Shopping on the Costa del Sol is similar to shopping in the rest of Andalucia. Plenty of small, often family-run, shops still pack out the streets of small towns and resorts, in addition to this, there are more hypermarkets, shopping centers, and specialist international shops.
When you visit the Costa del Sol and hope to shop for interesting things to take home with you, you’ll probably want to take excursions just inland from the Coast in order to find real traditional souvenirs. For example, in the mountain villages, local men still carve kitchen utensils during the summer months when the government pays them to sit at lonely outposts throughout the mountains watching for signs of forest fires. In Ronda, local people are known for the fine furnishings they create. Along the Costa del Sol you will, for the most part, find the typical trinkets and ceramic wares sold throughout this region. It is easy as well to find African products, especially from nearby Morocco and Senegal.
The Costa del Sol can also be a great location to shop for fashion, especially in Marbella. And along the whole coast, you’ll find shops that sell locally fashioned leather goods, from purses to shoes to coats. Also, there is a thriving local lingerie business with many items sold in small shops in the center of Málaga produced by women living in the surrounding countryside and pueblos.
On the Costa del Sol, thanks to the international climate created by so many different nationalities living together, products from all over Europe and the world are sold at various locations along the Costa del Sol – such as Dunnes Stores in Malaga en Fuengirola, and the Iceland food chain that has stores in Pueblo Nuevo near Sotogrande, and opposite Puerto Banus. Shops of Scandinavian origin at Centro Idea in Mijas, and German bakeries are all along the coast. A great variety of Asian and Arab markets can be found.