Need a bit of retail therapy? Whether it’s lively local markets selling handmade goods or modern shopping centres filled with high-street stores, there’s plenty of shopping to keep all the family happy. Here’s a round-up of some of the best places for shopping in the Algarve.
For a more traditional shopping experience, head to Albufeira’s bustling streets. You’ll find weekly or even daily markets selling fresh local produce like fruit, vegetables and handmade souvenirs. The markets tend to open at around 6am until early afternoon as it’s not as hot, so make sure you get there early. There are several mini supermarkets where you can stock up on snacks, and side streets worth exploring for souvenirs, pottery and holiday accessories. Only 6km outside of Albufeira is the big AlgarveShopping mall. Reachable by taxi or 15-minute drive, this shopping centre’s got stores covering everything from cosmetics to books you can read poolside or on the flight home.
The first major Algarve shopping centre in the eastern region, Tavira’s Gran Plaza has over 110 shops to spend all your euros in. There’s both an indoor and outdoor food court, and even a four-screen cinema to take the kids too. If you’re getting here by hire car, you’ll find lots of spaces in the free underground car park.
There are some lots of shopping to do in Faro, both in the city centre and at the Forum Algarve shopping centre. The second largest shopping centre in the Algarve, the Forum mall has high-street brands like Zara and Bershka as well as shops selling toys, jewellery and sportswear. There’s a supersized jumbo supermarket, food court, 9-screen cinema, and an open-air play area for kids to burn off that excess energy in.
Shopping in Portimão
With plenty of restaurants and over a hundred shops, the huge Aqua Portimão shopping centre is enough to satisfy every shopping devotee. Refuel after all that shopping at the food court, or pick up some snacks from the jumbo hypermarket. As well as another shopping centre called Continente and several supermarkets, there’s a street market on Avenida São João de Deus with a wide range of seafood outlets, butchers, bakers, florists, and clothing. It’s open from 7am until 2pm Monday to Friday and on a Saturday morning, and closed on Sundays.
Shopping in Lagos and Loulé
If you prefer more of an authentic Portuguese shopping experience, then Lagos is the place to go. Amongst Lagos’ modern fashion stores, there are stalls and shops selling locally made crafts, ceramics, and leather goods. Its outdoor market is held on the first Saturday of every month next to the municipal stadium. Traditional shopping can be found at the local market in Loulé too. Visit the market on a Saturday and pick up some home-grown produce from local farmers as well as browsing the wide variety of stalls selling artisan pieces. All that shopping in the Algarve deserves a coffee and a cake, or a cocktail if you prefer, at one of Loulé’s bars and cafés.
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