Shopping at Lanzarote

September 30, 2012 | By | Reply More

Shopping Paradise

 

Lanzarote is a shoppers paradise with good climate, beaches and it also offers the best in shopping be it window shopping or planned shopping. Lanzarote has a wealth of boutiques, souvenir shops, small bazaars to high end designer boutiques & shopping malls.

 

Shopping at Lanzarote

Added to the variety of shopping choices is the low VAT regime of Canary Islands which can result is substantial saving. July – Aug and 7th Jan to End Feb are the period in which most shops offers special discounts for these periods called “Rebajas” locally. However all year round you can get bargains.

Tobacco, Liquor, Branded Perfumes, Clothes, Souvenirs are some of the popular tourist buying choices. These are on sales throughout the island at different stores. You can save substantially if you are coming from Mainland Europe due to the low VAT regime at Canary Islands.

 Duty Free Allowances

Alcohol

Wine x 2 litres

Spirits 22% ABV plus x 1 litre

Spirits less than 22% ABV x 2 litres

 Tobacco

Cigarettes x 200

Cigarillos x 100

Cigars x 50

Rolling Tobacco x 250gm

 

You will find a large number of electronic shops too throughout the islands. It should be noted that some electronic shops especially in the tourist areas are prone to cheating / bargaining. It would be better if you do some research and buy. Please be aware of your rights and in case you are not satisfied you can go the office of the Consumer Protection agency and complain. Their telephone number is (+34) 928 803367. They will act promptly to correct any wrong doing.

Visanta, Norty Sur, Millar are some big and reputed electronic dealers with fixed prices. There are some others such as Hnos Sam, Tiendas Especializada, Informatica Lanzarote who have good repute and will offer you a good variety and at a reasonable fixed marked price.

While shopping and paying by way of a Credit you would be asked for your passport or some official identification please do not feel offended as it is a Spanish norm for your own protection. Please note many shops may not accept your driving license as an official document as proof. It would be advisable to have your countries National Identity card or Passport along to avoid any inconvenience.

In general Lanzarote is fairly safe and carrying cash too is not a problem.

 

Good local buys

Apart from the usual if you are looking for something typical of Canary Islands you can consider locally handmade pottery, local lace or embroidered textiles, especially tablecloths and handkerchiefs. Aloe Vera plants and products, Africa art and craft also is widely available and sold.  Carved wooden articles, drums are sold. A smaller version of the guitar the timble is also available on sale. Canary Island people play the timble with many folk songs and dance. A few pearl and semi precious stones are also on sales locally which maybe a good buy for the ladies to take back.

 

Shopping in Arrecife

Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, has undergone a transformation from old shops to now having designer stores with reputed National & International labels for clothes, shoes, and perfume and wines.

 

Wine Shop, Arrecife

The main shopping areas in Arrecife include the streets of Calle José Antonio, Canalejas and Calle Fajardo, the main shops are present along the Calle León y Castillo, which is known locally as the Calle Real. Tiendas Especializada has a big store in this store with its own parking and Super market Hiperdino. Several designer labels such as Zara etc have their shop there.

During week days the shops are open from around 09:00 hours to 09:30 hours until around 14.00 hours. They close for siesta for about 3 hours and re-open for the evening shift between 16:30 to 17.00 hours to close around – 20.00 hours. On Saturdays opening hours are approximately from 09.00 to 14.00.

Arrecife´s  special flea market is a recent addition and is held on every Saturday between 09:00 hours to 16:00 hours where you can find local food, handicraft, clothes etc all at a bargain.

 

Shopping in Playa Honda

 

Playa Honda is just a couple of kms from the capital on the way to the airport. Playa Honda is home to one of the largest shopping centers of the island – Deiland. It has designer boutiques, a super market and an array of shops for clothes, shoes, sports wear, perfumes, electronic goods. It also has a sprinkle of restaurants, cafés, a game centre and even cinema halls. Some international stores such as The Body Shop, Burger king etc are also present at the mall. The Shopping mall mostly caters to the local population rather than the tourist.

