In these pages, I'll try and give you full information on all different types of shopping in tenerife - from "superstores" and hypermarkets down to street markets. Please remember that, as a typical male, "shopping" is not exactly my first love, but I'll do my best.
There are several, quite famous, shopping complexes on the island.
For many years known as "Continente", this commercial centre was taken over by a French company and given its new name. It is found just south of Santa Cruz, off the main TF-1 motorway. It has shops, eating places and a hypermarket.
Also in the north of the island, you will find two branches of another well-known shopping mall, "Alcampo". These also stock an unbelievable range of goods, with a variety of shops, food emporia and the obligatory hypermarket.
"Dinosol" is a trade name for this Spanish supermarket chain and the hypermarket version, "HiperDino" has a major presence in Tenerife, there being some 46 stores scattered about the island. I've singled out the one at Las Chafiras because it's one I've visited many times.
Situated in the Plaza del Cristo, La Laguna, this market sells the usual products, such as fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Especially noteworthy is the flower section. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, there is an Agricultural Market.
Mercado del Agricultor de Tacoronte
Operating since 1980, this market offers the chance for local farmers to sell their produce directly to the public. You find the usual things - fruit, vegetables and fish - together with some homemade goods such as cheese and honey. Local wine is also available for purchase.
Open at weekends from 9am till 2pm.
The ultimate in no-frills shopping in Tenerife, these various street markets are operated by a company called Baratillo Los Verdes. They have several throughout the island, opening on different days of the week.
Mercadillo de Alcala
Open Mondays, 9am-2pm.
Mercadillo de Los Abrigos
A night market, open Tuesdays from 6pm-10pm.
Mercadillo de Playa San Juan
Situated in Guia de Isora, open Wednesdays, 9am-2pm.
Mercadillo de Torviscas
Found in the Centro Costas, open Thursdays and Saturdays, 9am-2pm.
Mercadillo de Los Cristianos
Next to the Arona Gran hotel, open Sundays, 9am-2pm.
There's a new market in town!
Beginning trading only in March 2010, this night market is found next to the Hotel Isla Bonita, in the Fañabé area of Costa Adeje.
Its stallholders tend to deal in items not normally found in traditional Tenerife markets, with local arts and crafts being represented. The market organisers say the market tries to capture the "real flavour of the Canary Islands".
The market operates on Monday evenings, from 5pm till 9pm and anyone can apply for a low-rent stall.
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