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Shop Till You Drop On Lanzarote

Any shopaholics heading for Lanzarote can breathe a sigh of relief and visit safe in the knowledge that they can still enjoy a serious fix of retail therapy whilst visiting the island.  As Lanzarote is home to a number of shopping centres, as well as some great markets and unique independent outlets.

Duty Free Tax Status

Shoppers will be delighted to know that Lanzarote enjoys duty free tax status, which helps to make items such as alcohol, cigarettes and perfume much cheaper than in mainland Spain and indeed in most other parts of the EU too.

If you are planning to buy any of the above items and carry them into the UK or Eire then the allowance limit for alcohol is 2 litres of wine or spirits less than 22% ABV, or 1 litre of spirits above 22% ABV.  Whilst you can legally fly in with 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of rolling tobacco.

Electrical Goods – Buyer Beware

If ever the phrase caveat emptor should be heeded by consumers then that is when you are entering one of the island´s many shops selling electrical goods.  As whilst by no means all of these retailers are indulging in dubious practices we hear sufficient horror stories every year to simply advise our clients to forget about shopping in these stores – as rip offs abound.  So you have been warned…….

Shopping Centres

Lanzarote is home to two main shopping centres.  Deiland is the oldest of the pair and is located close to the airport in Playa Honda, making it a real favourite with the large local population there.  The centre is anchored by a large HiperDino supermarket which is a good place to shop for food as it boasts a fresh fish and meat counter – something that can’t be said of most smaller supermarkets in the main resorts. 

Deiland is also home to a bowling alley, a branch of Burger King (one of the few fast food outlets on Lanzarote) and a cinema (showing Spanish language films only), as well as a selection of local brand name fashion outlets.

The Biosfera Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Puerto del Carmen, which is the largest and most popular resort on Lanzarote.  Here you will find more familiar retail brand names such as Zara, Mango and Footlocker – as well as local favourites such as Pull and Bear. 

Arrecife – Commercial Capital

Lanzarote´s bustling capital city of Arreicfe is also a great place to enjoy a spot of retail therapy, especially on a Saturday morning when the market in El Charco is in full swing as this makes the whole experience much more atmospheric.  The main shopping street is Calle Real, which runs from the sea front back into the centre of the city.  Parking here can be tricky so head for the underground car park beneath the landmark Arrecife Gran Hotel.

Markets

 

Haria Market, Haria, Lanzarote

Saturday Market in Haria

 

Lanzarote is also home to a number of regular weekly markets. The largest and best known of these takes place in Teguise every Sunday morning and attracts tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike.  Smaller and arguably more atmospheric markets are also held in Haria every Saturday morning and in the Rubicon Marina very Wednesday and Saturday.

Shopping For Food

Unlike mainland Spain there are no daily food markets on Lanzarote – so if you have booked accommodation in one of the main resorts, such as Villa Las Palmitas in Puerto Calero then you may need to visit a large local supermarket if you plan to do any of the catering during your stay.

Most of the supermarkets in the main resorts are tiny compared to their British counterparts and sell only a limited range of fresh food.  So you will need to seek out a large branch of one of the two main chains, Spar or HiperDino if you need to stock up on these sort of items.

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