Love them or hate them … Cartagena has a new shopping mall with all the designer names. If you want to “shop ´til you drop” then visit Espacio Mediterraneo, on the way into Cartagena from the San Javier/Los Alcazares side. Shops include Zara, Punt Roma, Hennes, C&A and even Toys R Us.
There is more to this shopping centre than the covered area, however. Set time aside to drive around the network of streets which surround the main shopping centre, and you might just find a little gem. There are tapas bars, restaurants, wholesale outlets, furniture stores, wine warehouses, an enormous Chinese hypermarket selling all types of gadgets, supermarkets and building contractors all over this enormous development.
We find it is worthwhile to poke around first – as the prices in the side streets are much lower than around the main parking lot. For fashion, however, the covered shopping mall is the place to look.