Terraces for all tastes

By | 2 July, 2015 | 0 comments

terrazas madridSummer and terraces go hand in hand in Madrid. They are two inseparable items that have encountered an ever-increasing specialised and demanding client, reaching levels that border specialisation and perhaps even theory. To summarise, you can find all kinds of terraces that will suit everyone’s needs. Here are some examples.

If you want to have a delicious tapa with your beer, Bodegas Rossell and their famous cod pincho -among other specialities- are an excellent option. Inside you can see that it’s a traditional restaurant yet not an old and stale one. Its menu has also adapted to the ages and it includes delicious options such as salmon tartar, for example. It’s best if you go there during the week, when there is less people. Find it on Calle Lacy, 14, close to Atocha station and El Retiro.

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Categories: blog, Guías Madrid

Biking around Madrid

By | 15 June, 2015 | 0 comments

BiciMADTwo wheels are in fashion in the Spanish capital, especially after the City Council installed the BiciMad network, which allows you to rent bicycles with an engine (ideal for hot summer days) at reasonable prices and at any time. There are two ways of using them: with an annual subscription that costs 25 euros or with a one-off payment that corresponds to the fraction of time that you have used it for. You can also use the temporary card, at a higher price than the annual subscription, which costs 2 euros for the first hour or fraction (and 4€ for the second hour or fraction).

The bicycle can be used to get from one place to another but also to enjoy nice strolls around places like Madrid Río or Casa de Campo or in El Retiro and other parks, such as Parque del Oeste, one of the more secluded gardens in the city and that is not as busy as El Retiro. The many bicycle stations set up around the city mean that using BiciMad is very easy, since you don’t have to leave the bicycle where you picked it up. Soon, BiciMad will allow for interaction of users with a virtual meeting point that will offer information on routes, events and activities.

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Immerse yourself in the most exotic cuisine

By | 14 May, 2015 | 0 comments

ethiopian foodWhile tourists predictably fill up the thousands of terraces around Madrid, here we offer an alternative route, because the indoor charm knows not of seasons or dates. Arabia, in the heart of the Chueca district (Calle Piamonte, 12), presents a Berber decoration and inside you will feel at the gates of the Sahara desert. Its couscous is famous but your best bet is to choose a tasting menu that will set you back just 20 euros per person, wine included.

Ethiopian cuisine is represented in Madrid by restaurants such as Mesob, on Calle Malasaña, 17, offering the best of this African cuisine that is still soft despite being exotic. Its star dish is the traditional huge injera, similar to a pancake, to which they add different vegetables. The charm of Malasaña is one of the favourable factors of this restaurant, since you can then go for a drink in any of the nearby bars, such as the pleasant Café de Ruiz, on the same street. Similar to that is Gomer, on Calle Grafal, 8, in the heart of La Latina, just a few yards away from Cava Baja and its many bars and taverns (Lamiak, on Cava Baja, 42, is one of the liveliest).

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Categories: blog, Gastronomía

A different kind of afternoon in El Retiro

By | 30 April, 2015 | 0 comments

retiro parque madridEl Retiro is Madrid’s version of Central Park, a must-see especially in spring and even more particularly in late Mayo, with the atmosphere that comes with the book fair, La Feria del Libro. El Retiro has many other attractions than just the mere scenic ones, such as its own Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal), a building that is worth seeing just for its appearance although, nowadays, its interior is also worthy of a visit since it began hosting exhibitions, like Federico Guzmán’s Tuiza, The cultures of the haima.

The Seville-born artist, who has strong links with the Sahara, poses a dialogue between the peculiar building and the Saharan structure par excellence: the haima (Bedouin tent). It is a unique view of the haima, since Guzmán made it from melfhas, which is the traditional garment worn by Saharan women, creating an ensemble of great colour and visual strength.

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Sidrerías por primavera

By | 2 March, 2015 | 0 comments

Casa MingoThe oldest and perhaps the most traditional cider bar in Madrid is Casa Mingo, close to Casa de Campo. It is famous for offering the most delicious homemade cider in Madrid, which has turned it into a popular spot for visitors. Located on Paseo de la Florida, 34 -don’t forget to visit the chapel of San Antonio de la Florida and its Goya frescoes afterwards-, it’s worth visiting for its atmosphere and the place itself, but don’t expect fine cuisine there. Sometimes, the food is just an excuse to meet with friends and, in this case, except for its cider, the food such as roast chicken and cider chorizo are just that, roast chicken and cider chorizo.

