Following my previous post on Rockin’ Race Jamboree in Torremolinos, Spain, I thought I would share my list of vintage shops and a couple of awesome things we discovered on our trip to Benalmadena earlier this year. I’ve left all the regular tourist stuff to those big-ole travel review sites, because the last thing you’ll want to hear is me rambling on about the Picasso Museum… mainly because I didn’t quite make it to that anyway!
So, first up on my list of recommendations, my Top 3 vintage shops in Malaga!
I have to admit that I was surprised that I found a few vintage shops in the centre of Malaga when researching for this trip, because I couldn’t quite imagine Spain being a hot location for vintage shopping. No rock shall be left un-turned on my journeys though, because you never know what exactly could be lurking under those rocks!
At a glance, Spanish vintage shops do look great, but when I dove a little deeper I discovered that the main bulk of clothing was from the 1980s onwards. Although you can find some crackin’ 80s-does-50s pieces, I was remarkably underwhelmed by what was available at that time. Doesn’t mean to say that there is none to be found; perhaps I just caught them on a bad week.
Entre Costuras is the most expensive shop on my list, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s full of beautiful vintage furs and dresses that would be perfect for a wedding or a glamourous ball; think of taking a peep into your grandmothers wardrobe. Everything is saved for best! If you’re looking for something for a special occasion, this is the best place to come.
Epoca Segunda Mano had that wonderful 1960s coat outside and was definitely the place that I’d hit up first should I be heading back that way. They boast having vintage costuming which is always worth keeping an eye out for as you can find some real gems from theatre productions that are in really great condition. The vintage pricing in Spain leans towards the more expensive end of the scale, but there are some good pieces to be had for £40-£60 if you’re looking hard enough.
Flamingos Vintage Kilo has a totally overwhelming amount of clothing inside to look through, so prepare to spend some time in here if you have it. Sadly for me, most of it was late 70’s early 80’s (which you’ll have guessed is not my bag), but it sure is worth visiting as there is a lot of beautiful prints on those fabrics. There is quite the fad happening where you buy vintage clothing by weight, so this is one of those places where you can get a bunch of light stuff on the cheap… but as soon as you start adding shoes and coats you’re going to get stung if they’re in bad condition. Remember to check seams and zippers before adding to your pile unless you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread!
There is also a retro market on the first Sunday of the month at Malaga, but unfortunately I didn’t catch it… For anyone lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, I’d love to hear how it was! Find out more here.
My absolute favourite discovery of this trip has got to be Museo Barbie, home to the most epic collection of Barbies you will ever lay eye’s on. The best part? This is just the owner’s collection on display! I love it when people have a passion for something and they turn it into a business. For less than 2 euros you can wander through the back of the shop and re-live your old childhood. There’s Grease dolls, Elvis Presley, The Flintstones, Lucille Ball – all my favourite icons – as well as the international doll collection and various brand collaborations (who can forget when Barbie went to Disneyland and opened up a Coca-Cola soda shop!). It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and it’s a must see for anyone who loves kitsch! FYI, the front part of the shop is also a toy shop, full of great things both old and new, so bring your purse and treat yourself to a cute memento of your trip. After all, supporting this shop means it can stay open forever, which I am more than happy to be a helping hand with!
Other places in Benalmadena to check out includes their Tivoli fun fair which happened to be out of season and closed whilst I was there, but still made for some excellent Scooby Doo style abandoned theme park photos.
The Mariposario butterfly park is a lot of fun and totally worth doing too – they have a wallaby wandering around and everything! It’s actually the biggest in Europe and has over 1500 butterflies fluttering inside, making it picture perfect on a sunny day. This is also just beside the beautiful Buddist Temple which has a great view of the city and is incredibly peaceful and zen, so I recommend making a day of your trip here. We got a taxi here and asked the butterfly park people to book us a taxi back and they were more than happy to help us, so don’t panic if you don’t have a car and are too confused by the bus routes!
Overall, Benalmadena is a lovely place to visit for our week long vacation, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a pretty cheap holiday. The town is just a short walk to the train station and a very cheap train to the centre of Malaga should you feel like adventuring out of the city (takes around 30 mins.) and you can even walk along to Torremolinos should you fancy a ramble. Booze is really cheap and you’ll be hard pushed to find food you don’t like here too – they have plenty of options for veggies and it’s not uncommon to find burritos and noodles in this small town as well, so don’t think you’ll be living of British fry ups the whole time!
If you have any recommendations or find any more vintage shops, please leave a comment below with the links and share the love. I’d quite like to go to Rockin Race Jamboree again, so you never know – I could be updating this post sooner than expected…