Summer In Barcelona always promises good things – it means that the days are longer, the weather is warmer than ever, and you can stay out socializing into the early hours of the morning. For enthusiastic shoppers, summer also means one of Spain´s biggest sales events of the year, which lasts from the first of July until the end of August. Summer rebajas are here!
The best time to take advantage of these sales is in the first three weeks of July, as there are still a considerable amount of sales items left at this time. Some of the stores actually begin their sales on the 28th or 29th of June, so be sure to go early to get the best deals! If you haven’t gone yet, you’ve still got time to take advantage of deals on lots of clothing, home goods and more. Both Spanish and international clothing stores in Barcelona have sales, some of which offer discounts up to 50 percent, such as Zara, Bershka, Desigual, H&M, Mango, Stradivarius, and Springfield. If you´re looking for more besides just clothes, the Corte Inglés and Zara Home also offer sales with discounts of up to 50 percent.
Most regular store hours are from 9:30am to 1pm/2:00pm, and from 4:00/4:30pm to 8:30pm. We suggest going earlier in the day to beat crazy lines and stores filled to the brim with customers eager to take advantage of Barcelona´s renowned shopping scene.
Barcelona´s shopping scene
Throughout the year, Barcelona boasts an impressive array of shopping options, from the high-end stores on Passeig de Gràcia to Maremagnum shopping center. Many of the best areas are all connected by the Barcelona shopping line, which extends 5 kilometers and connects Diagonal, Eixample, Casca Antigua and el Born. Some of the major streets for shopping are along Passeig de Gràcia, Las Ramblas and Port d´Angel.
Barcelona Shopping Line
Here are some of the types of shopping you can do at each of these popular shopping areas as you seek out the best summer sales. On Avenida Diagonal, you can find luxury shopping, clothes shopping, and home decor. In Eixample, and particularly on on Passieg de Gràcia, you will find sports goods, designer and non-designer clothing, jewerly, and beauty stores. Las Ramblas and the surrounding streets in the Old City offer a variety of options such as beauty stores, clothing, souvenirs and homemade goods, shoe stores, and more. Lastly, stores in el Born offer handmade and authentic items, sustainable gifts, gourmet groceries and accessories. You can view a full list of stores on theBarcelona Shopping Line as well as a map on the Barcelona Shopping City website.
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Barcelona is also full of impressive shopping centers spread throughout the city, where you can go to escape the summer heat and shop for discounted clothes, toys, books, gourmet food, home goods, appliances, and items for all your other needs. Marmagnum shopping center, which offers panoramic ocean views, is accessible via the L3 metro to Drassanes station and the L4 to Barceloneta station. Another shopping center close to the ocean is Diagonal Mar, accessible via the L4 metro to El Maresme/Forum station. Las Arenas and L´Illa are also great shopping centers for families, accessible via the Plaza España metro station and maria Cristina metro station, respectively. To know read more about shopping at Barcelona´s indoor shopping centers, read our article that offers a comprehensive breakdown of where to go.
Thankfully, these huge sales also come back in the winter, starting in early January and lasting until late February or early March (this year winter sales lasted until March 6!) When winter sales come around, you can come to these centers to escape the cold and shop endlessly indoors.
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Main photo: sales on Passieg de Gràcia/ photo by Laura Place