Shopping in Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela has two particular local crafts - jet ware and silverware. The black jet stones are used for jewellery and amulets, while all kinds of silver goods are available to buy.
You can find ceramic tiles, lace, clogs and other artisans' goods in the craft shops of the Old Quarter, while the shops around the cathedral stock a good selection of jet ware and silverware - many have some association with St James or local traditions.
The markets on the Virxe da Cerca are excellent venues for exploring the delights of traditional Galician produce and crafts. Pulpeiras (octopus sellers) are a common sight on market days, as are wine and liqueur sellers.
If the traditional markets of Santiago de Compostela cannot satisfy shopping urges, head to the more modern facilities available in the shopping centres near the station, the Polígono de Fontiñas and around Castiñeiriño. The department store El Corte Inglés is located at Rúa do Restallal 50, in the Zona Paxonal. In the arcades of Tras de Pilar, there are shops selling the work of the rising generation of young Galician fashion designers.
General shopping hours in Santiago de Compostela are 1000-1400 and 1630-2000 - the extended lunch break is standard.
IVA (value added tax) of 21% is charged on most goods and services in Spain. Non-EU visitors who are in the country for less than 180 days may claim back the tax at the airport, provided that each individual purchase is over €90 and a tax return slip was obtained from the retailer at the time of purchase.