Centro Comercial La Vaguada, Madrid!

Hello blogging world, here I am again trying to go into new terrain of story telling you about my travels. Well the city is not new and very well known having even lived there for 4 years and visited every year since 2003. However, touristic places abound I will deal with a new subject that can ,also help some visitors as well.

As we all need to shop someday and even browse the goodies of the country/city we visit and many times not having enough time to seek these needed things while indulging in our sightseeing, let me tell you about my favorite shopping center mall in Madrid proper.

I have come here practically since it opened, and then came back to bring my girlfriend from France,and later my wife Martine ,and later my boys now young men. These places are nostalgic and sentimental for us as my dear wife passed away in 2018 and she love to come here as all related to shopping. Oh no she was a good buyer indeed. Hoping to have learned some shopping habits from her.

However, enough, let me tell you about the Shopping center mall La Vaguada. It is located at Avenida Monforte de Lemos,30, metro Barrio del Pilar line 9 is the closest by far but you can do Herrera Oria line 9 as well. Shopping center with all you need in one stop shopping plus great movies! Bus lines passing by here or close by are the lines 42, 49, 67, 83, 124, 126, 127, 128, 132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 147, N18, and N19(the latest two are night lines).  The shopping center entrance is by the Avenida de Monforte de Lemos and Avenida de la Ilustración. The mall is as the metro station in the neighborhood of Barrio del Pilar , district of Fuencarral-El Pardo. The mall was the first shopping center that opened in Madrid!

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A bit of history I like

In 1973, the construction company Banús sold the land where the commercial center would be built to the French company La Henin. Before its construction, the project had a wide rejection of the neighbors of the neighborhood of Barrio del Pilar. The offer of fifty-six jobs to unemployed of the neighborhood and the promise that part of the space was dedicated to the construction of the cultural center, the library, the municipal swimming pool, the health center and the park of the Vaguada resolved to a great extent the conflict. It has integrated natural environments inside the building such as resting areas with waterfalls and fountains and natural light entrance from the ceiling. It was inaugurated on October 24th, 1983.

Until 2005, an area called Plaza of the Artesanos or artisans square was maintained in which during 22 years craftsmen of various guilds offered their articles and worked under the gaze of the pedestrians. As the number of artisans descended the property of the mall decided to give another use to that space.   In 2008, the shopping center La Vaguada went through an important and controversial remodeling in which the new logo was fixed, the name was shortened (which previously was «Centro Comercial Madrid 2 La Vaguada») and the marquee of the main entrance was added, among other changes.

A bit on the construction if I try the inside layout as well ok

It is a rectangular building with 5 floors. Two of them, under ground , configure the parking (for 3600 vehicles), while the other three have the area commercial, in which highlights the vegetation through the use of hanging gardeners with a traditional market, in addition to various anchor stores, such as department stores and hypermarkets. In addition, it has pharmacy, tobacconist, post Office,and on the terrace are the cinemas and most of the catering/restaurant offer.

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The La Vaguada mall appears repeatedly in the work of Fernando San Basilio, both in his novels my great novel about the Vaguada “Mi gran novella sobre La Vaguada” and “El joven vendedor y el estilo de vida fluido” , and the story of “El principio Dios creo La Vaguada” (at first God created the Vaguada).

Inside La Vaguada has more than 85,500 square meters, and you can find around 250 shops spread over three floors. The shopping center is divided into several areas: the commercial, the catering, the leisure, cinemas and the hypermarket. But what really differentiates this mall from others is the feeling of happiness that intoxicates you when you are in it. La Vaguada is one of the most visited shopping centers of Madrid is by the presence of the El Corte Inglés, the hypermarket Alcampo and the cinemas La Vaguada with nine rooms. But this is not the main reason. People view the center thanks to the services it offers, which are unique. For example, each Sunday offers concerts in its facilities. In addition the shopping center is thinking for everyone and after a hard day of shopping with their parents the little ones can enjoy in the playroom or Ludoteca or in the Sould Park enabled to delight the little ones.

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Indeed a wholesome family affair and for the visiting families as well; recommended. Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Official La Vaguada shopping Mall on stores

Tourist office of Madrid on La Vaguada Mall

There you a little piece of Madrid off the beaten path, a bit away from the touristic centro/center but well worth the visit if shopping is in your mind and kids alone the ride;mine enjoy it still today. La Vaguada is one of those spots , one is never tired of visiting while in town.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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2 Comments to “Centro Comercial La Vaguada, Madrid!”

  1. Shopping Malls are normally places that I avoid!

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