Arrecife, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen are all directly connected by local public  bus service to Deiland.

 

Shopping in Tias / Puerto del Carmen

 

Puerto del Carmen, is one of the main tourist resorts in Lanzarote. The beach is lined with shops on either side of the road at the main strip along the beach front. There are a number of shops selling tobacco, liquor shops, electronics goods, perfumes, formal and sports wear and accessories and souvenirs.

The second important commercial centre is Biosfera Centre located in Puerto del Carmen. The Shopping Centre´s total area is 25,000 m2. The Centre has over 50 stores, with a total of over  9,000 m2 of shop area. The Shopping Centre´s stores focus mainly on fashion and accessories. The recreational options are also very attractive and varied and include restaurants, videogame stores, mini golf and attractions for children. The commercial Center has  several floors of shops, boutiques, cafés and entertainment options.

There are some other smaller but notable shopping centers in Puerto del Carmen along the beach along the Playa de los Pocillos area, including the Centro Comercial Pocillos and the Costa Mar and Los Jameos.

 

Shopping at Arrecife 8

 

Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre, Avenida Juan Carlos I, 15. 35510 Puerto del Carmen, Tías. Tel: +34 928.515.320

Biosfera

 

 

Tias Market

Every Saturday between 10 – 14 hours at Tias a farmers flea market is held with farmers selling directly their produce of vegetables, fruits, cheese, wine, and other food stuff and provisions. This market is in the centre of Tias. If you would like to see the local eating habits and learn about the culture of the locals these flea markets would be an interesting place to visit.

Tias as a town has an offer of a nice selection of smaller boutique style shops.

 

Shopping in Teguise

 

Costa Teguise is the surfing capital of the island. The shopping district of Costa Teguise is present along Playa de las Cucharas.  where you can find endless shops selling brand names sportswear (from bathing suits to surf boards), souvenirs and accessories; There are a few small electronic products shops.

Teguise

 

Every Sunday between  9:00 hours – 14:00 hours this quiet village transforms into a tourist spot. Hundreds of stalls spring up  and thousands of people in bus loads with tourists packed in them land from all over the islands. This flea market is one of the oldest in the island. You can find a variety of stuff to buy from. A re-commended buy could be the lace work clothes, table and pillow covers of the typical Canary Islands style. You can also find an array of bargains and Lanzarote souvenirs too. It could be an interesting day out with locals dancing on local music at the main square and learning more about the local customs and culture.

 

 

Every Friday night in Pueblo Marinero a bustling craft market springs up with many additional shops situated nearby. The area is dotted by shops and lively cafes.

Yaiza

 

The more traditional centers of Yaiza and San Bartolomé tend to cater mainly for the local market and its everyday needs.

 

Shopping in Playa Blanca

 

Playa Blanca is a booming resort expanding rapidly, this southern part of the islands is  almost always with bright sunshine with wonderful shops and cafes.

 

The main shopping areas are along the promenade, Calle Limones, Marina Rubicón and the leisure centre Papagayo. Some of the shopping centers have  designer labels keeping in line with the number of 5 star hotels in the vicinity.

Playa Blanca Market

 

Marina Rubicon : Every Wednesday & Saturday : 09.00-14.00 (Located in the Pueblo Marinero in the centre of the resort off the main Avendia de las Playas.) Popular market, especially on Saturdays, with the focus on clothing, souvenirs, jewellery as opposed to food and drink.

This is a relatively new addition to the market scene, aimed at the tourist market, but with interesting jewellery, clothes and some souvenirs.

 

 

San Bartolome, Tinajo & Haria

All have small shops catering to the local populars daily needs.

 

Haria Market

 

Every Saturday between 09.00-14.00 hours they hold a flea market sale. This is a small, dull market catering to the locals set up in shade in the main Town square lined with beautiful trees providing shade

 

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