Zona Zero and others...: Shoes & Bags
There are tons of shops in Las Americas, you could spend a week looking around them all. The nicest of them are some of the boutiques in some of the more up-market comercial centres around Las Americas, especially in the Arona district.
What to buy: Wife spent the last days of our trip using up the "spare" Euros that we had buying shoes (three pairs) and a bag. The shoe shops are good - they sell shoes that you just don't see at home, pretty (sometimes quite exotic) designs that I suppose are better suited to their weather than to ours. Wife bought shoes to take on holiday to other warm, dry places.
What to pay: We were told that Santa Cruz is a freeport, and that goods there are cheaper than in the resorts. We didn't find that to be true, and even after they deducted 10% things were still more expensive than in Las Americas.
In the main cities and resort of the island there are african ambulant vendors who offer wood sculptures and other handicrafts. The only special in this shop is that you can buy that african products without visit Africa and you can help them.
What to buy: Wooden sculptures
What to pay: Remember to haggled over the price.
STREET MARKETS: MERCADILLOS.....
At the Baratillos Los Verdes you can find an extensive range of products, enchanting products such as: general craftwork, antiques, textiles, small ornaments sweets and oh, so much more....
On Mondays you can go to the ALCALà market, located at the PLAZA DEL LLANO, Alcalà.
There are markets held on almost every day of the week and.....on SUNDAYS the Mercatillo de Los Cristianos is open for business in the Avenida Maritima in Los Cristianos....
Just ASK when markets are being held, wherever you are staying or travelling, it is always such fun and a source of sweet surprises too!
- Road Trip
All over the island: Bright and colourful childrens toys
What to buy: These bright and colourful childrens toys make reasonable souvenirs of the Canary Islands or of Loro Parque. They are also quite good to photograph!
What to pay: I didn't buy any, but I don't think they were somewhere between 5-10 Euros depending on size.
- Family Travel
Sunday market: the market in Los Cristianos
The market takes place every Sunday morning. It is bustling and full of bargains.
What to buy: We bought some very cheap ties- 3 for £5 and some leather imitation designer belts.
What to pay: very cheap but you can barter for it
Shopping Centres: Shoppers Paradise
All over Playa De Las Americas there are little shopping centres that sell anything from cheap and tacky souvenirs to designer clothes.
What to buy: Duty free goods, cigarettes and electrical goods are specialities and can be bought quite cheap, with the shopkeepers vying to get your custom for their "flipping cheap" bargains
What to pay: From Cheap to expensive.
ALL TYPES: TAX FREE TENERIFE
Tenerife is a tax free island, which means if you are visiting from the EU you MUST pay duty on luxury goods, cigarettes, liquor and perfume if you exceed the dity free allowance
What to buy: All the above are very keenly priced, other good buys include leather goods [wonderful shoes !] and ceramics
What to pay: you can try and get discounts, you may get lucky
LOTS OF THEM: CAMERAS
There are hundreds of shops selling camcorders, cameras and other electronic equipment
The Canary Islands are all tax free so prices are cheap, but you do have to bargain to get the best price
What to buy: always decide which make and model of camera you wish to by, the choice is bewildering
it is possible the salesman will try and sell you one that he makes more profit on, not necessarily the one which suits your needs best
dont forget that accessories will also be cheaper here so stock up
What to pay: how big is your wallet ?
generally we found that prices were 30 - 40% lower than in the UK
El Corte Ingles: Shopper's paradise
El Corte Ingles is a famous Spanish department store chain, offering quality products all over Spain. The stores are elegant and offer a big variety of products.
Prices are acceptable.
Dont forget, the Canary Islands are tax-exempted.
- Family Travel
see above: Most Supermarkets, Shopping areas
Do not buy cigarettes, purfume or beauty products in Duty Free they are so much cheaper on Tenerife - and you often get freebies like lighters and sample creams.
What to buy: Last time we were there we got a pair of trainers that cost £80 in the UK for £35 from a very posh looking shop, 200 cigarettes from the local supermarket for £9 and 50ml Miricale by Lancome for £17.89
What to pay: at least 10% cheaper than Duty Free
None.: Souvenir hunt.
It's so easy to get carried away. There are lots of little gift shops that sell alot of things (and alot of junk). So the best thing to do is to look around for the best stuff to take back home.
What to buy: Authentic items that remind you of Tenerife!
AVOID THE ELECTRONICS BUT PERFUME IS GOOD!
See tourist traps,
Perfume/aftershave is good value for money compaired to UK prices.
What to buy: Any perfume, aftershave even make-up
What to pay: Take a list of stuff you want and prices you pay back home I found around £10-£20 saving.
THE OLD TOWN: SHOPPING IN LOS CRISTIANOS
Most of the best shops and restaurants can be found around the old town centre just off the beach.
Gift shop Guia Isora: Sweets for sale
What to buy: Spanish sweets don't keep well in the heat they soon become very very sticky.
If you have kids bring some from home.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
any supermarket: Bringing home flavours of the Canaries
What to buy: You must definitely buy some mojo sauce to take home and use in your cooking . There are two types, I think, one spicier than the other, one red and one green.
What to pay: can't remember, but not expensive