Shopping: La Vaguada, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Ok so I took my boys again as did with their dear late mom /wife Martine on several occasions. She loved to shop and we needed to visit stores , shopping centers in our trips to balance the load of the vacation. I took them here and it was a hit , came back afterward.  The fact that AlCampo (Auchan in France) and great restaurants to sit in cool environment and see the locals in their daily routine was strong enough for a visit.

A bit on this history to add to my previous post in my blog here : My previous blog post on La Vaguada mall

The Centro Comercial La Vaguada is a shopping mall located in the Barrio del Pilar with the metro of same name line 9 in the district of Fuencarral-El Pardo . It was the first shopping center that opened in Madrid!

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It is a rectangular building with 5 floors. Two of them, below ground level, configure the parking lot for 3600 vehicles, while the other three the actual commercial area, in which the vegetation stands out through the use of hanging planters. It has a traditional market, in addition to various anchor stores, such as department stores and hypermarkets. In addition, it has a pharmacy, tobacconist, post office. On the terrace floor there are cinemas and most of the catering offer.

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There were hundreds of people camped in tents outside the building, with banners, doing the impossible to stop it. The construction was not popular as usual by the same crowd that claims ecologists today. Today, 35 years later, La Vaguada is a resounding and unprecedented success in the city. What was the first major shopping center in Madrid perhaps Spain remains the leader in influx!! Yes indeed!! And I came here many times over the years visiting the city!

It was the Frenchman Jean Louis Solal, the father of shopping centers in Europe, who had the occurrence of choosing Madrid to expand, since there was no commercial area of that size in Spain. He chose some land northwest of Madrid, almost outside, owned by José Banús, known for the port of Marbella that bears his name and also for having built the Valle de los Caidos . Banús had built the neighborhood during the 1960s in a flood style, with large towers a short distance from each other, and had become one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.

The French immediately thought of Canarian César Manrique, an artist well known for his work in Lanzarote and that in 1981 was at the height of his career: He was the ideal person, because Manrique was related to environmentalism and nature His work mixes architecture and vegetation, which is basically what the promoters and the city/town hall wanted, and the French considered that their media pull would help change public opinion. It did!!!

Everything happened so that the El Corte Inglés take over the large premises, was key to the future of the center. It was tried but nothing, they didn’t want it. The Galerias Preciados stayed with it, but as soon as closed down the chain , the EL Corte Inglés took them over and went in !. Yes, Alcampo (Auchan in France), C&A and Mc Donald’s, the deans of the place, were there from the beginning. Of course, having Alcampo, El Corte Inglés, the local sporting goods store Decimas, Yves Rocher, Sephora, Lego, Disney Store, Cortefiel, Orange stores as well as 100 Montaditos, TGIFridays, VIPS, Casa Carmen, Cañas y Tapas restaurants is a bonus!

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The Centro Comercial La Vaguada opened its doors on October 24, 1983. After all, the La Vaguada is one of those works, such as the Torre de España, which are not jewels of architecture but are enlarged over time. It may not happen to the history of architecture, but it is undoubtedly a milestone in the sociological history of Madrid. The sidewalk of the Calle de Monforte de Lemos, the street where the commercial center is located, is the busiest in the neighborhood. It is the town square!! Indeed!

Official La Vaguada mall

Tourist office of Madrid on La Vaguada mall

A lovely neighborhood place to soak the local culture and ambiance away from the tourist center; enjoy La Vaguada!

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

 

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