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El Corte Inglés is a department store par excellence in Bilbao and in other Spanish cities, in fact, there's sure to be at least one in every major city and town. They sell just about everything. This particular branch has been here more than thirty years, occupying three buildings, and is the reference for the entire province. The various departments include textiles, a supermarket, sports, fashion, hardware, accessories, sound and image electronics, shoes, stationery, books, travel agency, hairdressing and a lot more. It has its own car park, cafeteria and restaurant. The building in Ercilla street is where you'll find the sound and image electronics department, computers, telephones, stationery, bookstore and travel agency. You can also apply for the Corte Inglés credit card.
This shopping mall has a bit of everything, and you'll probably find what you're looking for here. El Centro Comercial Bidarte has three floors with a wide range of fashion outlets, several record stores, shoe shops, computer stores, sports, automotive supplies, decorative items, the official Athletic de Bilbao football club shop and much more. You'll find eateries on the topmost floor: tutti Foodd, fashion apparels on the second floor: Lehendakari and a variety of sports and other stores on Madariaga. And like any shopping mall worth its salt, there's a cafeteria and several fast food restaurants. Dine or lunch on Chinese or Mexican food, sandwiches, pizza or chicken. Check website for exact timings.
The Artea shopping center is one of the biggest in Bilbao, and like most others, it's on the outskirts of the city. In this particular case, it's on a hillside near Getxo and some 10 kilometers from Bilbao, but within metropolitan Bilbao (or 'Gran Bilbao' in Spanish). The mall's features all types of shops, services and restaurants under one roof. You'll find fashion outlets, computer stores, home decoration items, sports clothes and equipment and a new high-quality cinema. If all that weren't enough, there is a good variety of restaurants to choose from and even the biggest bowling alley in the country, plus free parking. In other words, it's very easy to spend an entire day here without getting bored.