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Shopping in Málaga

Shopping in Malaga is gratifying, not least for the variety of shopping experiences, from atmospheric streets and the Sunday market to modern malls and quirky stores.

Key areas

Smart, pedestrianised Calle Marqués de Larios is Malaga's main shopping street, lined with chic national and international brand name stores. The surrounding streets west of Calle Larios, namely Calle Nueva and San Juan, offer much of the same. North of Plaza de la Constitucion, there are numerous shops along Calle Granada and along the harbour at Muelle Uno. It's also worth exploring Soho neighbourhood for its small but quirky selection of stores.

Markets

For the freshest food in atmospheric surroundings, visit the daily market, Mercado Atarazanas. Once a Moorish ship repair yard and still with an original horseshoe archway, this is the place to pack for a picnic or find seafood snacks at their freshest. On Sundays, take the bus from the main Alameda Principal to the 'Rastro' market where bargain clothes, gadgets, shoes and antiques are to be found.

Shopping centres

You can find everything under one roof at the Malaga branch of El Corte Inglés, Avenida Andalucía 4-6, packed with Spanish fashion, homeware and a good supermarket that's handy for speciality food souvenirs. Another good bet is Vialia, the shopping mall attached to Malaga's main station, Maria Zambrano, and opposite is an El Corte Inglés outlet store.

Opening hours

Traditional shop opening times are Monday to Saturday 1000-1400 and 1700-2000, but several shops remain open throughout the siesta.

Souvenirs

Ideas to take home include Malaga's vino dulce (sweet wine), olive oil, Andalucian ceramics and traditional embroidered fabrics. If ceramics are your thing, try Alfajar at Calle Cister 1, for modern and traditional pieces.

Tax information

Spain applies a sales tax, known as IVA, on many goods. Non-EU residents can get a refund when they spend over €90.15 in shops with the Tax-Free logo and request a Tax-Free refund voucher. At the airport, before checking your luggage, present your purchases, receipts, passport and travel documents at the Tax Refund office.

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Hotel Molina Lario

Opposite the Cathedral, this 4-star hotel has elegant, contemporary rooms - the best have balconies and views of the Cathedral. Amenities include an outdoor garden-terrace serving tapas, a stunning rooftop pool with late night bar and a terrace grill restaurant.

Room Mate Larios

Right on pedestrianised Calle Larios, in the heart of Málaga, this rebranded hotel, part of a chain of hotels around the world, has a light, stylish contemporary feel with spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and an impressive roof terrace with a late night bar. Breakfast is served until a civilized midday.

Gran Hotel Miramar

Originally opened in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII, and at one time Malaga's law courts, this beautifully-restored hotel is set by the sea in the upmarket area of Caleta. The polished rooms have all the mod-cons; some have a Moorish theme or Mediterranean touches but only 25% have sea views. Amenities include a spa, a gym, a swimming pool and several restaurantsa.

Hotel Alameda

Clean, cheap and central, this hotel occupies the 8th floor of an apartment building and has obliging owners and free Wi-Fi. What it lacks in modernity, it makes up in personality, and all rooms come with private bathrooms. The views over the bullring are nigh on unbeatable too.

Hotel Ilunion Malaga

Minutes from the city centre, and with sweeping vistas out across the Alboran Sea, Hotel Ilunion Malaga makes the most of its boardwalk location with spacious balconies and floor to ceiling windows. It also has a good indoor pool, small gym and spa, and a sauna.

Vincci Selección Posada del Patio

Quite simply one of the finest hotels in Malaga, the Vincci Selección Posada del Patio encompasses the heart of the city with art, fashion and incredible fine dining at its core. The spacious rooms have mod-cons like LCD TVs, air-conditioning and floor to ceiling windows, as well as a rooftop plunge pool, a Mediterranean restaurant and a bar.