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Barcelona is a major shopping showcase. Its range of shops are a combination of tradition and modernity. The city's main shopping thoroughfare is known as the "Barcelona Shopping Line" and covers a mainly pedestrian only area. The Bus Shopping Line is a good way to move around and travels the entire Shopping Line. The main shopping areas are Port Vell; La Rambla; The Gothic Quarter; Pl.de Catalunya; the Eixample and the Diagnol.

Shops generally open from 9 or 10am until 13.30 and again from 16.00 until about 21.00. For visitors residing outside the EU tax can be reclaimed on purchases above 90 euros by completing the appropriate forms and having the forms stamped by customs as you leave Spain.

Shopping Malls and large Department Stores
Barcelona Glories: Avda Diagonal 208, Eixample (93 486 04 04). Metro: Glories.
Diagnol Mar: Avda Diagonal 3, Poblenou (902 53 03 00). Metro El Maresme Forum
El Corte Ingles: Plaça Catalunya 14, Eixample (93 306 38 00). Metro Catalunya
L'illa: Avda Diagnol 545, Eixample (93 444 00 00). Metro Cristina
Maremagnum: Moll d'Espanya, Port Vell (93 225 81 00). Metro Drassanes.

Barcelona Markets
Antiques Market
Small antiques sold in stalls in front of the cathedral every Thursday. Plaça Nova, Barri Gotic.

Book and Coin Market
Coins, books and posters sold outside every Sunday morning. Mercat de Sant Antoni, C/Comte d'Urgell 1. Eixample.

Els Encants
A large flea market that is best visited in the morning. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. C/Dos de Maig 186, Plaça de Glories, Eixample. Use Metro Glories.

Mercat de Sant Josep
A well stocked covered market about half way down La Rambla.

Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona’s importance in finance, commerce, arts, local/ international trade and tourism cannot be denied, thus conferring upon it the title of a Global City. As a major economic powerhouse, Barcelona’s financial centre is in the Diagonal Mar area. It is one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports and the 6th richest city by GDP in Europe. According to official EU statistics for 2008, Its GDP PPP per capita is €30,700 (23.3% higher than the average European Union's GDP PPP per capita). Barcelona Metropolitan Area has GDP amounting to €177 billion (€ 35,975 per capita) in 2008, (44.4% higher than the average European Union's GDP per capita).
As in most modern cities, the services sector has supplanted the manufacturing sector though the latter has not lost any of its importance. The region's leading industries today are logistics, textiles, chemical, electronic, pharmaceutical, motor, printing, publishing, telecom and information technology services.

Markets
Shopping in Barcelona
There are a number of guides and free e-Books on shopping in Barcelona. There is apparently a very large variety of apparel retail outlets to suit all tastes and budgets, from the very affordable, young Spanish local brands like Bershka to the very top in international haute couture names like Chanel.

Bershka Retail Shop
Av. Portal d´Angel; Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3), Website:
www.bershka.com

The fact that Bershka provides twice the value for money makes Bershka Spain’s most visited and popular shops for girls/women in the 14-30 year age group. It is much more than great for basics. More or less In the same genre are Stradivarius, Pull & Bear and Pimpkie, all of which are on the same road, a birdwatcher’s delight.

Zara/Mango
Av. Portal d´Angel, 24 & 34 (though they can be found everywhere e.g. Passeig de Gracia and Calle Pelai), Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3); Official Website: www.zara.com

Massimo Dutti
Av. Portal d´Angel, 7/ Carrer Pelai; Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3), www.massimodutti.com
These are Spanish brands, in which Zara is a mite ahead of its competition as it uses the just-in-time replenishment policy in its supply chain. If its International brands that you want, then the best solution is to simply walk down Passeig de Gracia, in search of Diesel, Miss Sixty, MaxMara, Chanel and Luis Vuitton.
Swimwear in Barcelona

Calzedonia
Av. Portal d´Angel, 7/ Carrer Cucurulla; Metro: Catalunya/Liceu, (Green Line, L3), 10 minute walk from either station.

Women’s Secret:
Carrer Cucurulla, Metro: Catalunya/ Liceu, (Green Line, L3)
Barcelona Shopping for Men

Cool
Consell de Cent, 233, Metro: Urguell (Red Line, L1)

Purificacion Garcia
Passeig de Gracia, Metro: Passeig de Gracia, (Green Line, L3) 10 min walk.

Diesel
Passeig de Gracia, Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) 7 min walk; www.diesel.com

Ovlas
Via Laietana, 33, Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4)

Taxi Moda
Passeig de Gracia, 81, Metro: Passeig Gracia (Green Line, L3) or (Yellow Line, L4)

Art Markets
Mercadillo de la Plaça de Sant Josep, Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol; Metro: Liceu, (Green Line, L3), Every weekend.

Flea Markets
Fira de Nautumismo, Plaça Reial; Metro: Liceu, (Green Line, L3); Sundays 10:00-14:30.
Mercat Del Encants, Plaça de les Glories Catalanes, C. Dos de Maig, 186; Metro: Glories, (Red Line, L1); Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat from 08:30.

Miscellaneous Markets
Fira de Santa Llucia, P. de la Seu; Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4); 1st- 24th December; 10:00-20:00 (times may vary). This is Barcelona’s Christmas fair, a totally Catalan affair, boisterous, noisy and very crowded at weekends. The Catalans have a very peculiar or even unbelievable rite, in that they display the Cagnares, which are little figurines, defecating in their nativity scenes!
Other Shopping Centres

Other shopping centres are Barcelona Glòries - Giant commercial centre with 230 well-known shops; Centre Comercial Maremàgnum; Diagonal Mar - The latest and most modern commercial centre in Barcelona with more than 250 stores; El Bulevard Rosa, with over 100 shops dedicated to apparel boutiques; El Corte Inglés, which needs no introduction and La Maquinista - Catalonia’s largest and newest mall, three level, 225 shops ranging from top-rung designers to ready-to-wear fashions (Benetton, H&M).

Tax Free shopping in the EU
All tourists from outside the EU are entitled for VAT rebate on goods meant to be taken home. The rates of rebate vary from Country to Country. Please check the procedure for getting your VAT rebate.


 
 

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