Sun, sea, sand…and shopping. If you’re anything like us, the perfect beach holiday contains all of the above. Whether you’re an efficient bargain hunter or a laid-back browser, nothing compares to shopping in the sunshine. We’ve perused the malls, stalls, boutiques and souks of the world to bring you our five best beach destinations for shopping.
Tenerife – Centro Comercial Safari
First on our list is Tenerife. Where better to start than the Island of Eternal Spring? If your wardrobe needs a spring clean then you’ll find it all at the Centro Comercial Safari. This shopping mall in Playa de las Americas offers designer labels and unique gift shops. It’s also just 150m from the volcanic sands of Playa del Camison – perfect.
Price point: a summer dress costs €37 (about £32) on average in Tenerife.
Dubai – Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Next up is Dubai, which is brimming with high-end labels and opulent shopping centres. Make your way to Souk Madinat Jumeirah for something a bit different. Here, a classic souk-inspired market is stocked with traditional treasures and modern must-haves. This shopping venue is made up of Arabic architecture and romantic waterways. And, as the name suggests, it’s set right alongside Jumeirah Beach.
Price point: a pair of designer jeans costs 276 dirham (about £57) on average in Dubai.
Majorca – Santanyi Outdoor Market
Third on our list of best beach destinations for shopping is a vibrant street market in Majorca. Santanyi Outdoor Market is a little bit removed from the beach, but it’s definitely worth the journey. Reached by bus from Cala d’Or, we think this is the ideal way to spend a Saturday in the sunshine. Look out for artisan food stalls, fashion vendors and gift shops – it’s definitely the place to find that perfect souvenir.
Price point: 500g of artisan cheese costs €8 (about £7) on average in Majorca.
Turkey – MarkAntalya
If your holiday isn’t complete without hitting the shops, make sure to visit MarkAntalya in Turkey. Just 1.5km from Antalya Harbour, this shopping centre celebrates international brands and labels to lust after. It’s the perfect place for shopaholics to do what they do best, because it’s home to 155 stores as well as a food court and entertainment.
Price point: a pair of smart leather shoes costs 214 lira (about £36) on average in Turkey.
Portugal – Albufeira Old Town
Last but not least, the streets of Albufeira’s historic Old Town are home to shops selling gifts, ice cream and local crafts. You’re bound to find a bargain! If you need a break from all that spending, there’s a number of inviting pubs and restaurants in the area. You’ll find them hidden in charming nooks or overlooking the golden sand of Praia do Peneco.
Price point: a post-shop cocktail costs €7 (about £6.20) on average in Portugal.
*average cost data collected from here.
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