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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (read 930 times)
Shopping in Barcelonaby Lauren
If you like shopping, you’ll love Barcelona!
Barcelona is home to the longest shopping parade in the world. It stretches on and on for an impressive 5km! It starts at the top of the famous tree-lined Las Ramblas and extends all the way to Avenue Diagonal. The shopping parade comprises both high-street and designer so it’s a great day out for shopaholics of all budgets! El Corte Ingles is Spain’s answer to John Lewis and Debenhams and can be found in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona.
Traditional shops in Barcelona close for a siesta between the hours of 2pm and 5pm but some of the big brand names stay open all day long until 9pm in some cases! If you are spending Christmas in Barcelona, it’s worth sticking around to see the January sales which start in the second week of the New Year. It is important to note that you must present photo ID if you want to pay for your purchase using a credit or debit card.
La Roca Village
La Roca Village is an outlet store 40 minutes away from the city centre. Arguably it’s Vale La Pena with discounts of up to 60% on last seasons clothing lines! There are regular buses going to and from the La Roca Village making it easily accessible. It is a great place to stop off on the way to the Costa Brava as it’s like a half way mark.
Muted Tones Rather Than Bright Colors
Los Barcelonéses are renowned for being fashion conscious so it’s easy for a tourist to stand out. Spanish people as a general rule opt for muted tones rather than bright colors. They are big fans of tailoring and good quality material. Moreover, they dress conservatively – short shorts and mini-skirts are a no-no unless you’re on the beach where virtually anything goes – think thong bikinis!
An increasingly popular thing to do when visiting Barcelona is to get a personal shopper. They will guide you round the labyrinth of shops and give you advice on what colors and styles to go for depending on your skin tone and body shape. This is a sure-fire way of coming home with a few classic items of clothing that will not go out of fashion!
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