Shopping Malls in Spain.
1. Las Arenas de Barcelona
When you first see the Las Arenas building you will never tell that it is a shopping mall. From the outside it looks like a historical monument, because it is one of them.
The building itself dates back to 1900. Back in the days, it was a bullfighting arena (you see where the name comes from), and later it was reconstructed and redesigned into a commercial center in 2011.Today it is one of the coolest malls you can visit: apart from a great number of shops spread into three levels of the center, you can find a cinema, a gym, numerous restaurants and even a Rock Museum.
Shops: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 22:00 (June to September). Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 21:00 (October to May).
Restaurants: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 1:00 / Friday, Saturday and holidays 10:00 – 3:00.
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
2. El Corte Ingles
El Corte Ingles shopping center is one of the first things that you see in Barcelona when you get off the Aerobus at Plaza Catalunya on your very first day.
This center is one of many from the chain located throughout Barcelona, and the biggest of them.
It is the Spanish equivalent for Macy’s and one of the best places to go for the designer clothes, accessories and cosmetics in Barcelona.
If you are not keen on spending many hours on shopping or need a place where all your family members or friends can find what they are looking for without having to split up and going to different shops, this shopping center is your best choice.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 21:00.
Address: Plaza de Catalunya, 14
3. Diagonal Mar
The Diagonal Mar is one of the biggest in Barcelona, offering about 200 shops where everyone can find something they look for. It is located at the very end of the Diagonal Avenue, where it meets the Mediterranean sea, in the Sant Martí district.
You can visit Diagonal Mar after spending a day at the beach, that is only 5 minutes away from the mall.
Apart from a great variety of international and Spanish brands, there is a big Alcampo supermarket, cinema (in Spanish), several restaurants on the outside terrace and a food court on the upper floor of the mall.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 22:00. Restaurants and Cinema: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 1:00. Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 3:00.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal 3
Maremagnum is located at the very end of a wooden pier of the Port Vell of Barcelona. Its building has a very distinctive and interesting design. Its mirrored entrance will not let you pass by without taking a selfie!
The shopping precinct offers numerous shops for fashion, home ware and other kinds of goods.
Getting there is the easiest thing: you just walk down Las Ramblas all the way from Plaza Catalunya and follow the crowd through the pier.
You will not have a more enjoyable and romantic walk, especially if you do it during the sunset.
Here you have the beautiful Rambla de Mar just before reaching the mall.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 22:00.
Address: Moll d’Espanya, 5
5. L’illa Diagonal
L’lla Diagonal is the Barcelona’s oldest mall, it was built back in 1993 and since then has been one of the favorites of the local public.
The design of the center building is already something you will appreciate: it looks somewhat like a horizontal skyscraper that seems to be lying on its side.
It is located right next to the Diagonal Avenue, in the upper part of Barcelona, in between the districts of Les Corts and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30 – 22:00 (from June to September), 9:30 – 21:00 (from October to May).
Address: Avinguda Diagonal 557