Shopping in Portugal

The various towns and cities in Portugal offer some interesting places for shopping, which is a favorite activity for most tourists. Shopping in Portugal provides visitors with irresistible temptations ranging from small roadside stands down the Algarve coast to a variety of small antiques shops in cities like �vora, Lisbon and Porto. There is a wide variety of ceramics found throughout Portugal. Each region in the country has its own distinctive variations and styling in ceramic items. Lisbon is a first choice for most tourists, when it comes to shopping in Portugal.

The customary hand made azulejos, which are hand painted tiles, make for great souvenirs to take back home. The leading cities of Portugal also boast of a number of major shopping complexes, which have a number of facilities apart from shopping. In Lisbon, you will find almost anything and everything you can think of while shopping.

The other places for shopping in Portugal include Madeira, Guincho, Sintra, Serra de Arr�bida and �bidos. While the city of Madeira is recognized for its excellent embroidery, Porto is well known for its silver and its great collection of wines. Intricate designed embroidery, hand-woven rugs as well as hand-knit sweaters are found all through the country.

Generally the shops in Portugal are open on weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7pm. There are many shop owners in Portugal who speak English, so communication should not be a problem while shopping. Most shops accept credit cards, but you must check before making your purchases. In addition to the roadside stall and handicraft stores, there are also modern shopping centers and hypermarkets located in big cities of Portugal.Shopping in Portugal can be a real exciting experience for tourists as the country offers an amazing variety of choices.

Some of the modern shopping complexes in Portugal include the Amoreiras in Lisbon, Cascais Shopping Center, Vasco da Gama Center, Colombo Center and Armaz�ns do Chiado. In these shopping centers you can find a wide range of Portuguese products as well foreign brands like. There are also several outlets in these shopping malls offering items by designers like Ayer, Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Boss, and Zegna.

The leading shopping malls not only offer a great shopping experience but also provide wholesome entertainment. There are play centers, restaurants, funfair and cinemas at these shopping centers, which attract both locals and tourists alike.