Un paseo con encanto otoñal por Madrid

By | 14 October, 2014 | 0 comments

Otoño RetiroMadrid is a city that does not hide its charm in autumn. It is has to understand why the Spanish royal families from yesterday did not spend winter here and missed out on such attractive seasons like autumn and spring.

El Retiro is a key location in Madrid’s autumn. Created between 1630 and 1640, in the times of king Felipe IV, getting lost around its paths is a pleasure in itself, and you might even come across a squirrel or two. There you can also find the central pond, whose origin was as a stage for simulations of naval battles and nautical shows that the king took part in. Now, you can enjoy a boat ride that is more pleasant than the previous activities that took place there, with prices ranging from 5.80€ to 7.50€, depending on the day of the week it is.

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Categories: Arte y cultura, blog, Guías Madrid

El placer de husmear en librerías de viejo

By | 2 October, 2014 | 0 comments

feria libro antiguoFrom the 2-19 of October, the 26th Antique and Used Book Fair takes place on Paseo de Recoletos, a great chance to enjoy books that are also valuable objects. It is also a way of discovering a hobby that can become addictive and that can be complemented by the many antique bookstores that exist in Madrid. The prices for these books are also much more affordable than what one may think, as long as we are not dealing with rarities.

Cuesta de Moyano is a great place to start with this activity. At number 19 you can find the stall of Francisco Javier Moncada, president of Madrid’s Second-Hand Bookseller’s Association, a lover of books and someone who is also willing to guide all aficionados. In his stall you can find first editions by Camilo José Cela from the 40s, such as La Colmena or The Family of Pascual Duarte, at prices that range from 30 to 50 euros. There are also more valuable samples, such as the complete works by Antonio Machado with leather bindings for 150 euros.

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¿Te apetece una noche en el Casino?

By | 29 September, 2014 | 0 comments

casino gran madrid colonEverybody knows that the Eurovegas project, that large gambling theme park that was going to be built on the outskirts of Alcorcón, broke down. Perhaps to replace that void, or forecasting a fever for gambling in Madrid, the emblematic Casino of Torrelodones has opened a new casino in the heart of the city, at number 34 of Paseo de Recoletos, in front of Plaza de Colón.

Part of the Gran Casino Madrid brand, it is the first one that, as such, has opened its doors in Madrid for 90 years, under the architectonic direction of Rafael de la Hoz, responsible for the Gran Vía 48 building among others, the first building built on that avenue in the 21st century.

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Categories: Noche Madrid, Ocio y eventos

Lo último en hostelería: los multiespacios gastronómicos

By | 15 September, 2014 | 0 comments

Gastronomía MadridIn a time when the mid-size urban shopping centre seems condemned to extinction, a new concept has arrived: the gastronomic multi-space. We are talking about the latest one to open in Madrid, La Platea, on Calle Goya number 7, at one side of Plaza Colón, which opened its doors last June. It is an ambitious project judging by its numbers: 60 million euros in investment, more than twenty bars with food from around the world and high-level offers like the restaurant of Ramon Freixa (on the upper part) or the Gold Gourmet delicatessen store.

It is a place where you can get dizzy with so much on offer and where we recommend that you begin in the area of El Foso, a large basement with different counters where clients go to place their orders. The procedure is unique: the client places his order and then receives a gadget that, once the food is ready, stats to make a sound and light up, which means that you can now pick up your tray with your order ready. You can choose between Japanese, Mexican and Italian food, with tasty and tender ribs that cost 7 euros for a 3-piece ration, among other proposals.

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Viaje al centro de la China (en Madrid)

By | 20 August, 2014 | 0 comments

comida china madridEating good Asian food in Madrid can be done. Despite the huge increase of Japanese restaurants, in this brief article we will focus just on Chinese food, not on Vietnamese or Thai.

Let’s start this route at a restaurant that used to gather all the spirit of the most authentic side of China. It was endorsed by the fame that Chinese people ate (and still do) there, which is always a point in their favour. After a renovation, it has endured a facelift and it has lost its previous charismatic aspect of yesteryear, but it is still well worth a visit. Menus in Chinese and delicious dishes like the noodle soup (with vegetables, seafood, meat) will take your breath away, not least because of their low prices.

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Categories: Gastronomía

Turismo sin mover un pie

By | 4 August, 2014 | 0 comments

madrid city tourWould you like to see Madrid comfortably sitting on a bus? It is most definitely a good option for those who have just arrived in Madrid, who then get a general idea of the city in order to get to know its best places and locate themselves more precisely in this big city.

There are many options for this but the most famous one is Madrid City Tour, the famous red double-decker buses that the locals are used to seeing everywhere on the streets. They operate 365 days a year with different timetables, depending on whether it is high or low season, and the price for adults is of 21 euros, which includes the use of unlimited travel on the buses on the chosen day.

