Shopping in Marbella

Shopping-in-MarbellaBeing situated on Spain’s Costa del Sol in southern Andalucía and renowned as the most favoured tourist destination, Marbella is synonyms to luxury and beauty. Apart from those fashionable beach resorts, elegant golfing courses and sightseeing; the city is considered as shopaholic’s paradise, going by the nature of the whole Spain which was involved in opening up early trade routes across the oceans.

Shopping in Marbella is an integral part in your travel to Costa del Sol. The resort town offers several large shopping complexes, super markets, retail outlets, specialty food shops, designer boutiques and handicraft stores from where you can buy almost everything from daily needs to designer clothes of the most exclusive brands.

If you are not either in mood to spend time in those luxury beachside villas or try your hands in golfing, shopping is the best replacement option for refreshment, while experiencing the flavour of some delicious cuisines. However, a simple walk along the streets could give you the right idea of the true colour of Marbella and the beauty of Spanish lifestyle.

There is a wealth of shopping centres, restaurants and cafes in Marbella city centre as well as in regions like Puerto Banus, Golden Mile and Estepona. The Marbella Old Town is alive with small shops that are treasure trove for art and craft items. Here, probably you can make your best purchase among a diverse range of items such as handicrafts, leather goods, shoes, perfumes, jewellery and souvenirs among others.

In shops like Ceramica San Nicolas and Artesania Espanola you can buy some beautiful hand-crafted ceramics. However, it’s natural to find those products expensive but a welcome bargain can land you at a good deal; so, it is better to shop around a bit. Among other hand-made works, there are glassware, embroidery, paintings, and ironwork that may suit your pocket.

If you are more fashion conscious, and have the price to afford, marina Puerto Banus is the best place to shop for. This is the place known for its designer’s stores and fashion boutiques, especially those world famous clothing and shoe brands. Centro Commercial Benabola and El Corte Ingles are two of the crowded shopping centres. The latter is considered as the largest department store of Spain and boasts hundreds of shops in a large shopping complex.

Besides, there are quite a few shops spread along the seafront which include: Ekseption, Emporio Armani, Spirit and Superga Store with an array of shop windows to suit everyone’s taste and budget. Alongside those top fashion boutiques, there is a also flea market held every Saturday where you will find the best shopping experiences while testing your haggling skills.

Situated in the Marbella bypass, Centro Comercial La Canada is a must shopping trip in your visit to Marbella. With over 150 shops including fashion boutiques, restaurants, cinemas, and many small variety stores, it is now the biggest commercial area in town. Here you can find almost everything: home decoration, gifts, expensive clothing, etc. Else, you may spend some quality time with your family while enjoying a movie in the multiplex or check out some weekly events at its exhibition space.

A little distance from the Marbella city centre, you can also check out Laguna Village situated in Estepona – Andalucia’s fishing port. This sumptuously built shopping establishment in between Marbella and Estepona is another must visit place to find a variety of items while experiencing a rich and lavish lifestyle. Of course, those spas, health centres and the fashionable Puro Beach Club further add worth.

Shops in Marbella are open from Monday to Saturday 10am – 10pm, while the shopping hours are reduced on Saturdays. During fiestas and summer months, some shopping malls are even open on Sundays. Lastly, travellers must not miss those colourful street markets spread throughout most of Marbella, as these are mirror to the real and vibrant culture of Spain as a whole.

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