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    Plaza de España in Madrid: Open-air markets in Madrid

    by hopang Updated Jul 18, 2013

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    If you are looking for some bargains when shopping in Madrid for local crafts, souvenirs, leather goods, clothings, hats etc, the open-air markets at Plaza de España may be the right place to do your shopping. The prices of goods here are not fixed. You are allowed to bargain for the products you wish to buy. There are some quality local products too especially the leather goods and hats. View through our photographs above for some of the stalls and local products available in the open-air markets. You can visit the open-air markets first after coming out of the metro station before visiting the nearby tourist attractions at Plaza de España. You may even find some items that you really like!

    What to buy: Leather products like handbags and wallets, local crafts and some souvenirs and hats are our favourite products to buy from here.

    What to pay: Prices of goods here are certainly cheaper than in many shops or departmental stores in the city of Madrid.

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    Calle Preciados in Madrid: "Covered" pedestrianised shopping street

    by hopang Updated Jul 17, 2013

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    Calle Preciados in the heart of the city of Madrid is certainly one of the best locations in the city to do your shopping even under the hot afternoon sun. It has sun shades all the way from Pueta del Sol to Plaza de Callao near Gran Via. So it is much cooler to walk here than in other parts of the city where there are no sun shades. We love this pedestrain street with no vehicular traffic and with no air pollution. This street is certainly dotted with lots of fashion clothing outlets and shoe shops as well as the large departmental store El Corte Inglés at the entrance from Puerta del Sol. These sun shades are really impressive if you look from the sky! See from any satellite aerial maps such as Google and you will be impressed! There is another similar street just to the east known as Calle Carmen.

    What to buy: We did mostly window shopping on this street. When it is getting too hot, get into one of the air-conditioned departmental stores nearby such as El Corte Inglés. The multi-level El Corte Inglés has lots of items on sale especially fashion clothings. We especially loved its supermarket section looking for large delicious Spanish olives.

    The The The Supermarket section of El Corte Ingl��s in Madrid
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    El Jardin de Serrano, Madrid: One of the finest shopping centers in Madrid

    by hopang Updated Jul 13, 2013

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    El Jardin de Serrano Shopping Center is an upmarket high quality one stop shopping center with approximately 20 shops and eateries located in the heart of Salamanca District. It is not a very large shopping center. Nevertheless most shopping centers in the heart of the city of Madrid are comparatively small in contrast to those located on the outskirts of Madrid such as Xanadu. El Jardin de Serrano was constructed and renovated from two 19th centurty palaces. Opening hours are between 9.30 a.m. and 9.30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

    What to buy: Exclusive designer boutiques and other fashion clothing outlets, expensive shoes, jewellery and gift shops are located at El Jardin de Serrano Shopping Center. For those who are hungry and thirsty, there are cafe, bar and restaurants located at the basement of the shopping center.

    What to pay: Prices of goods are generally higher than many other outlets in the city as this is an upmarket shopping center. However it is well worth a visit to enjoy the environment, to chill out in air-conditioned arcade and to admire the interior decoration or simply window shopping.

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    Gypsie Markets in Spain

    by galaxyrain Written Jun 6, 2011

    Gypsie markets are so much fun to go to and you don't have to spend a lot to enjoy them. Most of them offer hand-crafted items such as feria dresses, shoes, shaws, jewelry, and souvenirs. You can also usually shop for olives, cheeses, nuts, wines and fish. On average, there are around 15 to 25 dealers or tents to shop through. I definately recommend going to one if you are in Spain.

    What to buy: I would buy anything from clay dolls to random hand crafted souvenirs. The wine is excellent, as well as the cheeses.

    What to pay: You can work the price, because usually nothing is set in stone and you can bargain with the dealer.

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    Fleamarkets

    by SirRichard Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    There are several flea markets all over Spain, but maybe the most famous is "El Rastro", in Madrid. It is held on sunday mornings in Madrid, around the "Ribera de Curtidores" street (Metro La latina, Puerta de Toledo or Anton Martin). Here you can find second hand things, furniture, clothes, books, records, souvenirs... and many many people... take care of your stuff, many pickpockets around too!!

    El Rastro, Madrid
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    Pharmacy: Helth Matters

    by annemariebyrne Written Aug 13, 2009

    Annie,
    Make sure you have a valid European Health Card (previously known as the E111 card) before you go, it entitles you to free emergency medical treatment in the public health system of all 27 EU countries.
    Spanish hospitals are generally of a very high standard and most will have staff who speak English, especially in busy tourist areas like the Costa del Sol, etc.
    Pharmacies are usually very efficient and helpful too.
    Drugs are much cheaper in Spain than in Ireland, not sure about the UK, but you might want to bring along prescriptions for any medications that you use regularly and stock up while you are there.
    Hope this helps, Anne Marie

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    Heron Outlets, Meridiana: Shopping at Heron City, Barcelona

    by hopang Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    This is a major shopping centre at Heron City which is only 10 minutes away from Central Barcelona by subway. Wide range of shops and restaurants are available at the shopping centre such as clothings, shoes, stationery, jewelleries, watches, optical shops, souvenirs shops, department stores, branded stores etc.

    What to buy: Clothings such as t-shirts can be recommended.

    What to pay: Prices are generally cheaper than those of the outlets in Central Barcelona.

    Heron City's shopping centre
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    Wet Market: Shopping at Las Ramblas in Barcelona

    by hopang Updated Feb 27, 2009

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    Approximately halfway down the street of Las Ramblas in Central Barcelona from Placa Catalunya, a wet market is located on the right side of the tree-lined street. A wide variety of wet consumer goods are available in the market such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats such as chickens, beefs, porks and muttons. The wet market may be tempting to some local and foreign tourists.

