8 cities for shopping
People in the Vallès region have always gone to Granollers to do their shopping, especially on Thursday, which is market day in Plaça de la Porxada, but you can find a good excuse to head there any other day as well. There are over 2,000 shops in a city centre that gives priority to pedestrians, with many streets in which to stroll, look around and shop at your leisure.
Shopping has always been a very important element in the history of the capital of Anoia, whose urban planning model has been especially designed to enable citizens to combine shopping with leisure activities. In Igualada you can find top quality leather goods and knitwear. Bear in mind that the city is home to the largest fashion knitwear textile cluster in Spain!
The commercial tradition in Mataró dates back to Roman times and retains the vitality that makes it an ideal place for shopping. With small family stores selling local products, markets that evoke colonial times and busy shopping districts, do you think you'll be able to resist pulling out the plastic?
A trade and services-oriented city, the shops in Terrassa always seem to have their doors wide open. On Carrer Sant Pere, for example, with its original period shop fronts, on La Rambla d'Ègara, where it's so easy to find ideas for gifts that will surprise even those who are most difficult to please, or on Carrer Raval de Montserrat, where the Mercat de la Independència has been operating since 1908, offering a wide range of local artisanal products.
Sitges is one of the most important shopping destinations in the regions of Barcelona. Perhaps it's the charm of its fully pedestrianised shopping district, its flexible trade by-laws that allow shops to open on days when in other towns they are closed, or the originality of the products on sale there... The fact is that Sitges offers an amazing shopping experience for a town of fewer than 30,000 inhabitants.
Tuesday and Saturday are market days at the Plaça Major in Vic, a must-see attraction for those who love markets with live animals, super fresh fruit and veg and top quality artisanal products. But you can also head to its shopping district on any other day and round off your shopping trip by sampling the delicious local cuisine, or by visiting the Episcopal Museum and Vic Cathedral.
La Rambla is the social and commercial hub of Vilanova i la Geltrú, a street that will draw you in with its bustling energy. From Monday to Saturday, the shopping in Vilanova is up to the standard of a provincial capital, while Sundays are especially interesting thanks to the many themed fairs held in the port area, at the foot of the monument to Francesc Macià. Check out the local activities guide to find out the themes.
Do you want to shop for top brands at irresistible prices? Head to La Roca Village for a luxury shopping experience.