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Shopping in Valencia

Valencia offers a bounty of shopping opportunities, from modern high-street fashion to vintage antique ware to classic tourist souvenirs.

Key areas

The main shopping street in Valencia is Calle Colón and its alleyways that branch off into smaller boutiques and high-end fashion houses. For the hippest fashion in town, check out Calle Poeta Querol for a myriad of designer stores. Those looking for antique souvenirs might find interesting curios such as bullfighting posters and vintage postcards around Plaza Merced.

Markets

You can almost find a market open every day of the week. Mercado Central in Valencia’s historic centre has over 1,000 stalls selling a myriad of local food products. It is the best place in town to pick up some jamón (ham) and cheese. The largest flea market opens every Sunday at Plaza Luis Casanova. The string of antique stalls and second-hall goods might not be as large as el Rastro in Madrid, but you might still stumble upon an occasional gem. Bargain clothes and accessories can be found in abundance on Thursdays at the Cabanyal Market.

Shopping centres

International chains, designer shops and modern department stores can be found in the area around Calle Colón and Plaza Merced. The most famous shop in Valencia is El Corte Inglés on Plaça de Catalunya - part of a national chain, considered to be Spain's leading department stores. The Mercado de Colón is a modernistic building housing a selection of boutiques.

Opening hours

Standard shopping hours in Valencia are Monday to Saturday 0900-2030, with many of them closed for lunch 1330-1700. Large department stores do not generally close for lunch.

Tax information

IVA (value added tax) of 21% is charged on most goods and services in Spain. Upon departure, visitors from outside the EU, who have been in the EU for less than 180 days, can get a VAT refund from the airport, on goods worth €90 or more.

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Hotel Villacarlos

This simple, traditional hotel benefits from easy access to Valencia's beaches and cultural attractions via nearby bus and metro links. The functional rooms are decorated in creams and wooden furnishings and offer free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. Ask for the rooftop suite; it has its own sundeck.

Hostal Antigua Morellana

Set in an 18th-century townhouse, this classic Spanish inn is run by four sisters and situated in a narrow lane close to Valencia's historic silk exchange and cathedral. Its cosy, no-frills rooms feature memory-foam mattresses and private bathrooms, as well as TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have small balconies.

Hotel ibis Valencia Alfafar

Opposite Albufera Natural Park, this straightforward, chain hotel features modern, budget rooms with flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre, plus guest parking, a business centre and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.

Hotel One Shot Colon 46

Within walking distance of the Cathedral, this hotel is part of the Spanish hotel chain One Shot and offers simple chic for a reasonable price. The unfussy rooms have smart TVs, mini-fridges and rain showers, and those on the top floor have balconies. There's a cafe in the first floor where breakfast is served.

Hotel Ad Hoc Monumental

Situated near Valencia's Cathedral and the Serranos Towers, this charming hotel dates back to 1881 and boasts original features such as exposed brickwork and wood-beamed ceilings. The airy rooms are decorated in old-world style, and many have marble floors and private balconies.

Hotel Las Arenas

Set on the beach, this resort-style hotel dates back to 1898 and offers bright, modern rooms with city, garden or sea views. Its renowned spa and wellness centre includes indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, bubble beds, ice fountains and a relaxation garden. Its brasserie offers the best in modern Spanish gastronomy.