There are Asturias-inspired cider bars and also Basque ones. One of the latter is Sagaretxe, on Calle Eloy Gonzalo, 26. Of course, all of them have the classic kupelas, large barrels filled with cider that will accompany the excellent menu that they serve, made up of traditional dishes such as black beans of Tolosa and different fish dishes that will make you feel like if you are in the Basque country. Its pork sirloin steak with Idiazabal cheese is quite simply delicious, as is the legendary txuletón (rib eye steak), which you can top off with desserts like the sweet canutillos (custard-filled rolls) or ricotta cheese with honey and nuts. Not suitable for those on a diet.

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Un viaje en teleférico y mucho más

By | 24 February, 2015 | 0 comments

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt is one of Madrid’s most emblematic attractions, with a clear taste of a 60s film and with the happiness of a child. It is an ideal family plan for one of the many sunny days that Madrid enjoys every year during any season. For 5.80€ a return ticket, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Madrid, Parque del Oeste, Temple of Debod and the Casa de Campo. With services every few minutes, it opens from Monday to Sunday from 9.00am until 2.00pm and from 3.00pm until 6.00pm.

On this page, you can enjoy discounts such as the one for the cafeteria menu, burger and a hot dog, to eat once the cable car leaves you at the terrace-restaurant at the top floor of the Casa de Campo station. Ideal views and there’s also the option of celebrating an event there, such as a birthday or a children’s party, which will most surely be hard to forget.

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Cerveza, siempre cerveza

By | 2 February, 2015 | 0 comments

cerveza en Madrid

Although it may seem the opposite due to the fantastic D.O. wines that we have, Spain is a country that consumes more beer than wine. There is a beer culture that is constantly searching for a variety after being submitted for many years to the duopoly of Mahou and Cruzcampo. And so, in Madrid we can find many places who are dedicated to beer, such as Fábrica Maravillas, who make their own beer in the bar itself, a beer that tastes of previous times, times without preservatives and serial production.

Try the Malasaña Ale, blonde, soft and malty thanks to its rye; or FL(ipa), an IPA blonde with plenty of hop that gives it a special sourness. Its makers say that its beers are highly addictive, and you can try them all on Calle Valverde, 29, a must even for refined beer fans.

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El Museo Arqueológico te espera

By | 15 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Museo Arqueológico MadridOn the upcoming 31st of March it will be the first anniversary of the opening, after six years of works, of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid (known as MAN), which has better access for people with reduced mobility, a more modern design of the exhibition route and more space. Inaugurated back in the 19th century during the reign of Queen Isabel II in the year 1867, it is one of Madrid’s most emblematic museums, located in the heart of the city next to Puerta del Alcalá, on the luxurious Calle Serrano, 13.

Similar in its vocation to the British Museum in London, MAN has an important collection of everyday objects of different historical periods and works of art representative of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Classical Greece, Roman Hispania and much more. Its “Essential” section is very interesting, with a selection of 15 items of considerable value that come with the help of an audio guide that completes the explanation panels.

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Categories: Arte y cultura

De galerías por Doctor Fourquet

By | 2 January, 2015 | 0 comments

doctor fourquetIt all began 20 years ago, when the first art gallery appeared on this discreet street in the Lavapiés district very close to the Reina Sofía Museum: Helga de Alvear. Afterwards, others arrived such as the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery, Espacio Mínimo or Casa Sin Fin, linked to the Periférica publishers. Together they have managed to take the world of art beyond the limits of the Salamanca district and, gathering on such an accessible street, they have allowed that art lovers, potential buyers or just browsers, to enter these small street museums as they please.

One gallery is Maisterravalbuena, which has just inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the Danish photographic collective Kassen, as part of the Naked Photographer Project. With their latest artistic challenge, they have enjoyed the participation of artists that were asked to take their clothes off to carry out some sort of portrait on their naked bodies.  However, it is their clothes and not them who appear in these photographs. Each artist chose the way they would be represented, as we can in one that appears in Instagram format. It is located on Calle Doctor Fourquet, 6, and it is open until March 14th (free entrance).

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El segundo museo de Madrid

By | 26 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Museo San FernandoThe Prado Museum, which will be 200 years old in 2019, has often been the star that eclipses other good museums in the city, such as the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, considered by many as the second most important museum in Madrid. A few yards from our hotel by the Puerta del Sol (Calle Alcalá, 13), this institution was born in the Enlightenment era and some of the most important artists in Spanish art history learned their trade there, such as Salvador Dalí or Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

It has a permanent exhibition with works by artists such as Zurbarán, Luis Paret, Sorolla or Julio Romero de Torres, as well as paintings by more contemporary artists such as Juan Gris, the aforementioned Picasso or Rafael Canoga. It also possesses an important collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya, with no fewer than 13 of them carried out by the Aragonese master, among them the famous The Burial of the Sardine.

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