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High Shopping en Madrid

By | 21 July, 2014 | 0 comments

If we want to invent some expressions, we might as well invent high shopping when we are referring to shopping in expensive shops, playing Julia Roberts shopping in LA in Pretty Woman. You can also find these exclusive shops in Madrid, as you can judge by the high rent prices of shops on Calle Serrano, some 175 per square meter on average.

Let’s stay in Serrano, one of the noblest streets in the Salamanca district, which concentrates its commercial stretch closest to Plaza de la Independencia or to the Puerta de Alcalá, where it culminates. There you can find a good representation of the most exclusive and select brands in the world, in shops that are valuable on their own, such as Loewe (Serrano, 26), that holds a fashion photography exhibition by Lillian Bassman during the month of July, included in the programme of PhotoEspaña.

With 155 stores from Juan Bravo to the Puerta de Alcalá, on Serrano you can find brands such as Carolina Herrera, Prada, Yves Saint-Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tous, Forever Young, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada or Roberto Verino. Also inside this high-level spectrum there is affordable fashion brands, such as Zara, classed as “hyperbolic” by the press due to its huge size at number 23; or Adolfo Domínguez, located at number 5. The ABC Serrano shopping centre, at the old headquarters of the ABC newspaper, is also worth a visit.

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Las mejores tortillas de Madrid

By | 15 July, 2014 | 0 comments

tortilla patatasWhat would it be of Spanish cuisine without its famous omelettes? We have no idea but in any case we would survive, just like we did until well into the 16th century, which is when the potato arrived from America to the tables of the Spanish capital. Here are some recommendations for this simple yet complex dish known as tortilla that, like everything, has its different ways of preparation for every taste and preference. With a runny egg? With onion? Simple or with green pepper?

At La Latina, in the Cava Baja, is Juanalaloca, with a Spanish tortilla with onion that has been defined in different reviews as “truly spectacular”. Those who like it with a runny egg will particularly like this one which is a far cry from the known “brick”, which is the thick one that is unfortunately present in many Spanish bars and homes.

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La milla del arte

By | 21 May, 2014 | 0 comments

CaixaForum MadridThe inauguration of CaixaForum was the fourth and latest addition to the great museum scene in Madrid, made up by the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art, up until then known as the Triangle of Art. A unique concentration of culture along an avenue, Paseo del Prado, that leads to the nearby area of Atocha train station and the Reina Sofía Museum, located in the old hospital of San Carlos.

Below is a little bit on each of these museums, from the newest to the oldest. Inaugurated in 2008 as part of the social project of laCaixa bank, CaixaForum Madrid stands out among the other three for having a free entrance. All of its temporary exhibitions can be enjoyed without paying a single euro, as well as the vertical garden at the entrance of the building. The building itself is one of the main attractions, like for example the re-adaptation of an industrial building, the old Electrical Station of Mediodía, reconverted by the studio of Herzog & De Meuron into a modern space whose spiral staircase is worthy of a mention.

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San Isidro: una fiesta con raíces

By | 6 May, 2014 | 0 comments

San Isidro MadridConsidered as the patron saint of farmers and although his festival is celebrated in many towns with processions that bless the fields, it’s in Madrid where he is venerated the most, with a festival dedicated to him that is becoming increasingly important.

The saint’s incorrupt body is located in Madrid, the city where he was born in around 1082, in the old cathedral of la Real Colegiata de San Isidro. The visit to his sacred remains is what originated the pilgrimage around the chapel built as a tribute to him, located in Pradera de San Isidro, painted by Goya in a painting with the same name. Every year, the amount of attendants is huge to the point that you need plenty of patience to deal with the large crowd that has gathered there since first thing in the morning. In the afternoon, the procession with images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza take place from the Colegiata de San Isidro to the district of La Latina and the Plaza Mayor, a return route that ends with the hymns of the Virgin of the Almudena and of San Isidro.

This happens on the festival’s biggest day, May 15th, but both the days prior and after this date have a large programme with different festive, cultural and gastronomic events. Some of the best places during this festival are Plaza Mayor or Las Vistillas, as well as the aforementioned Pradera de San Isidro that offer traditional entertainment such as giants, cabezudos (large papier-mâché heads), operettas, or the Regional Houses Festival. Other activities that are less linked to folklore are the concerts of David de María, Pablo López or Carlos Rivera, as well as the 30-year tribute to La Unión or the Rock Villa de Madrid Awards.

A series of leisure activities that do not rival the main one in the programme: the bullfighting of San Isidro, that lasts for almost the whole month of May with fantastic line-ups on the most important days. Bullfighters such as Enrique Ponce, Juan José Padilla, Miguel Abellán or Morante de la Puebla will attempt to leave out of the main gate during these days in the Monumental de Las Ventas bullring.

Both to go to Pradera de San Isidro and to the Las Ventas bullring, Victoria 4 offers all the amenities of a 3-star hotel located in the centre of Madrid, very close to the Puerta del Sol. From there, you can easily take the metro to the bullfight on Line 2 or the bus that will leave you close to the festivals on the southern bank of the Manzanares river.

Categories: Arte y cultura, Ocio y eventos, tourism

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