As a favourite destination of the rich and famous, the Costa del Sol would not be complete without top of the range shops and labels.
department stores and interior design outlets, this area has it all.
The most glamourous shops are naturally centred around Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Almost every top brand can be found here, from Prada, Versace, Bulgari and Cartier to the best in furniture, yachts and luxury cars.
The whole coastline is well served by large hyper markets and supermarkets and it's entirely possible to get hold of everything you're familiar with at home.
El Cortes Ingles, Puerto Banus
Large department store overlooking the main square of Puerto Banus. Here you'll find an excellent selection of Spanish and world-wide designers as well as departments dealing in everything from hi-fi's to watersports and briefcases to barbecues. Once you've explored this be sure to check out the rest of the designer boutiques throughout the port.
Plaza Mayor, Malaga
A recently opened theme-park style shopping centre with loads of leisure facilities if you get distracted from spending your euros. Also houses a multiplex cinema that shows films in English.
La Cañada, Marbella
Now that the new phase has opened it's probably the largest selection of shops outside a town centre. Home to many familiar names such as Miss Selfridge and Evans it also houses a new fnac store where you can buy many English books, DVD's and CD's.
There are all manner of outdoor markets in the towns and areas of the Costa del Sol. From the large flea market in Fuengirola to the conventional food markets held in most towns at some point during the week.
Browse the stalls to find the bargains and be sure to haggle on the prices, there's always a discount available! Still an excellent place to pick up leather goods, foodstuffs and carpets, as well as the usual selection of fake sunglasses and handbags.