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Valencia Travel Guide

Shopping in Valencia

As the third principal largest city in Spain, Valencia is an important town having the most exclusive boutiques and plenty of traditional stores throughout its territory. In fact, Valencia, in general, is a shopper's city. Foreign and local people have endless shopping possibilities in Valencia. They can find plenty of hippie markets, artisan shops and elegant boutiques from famous designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Armani and Louis Vuitton.

Foreigners should visit the Christopher Columbus street (La calle Cristobal Colon). There are many small stores such as Mango's, Zara's and El corte Ingles along this wide and crowded street. In addition, visitors can find a large number of recognized boutiques from Spanish designers like Adolfo Dominguez and Purificación Garcia.

The Mercado de Colon is another important marketplace in Valencia. This modernist building was reconstructed during the early 20th century. A lot of people from different places of the city gather together in this lovely marketplace in order to take a short break and drink a beverage. Following the same route, there is a small and attractive square called La Plaza de Alfonso that have beautiful trees. Near the square, visitors can buy soccer stuff from the Official Soccer Valencia Team Walk through the Alfonso Square and then tourists will find the Peace Street (Calle de la Paz) where plenty of sport shops are available as well.

Shopping is one of the most common and pleasant activities in Valencia. The stores and the marketplaces open at 10:00 am. However, foreign people have to bear in mind that the majority of stores in Valencia and in the entire Spain have a siesta time so the stores are closed during two hours approximately. (2.00pm until 4:30pm).

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