El Corte Ingles: Spains biggest department stores
This is Spains answer for shops like Selfridges,Galerie Lafayette,Galleria Inno,Kaufhof etc.In the city center of Valencia you find at least four El Cortes Ingles department stores.You can buy almost everything and there are always a few restaurants and coffee houses in the building.
What to buy: From degigner clothes till computers etc
What to pay: Depends on what you want to buy
Lots of them: Calle Don Juan de Austria
It's a pedestrian street in the center of Valencia, next to Calle Colon (subway stop - Colon). There are lots of shoe stores on this street and of course Zara, Mango and El Corte Ingles.
What to buy: If you are lucky to catch the sales (July, January) you can get great bargains. In shops like Zara and Mango you can even get 80% off. The only thing you have to worry about is putting all you bought in your suitcase. Not as easy as it seems ;-)
Mercado Colon: Mercado Colon
It's close to Colon street and it's also an entrance to El Corte Ingles. And if you get hungry while shopping you can sit in one of few restaurants in Mercado Colon, it's very nice and gives you shadow - quite needed by many people during summer in Valencia.
Poet Querol Street
This street leads from the Peace street to the cross between Painter Sorolla Street and Boats street. It is lined with luxury boutiques of international firms. Among them you will find the main outlet of the famous china figures maker "Lladró". The head quarters and the factory are in Valencia. Their delicate porcelain figures are a bit kitsch in my opinion, but they seem to be extremely popular with excentric collectionist from many countries, particularly the USA and Japan. They would pay a fortune for some of these figures.
Stalls outside the market
Traditionally, these stalls were occupied by sellers of pottery and other tools for cooking. They still sell this kind of stuff, but some of them are a bit more tourist oriented. There are also some stalls that offer tapas and refreshments.
Traditional Valencian clothes.
Traditional clothes still play an important role for many Valencians (the "fallers" in particular), as they are required for the many festivals that take place along the year. For this reason, it is not surprising the large amount of shops selling traditional clothes, rich fabrics and the complete outfit for the fallers. These shops are to be found mainly in the old town and in Russafa.
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In this little round market you can find on sunday mornings all kind of wierd curious things.
On weekends you will find lacery and that kind of things.
It is near the Plaza de la Reina. It deserves a visit, even though U don't want o buy anything.
City center and main city malls.: Shopping and entertainment in Valencia.
The Southern part of the city center ("calle Colón, Poeta Querol, Don Juan de Austria, Játiva, San Vicente, plaza San Agustín, Pintor Sorolla" , and surrounding area, is the traditional and old shopping area in Valencia, before malls spotted around the city.
The main malls with stores, restaurants and cinemas are:
Centro Comercial El Saler: very near Ciutat de les Arts i Les Ciències.
Heron City (near Paterna): Some kms NW from the city taking Ademuz Highway, very beautiful, with street amusement, recommended for all ages. It includes Kinepolis, a great facility for cinemas with an impressive hall.
Centro Comercial Bonaire (near Aldaia): the biggest in the city, very beautiful too and it includes night bars for young people and nice Warner theatres for movies.
Nuevo Centro (neighborhood of Campanar): the oldest mall and very traditional.
Centro Comercial Gran Turia (neighborhood of Fontsanta): It's SW of the city, beside the new riverbed.
Centro Comercial Alfafar (Alfafar, pista de Silla): very large.
What to buy: In the city center area, you will find nearly everything, from cheap to expensive. Most luxury shops are along Poeta Querol. And the main street is without a doubt, "calle Colón", the most commercial street in Valencia.
Flea Market: Sunday Morning Flea Market
On Sunday morning there were numerous flea market stands set up around the streets in front of the Central Market. I think it was on Avenida Maria Christina or right around. All sorts of "stuff".
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El Corte Ingles: One in every city of Spain maybe
There are at least 5 of these stores in Valencia selling an assortment of goods ranging from cheap to very expensive!
EL SALER Shopping Center: Christmas Time!
This is another picture taken at the same shopping center,you can see some nice Christmas decoration on the ground floor.
Flower Market: Flowers
In the heart of the city you find the flower market of Valencia.If you like flowers the place to be.
What to buy: If you are here flowers of course
What to pay: Depends on the season
Shopping Centre "Nuevo Centro": Shopping Centre
In "Nuevo Centro" you can find all Spanish brands, department store - El Corte Ingles and many other shops, espacially the ones with shoes and bags. There are really lots of them...