Retiro and the Florida of Madrid!!!

And I bring you back in time when as a boy came here first by the hand of my dear late mom Gladys, I am trying to bring back memorable places for me and my family over the years. The Retiro park is first on the list, playing there since childhood, then my boys did it too ! There is one spot there that brings back many memorable moments on its own, I like to tell you and bring back the memory of the Retiro park and the cultural center now restaurant Florida park in it, Hope you all enjoy it as I.

This one is very especial because it started out when just a young boy living in Madrid in the crazy 1970’s. 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 10 lol!

You can come 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. I have mix older and newer pictures in this post,for the memories of always!

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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, the heart and soul of Madrid.

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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.

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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.

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The Florida Retiro entertainment complex webpage : https://floridapark.es/en/

The Madrid tourist office on Florida Retirohttps://www.esmadrid.com/en/restaurants/florida-park

There you go folks, a dandy memorable place indeed, Always looking forward to stop by on my many trips to Madrid, Glad my sons were able to enjoy too and now a memorable spot for them too, The Retiro park is sublime and the Retiro Florida a great place to be , keep in mind on your next visit to the city, Hope you enjoy the post and remember the place in my beloved Madrid!

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

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