Sol Metro station

By | 25 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Metro SolSol is the busiest station in Madrid, alongside Atocha, due to it being an intermodal station, since it has offered a regional trains service since 2009. The latest renovation did however encounter a few difficulties, since the works had to be interrupted due to the finding of archaeological remains.

Originally, with the earliest metro lines, it only had one service, Line 1, which in 1919 was the only one that went through the inside of the city. It wasn’t until 1924 that another metro line arrived, Line 2, and a further twelve years for a third one. Today, it still has not incorporated further metro lines and it has a regional trains that go to El Escorial, Alcobendas-San Sebastián de los Reyes and Colmenar Viejo. read full article

Categories: Guías Madrid, tourism

Preciados Street

By | 16 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Calle PreciadosDespite what some may think, this street does not start on Plaza del Callao but before, from the area of Santo Domingo, parallel to Calle Jacometrezo.

Its name comes from the fact that the Preciado brothers used to live there, who worked as civil servants that used to check and spy on the irregularities that took place in the markets, an old figure that was common in the Arab souks. The word in Spanish is almotacén, of Arabic origin, which sounds like almacén – warehouse, which is relevant because this house held one of the most famous department stores in Spain of the 20th century, Galerías Preciados, who opened their doors in 1943. Their central location soon turned it into a favourite street among locals who began to enjoy higher purchasing power from the 1960s onwards, which influenced the pedestrianisation of the area a decade later. read full article

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Casa Botín: The oldest restaurant in the world

By | 10 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Casa Botin MadridThe name does not come from the president of an important Spanish bank; this restaurant boasts, and rightfully so since it is certified with a Guinness plaque (the records one, not the beers), of being the oldest in the world. The date is subject to controversy since there are older restaurants in the world although if you google “oldest restaurant in the world” you will find Casa Botín in the top places. In any case, it is the oldest in Spain, opening its doors in 1725 during the reign of King Felipe V, the first king of the House of Bourbon in Spain. It rivals with Can Culleretes in barcelona, a restaurant that has offered Catalan gastronomic specialities since 1786. read full article

Categories: Gastronomía, General, tourism

Madrid Metro

By | 31 March, 2014 | 0 comments

It offered its first underground services in 1919, when King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the first line that went from Cuatro Caminos to Sol, with Chamberí station -of which we will talk about later on- in the middle of the line. With these new infrastructures, Madrid was now a European city in its full right, with the works on the Gran Vía in full flow initiated nine years before and the vocation of leaving aside that appearance of ‘Castilian town’, paraphrasing the members of the literary Generation of ‘98. In neighbouring Portugal, the first lines of the metro in Lisbon were inaugurated in 1959 while the underground in Rome began to work in 1930. In Paris, the first line of the Métropolitain opened in 1900, built for the Olympic Games of that same year.

During the Spanish Civil War, the metro stations became common refuges  for the people of Madrid to keep safe from the bombings of the aviation of General Franco and his German and Italian. read full article

Categories: Excursiones, Guías Madrid, tourism

Hotel offers in the centre of Madrid

By | 24 February, 2014 | 0 comments

Are you planning on visiting Madrid in the next few months and you’re looking for a hotel to stay in? If that’s the case, don’t miss checking out on the hotel offers in the centre of Madrid that Hotel Victoria 4 offers you, which guarantees you special prices on its official website that will make your stay in the capital a lot cheaper..

Hotel Victoria 4 offers its guests different kinds of offers according to their demands and needs. For example, for stays longer than 3 nights, we have a 3 for 2 offer in which one of the nights is free, including also breakfast every day. We also have an offer for 4 nights for the price of 3 for even longer stays. read full article

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Shopping in Madrid from Hotel Victoria 4

By | 13 January, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the pleasures of travelling is ‘hunting’ for those unique items that are exclusive from the place we find ourselves in, small trophies with which we can surprise our loved ones when we go back home or that we can treasure in our own home as travelling souvenirs.

If you have chosen to stay in our hotel, it’s very easy to go shopping in Madrid because some of the most original and oldest shops of the city are located in the area of Sol due to its unique history and central location.

Below are some of those shops that you can find in Sol, where you can buy traditional gifts from Madrid without having to walk further than 15 minutes from our hotel: read full article

Categories: Guías Madrid

Cadalso de los Vidrios, un cuadro de otoño

By | 22 October, 2012 | 0 comments

Categories: Excursiones

A day at Casa de Campo

By | 23 December, 2011 | 0 comments

 

Casa de Campo is a very romantic name for one of the biggest urban parks in Madrid. Situated on the western border of the city, Casa de Campo or Country House is home to the Madrid Zoo as well as the amusement park or Parque de Atracciones.

For both these attractions you will have to spend a whole day to fully enjoy them. Although on the outskirts of the town, Casa de Campo is easy to reach from the town centre by tube, stopping at  Casa de Campo or Lago.

The zoo is one of the biggest in Europe and even has an aquarium where you and your whole family will be able to enjoy seeing dolphins and other aquatic animals performing. read full article

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Christmas at Warner Madrid

By | 23 December, 2011 | 0 comments

Parque Warner Madrid is a great place to visit all year round, situated just outside Madrid on the Carretera N-IV, km 22 in San Martin de la Vega, you can reach the park by car, or train from Atocha Train Station or bus from the bus station at Villaverde Bajo.

This Christmas Warner Park Madrid are making of Christmas a reality, in their own words, with the various activities they have prepared for this festive period. Until the end of December all the lovely characters from Warner cartoons will come to life to welcome you into the park and introduce you to all the musical shows and Christmas activities for the whole family. Some of the shows and activities will include Christmas carols, lights and fabulous decorations.

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Categories: Arte y cultura, Excursiones, Guías Madrid

Microespacios en Madrid

By | 18 November, 2011 | 0 comments

The Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza is situated in Paseo del Prado, also known as  the avenue of art. Not far from Hotel Victoria4, this museum should be a must-see for any tourist visiting Madrid any amount of time.

The museum started as the private collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, but has developed as one of the main attractions in the city of Madrid. read full article

Categories: Arte y cultura

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