Shopping At Puerto del Carmen

September 30, 2012 | By | Reply More




Biosfera Shopping Center




Lanzarote is a 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.

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


Wine x 2 litres

Spirits 22% ABV plus x 1 litre

Spirits less than 22% ABV x 2 litres



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

Aloe Vera Shop

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 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.

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


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.

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