Madrid is a fantastic city for shopping during any season but during the Christmas period it really comes alive. Its large selection of international brands mixed with local boutiques are usually open until very late (normally 10 am to 10 pm). Whether it is large shopping centers or quaint little market stalls you are looking for, you will be able to find anything that you desire such as: clothing, shoes, food, wines, souvenirs… in all different styles and at a range of prices.
El Corte Inglés is Spain's biggest and most impressive department chain. There is no other store that can rival El Corte Inglés for its convenience and sheer volume of products with most stores occupying at least 3 or 4 floors of a building.This year El Corte Inglés plans to host a 7 floor Christmas market in their store in Sol. Each floor will have a different theme in order to suit everyones needs and it is sure to be an event that is well worth a visit!
Madrid's El Corte Inglés stores are located within metres of these metro stops:
· Nuevos Ministerio
The Gran Via in Madrid is one of the main roads and has some fantastic shopping opportunities, so much so that the Calle Preciados is the area with the highest rent prices in the whole of Spain due to the vast number of pedestrians. The nearest Subway stations are: Gran Vía (lines 1 & 5), Callao (lines 3 & 5) and Plaza de España (lines 2, 3 and 10).
If you are in Madrid to do some Christmas shopping you must visit the Christmas market in the Plaza Mayor. For many years it has been visited and loved by people of all ages who wander through the market browsing the huge variety of Christmas gifts and even Christmas trees! The hustle and bustle atmosphere and the Christmas spirit make this market truly special.
From December 5 to January 6 in Plaza de Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares there is a lovely Christmas market filled with roughly 30 wooden stalls surrounding an enormous Christmas tree. There is also a lovely Venetian carousel and an elevated train which gives this market a very warm and authentic Christmas atmosphere where one can browse a large selection of food and art products with a Christmas theme.
Furthermore, from December 21 to January 4 (except Christmas day and New years day) one can ride a touristic train which gives a tour of the old town and visits the university giving information about its history.
The famous flea market in El Rastro is known for its abundance of stalls that total more than 1000! The atmosphere of this magnificent place truly comes alive in the Christmas season when there is not a moment when it is not full of animation. Here you will be able to find almost anything that you can think of and it offers both new and second hand goods so is the perfect place to find gifts. El Rastro is near to the Ribera de Curtidores in a large block.
If any of these fantastic opportunities appeal to you then why not book a stay in Madrid and come and see them for yourself! If you plan to come and haven´t already sorted accomodation then take a look at Habitat Apartments which offers some lovely apartments at great prices. For example, below you can see the Castellana Deluxe Apartment which was desgined by a prestigious Spanish decorator and features a French billiards table.