Shopping In Tenerife
YOU MUST ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING YOU BUY HERE IS WITHIN YOUR
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco;
1L spirits over 22% or 2L spirits under 22%,
2L sparkling wine and 2L of any other wine.
£145 worth of other goods including gifts and souvenirs.
60 ml perfume, 250 ml eau de toilette
Yes, the entire island is duty free, not just the airport. You should get anything from 20-50% discount off perfumes, around 70%!! discount off cigarettes and around an average 20% discount off electricals. 200 Marlboro for example costs around €13.50. Some Spanish cigarettes are around €5.50.
You're better off going to a supermarket to buy your cigarettes than getting them in duty free at the airport. Supermarkets are also the best bet for your booze too. All the major brands in litre bottles are around €10 and the local equivalents, around €5. The local equivalent of Bacardi and whiskey are pretty convincing but I wasn't that impressed with the Vodka or Gin, each to his/her own though.
Perfumes are also cheaper in the resorts but you'll usually find these in "duty free" shops. Don't pay the price on the box, haggle a little (not too much, usually go for a 10 or 20% discount). Also, it's worth checking out a couple of shops for perfumes then compare prices as there are some good-value shops but there's also one or two that push their luck too!
Electricals - all I can say there is know exactly what you want and how much it should cost before you try the electrical shops around the resorts. Better still, go to Puerto de la Cruz or Santa Cruz and stick with the fixed-price shops. For everyone that finds a bargain in the resort, someone else buys a fake or is overcharged without realizing it. You can get good deals in a resort, you just have to be smarter than the sales staff and they're pretty quick! You'll find in the dedicated electrical shops in the resorts, if you're not happy with what you've bought you won't get a replacement or a refund, even if you find a fault! In the department stores you would.
Don't worry about bringing your favorite foods from home with you (apart from British t-bags as the ones here are pretty weak or anything really, really unusual). Tenerife realizes that 75% of its income is in some way dependant on tourism and so imports foods from all over Europe and Scandinavia accordingly. There are also health-food shops for people with special needs.
Banks Monday-Friday 08:30 to 14:30 Saturdays from September to April 08:30-12:30
Post Office Monday-Friday 08:30 until 14:30 (a stamp for Europe costs 70 pesetas)
Shops and Supermarkets in the shopping centers 09:30 until 22:00
Car Hire/Hairdressers/Travel Agents 09:30 until 13:30 and 16:00 until 20:00
I still need to update this page a bit more with info on markets and shopping in different towns and resorts. Meanwhile, if you're in the north or heading that way, save your shopping until you get to Santa Cruz. Go to the new El Corte Ingles store and/or head for Calle Castillo and do all your shopping there!
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