Those of you that have visited Torrevieja during the peak summer months will know only too well just how hot it can get during the day, and many holidaymakers prefer to do their shopping during the cooler evenings. Most of the city’s shopping centres and supermarkets stay open until 10pm and some of the individual shops, especially the ones along the main beach promenade offer late night opening. If you suddenly find you have run out of some necessity, or just craving a chocolate at midnight, there are a selection of 24hr Mini Marts dotted around the city where, although not legal, some will even stock a small choice of cigarettes; you will need to ask though as these are not on display. Having said this, at times I have noticed some of these closed in the early hours of the morning, but hey, that’s Spain for you, nothing is written in stone.
An evening walk along the beach promenade provides for a pleasant shopping experience where, with the chilled out atmosphere, even the hubby won’t mind being dragged from shop to shop !! Here you will find a sweet little boutique called Koala Bay selling an impressive selection of elegant and glitzy ladies flip flops, handbags, hats, clothing and accessories. They also do a small range of menswear although not as glitzy. Locura Ceramics have some really pretty gift ideas and garden ornaments, as well as men and women’s clothing. Another clothing shop with an unusual name is the Ale Hop where, unfortunately you won’t find a pint of ale in sight. This place is all about great clothing at great prices. There are plenty of places to stop for food and refreshments, and for a cheap snack, you cant beat El Faro that serve a selection of tapas from just 1.50€ Don’t forget to treat the kids to a delicious ice cream from Ramon Servant Ice Cream Parlour.
At the beginning of the promenade, by the long pier, is the Night Market where you can browse the colourful stalls offering all sorts of imaginative homemade arts & crafts, novelty items, clothing, leather goods and much more. Most stall holders are not doing it as a hobby, this is their livelihood so they are always up for a bit of bartering, especially if it means putting food on the table for their families. When wondering around the market always keep your valuables in a secure pocket, handbag or even a money belt as this is a favourite place for crafty little pickpockets.
Head over to the large Habaneras Shopping Centre where you can enjoy an evening meal and stroll around the various shops and boutiques, or just relax in one of the comfortable seating areas and watch the world go by. The centre is ideally situated for a bit of family fun with an 8 screen cinema complex next door where they show 1 movie each evening in English. Across the road is the exciting Ozone Leisure Centre with a great range of indoor and outdoor activities; full information on Ozone can be found in our Family Nights category.
For the best shopping experience on the Costa Blanca, a visit to the spectacular Zenia Boulevard is a must. This place pulls the crowds in from far and wide, and offers fantastic evening entertainment and enough stores and boutiques to satisfy a Saudi Princess !! No expense has been spared when it comes to the design of the boulevard, with it’s state of the art mist cooling system, handy computerised map podiums and modern, Mediterranean style architecture. Kids have a ball here, and the only problem you will find is dragging them home.