Shopping in Alicante
Alicante markets are very popular and central to the culture of the towns in Alicante province, you will see they can be found almost everyday. These markets cater for a wide range of goods and articles, some offer antiques whilst many offer the fresh fruit and vegetable produce particular to the region. There are many florist and plant garden centres. There’s a lot more to Alicante than just shopping, and I have prepared a big guide to Alicante holidays just for you – all about the the sights to see, nightlife, things to do, where to eat, and where to stay.
Hours change from shop to shop. Most will open in the morning, some in the afternoon and there will be some that open for business in the evening. There really are too many markets to mention in Alicante, but the easiest to find is the daily one held on the Explanada d’Espanya where you can buy garments, ceramics, jewellery and assorted knick knacks.
There is also an art market on the Paseo Gadeo and street markets on Campoamar, Carolinas and Benalua y Babel. If you love bric a brac then visit antique collectors market and stamp fair held every Sunday morning in the square in front of the Town Hall.
In recent years, as the city has grown so has the quantity & quality of its retail outlets. You will find something for everybody, from international labels to local crafts, in designer stores, department stores and even outdoors. Locally produced products, of a quality that is internationally recognized, are the most popular purchases.
Of the foods, we recommend the fish and vegetable preserves, olives stuffed with anchovies, chocolates, dates, sugared almonds (peladillas) and nougats (turrones). And of the drinks, the wines, anisettes and fruit liqueurs. Leather items include clothing for men and women, and the accessories for which Alicante is justly famous, its shoes, bags, wallets, belts, etc.
Alicante Shopping is also famous for its rugs, toys and dolls, as well as for its 100% handcrafted pottery and basketwork items. Shopping in Alicante is definitely a must. Either if it is for yourself, family or friends, you will find something worth it to take with you.
Shopping in Alicante Area
El Corte Inglés, Spain’s giant department store chain is located in av Maisonnave. There you will find just about everything. There is one at each end of the street, they sell different products. One sells household items and has a supermarket area and the other sells mainly fashion products and jewellery.
Don’t worry about running out of shops! The main shopping streets Rambla de Méndez Núñez and the Avenida Maisonnave, as well as their surrounding streets are the most popular areas selling designer garments and the latest in fashion. In this area, there are many department stores and famous brands that stay open until 9.00pm. Famous brands with a presence in this area include Zara, Springfield, Mango, and TZ Fabricantes (Spanish clothing with very good quality and very reasonable prices).
Go to El Barrio, Alicante’s old quarter, for streets full of small stores. Calle Mayor is the ideal starting point. Alicante also has a large mall. The Panoramis Mall is located near the harbour. It is similar to malls found in America, with a large variety of stores. In addition, the mall offers a beautiful view of the harbour area.
The largest and most popular street markets are Campoamor, Carolinas, Benalúa y Babel (Thursdays and Saturdays). On Sunday mornings, the Town Hall square attracts philatelists and antique enthusiasts who come to the flea market to snag a bargain.
The Central Market on Avenida Alfonso el Sabio is a must-visit. It is open five days a week, and closed on weekends. Timings are 0700 to 1430, and Saturday 0730 to 1500. During the summer, there’s a beautiful market on the Explanada de España.
Alicante Shopping Centres
These are the best Alicante shopping centres in the city. Enjoy yourself!
- El Corte Inglés
Avda. Maisonnave, 53 Tel. 901 122 122 Avda. Federico Soto, 1 Tel. 901 122 122
- Boulevard Plaza
Avda. de la Estación Tel. 965 92 84 40
- Centro Comercial Gran Vía
José García Sellés, 2 Tel. 965 25 06 42
Muelle de Poniente, 6 +34 965 98 93 00
- Mercado Central
Avda. Alfonso X el Sabio, 1 +34 965 14 07 63
- Puerta de Alicante
Avda.Alcalde Lorenzo Carbonell, s/n +34 965 112 169
- Plaza Mar 2
Avda. Denia,1 +34 965 159 523
Antonio Ramos Carratalá, s/n +34 965 261 589
Bridal Shops in Alicante
It’s a beautiful thought – to walk down the aisle with your soul mate dressed in a wedding gown that is sublimely beautiful. Every girl dreams of wearing a gorgeous bridal gown.
A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and people spend lavishly on weddings. But you can get the most beautiful bridal gowns in Alicante at less than half the price that you would elsewhere. It’s a bit of a secret, but Alicante really is a super shopping destination for bridal wear.
Alicante bridal wear shops sell the complete works – shoes, veils, tiaras, jewellery, decorations, everything. The gowns have delicate embroidery and sport designs from traditional to modern. Pick up great dresses for the bridesmaid and the flower girls. You will save money that you can spend elsewhere.
Choose from a variety of luxurious fabrics and beautiful styles in the colour you want and the size that suits your figure. You will find some of the Shops within the same area, around Calle Gerona, in the city centre.
These are some of the most popular Bridal Shops in Alicante:
- JESÚS PEIRO
Address:c/Gerona 21 Alicante
Address:C/ Gerona, 3 Alicante
- ROSA CLARA
Address:C/ Gerona, 12 Alicante
- PEPE BOTELLA
Address:C/ Bazan 8 Alicante
Address:c/ Rambla de Mendez Nuñez 19 Alicante
- DE FILT DE VINT
Address: C/ Els Alcamora, 30. Alcoy. Alicante
Weekly Alicante Street Markets
Callosa d’En Sarria, Dénia, Elche (Plaza de la fruta, Plaza de Barcelona and Plaza de Sant Josep), Ibi, Monovar, Petrer, Santa Pola, La Nucia
Altea (farm produce), Aspe, Benidorm (farm produce), Elda. Jijona, Orihuela, Pilar de Horardada (Mil Palmeras).
Alcoy, Banereres, Benejama, Benidorm, Callosa de Segura, Campello, Guardamar del Segura, Muchamiel, Novelda, Ondara, Petrer, Sax, Teulada, Polop de la Marina (farm produce).
Alicante, Agost, Albatera, Castilla, Cocentania, Jávea, Pego, Rojales, Villajoyosa, Villena.
Alfaz del Pi, Azafara, Crevillente, Dénia (Rastro), Delores, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Moraira, Muro de Alcoy, Monforte del Cid, Pilar de Horadada, La Nucia, Onil, Vergel and Torrevieja.
Alcoy, Alicante, Almoradí, Benejuzar, Benejama, Benissa, Calpe, Castalla, Cocentaina, Elche (Plaza de la fruta, Plaza de Barcelona and Plaza de Sant Josep: Plaza del Raval has a handicrafts markets), Elda, Novelda, Pinoso, Pedreguer, San Juan, San Vincente, Sax, Santa Pola and Jálon (Rastro).
Aguas de Busot, Benidorm (Rastro), Busot, Elche (Plaza del Raval handicrafts market), La Alguena, La Matanza, La Murada de los Vicentes, La Nucia (Rastro), Pedreguer (Rastro) and Torremanzanas.