Sunday, July 27, 2008

Weekend in Madrid - Central Madrid

Madrid - Sol (Central Madrid)
After having spent the morning admiring the Plaza de Cibelis and the surrounding areas, we decided to head for the market areas of Sol. There are a number of different shopping zones within central Madrid, with a very diverse range of shops. Around Calles Preciados, which has been pedestrianised, Puerta del Sol and Montera, there are department stores and shops, including bargain-basements, craft, jewellery, clothes and many tourist outlets. Old craft and curiousity shops can be found along Calles Mayor, Arenal and also Plaza Mayor. Further south is the Mercado de Puerta de Toledo mall, a very chic collection of over 140 shops, also open on Sundays, which has become a popular place to shop. To the east of Puerta del Sol are some interesting art and antique showrooms in Carrera de San Jerónimo and Calle del Prado. Gran Via was once the most fashionable shopping boulevard in the city, and although these days that is no longer true, it still has a good collection of shops. Some of the city's best fashion outlets can be found nearby in Calle de Génova, Calles Almirante, Conde de Xiquena, Argensola and Orellana

One of those intersting building in Central Madrid that has withstood the onslaught of time.

Anita at the pedestraised market in Sol. This area has numerous outlets of fasion items as well as some of the larger hypermarkets like El Corte

Statue atop a building
View from a street Bar in Sol
This is one the numerous bars where a quick bite and drink can be had. These are inexpensive and convenient
Facade of Building in Sol

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