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Shopping in Malaga, Marbella & the Costa del Sol

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With fantastic shops, big shopping centres and colourful street markets to choose from, the shopping in Malaga, Marbella and across the Costa del Sol is absolutely ideal if you're after a bit of retail therapy from your holiday. Beyond the big cities, small towns and villages offer curios, antiques and traditional arts and crafts pieces.

In the  most popular districts with visitors in Malaga, shops are allowed to open for as long as they want during Holy Week, the summer (1 July-15 September), Christmas, and local fiestas. In 2008, the towns included in this special business hours’ plan are Rincon de la Victoria, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Ronda and Nerja. With its population of 100,000 swelling significantly during peak seasons, Marbella is another shopping hotspot amongst visitors.

The shops closing later are those near the marinas. The eleven marinas on the Costa del Sol are ideal locations to go shopping. Puerto Marina, in Benalmadena, is the largest artificial marina in the world. It’s really beautiful thanks to its unique and stunning design, which turns the marina into a tourist attraction in its own right.

Marbella Shopping

The town of Marbella offers probably the best shopping experience on the Costa del Sol. There are a large number of major department stores and exclusive shopping centres in Marbella and, of course, there’s Puerto Banús. The marina gathers the world's leading brands, whose stores are the epitome of elegance and luxury. In Marbella, you’ll find the second store opened by shoe designer Jimmy Choo and other branded boutiques such as Prada, Hermes, Loewe, Dior or Versace. If you want to buy some jewellery from the latest collections, here you have more than fifty jewelleries to choose from, including Chanel, Carrera y Carrera, Bvlgari, Swarovski and many more.

The traditional associations of shopkeepers from Malaga are fostering the establishment of outdoor shopping centres that can compete with big department stores. These kind of shopping centres feature shops within a certain area, usually located in the historic centre. They offer free parking vouchers, accept credit cards, give out gifts and give discounts to customers. Currently, outdoor shopping centres can be found in central Malaga, Antequera, Marbella, Ronda, Mijas and Nerja, but fifteen more projects are under way.

Towns and Villages

Every town and village has its street markets which move to different locations through the week. You can buy and sell all kinds of items in the stalls: fresh food, shoes, clothes, crafts and electronics that are very low in price. They're called "rastrillos" or "mercadillos" in Spanish. Some of them, like the street markets in Marbella, Manilva or Fuengirola, offer only certain types of goods, for example, antiques, stamps or jewels.

Some of the best (and most authentic) shopping in Malaga revolves around its excellent food products. There are many varieties of olive oil – a major ingredient of the fantastically healthy Mediterranean diet– that can be purchased in Periana or Antequera. The raisins grown in Axarquia are used to make muscatel wine. Also tropical fruits are grown here. In the Serrania de Ronda they make cold meats and chestnut-based products. Fruits and vegetables are the main staples in Genal Valley. Typical sweets like “bienmesabe,” “torrijas” or “roscos de vino” can be found in Antequera, Ronda, Archidona or any village off the beaten track.

More Shopping Information

Featured Shopping Centres in Malaga Province:

La Veronica
Address: Avda. de Talavera, s/n. Antequera
Telephone: (+34) 952 704 007

La Trocha
Address: Carretera de Coin- Cartama, Km 1
Telephone: (+34) 952 452 350

Parque Miramar
Address: Avenida Encarnacion, s/n. Fuengirola
Telephone: (+34) 952 198 195

Larios Centro
Address: Avenida de la Aurora, 25. Malaga
Telephone: (+34) 952 369 393 / 952 369 078

La Cañada
Address: Carretera de Ojen, s/n. Marbella
Telephone: (+34) 952 860 142

Rincon de la Victoria
Address: Carretera Totalan, 36. Rincon de la Victoria
Telephone: (+34) 952 978 620

El Ingenio
Address: Avenida Juan Carlos, s/n. Velez Malaga
Telephone: (+34) 952 547 267

Malaga's Historic District Association,
Address: C\.Especerias, número 5, 1º D.
Telephone: (+34) 952 211 423

Markets and Street Markets in Malaga Province:

Location: La Cala de Mijas - Las Lagunas
Market hours: Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Malaga City
Location: Huelin District
Hours: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: La Paz District
Hours: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Martiricos District
Hours: Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: C/ Nueva
Hours: Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Antiques Street Market
Location: Manilva’s New Fairground
Hours: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Location: C/ Arroyo Primero
Hours: Monday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Nueva Andalucia – Puerto Banús
Location: Area of the Andalucia Plaza Shopping Centre and the Hall of Fame in Puerto Banús
Hours: Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Rincon de la Victoria
Location: Old road to Velez-Malaga
Hours: Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: La Noria Complex
Hours: Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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