Is shopping one of your favourite holiday activities? Are you in Spain either today or early July? Late-night shopping is not just for Christmas – two tourist hotspots seven hours apart by road have planned midnight retail therapy sessions with live music, food stalls and bargains ready to be snapped up.
Valencia Shopening Night 2014 will see around 100 chain stores and boutiques staying on beyond their usual evening closing time to serve customers until midnight.
Although the numerous fashion and accessories retailers – from bottom budget to international haute couture – will dominate the streets tonight, June 12, plenty of others selling everything from interiors to IT and Smartphone equipment, from tea and coffee to furniture, and many cafés and sweet shops will offer huge discounts, special offers, prize draws and new collections.
Music and food-tasting stalls will line the city-centre streets and ensure that even when visitors and residents exhaust their credit card limits, they will still find plenty of entertainment.
Further south, holidaymakers and year-round dwellers on the Costa del Sol get even longer to spend their money on July 4 – shops taking part in the Noche Viva Fuengirola will stay open until 02.00hrs.
To keep energy levels up and customers refuelled, cafés and bars will be offering two drinks for the price of one or a drink and tapa or small snack for two euros.
Bars and restaurants which spill out onto pavements will not have to pay an ‘occupation tax’ for that night in a bid to get as many as possible to join in.
Live music, including a mariachi – traditional Mexican music – show will be held in the Plaza de España, a shop-free area which will be used for an outdoor motor show with car dealerships displaying their star sets of wheels.
All tastes in music are catered for – rock and pop by local bands in the Plaza de los Reyes Católicos, local brass and wind fiesta bands playing on the C/ Emancipación, and classical and opera in the Plaza del Yate will take place, whilst kids will be kept amused with numerous workshops and fun activities in the Plaza de los Chinorros.
A fashion show in the Plaza de la Constitución will see models strutting their stuff in a selection of SS14 ranges on sale in local stores and boutiques.
It’s almost worth going to Spain just for the experience!