Tourists who travel to Spain regularly cite the hot weather and beautiful beaches among their main reasons for holidaying in Spain, though shopping for souvenirs and gifts often rates highly on many people’s to do lists too.
The shops in Seville have something to offer everyone, and they are almost invariably located in some beautiful locations. Seville is home to some stunning orange tree-lined boulevards and pretty squares where shoppers can indulge in their favourite pastime.
Pretty much every Seville city centre hotel is located close to some of the best shops and markets, and there is usually a cross-section within easy walking distance of wherever you are staying.
There is a range of shops in the downtown area which include small independent shops owned and operated by local Seville residents alongside famous name department stores and malls. The biggest areas and stores on offer for local and visiting shoppers include:
1. El Cortes Ingles – Big department store found in several locations around Seville, El Cortes Ingles offers everything the visitor would expect to find in their local mall or department store back home. Top brand clothing, perfumes, home ware, furniture and much more is available.
2. Plaza Nueva – This area of Seville is home to a wide range of different boutiques and specialist clothing shops which include all the leading Spanish brands and styles. Considered to be perhaps the area of Seville where the most fashion-conscious locals hang out.
3. Mango – Famous throughout Europe now as one of the top high street fashion outlets, Mango offers affordable Spanish style to all shoppers.
4. Zara – Another Spanish brand which is popular across the continent now, there are many branches of Zara to be found around Seville. Zara is all about the latest fun fashions for young style fans to wear on the street.
5. Plaza de la Magdalena – A very westernized and international feeling part of Seville, this area of town is home to many international department stores, high street chains such as Gap and also of course the ubiquitous McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants.
In addition to the larger shopping areas and departments stores, Seville is also home to some fantastic street markets which visitors can enjoy browsing. Bargains galore can be had by haggling and there are all sorts of different trinkets to be discovered on a Sunday morning walk.
Tourists always enjoy the markets which can be found in Seville’s squares and alleyways, and they make for a pleasant stroll as well as a chance to browse a few bits and bobs to buy. A couple of places well worth a detour are:
- Plaza del Cabildo – A Sunday morning special this one, and a favourite with both native Sevillians as well as visiting tourists. This slow-moving walking market is home to many examples of different antiques as well as military medals and memorabilia. Collectors from all over the region regularly attend this market so it can get a little busy.
- Plaza del Museo – Also taking place on a Sunday morning, this market offers up all sorts of examples of local art. Sculpture, paintings, statues and more are on show from local artists and visiting painters too. A real bargain can be had here for the visiting art fan. Located in the square by Seville’s Museum of Bellas Artes.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Seville City Centre Hotel content.