Where to shop in the Mediterranean
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Christmas brings out the shopaholic in anyone, and come January, the world’s major cities will transform into retail heaven with special offers, sales and fresh Spring/ Summer stocks.

These five Mediterranean cities are sure to lead you to some of the season’s top products and prices, all while offering the ideal cheery atmosphere to accompany you on your quest for the perfect gift(s).

Barcelona, Spain


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The Spanish city will not disappoint. From top international clothing outlets to local brands, you are certain to find the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones

Malaga, Spain


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Quite similar to Barcelona in setting and price ranges, however you are more likely to stumble upon offers from less ‘in demand’ brands in Malaga. Chances are the city would be less crowded, so you don’t even have to worry about hitting passers-by with your seven shopping bags on your way…

Porto, Portugal


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From high-street brands to quirky vintage stores, Porto has it all. Some say there is no better place in the entire region for that perfect personalized gift.

Bordeaux, France


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If you’re feeling a little more chic than usual this French city is the place for you this winter. Not only will you score a bargain at top designer outlets, but you can pick up some fine wines at any one of their traditional cellars. The Promenade Sainte Catherine is the best place to kick-off the Bordeaux shopping experience.

Rome, Italy


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The Italian Capital needs no introduction, not for its culinary experience, its sites, and not even its retail scene. Your biggest problem here is to not stop for a local Cacio e Pepe between one store and the next.

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