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Spain Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips

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Spain Shopping

Shop at the Spanish version of Macy’s, browse a shopping and entertainment center, buy sweet treats from nuns or get a damascene dagger. Here’s where.

Barcelona

El Corte Ingles is the premier Department Store Chain in Spain. This department store chain has several branches in Barcelona of which the Largest is along Plaza Catallunya, near the La Ramblas. which has 10 floors. El Corte Ingles food store has great selection of almost everything. A little pricey but good quality, and quite a bit more expensive than supermarkets like El Campo.

Madrid

Centro Comercial La Vaguada is Madrid’s biggest shopping centre, with over 350 outlets including a Corte Inglés and a large supermarket, as well as a traditional fresh food market. It also has an entertainment floor with a cinema, disco, bowling alley and mini-fairground. It’s a long way from the city center, but there is a fast metro link.

Sevilla

El Torno only offers sweets made by nuns in monasteries or convents in Sevilla and other cities in Andalucia. Prices are fair and the products are without any chemical ingredients. It’s very healthy, and when you shop here you help the nuns who depend on their sales.

Toledo

The Damasquinados Suarez Factory is one of the many Damascene Steel factories in Toledo, which is famed as the former Imperial Capital of Spain and the center of Damascene Steel making in Spain. This technique involves inlaying different metals into one another – usually, gold or silver into a darkly oxidized steel background to produce intricate patterns. This factory is located outside the old city walls along Paseo Circo Romano, and they allow tours in the factory area where local artisans make damascene products like swords, shields, blades and knives. The tours are free.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Spain.

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