Alicante is a cosmopolitan city which boasts a rich cultural heritage and a range of services that places it as one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean. The interesting city, which has grown up facing the sea, revolves around the centenary Castle of Santa Bárbara, creating a beautiful panorama that is well worth a visit during your holidays.
Why not drink an horchata overlooking the bay, stroll through its historic centre, visit its museums and monuments, taste the typical products of the Alicante cuisine in the surroundings of the Central Market or check out the latest in terms of fashion and accessories, often with designation of origin. These are just some of the options that the city of Alicante offers to everyone who visits it.
The Hotel Montiboli, located in the most exclusive area of the Villajoyosa coast, enjoys a perfect location that allows you to enjoy a pleasant afternoon of shopping in the Alicante capital just a few minutes away. Don't miss a thing!
Each area of the city centre offers you a different experience
If what you want is to enjoy some shopping time in Alicante, you have chosen the perfect place for it. In the city centre you will find a wide variety of shops and establishments where you can buy everything you need ... or want!
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Around the Main Theatre, the streets of the traditional old town of Alicante are home to some of the most traditional establishments in the city. Shops with a long experience in which the quality of their products and the personalized treatment makes all the difference.
The traditional shoemaking is deeply rooted in the province of Alicante, dating back to the Muslim era when espadrille manufactures reached great importance in the area. Today the Alicante footwear industry, located in towns such as Elche or Elda, is one of the most prolific on the continent, with the city of Alicante being its great showcase.
The various unique shoe stores in streets such as Medico Pascual Pérez or Plaza Calvo Sotelo stand out, specializing in women's and men's footwear with top-level local, Spanish and international firms.
In those same streets you can also find specialized fashion boutiques for special occasions where you can buy clothes from important names with very varied styles. Special mention should be made of the ateliers of the famous Alicante designers Hannibal Laguna, Rubén Hernández or Manuel Espuch, frequent on red carpets and catwalks throughout the country.
Other places to stop to gaze into their windows are Chitina, a very special place where you can find unique floral creations, Azul Tierra or Anchela, decoration studios in contact with the latest international trends or La Chinata, a store offering gourmet delicacies and zero kilometre products.
You won't be able to resist!
It's time to take a break! There is nothing more typical in Alicante than the tardeo, do you know what it is? Very simple, just go around the out skirts of the Central Market and have a drink on any terrace to regain your strength. Try the Alicante salted fish and feel like a local. You know, where to go and enjoy what you see.
And why not take the opportunity to buy some fresh produce from the market stalls? Alicante nougat and sweets are a pleasure that you will not be able to ignore when you start to feel and smell the many tempting aromas. Treat yourself to an almond horchata in Espí, the authentic and genuine one from Alicante, or tiger nuts horchata in Azul, an irresistible area to enjoy in the city.
But not everything is about eating; Poeta Quintana Street that starts from the central market itself was one of the main streets of the city in the last century, when it was filled with street stalls several times a week to become an open-air market.
Today, in addition to a wide variety of signature cuisine restaurants and international influences, you will find the classic haberdasheries and espadrilles of a lifetime whose motto has always been: “if it exists, we have it”.
Explanada and Old Town
As in any city, the old town of Alicante is its reason for being, the most authentic, the genuine, and therefore the best place to buy hand-made pieces, ideal to give as a souvenir or as a gift to whoever you want.
Morán Berrutti is a well-known potter whose work focuses on the city of Alicante, its customs and its hallmarks. Its unmistakable hand-made pieces make use of a most personal technique. Visit any of the craft workshops that stretch from Calle Mayor to Calle Villavieja and take a very special memory with you.
This area of the city is the most beautiful and strolling through its corners will delight anyone. In addition, on the Explanada de España craft fairs are held periodically, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento an antiques market is organized every Sunday morning, and in the Santísima Faz, another market for handicrafts is held on weekends and bank holidays.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Alicante.
Maisonnave Avenue and its adjacent avenues form the great commercial area of the city and the place where all the major international firms such as Zara, Massimo Dutti or Mango are established, in addition to the two large shopping centres that El Corte Inglés have in Alicante.
On the ground floor of El Corte Inglés on the Federico Soto walk, there is the Alicante Gourmet Club, which has different gastronomic stops as well as an exclusive wine and spirits area, where you can buy the most characteristic gourmet products made in the region.
It is also a good area in which to get everything you need to practice your favourite sport during the holidays. Here there is a great variety of sports stores such as Base with products of all brands. And if reading is your thing, get hold of some of the most recent literary delights, and let your imagination fly while you look out to sea.
Alicante is ready and waiting for you to go shopping. Do you dare?
Articles published in 2018