Shop As The Prices Drop In Tenerife Sales Season

Wed, January 11th, 2012 - By Colin

The whole world loves a bargain and here in Tenerife the sales season arrives hot on the heels of Christmas, New Year and Tres Reyes. The winter sales take place from 7th January to 6 March in all the Canary Islands, some stores would like to start the discounts from 2nd January as is the case in Madrid, but the current dates were set six years ago and at least allow the festive season to run its extended course.

As you might expect the action is centred on the bigger commercial centres and stores in the capital, Santa Cruz but plenty of the national chains will be spreading their joy down south in Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas with reductions of between 30 and 70 per cent.

The Federacion Usuarios Consumidores Independientes (FUCI) estimates that during the sales season every Canarian will be enticed to spend 75 and 80 euros on sale items. They advise shoppers to plan their spending ahead of hitting the shops to ensure they don’t overload the purse or credit card with spur of the moment splurges.

In Santa Cruz the massive El Corte Ingles tends to lead the way, partly due to its range of clothes and electrical goods but also several openings to 10pm to give workers a chance. Looking around the capital city CC Carrefour and Parque Bulevar both offer good selections of household and children’s toys and clothes, while CC Tres de Mayo has a fair selection of fashion clothes. Calle Castillo the pedestrianised shopping street from Plaza Weyler to Plaza España is another clothing mecca for good offers.  Further afield Alcampo offers two big commercial centres in La Laguna and La Orotava.

It’s not just the high price range items that come crashing down, Numero Uno is one of the low cost clothing chains well represented around Tenerife but they still wield the axe to tempt men and women to replace their wardrobe in one swoop. Don’t let your vision be too narrow, a visit to specialist retail areas like Las Chafiras near Golf Del Sur can uncover bargains in the home furnishing and textile superstores.

The two month stretch of the sale season means less of the scrum downs experienced in the UK but shop owners are hoping for brisk business so make sure you are flexible to avoid the worst of traffic. Car parking is plentiful and reasonable in Santa Cruz and good use of the public tram and bus networks might be a good idea – you could park a little further out or let the bus lane and tunnels bypass the jam into the city centre.

Posted : Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 10:39 am
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