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SHOPPING ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
Boasting a wide choice of stylish shopping centres, designer stores, high-end boutiques and quirky food markets within easy reach of CLC Club La Costa World, the Costa del Sol is a shopper’s paradise.
Established as a world-class luxury department store since opening in 1940, El Corte Inglés is the biggest department store group in Europe, with 83 stores across Spain and Portugal. Three stores are situated between Malaga and Marbella and sell everything from homewares and jewellery to designer clothes and food.
Find all the latest trends, gadgets and a wonderful choice of traditional Spanish produce. Once you have shopped ‘till you drop,’ relax in one of the store’s bars and restaurants for a bite to eat and a drink.
Synonymous with style, glamour and luxury, Puerto Banus offers a wealth of top-end shops and boutiques alongside the stunning display of super-yachts bobbing up and down in the Marina. If ritzy restaurants and fast cars are your ‘thing’, Puerto Banus is the perfect place to shop and people-watch!
For a slightly more down to earth, yet equally enjoyable shopping experience, take the short trip to Miramar Commercial Centre (in Fuengirola, within a 15-minute walk of CLC Club La Costa World). High street brands and a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and a 12-screen cinema complex with films in English can be found on the third floor.
Plaza Mayor (close to Malaga Airport and a 30-minute train ride from Fuengirola Station) offers Zara, Primark, H&M and host of sports and homeware shops, bars and restaurants. The Yelmo Cineplex offers 20 cinema screens, capacity for 5,000 people and films in English.
McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Malaga is due to open in 2019 next to Plaza Mayor, offering 170 stores on completion. Landscaped walkways, a central plaza, restaurants, cafes and a children’s playground will all feature.
Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas Markets
Weekly markets are held in Fuengirola on Tuesday and Saturday from 9am at the fairground in Los Boliches, just 1km east from the town centre. The Tuesday market offers clothes, shoes, leather goods, handbags, sports goods and amazing fresh fruit and veg. The stalls on Saturday sell mainly second-hand and antique items.
The popular and picturesque town of La Cala de Mijas, just 5km west of CLC Club La Costa World, hosts a market on Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, selling everything from colourful ceramics, watches, herbs and spices, flowers, hand made goods and much more!
Ataranzas Market in Malaga
Atarazanas Market in Málaga is a fantastic place to really appreciate the freshness and variety of the fresh produce Spain is so famous for. An authentic Spanish market, the stalls are works of art in themselves, with cascades of olives, rainbows of fruit and vegetables and beautifully presented fish all waiting to be enjoyed. The locals buy here, and that’s always a good sign.
The market was once Malaga’s shipyard, where vessels were repaired over 600 years ago. The water used to reach the market’s entrance. The building was changed from an army barracks to a market in 1879. In 2008 the market was updated; the ceiling was lifted, and the 260 stalls rearranged. A stunning stained-glass window was added.
No trip to the market is complete without sampling the delicious fresh food on offer at one of the vibrant bars within the building. Sample delicious tuna and salmon skewers, grilled with a brush of olive oil, parsley, garlic and lemon or indulge in seafood heaven with a mixed fish dish, accompanied by a few cold beers. Early risers can enjoy a strong coffee, fresh fruit juice and a choice of pastries to start their day or try the traditional chocolate con churros (thick hot chocolate with sweet, sugared strips of fried dough).
Ask at CLC Club La Costa World reception for details of tours, excursions and exclusive car hire member discounts.