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To shop for clothes in Gran Canaria on a Sunday, head up to Las Palmas (between October and April).

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Arriving late in Gran Canaria and want to stock up on a few things for the morning? Now you can do it at the airport.

Published in Tip of the day
Monday, 06 July 2015 11:36

The Ultimate Las Palmas Shopping Guide

For serious Gran Canaria shopping, you have to head north to the capital Las Palmas. As one of Spain's ten biggest cities it's got the island's biggest malls, one of the country's top outdoor shopping areas and so many authentic cafes and restaurants that you'll struggle to stay focused on the task at hand.

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Arguineguín's shops sell useful stuff for residents rather than tat for tourists. It's where the locals come to do their shopping. Except on Tuesdays, when the guiri market comes to town.

Published in Arguineguín
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:36

Food Shop Like A Local In Las Palmas

Las Palmas is full of supermarkets, but which chain is best, and where do you go for the fresh stuff and the exotic stuff? Here's how to do your food shopping like a local in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Published in Las Palmas
Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:09

Your Guide To Shopping In Puerto De Mogán

Market days in Puerto de Mogán are Gran Canaria's biggest but if you visit on other days, there's plenty of little shops to explore in the gorgeous lanes behind the marina and the beach.

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Gran Canaria isn't in the EU Customs Union which means low prices on most things but also low duty-free allowances. Here's what you can legally carry home per person.

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco. 

One litre of spirits over 22% or 2L spirits under 22%.

Two litres of sparkling wine and two litres of any other wine. 

60 ml of perfume or 250 ml of eau de toilette.

We advise you to buy your cigarettes, alcohol and perfume in local shops rather than in the airport. They are almost always cheaper. 

Published in FAQ2
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:54

Shopping In Gran Canaria: What To Buy

Almost everything you buy in Gran Canaria is cheaper than in Europe thanks to our low sales tax and lack of luxury item taxes. Low prices and a great range of shops make the island a top shopping destination. 

 

Published in Shopping
Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:48

Is It Safe To Buy Electronics In Gran Canaria?

We often get asked if it's safe to buy expensive electronics, such as cameras and mobile phones, in Gran Canaria. Our answer is yes, provided that you go to reputable shops and follow the same precautions as you would at home. 

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 Back-scratchers, novelty bottle openers and wonky plastic bulls all make amusing souvenirs from Gran Canaria. However, they don't have the authentic kudos of these quality Canarian handicrafts.

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Playa del Inglés' shopping centres aren't always the best place to go shopping as they are mostly packed withrestaurants and bars. Here's where to go to stock up on everything you need in the resort. 

Food and drink

The Netto and other small supermarket chains in Playa del Inglés offer a wide range of food and essentials but are expensive: Great for buying bread, water and daily essentials. but it's cheaper to head to where the locals shop if you are self catering. 

The big supermarkets in nearby San Fernando have a wider range and low prices. Just hop in a taxi and ask for “el Hiperdino (or Mercadona) grande de San Fernando”. Similarly, the Maspalomas market sells a much better range of fresh fruit and veggies than the supermarkets.

Gran Canaria’s tap water has a strong taste (it is made from desalinated seawater) but is perfectly safe to drink. The locals buy big water bottles, called garafas, to drink but use the tap water to cook with and brush their teeth. 

Clothes and gifts

Quality shopping in Playa del Inglés is a bit thin on the ground. Most of the clothes shops are in the shopping centres along the Boulevard Faro in Maspalomas. Perfume is good value thanks to low taxes on the island and there is no limit to the Gran Canaria-branded souvenirs and t-shirts you can buy in the shopping centres.

You can't buy a pair of genuine branded sunglasses for 15 euros, no matter what the man tells you. 

Fundgrube is a Canarian chain that sells everything from perfume to quality leather bags. Its prices are good and it stocks all the top names.

Electronics

While the days of outright rip-offs in electronics shops are over it always pays to compare prices between shops and check what is available online.

The Visanta chain of electronics and camera gear is great value but do try and haggle prices down by 10-20% from the first price you are quoted. 

Souvenirs and duty free

Holiday souvenirs are everywhere in Playa and most are cheap and fun. They may not last much longer than your holiday but do you really need a willy-shaped corkscrew at home? For a wider selection of souvenirs head to the big markets at Arguineguín, Mogan and San Fernando.

Tax on alcohol and cigarettes in Gran Canaria are minimal so it's almost always cheaper to buy your duty free in the resorts rather than the airport. Technically you are only allowed 200 cigarettes and one litre of spirits per person as the Canary Islands are outside the EU Customs Union. 

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