The Spanish city, Alicante, offers several shopping facilities. The shopping facilities range from activity laden busy local markets offering Spanish charms to indoor malls and shopping complexes. Cafes are strategically located near the shopping facilities allowing shoppers to grab quick bites and rest a bit after extensive shopping sessions.
Rambla de Mendez Nunez is the street to visit to get a taste of Alicante traditional shopping. A number of specialty shops and small stores are found lining up this busy street. For a more modern, high end shopping experience in Alicante, Masionnave would be the place to visit. Maisonnave stores offer shoppers the freedom of shopping till late into the night. The Gran Via is an indoor mall that offers a vast selection of boutiques while the Panoramis complex is the best place to shop, catch some lively entertainment and generally unwind.
Most Alicante modern stores close by around one or two in the afternoon. The traditional stores on the other hand provide shoppers with shopping services up until four or five in the afternoon. The modern stores however open their doors once more, later in the day, and provide their services up until eight in the evening. Alicante’s shopping complexes, malls and supermarket operate from nine in the morning to around six in the evening. A number of the stores operate throughout weekdays, with shorter hours during the weekends are rarely re-opening after they close on the weekends. Sundays see most shops remain closed.
While shopping in Alicante it is quite possible to find inexpensive gold jewelry ranging from bracelets, gemstone rings and exquisite selections of necklaces. leather made clothes and accompanying accessories such as shoes and handbags can also be found in Alicante. Antiques, handicrafts and a host of other goods can also be found while shopping in the Spanish city. Most shops stocking leather goods are situated in Alicante’s city center. The markets operate regularly through the week. The area around Esplanda hosts a popular market during winter, which offers visitors an authentically Spanish shopping experience. Sunday mornings see plaza Del Ayuntamiento play host to an antiques market. The Paseo Gadeo area also hosts a number of other markets. Many of the markets usually sell handicrafts ranging from pottery items to embroidered and woven items.
Close to the Postiguet beach are the El Corte Ingles department stores, which offer products ranging from toiletries to electrical and sports equipment. The Panoramis complex situated near the main habour of Alicante offers vast selections of shops and a cinema complex. The complex opens twenty hours offering an opportunity for shoppers to catch up on their shopping throughout the day and night. Situated inside a historic building is Mercado central that is the best place to shop for fresh produce ranging from meat, dairy products, pastries, fruits to vegetables.