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El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles originally started out as a small tailor shop in Madrid in 1890 which has grown into the largest department-store chain in Europe with more than 80 stores across Spain. It has also consistently been in the top 5 largest department-stores in the world in terms of sales, which is a remarkable achievement considering it mainly operates in just one country.

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It has also expanded into various sectors including not only fashion but groceries, electronics, household goods, jewellery, travel agency and home decor. It is no wonder why so many people visiting Barcelona come to shop in El Corte Ingles just to experience this unique shopping experience in itself. The largest store in Spain can be found right here in Barcelona on Plaça Catalunya with a grand total of 9 floors packed full of everything you could possibly think of. It is worth a trip just to see what’s on offer and even if you don’t buy anything the views from the top floor offer a unique view of the iconic square below. On this floor you can sit back and enjoy a coffee in the café and restaurant whilst watching the world go by and admiring the view. Here is more detailed information on the floors:


  1. Supermercado – the store’s supermarket
  2. El Gourmet Club – the store’s luxury delicatessen area
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Tobacconist
  5. Opticians
  6. Shoe repair

Ground Floor

  1. Perfumes and Cosmetics
  2. Accessories – jewellery, watches, bags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas
  3. Information Desk

First Floor

  1. Woman’s Fashion
  2. Beauty Parlour

Second Floor

  1. Men’s fashion
  2. Men’s Hairdressers
  3. Travel agency

Third Floor

  1. Children and Baby Fashion
  2. Shoes
  3. Lingerie

Fourth Floor

  1. Teenage Fashion

Fifth Floor

  1. Household Furniture
  2. Electrical Items
  3. Wedding Lists

Sixth Floor

  1. Textiles
  2. Furniture and Decorations

Seventh Floor

  1. Electrical department – DVDs, televisions, Videos
  2. Bookshop
  3. Toys

Eighth Floor

  1. Special offers
  2. Haberdashery

Ninth Floor

La Rotonda – the store’s restaurant and café   There are other El Corte Ingles stores in the city but this is a definite must as it is the largest and is worth it just for the views from the top floor alone. Visit this iconic store whether it be for shopping, finding a bargain, having lunch and a coffee, or just to say you’ve visited Spain’s largest department stores’ largest store in the amazing city of Barcelona!  

The store’s information desk is located just inside the central store entrance. They are very helpful and will call any other sections of the store to answer your questions. They are multi-lingual.


  • Address: Plaza de Catalunya, 14 08002 Barcelona, España
  • Transport: By Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3)
  • Web: http://www.elcorteingles.eu/
  • Schedules: Monday – Saturday from 9:30 am till 9:30 pm | Sunday – Closed

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Written by: xavi


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