    For those who are thirsty especially after a long walk during the hot summer months of July and August, mouth-watering fresh fruit juices and iced cold fresh fruits may sound attractive!

    What to buy: Mouth-watering fresh fruit juices and cut fresh fruits look attractive.

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    Zara and others: Fast Fashion in Spain

    by DanielF Updated Jul 29, 2008

    Fashion design in Spain has, for many years, been considered too lackluster to play in the same level as Paris, Milan or even London. Moreover, many of its most prominent designers, such as Balenciaga, have developed their career in the fashion meccas rather in their home country. At the grand brand level, Spanish fashion has not taken gigantic steps yet, but the country has indeed achieved a global presence during the last decades in High Street Fashion. Zara, in particular, but also Mango, Bershka, Camper and many others have managed to offer a catwalk inspired fashion for very affordable prices, with a reasonable quality and within weeks since the trends are revealed in the most glamourous fashion shows.

    Inditex, the corporation which owns most of these fast-fashion chains, based in Galicia, is owned by a self-made man who started with a small atelier in his own home and has become the country's richest person and one of the most important tycoons worldwide.

    In this era of globalization, Zara and Mango stores have become so ubiquitous that it hardly makes sense to shop there in Spain. Yet, prices tend to be here lower than in other countries and the choice is often larger.

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    Traditional market halls

    by DanielF Updated Jul 4, 2008

    In spite of the ever growing success of pre-cooked deep-frozen foods, the average Spaniard still knows how and what to buy in the market; and how to cook at home on an everyday basis. Indeed, buying in traditional market halls is still a daily task for many Spaniards. Prices are not the lowest, but the high quality and the personalised service still provide a good value for money.

    Food matters are taken seriously by Spaniards and, for that reason, it is not odd that most of the local market halls are located in historical buildings in prominent places of the city. They are usually amazing pieces of architecture where the food items are carefully and colourfully displayed, so even if one does not need to buy any food, a visit to Some of the best known market halls in Spain, like the Boqueria in Barcelona or the Mercat Central in Valencia will still be rewarding. If you do decide to buy some food and have a possibility to cook, do not hesitate to ask for recipe advice for whatever you are buying. The grocer will tell you exactly how to make the best gazpacho with those juicy tomatoes, the fishmonger will enthusiastically explain how best to cook his cod a la vizcaína… and they all love to tell you.

    Fruit stall in the Mercat Central de Val��ncia
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    None In Peticular!: For A Great Shopping Experience!

    by ere_2k7 Written May 7, 2007

    For a great shopping exerience visit the capital of Palma its a dream for shoppers there is a shop for everything you want.

    What to buy: special/memorable spanish sovernirs to take home to memorise your holiday or give to family and friends ect.....!

    What to pay: Varies.

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    Alfonso Sonoma: Leather Goods are Great in Barcelona

    by deecat Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    The owner, Alfonso Sonoma, personally showed us the showroom and the place that the leather goods were made. All of his good leather is made of antelope.

    We purchased:

    Dark brown swing coat made of Antelope: Women

    Rust Brown jacket of antelop: Men

    Carmel colored sport's Coat of antelope: Men

    Black antelope leather jacket: Women

    We still have all four items and wear them regularly. They are beautiful, so well made, easy to take care of, and quite stylish.

    What to buy: They had everything of leather in all price ranges. They even make leather furniture.

    What to pay: The four coats that we purchased came to about $750.00, but prices were much better in 1999.

    Allan and I in new coats from Barcelona
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    What to Buy In Spain:: Spain is a Great Place to Shop

    by deecat Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    By now, most people realize that Spain is a wonderful place to purchase leather and shoes. The fashion houses in Madrid and Barcelona have flourished, and the demand for quality leather from Spain is high as is the desire to own a great pair of Spanish leather shoes.

    Craft industries in Spain have become big business, particularly the colorful ceramics for which Spain is famous. For centuries, clay dishes, tiles, vases, and other ceramics with bright colors and beautiful designs have been crafted. The Moors influenced many of these designs [the Islamic religion does not allow craftspeople to represent humans in their artwork]. Large ceramics factories are located near the big cities of Valencia and Seville; however, small towns make their own pottery in distinctive styles, too.

    Also, Spanish tiles are sold at El Rastro, Madrid's famous flea market.

    Spain's wine and sherry businesses are important also. The sherry is exported to 120 countries around the world. It is desired by many, but especially the British, who have been importing it since the 16th century!

    The traditional craft of lace-making is thriving again because of the tourist industry. I saw many people taking home lace items as a souvenir of Spain.

    What to buy: When you go to Spain, you don't need to purchase tacky souvenirs. Instead, purchase a nice leather belt, leather shoes, a lace tablecloth, some Majorcan pottery,El Rastro tiles, and the world-class sherry.

    Spanish ceramics in Majorcan
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    Granada - Bazaar

    by ant1606 Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    In the old city of Granada there's a colorful "souk" area where people cram through the narrow alleys full of sounds and merchandise. Traders speak a sort of Arabic dialect among themselves but use Spanish with customers, promoting the sale of average quality stuff at average price.

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    Sfera: Last shop to close

    by Jolaz Written Jun 5, 2006

    If you are a shopaholic like me, probably you wish to shop until all shops close. The 2 last shops that close are Sfera and El Ingles Department store. Both of them close at 10pm.

    Other closing time will be:

    Mango 9:00pm
    Zara 8:00pm, but some shops close later until 9:30pm ( I found the one in Barcelona close at this time)
    Blanco 8:00PM
    Camper 9:00pm

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