This is a modern shopping and entertainment center of recent construction (November 2007), located within the popular Market of Bolhao. It is huge, with five floors and over 75 commercial establishments with clothes, accessories, electronics, shoe stores, bookstores, perfumeries, food, furniture and decoration. They present some of the major franchises that are used in Spain and Trucco, Triumph, Intimissimi, Media Markt, Nokia ... One floor of this mall is dedicated to Virgin Active, which is a well known health club in Portugal, which has a gym, sauna and swimming pools. There are also various entertainment centers and dining establishments. It has a huge underground parking for up to 420 cars, and since no direct access to the subway station Bolhao.
This is a fantastic, fully modern, and wheelchair accessible shopping centre. There are well-known shops and also independent fragrance and charming accessory shops among others, there is a small cinema with all the usual things you would expect. The top floor is the food court and it is lovely from homecooked traditional Portuguese meals to branded restaurant like McDonalds and Pizza Hut, a pasta bar, a soup shop and a lovely steak house all at amazingly cheap prices. It's only a 5 minute walk away from the lovely beaches and cobbled streets of the wonderful city.
There are people who mistakenly believe that Viseu is only a heritage site They must have forgotten the Palacio do Gelo complex, which opened to the public in 2007. It is a large pioneer shopping center with complimentary elements that are combine in one space: sports, health, entertainment, commerce and services. This great shopping centre of five floors, which has a large pond with a stream of water that reaches the top floor, has a mall, 7 cinemas and areas for rest, fun and leisure. It has a huge Jumbo hypermarket on the ground floor, and a skating rink (on the top floor), gyms, bowling alley, 4 swimming pools (one is nearly Olympic-sized) and a spa. To give you its size it occupies a total area of 175,000 m2, the ice rink is over 20,000 m2, the hypermarket over 11,500 m2 and the shopping areas are over 40,000 m2. There are 157 stores and of course there's great parking, all at the entrance to the city. IMHO for shopping centres I think no-one can beat the Portuguese. Their malls are huge, and they have everything, not only in this case but in general because I know several of them.
This commercial center is located in Oporto City just off Boavista Rotunda, right next to hotels like the Phoenix or the Fenix Porto Porto. It has 4 very distinct levels and among its facilities are shops such as Springfield, Cortefiel, Zara, Bijou Brigitte, Calzedonia, Intimissimi, Punto Roma, Trucco, Trumph, etc. There are also coffee shops such as Café Veracruz, Mundo do café, Segafredo, Superxpresso, etc and restaurant like Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Light Food, Food and Volta, Casa D'Avo Maria, etc. and finally supermarket like Froiz, etc with leisure activities and four theaters, one ice rink, bowling, etc ...
This huge mall is located in the heart of the city, occupying an entire block and has two entrances: both on the Alameda S. Damaso and on the Long Republic of Brazil. It looks fairly new and has two storeys. You can find all kinds of shops and stores there for everything that you are looking for: Clothing, shoes, accessories, electronics, telephones, toys and florists. On the ground floor, there is a food hypermarket called Froiz and underground parking.
On entering Chaves on the Verinside, on the same road, is the pioneer warehouse of the big shopping centers in Chaves. Years ago, hundreds of people had to travel far to buy clothes, especially towels, decorative items and kitchenware, at prices that were not found in Spain. Today, trade has evolved considerably and prices have leveled enough, but even so, there are still many people who have to make the trip to the neighboring country. This is a dramatic and extremely large exhibition, with more than 15000 items. You can find almost anything: Linen, clothing, furniture, ceramics, decoration, local products, souvenirs, gifts , carpets, bicycles ......... And a long list of things, perfectly placed, it's almost impossible to not find what you're looking for.
This shopping center is on the street that goes under Forte Sao Francisco to the Roman Bridge. It is a small center with two levels, practically no shops, but rather offices. It has an old appearance, and quite old fashioned decor, it was tacky for my taste, with brass railings and many mirrors ... I think it was one of the first in the city, and for what is was, the stores were becoming obsolete and being replaced by offices and offices (there are consultancys, a notary ...). Interestingly, there's even a doorman. Hours:-Monday to Saturday: 8.30-20.30h-Friday: 12-20h
One of the things that struck me in Braga is that businesses used to coalesce forming small malls in the ground floors of buildings, such as shopping malls, in the central pedestrian area. The center connected with the back street, and had three levels. However, a part from a huge perfume shop called "Must", the other premises were empty, and had the sign "for rent" in the window.
This shopping mall is located a bit far from the historic old town (about a ten or fifteen minute walk), near the Municipal Theatre Sá de Miranda. This is a fairly large and elongated building, with three floors. However, inside the premises were practically unoccupied, and the few that were occupied were mostly offices. Of course, for shops and shopping, you've always got the Viana Shopping, next to the train station. It's a blast, but I would not call this a "mall".
This shopping center is in the parish of São José de São Lázaro, at the start of the Avenida da Liberdade, in the center of Braga. It is a fairly new 3 floor building, from clothes shops or home decoration, to a laundry, a bank or a gym. There are also several outdoor cafes, and in the basement a hypermarket "Pingo Doce", the largest Portuguese supermarket chain with a fast food restaurant and takeaway. This shopping center is called "Loja do Cidadão".
The Bragança Shopping is a big contemporary 5,000 m2 shopping center opened in the year 2004, a landmark in the Northeast. It takes up a whole block, so it's accessible from many streets, the main one next to the Municipal Theater. It has 4 stories for retail, plus 3 underground parking. Inside there are 45 stores of all kinds: clothes, accessories, optics, phone, shoe, sports, perfume, toys, accessories, a salon ... The top floor is for entertainment and dining, with fast food restaurants (Pizza Hut, Pans & Company, kebab, etc), cafes and a movie theater. Opening hours: Every day from 10 to 23h.
Dolce Vita Shopping Centre is located in the vicinity of the University of Vila Real in the new part of the Portuguese city. It is in a prime location, within walking distance of the historic, leisure, fashion and cultural centre of the entire region of Trás os-Montes and Douro. Dolce Vita Shopping Centre was opened in 2004 and has three floors and spacious parking. On the ground floor, there is a hypermarket and other services. On the first floor, there are jewelry stores, home stores, sport stores, hairdressers and fashion and shoe shops. On the 2nd floor there is a cinema and more sports stores, making a total of 139 stores.