La Manual Alpargatera


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La Manual Alpargatera

If you are visiting Barcelona during the summer, you'll notice some locals walking around the city wearing a pair of espadrilles–sandals typical of Catalonia that are handmade in cotton canvas, with a sole of jute rope and long cotton laces. And if you're thinking about getting a pair for yourself or for someone back home, the best place to buy them is at La Manual Alpargatera, a long-running workshop selling these traditional and quite comfortable summer shoes in every colour and several styles.


Shopping in Barcelona offers lots of interesting browsing. Unusual shops can be found in most parts of the city, but those who want to be efficient should focus on Plaça Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter. This last one offers plenty of shopping opportunities throughout its maze of medieval streets – souvenirs, clothing, shoes, quirky shops, and everything you can think of, you will find here. For those into high-end fashion, head to Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona's version of the Champs-Élysées. Shopping malls abound around Barcelona, El Triangle and Maremagnum are the most popular ones among tourists due to their central location. The gigantic department store El Corte Inglés is located at Plaça Catalunya. Come here for the wares, but also for the people-watching.