El Corte Ingles is THE main department store in Madrid. From the hype in our guide book, I was expecting something akin to Selfridges or perhaps even John Lewis. Alas, this was more like a Marks & Spencer’s meets BHS kind of place – no designer brands or impressive displays.
Strangely, the clothing all seemed to be styled on the late 80s/early 90s and it all just seemed a bit, well, dull. I didn’t buy anything, but neither did I feel the desire to – not my idea of a successful or enjoyable shopping experience.
This is definitely a place for the everyday, rather than a place to treat yourself to a fabulous shopping experience.