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First European Shopping Destination: Barcelona

First European Shopping Destination: Barcelona
Written by Allison

This year saw Barcelona being unveiled as the number one city for tourist shopping in Europe. In fact in a study carried out by ESADE business school along with Value Retail a UK Company it was found that 34% of all spending when it comes to shopping in Barcelona is directed at retail, and it places it firmly a head of not only London, but also Paris and Amsterdam.

Luxury Brands 2As part of the study called “Shopping Tourism In Europe: Value Retail?” it was found that 1 in 3 visitors to this particular destination said shopping would be the main activity they undertook.

The average amount being spent by those when shopping in Barcelona was around €295 during 2013. As a result of such spending the sales growth when it came to tax free shopping in the city rose by 44%, which is huge when you compare it to other cities or countries. This is because Barcelona remains the main cruise port in Europe and is only fourth behind those cruise ports located in Florida or the Caribbean. This has helped to make the city an easy destination for travellers from around the world to visit.

If you were expecting it to be Europeans who were the main purchasers of goods in Barcelona you would be wrong. Leading the charge is the Japanese, who are then followed by the American, Koreans and Chinese. In fact nowadays those travelling from China make up 21% of visitors to the city and make up 40% of all sales made. In fact over the past 2 years sales of goods to non European tourists at duty free shops has grown by about 40%.

Clothing stores

Certainly when it comes to shopping in Barcelona visitors will find themselves spoilt for choice. However there are certain stores that should not be missed during a visit to the city.

Cruise_Ship-268x300For clothing then head to stores such as Mango, Bershka, Zara or Stradivarius. All of these have a range of good quality items that are inexpensive. However if you are looking or something a little more elegant or timeless to wear then stores like Custo or Massimo Dutti are the places to go.

For good quality well priced cosmetics then time spent exploring stores like Sephora or El Corte Ingles is a must. The great thing about El Corte Ingles is that within the store you’ll find an area specially set aside where you can take your receipts in order to get back any tax you may have paid on goods that you are entitled to take home with you duty free.

For those who would prefer not having to spend hours walking around the city looking for the goods you want then a visit to La Roca Village is a must. Located just outside the city there is a regular bus service that will take you there and bring you back. The cost of the 50 minute journey is just €3.05, but the time spent on the bus will be totally worth it.

About the author


Allison is a writer who has spent a number of years traveling around Europe before deciding to make Spain her home. Since then, she has spent a lot of time enjoying all that the city of Barcelona has to offer.

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