While not on a par with Paris or the world’s other style capitals, Barcelona still leads the way in Spain when it comes to shopping. It’s the country’s fashion and publishing capital, and there’s a long tradition of innovative disseny (design), from clothes and accessories to crafts and household goods. The annual sales (rebaixes, rebajas in Castilian) follow the main fashion seasons – mid-January until the end of February, and throughout July and August.

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