Wherever you look, you’ll find great opportunities for doing some Valencia shopping. You’ll see large and beautiful markets, shopping centers and a wide selection of souvenir shops that remain open when everyone else is closed.
Shopping Malls and Markets
You’ll want to start your Valencia shopping at the Central Market. Aside from having a magnificent architectural design, it’s the oldest in Europe. It’s in fact more than eight centuries old. You’ll find that doing your Valencia shopping here is a pleasant experience. There’s music, entertainment, food and stalls packed with produce, flowers and all types of merchandise. They sell every souvenir imaginable, but best of all, at incredibly cheap prices.
The Paseo Maritimo or Oceanside promenade is also a great venue for Valencia shopping. If you’re looking for inexpensive cotton clothing for the summer heat, look no further. Vendors along the stretch carry a nice selection of skirts, blouses and men’s shirts at good prices. And if you want to buy a gift for someone, they have toys, leather goods, Spanish and African handicrafts.
To enjoy an air-conditioned setting while Valencia shopping, spend the afternoon at Aqua. This large shopping center houses an array of fashion boutiques, electronics and appliance outlets, fragrance and cosmetics icons as well as a handful of eateries.
Perhaps when you began your Valencia shopping you thought that malls and markets were the ideal place to find everything under the sun. You’re partially right. However, Valencia shopping at el Corte Ingles will leave you more than impressed. It’s a must for everyone touring the city. It’s a shopper’s dream and a Mecca of retail. You can purchase an airline ticket, get your nails done, buy a new wardrobe, have a delightful luncheon and buy presents for everyone in your life. You can also find top of the line mementos, books and house décor. And if you’re looking for gourmet treats to take home, the grocery store is bewildering in size.
If you frequent book fairs, you’ll love the Book Asylum. It’s the right venue to obtain rare collectibles. The store will remind you of an old fashion library. It’s cozy and inviting and stacked to the ceiling with books. They carry editions relating to any subject.
And no visit would be complete without Valencia shopping at Lladro. This internationally famous porcelain and ceramic is made in a town nearby. Take time to walk through every story, exquisitely decorated with items. And if you see something you like, don’t worry, they’ll ship it to your home. The store also displays silk ties and leather handbags with details in porcelain. They’re exquisite.
But the smaller members of the family also need to get their treats. At Jugueteria Dona Flor, even the toughest child to please will find something to peak their interest. There are huge doll houses, kits, airplane models and lots of miniature items.
Tip: They have a doll hospital sure to leave your child’s best friend repaired and looking like new if need be.