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Barcelona – Shop Till You Drop

Written by Damien

Barcelona may not be in quite the same league as say Milan or Paris when it comes to fashion.  Yet after getting your Barcelona apartment rentals organized you will see that the inhabitants of this city are very fashion conscious.

Along with numerous outlets where designer outfits can be purchased, there are plenty of other amazing shops for you to explore.  But don’t just limit yourself to these why not spend a few hours strolling around the markets that are set up in various squares around the city.  You may even find one close to the area that has Barcelona apartments for rent that you like.

Throughout the week shops are open generally from around 10 each morning to 10 in the evening. However, you may come across the odd ones that like to stick rigidly to closing for a siesta in the afternoon.  Normally these shops tend to be closed from around 2 until 4.

The main areas where most shopping occurs in the city are located around areas such as La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia Avenida Diagonal, Placa Cataluyna, L’Lilla, which is located on Avenida Diagonal and El Triangulo.   Plus in the area known as Port Vell, there are numerous shops to be found in Maremagnum, this is in Moll de Espanya.

If you are looking for a bargain then you should look at getting up early.  Throughout the week various markets take place throughout the city.   If you are looking for say some unique pieces to decorate your long term rental Barcelona then head over to Placa Nova as every Thursday you will find a great antique market taking place here. However, if you would prefer to save money then every Monday, Wednesday and Friday around Placa Les Glories Catalanes a second-hand market is open.

One thing you should be aware of when it comes to shopping in Barcelona and Spain for that matter is that they only have two big sales every year. The first of these will take place from either the first or second week of January and lasts until the end of February.  Whilst the second sale tends to start in the middle of July and this goes on until the end of August. The discounts offered in such sales are usually quite good and range from between 20 and 50%. However, if you are willing to wait and go shopping towards the end of the sales as I usually do then you can find that you may get discounts of up to 70% instead.

Of course, if you happen to be visiting Barcelona when the sales are on and you happen to live outside the EU (European Union) you are entitled to claim back the tax you paid on your purchases.  However, you can only claim the tax back on goods you purchased that cost more than 90 Euros.

Even if you don’t buy anything, going shopping in Barcelona can be an amazing experience.   Not only are the staff very friendly but also extremely helpful.

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Damien

Damien loves languages, learning, food, startups and... Barcelona!

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