With the January sales now in full swing, it might be useful to have a quick look at six of the largest commercial centres (CCs) on the island so you can plan where you’re going to spend all the money you don’t have left after Christmas. Most are open 10am to 10pm every day but the Santa Cruz and La Laguna ones close on Sundays.
In the heart of Playa de Las Américas, opposite the Hard Rock Café, the Safari Centre is everyone’s favourite south Tenerife, ‘shop and nosh’ centre where you can enjoy bars, restaurants and great shopping in walking distance of Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.
Best for: Designer label fashion; food, nightlife and the dancing fountain.
One of the newer centres to open in Santa Cruz, CC Meridiano has a good range of fashion outlets including Levis, Pepe Jeans and Guess and not least, Primark. Another good ‘shop & nosh’ option, the top floor has a dozen or so food outlets including good tapas and arepas.
Best for: Fashion (including kids), shoes (Marypaz and Peca’s) and food.
Downside: Can’t think of one.
CC Gran Sur
Probably best known for its multi cinema which screens a weekly English language movie, there’s also a small selection of fashion outlets, a Mercadona supermarket and some nice eateries. Ample parking and in easy reach of south resorts.
Best for: Food and cinema
Downside: Several shops are lying empty.
Plaza Del Duque
The most upmarket shopping centre on the island in the heart of El Duque in Costa Adeje, you’ll need healthy credit cards to part with your cash here. Glitzy and usually relatively quiet, it seems to be predominantly Eastern Europeans who can afford to shop here.
Best for: High end fashion (Escada, Elisabetta Franchi…) and jewellery (Cartier, Ideal)
Downside: Out of many people’s budget range.
CC Al Campo
The largest CC on the island, this huge centre in La Laguna occupies a sizeable chunk of space alongside the TF1 at exit 7B. A cornucopia of fashion, phone shops, hairdressers, food outlets and the Al Campo hypermarket, it can take a good hour just to walk around it all. In strolling distance of Leroy Merlin (similar to B&Q) and IKEA and a flyover walkway from Decathlon.
Best for: Food shopping, fast food outlets, sports clothing and IKEA
Downside: Access. You often have to queue to get in and out.
CC La Villa
On the border of La Orotava and Los Realejos, in easy drive of Puerto de la Cruz, La Villa is like a mini Trafford Centre in its design (for the Mancunians amongst us) and has the Al Campo hypermarket as well as a sizeable range of fashion outlets, hairdressers, beauty shops and a handful of eateries.
Best for: Home (Zara home), shoes, cosmetics and sportswear.
Downside: No designer labels or fashion independents.
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