In Need of a Summer Shopping Spree?
After living in Seattle for the past 11 years, my wardrobe hasn’t had much demand for warm weather wear. Seattle is truly one of the most beautiful cities on earth, especially when it’s sunny, but there’s a reason why most homes don’t have air conditioning – it just doesn’t get that hot except for a few weeks in the peak of the summer!
So what’s a girl to do when the temperatures in Madrid start creeping up and she finds her closet full of cozy sweaters and no sundresses? Why, go shopping of course!
The only problems are that one; I’m not a huge fan of malls and prefer to shop in smaller, local boutiques. And two; my husband and I are living tenuously on my non-profit salary and student loans. Not the ideal situation for a summer shopping spree.
However, some girlfriends of mine helped me solve my warm weather woes with an outing to Centro Commercial Xanadu – a mall about an hour outside of Madrid by bus. They turned shopping into a fun adventure as we caught the bus at the Principe Pio Metro/Bus station on a rainy Saturday morning and introduced me to Primark – a store similar to the American “Old Navy” with tons of summer deals to be had. You can also find many other Spanish shopping stand by’s like H&M, Mango, Zara, Springfield, and much, much more. We even topped off the day with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cones from the food court!
It may not have been my ‘style’ of shopping, but it was really fun and I managed to get some great summer stuff without breaking the bank!
You can find driving and bus directions here – for those of you in Madrid, it’s easiest to catch the 528, 534 or 539 at the Principe Pio station. It drops you off near the freeway, but you can’t miss the enormous, bright colored building – Centro Commercial Xanadu. Oh, and they are even open on Sundays.
Happy summer shopping!
Centro Commercial Xanadu
Autovia, A5, Salida 22
Arroyomolinos, Madrid 28939
902 263 026