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Shopping in MadridIn the historic center you will find lots of shops. In Calle Gran Vía you can find big known brands like H & M, Primark, Stradivarius and Adidas, but one of the great things about shopping in Madrid is that you will also find many independent shops that are not affiliated with any franchise.
One of the nicest areas for shopping in Madrid is Calle del Serrano in the Salamanca district. Calle del Serrano starts at the Puerta del Alcala at the northwestern entrance to Retiro Park and goes north. Here you will find Zara Home, Louis Vuitton, Massimo Dutti and others. There are also several shopping centres in Calle del Serrano. Two of them are Centro Comercial El Jardin de Serrano and Centro Comercial ABC Serrano. El Corte Ingles also has a branch in Calle Serrano.
A shopping area that is easily overlooked by tourists in Madrid is Calle Fuencarral. The street begins at Calle Gran Vía at McDonalds and is quite anonymous to begin with. In the first part of the street cars are alowed to drive but after a while you will come to a pedestrian street. There is a Wide range of different shops in Calle Fuencarral and besides famous brand shops, there are plenty of shops that are not affiliated to any major brands. Continuing upwards along Fuencarral you will reach the Museo de Historia de Madrid.
Another important shopping street that you're probably going to pass when you walk around in Madrid is Calle del Arenal. It goes from Puerta del Sol to the Opera and the Royal Palace, thus it is suitable for those who want to combine shopping with looking at historic buildings. Here you will find all sorts of shops including gift shops and souvenir shops and there are also many cafes and tapas bars here.
The street market in MadridStreet Market in Madrid is called El Rastro and is more than 100 years old. The market takes place Sundays between 8.30 a.m and 3 p.m in Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores and the surrounding streets. It is south of the Plaza Mayor and it is a 15 minutes walk along Calle Toledo to get there. With the metro you can travel to La Latina or Puerta de Toledo.
On the street market you can find clothes, shoes, bags, hats, leather, books, furniture, rugs, watches, electrical appliances, telephones, comics, toys, car parts, tools, art and everything else under the sun.
There are many pickpockets at the street market, so you need to remember to take all precautions.
Shopping malls in MadridLa Vaguada
La Vaguada is one of the largest shopping malls in Madrid where you can find everything under one roof. This shopping center is located north of Madrid and has lots of shops, a cinema and a modern playing area for children where they among others can play computer games. There is also an El Corte Inglés and Alcampo in La Vaguada.
Adress: Av. de Monforte de Lemos, 36
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El Corte Inglés
Centro Comercial el Jardin de Serrano
Madrid is Spain's most visited tourist destination and the 4th most visited city in Europe. About 7 million tourists are visiting Madrid each year to enjoy the sights and attractions. The experiences range from historical monuments, museums, art and culture to architecture and intriguing structures, from the city's green parks to amusement parks and experience centers. In addition lots of football fans are coming here each year to see the world's best football team, Real Madrid, playing in the Spanish "La Liga".
From Madrid it is easy to get to Barcelona, Alicante and Málaga with both high speed trains and by planes. Moreover there are good connections from Madrid to the Canary Islands, Europe's capitals, South America and many other destinations.
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