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Various: Guitar Shops
What a great gift a Spanish guitar would make for someone back home! There are a couple really great shops in the city. Jose Ramirez is on Concepcion Jeronimo 2 and has a museum of guitars right inside the store. You might also try Real Musica on Carlos III, 1.
U.S. citizens are entitled to a US $400 duty-free exemption after being away for 48 hours. Your allowance may include one quart of liquor per adult. In addition to your exemption, you have the privilege of mailing gift parcels to friends and relatives limited to US $50 per day.
The shopping in Spain is outstanding, with leather goods, ceramics, Lladro sculpture, linens, brass, and copper. Business hours are Mon-Sat 9:30 am-1:30 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm. Most stores close for a siesta during early to mid-afternoon. In Spain, shoppers may feel comfortable bargaining with street vendors, but in shops and boutiques it would not be appropriate. While most stores accept credit cards, some will only accept cash.
The government requires that a 6-percent Value Added Tax be charged to consumer products. Tourists may obtain a partial refund from stores that participate in the Europe Tax-Free Shopping program. Visitors obtain cash refunds at the airport upon departure. Ask the store manager for the proper documentation when you make a purchase.
What to buy: HANDICRAFTS
Pottery and ceramics are popular in the Andalusia area where ceramic tiles from Toledo, Seville, and Granada have earned well-deserved fame ever since the middle ages. Other materials, such as glass or wood, also make unique products to collect while traveling in Spain. Collectors consider glassware from Madrid and Granada to be great finds. Handcarved woodwork and furniture rank among Spain’s most outstanding products. In Toledo, look for the age-old art of damascene (metal inlaid with gold thread) and products of steel. Toledo’s industry perfected the craft of producing weapons such as swords and knives.
A product of international prestige is tooled leather or cordovan, sometimes gilded to enhance its beauty. Leather apparel to look for includes shoes, bags, briefcases, and accessories. Andalusia is one of the primary regions specializing in this trade.
The Romans influenced Spain’s claim as one of the world’s leading producers of wine with more than 60 different wine-making districts. One of special mention is wine from Rioja, which on the merit of its bouquet, taste, and body, has won international acclaim. Sherry (vino de Jerez) is a fortified Andalusian wine that also enjoys great international prestige.
Area Real Madrid
If you are a fan of Real Madrid or wanna buy an official souvenir of the soccer club for some friend, this is the place!
What to buy: T-Shirts, badges, scarfs, posters... U name it!
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