria' in the mall, but if you walk down to the Avenida de las playas, you will find many more shops selling top name brands of beauty products and be able to 'haggle' and save money.
Soul Fashion Outlet: Cheap bargains
My husband and I stayed in Lanzarote for 2 weeks 1 week in Pto del Carmen and 1 week in Costa Teguise and we came across Soul Fashion Outlet where we found outstanding bargains on designer label clothing. This company owns 2 stores one in each resort and we couldnt resist to the temptation of buying our favourite brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Guess and Abercrombie and Fitch at such cheap prices. We definitely will shop there everytime we visit the island.
What to buy: Branded clothing.
Abercrombie and Fitch.
What to pay: very little in comparison to the prices in the UK.
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All the gift shops: Local figurines
The usual gift to a prospective husband or wife in times gone by, on the Canary Islands was the giving of a terracotta clay male or female figurine with exaggerated, overly sexual body parts.
What to buy: Many of these figures area available to buy in gift shops.
What to pay: 15 - 50 euros
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The islands capital: Shopping in Arrecife
Lanzarote is the cinderella of the Canaries when it comes to consumer goods. With the expected 500 cruise ships a year, there are many smart shops predicted for the future and building work has already begun.
What to buy: The main street has many shops for clothes, shoes, homeware and accessories, Mango, Zara, Momu; for homeware - Laura Ashley, Casa and Rocasa have outlets here. For cheap branded goods go to El Barato.
El Mercadillo, is a small market style shopping centre with a glass roofed central cafe/bar area.
San Gines lagoon (The Charco) has cafe and tapas bars, located off the main shopping street.
The local specialities are all inexpensive compared to well known brands, and are all made in Gran Canaria.
Strong white rum. Used in many bars. don't plan on doing much the next day
Kicked by a mule rating: 4.
Ron Artemi 3 anos
The sniff of oak barrels gives away its maturinty. Rich flavour aged over 3 years.
Kicked by a mule rating: 7
Arehucas 3 anos
Delivers the spirit of the bullfight with every sip, but has the mellowness of a shy se?orita.
Kicked by a mule rating: 8
What to buy: Ron Miel Artemi
The scent of honey is so powerful, you can sense the bees hovering. 20% alcohol. This liquer is the colour of golden syrup is served at the end of a meal in many restaurants. Buy it to take home as a memento.
Kicked by a mule rating: 5
What to pay: From 5 euros
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El Grifo: Museo del Vino: White wine
El Grifo is an important winemaker in Lanzarote. He got many prizes for the quality of its wines even in France (Bordeaux).
The Wine Museum is in a cellar built in XVIII century. The buildings are nice, but the content of the Museum is not so interesting if you come - as I do - from a vineyard region.
What to buy: The wines produced by El Grifo: white, red and rosé.
I prefer the dry white (Malvasia) matured in the cask. For those who prefer sweet wines, they also have a sweeet and a very sweet Malvasia.
What to pay: The entry ticket is 3 euro and one wine tasting is included.
The average price of a bottle of wine is around 6.5 euros.
Lanzaloe S.A.T.: Aloe Vera products
Little shop that sells a complete line of aloe vera products (body milk, sun protection, liquor, ...). You can see the fields where A.V. grows ecologically and the producers give you all the explanations you need.
The prices are better than in the shops around the island or at the airport (very expensive).
What to buy: Bath, beauty, care items
All shops: The sales!
From 6th January shops have sales until February. Loads of clothes and shoe bargains.
July/August - shops have their summer sales or 'regalos' - good time to buy summer wear very cheaply. Many shops keep discounting their stock until it is all gone.
In August all the winter wear arrives, dont worry, it never gets that cold here.
What to buy: Beachwear is available in the 3 main resort shops all the year round.
What to pay: much cheaper than same brands in Europe and rest of Spain, as taxes are cheaper
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Shopping in Lanzarote
In Lanzarote you can shop 'til you drop because everthing is tax free so you can pick loads of bargains for dirt cheap.
In Lanzarote you can pick up amongst other things:
Dieland: Shopping Mall Playa Honda
Located near Gaucimetra airport.
This general shopping mall of clothes, shoe and sports shops, also contains a supermarket, bowling alley, 3 screen cinema, childrens's play area and restaurants and bars.
Biosfera Shopping Centre: All Under One Roof!
A conveniently situated modern shopping centre which was opened in 2002.
It is well maintained & attracts all ages. Great names can be found here as well as lesser known brands. Timberland, Zara, Benneton, Body Shop etc. There is a large area on the upper floor where kids can play on the activities like bouncy castles, for a charge. All the usual conveniences you need are here too, toilets, underground car park etc.
There are places to take lunch & cafe's & bars for drinks only. Long escalators & glass lifts take you from the road level down to the shops & up to all the higher levels too. Great views over the sea in the distance can be seen from the top!
A great place where you can easily spend a couple of hours browsing or buying! Bring your credit card though, it's not generally a place for bargains!
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tequise sunday market
large market with stalls selling something for everyone. stall holders very friendly and more than happy to haggle with you. Also local musicians play to entertain while enjoying a cuppa/drink just a great atmosphere
What to buy: i bought wooden ornaments that are handcarved
What to pay: haggle and get a bargain
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all of Lanzarote: Original Island Gifts
Original items can be bought from the official artists shop, Artensa off the main Avenida de las playas overlooking the beach in Puerto del Carmen.
More artisans display and sell their work in Teguise market every Sunday.
What to buy: Everyone knows you can buy duty free alcohol and cigs on the islands. But the following are original to Lanzarote:
Moho Salsas (3 different spicy sauces - usually served with the tiny Canarian potatoes - but great with barbeques, cold meat and salads
Lanzarote dried figs (called higos)
Artisans work - leather stools, pottery, glass work, watercolour & oil paintings, sand pictures, ceramics
Olivina (tiny green gems found in the volcanoes and made into jewellery.
Baskets and other products made from palm leaves
Lanzarote wines - various vineyards
Almonds and almond products
What to pay: As much or as little as you like
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Electrical Goods Warning
There are hundreds of shops on the island offering special offers on a wide range of electrical goods.
A lot of criticism is made against some of the traders for hiking up prices. the scam is that they have a high price on the box and then they offer it to you a seemingly huge discount (sometimes up to 50%). some shops have been known to switch branded goods for some cheap alternative when they wrap it up.
If you want to buy something specific, do your homework on the product you want so that you have a good idea of what to pay.
What to buy: If you purchase with a credit card, double check what figure has been written down on the receipt that you sign, and make sure it is in Euros.
Also double check the product that you bought hasnt been 'switched' and check that all the accessories are included.
If you have a problem with the seller, you can always threaten to 'denounce' them to the police.
Every shop in Spain is required by law to have a book in which to record complaints. If they dont allow you this formality, threaten to go to the nearest police station
.: Aloe cream
What to buy: As you arrive remember to buy a jar of aloe cream. On your tanning scald it's really fresh and moisturising!!!
I literally burned my "bum" getting naked in Papagayo and thanks to aloe I didn't suffer so much.
Remember to buy it in a drugstore and not in a tourist shop or supermarket...you can pay even twice for the same jar!!!
What to pay: About 7 euros for a 250 ml jar
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