Young woman shopping at a hippie market

Spain: one of Europe’s best shopping destinations


When you're on holiday, you might want to buy a souvenir, or treat yourself to a little something. Shopping in Spain is really easy because it's packed with little shops, luxury brands and lively markets. Whatever your tastes, and whatever it is you like shopping for, it’s bound to be here for you.So find the definition of shopping that best suits your personality, and take note!


Spain has big cities with posh shops selling well-known luxury brands. Some of the most famous high-end shopping areas are the Salamanca neighbourhood in Madrid, known as the Golden Mile; Passeig de Gracia and the Sarrià-Sant-Gervasi district in Barcelona; Gran Vía in Bilbao; and Puerto Banús in Marbella. 

Shops in Puerto Banús, Marbella


By purchasing these artisanal goods made with love, you’re also supporting small businesses in Spain. Cáceres is known for wickerwork products, Guadalupe for copper, and Elche specialises in footwear. Leather crafts can be found in various places, but Ubrique, a small village in Andalusia, is particularly worth mentioning. Toledo is famous for fine metalwork, steel and wrought iron, and you'll find some interesting and unusual pieces. And in places like Teruel and Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), you'll be surprised by the pottery. You'll want to take everything home with you!

A sword shop in Toledo


You can leave Spain with your case packed with culinary souvenirs to delight the palate. Some of these products you will find throughout the country, such as olive oil and wine, whereas others are typical of specific areas. In the north you could pick up a Tarta de Santiago cake and some anchovies from Santoña. On the central plateau, cecina (dried, salted beef) from León, morcilla (black pudding) in Burgos, and ham in Teruel. Some traditional local cheeses: manchego from Castilla-La Mancha, Mahón from Menorca, and Idiazábal from the Basque Country and Navarre. In the south you'll find alfajores, a sweet treat from Murcia and Andalusia. If you're looking for spices, there’s saffron from Aragon and pimentón (paprika) from La Vera.

Santoña anchovies on bread with tomato and olive oil


Usually related with the hippie lifestyle. The spiritual home of this shopper is Ibiza. Although there are other places, such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, or anywhere on the Costa del Sol, for example Marbella.

Hippie style on the beach with a sarong


Many Spanish brands support sustainability, organic food and slow fashion, and they’re all over the country. You’ll find small eco-friendly shops everywhere, from Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao to the Gràcia and Born districts in Barcelona. 

Organic clothing


Giving clothes and objects a second lease of life is nothing new, but the vintage boom in Europe has led to the opening of lots of shops throughout Spain. 

El Rastro street market in Madrid
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