It is not at all complicated to find out where to shop
in Madrid. On the contrary. Given the prices of good
prices it is difficult to resist and not spend more than
planned. In months like January and February, July and
August the stores do great deals, or rebates,
as they say. If shopping is one of your reasons for
traveling, it's good to even save space in your suitcase
for new purchases. Although the euro does not favor
shopping much, it is easy to find good opportunities, if
compared with the prices of Brazil.
A major attraction
when it comes to shopping is the El Corte
Inglês chain, which dominates Spain. It's
like a shopping mall, where you can find all kinds of
products, from different brands - all in the same
building, each floor with a theme. The store also allows
a 10% discount for non-residents; just take your
passport and look for the store's SAC.
For those who want to find a bit of everything in the
same region indicated places are the Gran Vía,
the outskirts of the Puerta del Sol,
the Calle Fuencarral, shopping Prince Pio and
ABC Serrano, besides the Rastro, a market in
the open what happens to Sundays in the La Latina
neighborhood. The main chain stores are installed in
these places, and besides being great shopping centers
in the city, they are good for those who also want to
make a snack. Zara, Mango, El Corte Inglés, H&M,
Bershka, FNAC and many other smaller stores are some
stores that you can visit when touring Madrid. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage makeup bags.
Supermarkets are also an excellent source for buying
different products, including wines, olive oils and
chocolates, for example. An important tip when thinking
about shopping is to remember that small stores or in
inner cities are usually closed for siesta, a rest time
between 14h and 17h.
As in other countries, it is possible for tourists
living outside Europe to request the refund of taxes
embedded in purchases made during a trip and receive
back up to 15% of the amount paid for their purchases.
In Spain, since mid-2018, there is no minimum purchase
amount to apply for tax free. There is also no need for
this amount to be purchased in a single day, making it
possible to keep invoices up to three months before
returning to the country of origin.
1 - During the trip, remember to collect all
purchase invoices and payment receipts,
if the purchase has been paid by credit card.
Just before returning to Brazil, take the notes to the
store where the purchases were made and you will receive
a tax free form.
2 - At the airport, look for the customs area, where
the tourist should take the tax free stamp. In that
place you must have the tax free form made by the store
where your purchases were made, invoices, passport and
products purchased (yes, the employee can ask to see the
products purchased). After checking with the local
employee, your forms must be stamped !
Without customs stamp there is no tax refund!
3 - With your stamped form, the best part has come:
getting your tax back! This step occurs after the
baggage is checked at the airline and after passing
through the X-ray, already in the boarding area. Look
for a kind of "bank" of the accredited companies that
reimburse the fees, and go to the place in possession of
your document and tax free form stamped by customs.
After checking the employee of the company that performs
the tax free, you will be able to choose if you prefer
your refund on a credit card or cash, for example.
On the Global Blue website you will
find all the information necessary to make your refund
and you can even check the refund status of your