Retiro park and the Florida! Madrid of course!!!

And I bring you back to the culinary trails of me, well you know the series I am trying to bring back memorable places for me and my family over the years. All are listed in original posts in my blog, just bring them out individually for I hope all to enjoy as we do.

The next one is on my beloved Madrid, soon to be back in its dream nights. This one is very especial because it started out when just a teenager living in Madrid in the crazy 1970’s. Let me tell you a bit about the Florida Park or now call Florida Retiro.

The old Florida Park, inside the Retiro park, spectacles and fine dining with a show, the very best, and very nostalgic. Way back in my youth this was a community center where dances were held, now if you had a girl you could come here . I did. And, also, participated in several birthday celebrations of friends, mine and the girl….It is said you cannot forget your first real love at the tender age of 13!

You can come here Florida Retiro in the parque del Buen Retiro park at  Paseo de la República de Panamá, closest metro is Ibiza line 9. By the Calle Ibiza and the Puerta de la Reina Mercedes (gated entrance of the queen mercedes) straight in you will see the Florida Retiro ahead. This is an older photo of the old Florida Park. Pictures were scarse when young, but will be back this summer!

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And as promise, here are the August 2019 photos of Florida Retiro

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If you have read my blog you know this was my hangout place since teen years and always a memorable spot to come back to it with the family. Of course ,now the place is very chic and needs reservations for a great show. It is an ancient place where artists such as Concha Velasco, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Plácido Domingo, and Montserrat Caballé made one of the best nocturnal schedules of the moment.  Old Florida Park Madrid was never dull and always great surprises night after night, thanks to its good atmosphere of beautiful people, excellent music and repeatable evenings. Where you can see the Parque del Buen Retiro, and is one of the most important of the capital.

Now let me tell what is there now for the last few years under new management.

Florida Retiro is a multiple area consisting of six different spaces . These are ,

La Terraza, hidden among the trees of the famous park from where you can experience the Madrid sunsets. The Pabellon or pavilion is an elegant place overlooking the park through its large window. The Sala or hall, is the essential of the night of Madrid. With its dinner-show that combines gastronomy, leisure and fun.  The Galeria or Gallery is the ideal bar to meet friends for drinks with tapas and portions, based on Madrid cuisine.

There are ,also kiosks of different outlook such as a fun area converted into a market consisting of six positions that have been given names related to the Retiro Park ; like the La Jacinta, in honor of Jacinto Benavente, is the place of wisdom, El Estanque (pond) and La Bellota (acorn) to acquire drinks, La Casa de Vacas, (cows house) where the meat stand is located. The La Alcachofa (artichoke), referring to the source, to savor pickles, charcuterie and cheese and La Gloriosa,(glorious) evoking the revolution that opened the doors of the Retiro park to Madrid, for tapas and pintxos. Also, from Thursday to Sunday, you can attend the best live flamenco. And finally, La Cúpula is the area to have a cocktail en live with electronic music and disco until the wee hours of the morning.

You can see it all here Spanish or English: Florida Retiro at Madrid

Hope you enjoy it , the flamenco shows in the middle of the Retiro park are awesome so tell me my family, and I am looking forward to be there this summer. Enjoy the Florida Retiro of today at the Retiro park in my beloved Madrid!

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

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