In Puerto de la Cruz there are many shops selling Perfumes and cosmetics. These are worth looking in as you may find fragrances and make-up that you have not been able to buy at home. There are many touristy shops, selling souvenir’s and gifts to take home. The local Mojo sauces (red and green) are on sale everywhere, they are traditional of the Canary Islands.
Shopping along the seafront in Puerto de la Cruz has that special holiday feeling especially in the evening, when there are numerous street traders selling a colourful array of handbags, African ornaments, sunglasses and, jewellery. There are also a couple of clothes, and jewellery shops along the promenade. If you want something a bit different there are bracelets and necklaces for sale with the volcanic rock in them. Some street traders sell this volcanic rock jewellery as well.
You can take home some very different fashion items, and the price to have something unusual from here is not expensive. Have a look in the fashion boutiques. In England we tend to have more chain shops such as H&M, Top Shop and Next. In Puerto de la Cruz the shops and boutiques tend to be more individual.
If you venture away from the main tourist area of Puerto de la Cruz you will find shops that are stocked more for the locals, therefore prices are cheaper, you will find some good footwear, and clothes in these shops.
It is worth checking the supermarkets for face creams, toiletries, and some other items that you may not have thought off. Some sell nice inexpensive kaftans.
There are usually some special offers on for alcohol. Wines, champagne, and liquors are good prices in the Supermarkets. The local rum made from palm syrup makes a good gift to take home. With Tenerife’s tax free status alcohol tobacco, leather and electrical goods are popular purchases.
In the old quarter of Puerto de la Cruz you can see cigars being rolled and made. The reputation of tobacco from Tenerife is excellent. Fancy cigarettes and handmade cigars can be bought in the shops or from street sellers.
If the weather is not so good there is an undercover shopping centre called Martiánez Centro Comercial the east side of town in Calle Aguilar y Quesada. This is similar to what you would find back in the UK. The mall houses fashion shops, shoe shops, perfumeries, jewellers, watches, Movie Star, Car rentals, a cafeteria and a Mercadona supermarket. There are parking facilities underneath the mall and a Burger King and noodle bar takaway.
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