Top tips for "shopping night" in Spain
Shop window in Madrid.
Street fashion. Paseo de Gracia. Barcelona.
Shop window in Barcelona.
If you barely have any time for shopping on your trip, here's a good solution. Why not spend an evening out discovering all this season's latest trends, enjoying large discounts off your purchases and –in the process– becoming a "shopping night addict".
Numerous destinations in Spain schedule these fun evenings out in homage to fashion and shopping with an array of events and experiences. The shops stay open until midnight to offer their customers exclusive opportunities in a very festive atmosphere. You'll find numerous options to choose from during your "shopping night" experience. You'll find purchases with excellent value for money because most shops lay on special offers; you can listen to live music in your favourite shop while being prepared your welcome cocktail; you can take part in a variety of competitions; and if you feel like it, you can pose for photocalls like a professional model. You'll meet major designers, and you may be one of the lucky few to see all the latest trends to be showcased on the international catwalks. Here are a few of the destinations that stage shopping nights, generally in the summer months. In Madrid the event takes place from September to October in the area around the central shopping street of Calle de Serrano (https://www.esmadrid.com/agenda/vogue-fashions-night-out). In Barcelona the event is held later, from late November to December, and starts at the beginning of Paseo de Gracia until the intersection with Calle Diagonal. It features design workshops, photocalls and sessions with make-up artists and stylists for visitors. http://theshoppingnightbcn.com/es/ Shopping nights in Valencia (http://shopeningnight.es/) take place in June, in the central streets and all the main shopping areas in the city (Calle Paz, Poeta Querol, and the surrounding areas). Highlights of the programme include the "streetstyle" competition, where prizes are awarded for the best look among all the participants, and the activities around the Colón market. In Bilbao (http://www.bilbaoshoppingnight.com/) the latest shopping nights have taken place in June in the area around the busy street of Calle Ercilla –the best idea is to check the schedule it is not an annual event.Córdoba’s shopping night (http://shoppingnightcordoba.es/), in June, is one of the busiest, bringing together hundreds of retailers, and features street entertainment and free concerts provided by the city council. During the celebration, the main hotels in the city frequently have tourist packages with discounts in hotels, in addition to other special offers. The Galician version, which takes place in the main shopping avenues in Vigo (http://vigoshoppingnight.centroprincipe.com/), welcomes in the summer in June-July. Each edition is enhanced with the success of previous editions, and more and more cities, labels and boutiques are starting to organise open-doors evenings. This entertaining experience is an attractive option for anyone visiting Spain, because there are surprises in store for all who take part. For example, you can enjoy some sushi while you try on your favourite model, or you can take part in a selfie competition. Although you'll find much, much more. There's also something for foodies, who'll have the opportunity to sample culinary creations in the street. How do you fancy a melon gazpacho, a glass of flower water, or a pistachio canapé? You can do that too on your shopping night. If your visit to Spain coincides with a "shopping night", make sure you take the opportunity to stop by and make the most of its festive shopping atmosphere. You'll see all the main shopping streets in the city teeming with people, all set on enjoying a fantastic evening's shopping, browsing the latest fashions, and following all the top trends on the most fashion-conscious night of the year. Don't miss this event, and ask for more information at a tourist information point when you get to your destination.
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