A trip to El Corte Ingles is a must for department store lovers; Spain´s chain of department stores has a total monopoly throughout the country and the giant company is now making overtures to opening stores abroad. Surely world domination next?Barcelona´s flagship branch is unmissable for it occupies one entire side of Plaça Catalunya, providing 9 floors of fashion, beauty and home furnishings whilst also fitting in a hairdressers and café.The basement is home to various useful services such as; a key-cutting, a stationery shop, a specialist tobacconist and cobblers, as well as one of the best supermarkets in town.
Nearby down Avenida Portal de l´Àngel is a second branch which specialises in young fashion, music, films and electrical appliances.There are several other stores dotted about Barcelona with two are on Avenida Diagonal; one is in L´IllaShopping Centre and specialises in sports fashion, the second is a little further down and specialises in just about everything else.All El Corte Inglés stores are open from 10am-10pm every day, closed Sundays.
Central store locations:
Plaça Catalunya, 14
Portal de l´Àngel, 19-21
Sports Fashion, L´Illa Shopping Centre, 1st floor, Avenida Diagonal, 545
Avenida Diagonal, 617
Francesc Macià, 471-473