Plaza Mar 2, a two-story shopping center, recently opened in Alicante. It features chic clothing from Zara and H&M, a restaurant section and a 16-theatre CineBox. Zara, a Spanish fashion line, is slightly more expensive than H&M, though it does often have discounted items. Mango, another Spanish line, also offers fashionable, high-quality clothing, but it is quite expensive as well.

Panoramis is a small shopping center near the harbor. Not only does it have a nice array of shops and restaurants, the place also features a Warner Brothers cinema, pubs and disco clubs. The second floor offers an excellent view of the city and harbor.

El Corte Ingles, Spain’s leading department store, sells mostly clothing and electronics, but also has house wares, gourmet food and standard grocery items. However, this store does tend to be a little harsh on the pocketbook. It is located on the Avenida de Maisonnave, the heart of the city’s shopping district.

Some of Alicante’s best shopping lies in its handmade crafts—wood and marble sculptures, ornaments, leather and pottery are available from many small shops and even El Corte Ingles. Keep in mind that most stores close for lunch, are only open half of Saturday and remain closed all of Sunday.