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.
If you prefer to spend a day out in the amusement park, you will have access to a number of different rides and experiences for the whole family. It is divided in themed areas and there is something for everybody, even the tiny, weeny ones. There are also numerous areas where you can have a bite or something to drink, while you wait for your next exciting experience.
Going back to Hotel Victoria will be very easy as both sites are connected by underground to the centre of Madrid.
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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.
Your children will be able to deliver their letters to Santa and the Three Wise Men, before you take them to enjoy a nice meal in one of the many restaurants or just shopping in the many shops and boutiques.
The park closes at 8pm and opens at 12pm. Price for people over 120cm is 39 Euros and under 120cm or taller but senior citizen (over 60) is 30 Euros. Those children who haven’t reached yet 90cm go for free, but they have to accompany an adult.
So, don’t delay book your ticket now, remember you can get to Parque Warner by train from Atocha, not far from the Hotel Victoria 4.
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.
This autumn the museum, as part of its programme of temporary exhibitions will present the exhibition Microsites in Madrid. The works exhibited cover the period between the 14th and the 18th century, they are pictorial representations of buildings and architectonic wonders from across the world.
The exhibition will show visitors the evolution of this art form throughout the centuries as well as the different nuances and differences in the style.
Along with this exhibition, visitors will also have the chance to admire the Russian paintings of the Thyssen’s collection. The vanguard of soviet painters will be represented in the rooms of the Thyssen-Bornemiza’s museum until the 26th of December 2011. Visitors to the museum will have the chance to learn about these soviet artists of the early 20th century through 35 paintings exhibited in the museum.
Ticket prices are 8 Euros for the general exhibition or 8 Euros for a temporal one, or 13 Euros the combined ticket for a temporal exhibition and the permanent one.
A great chance to see great art in Madrid, not far from Victoria4.
Categories: Arte y cultura
The Gran Vía is famous in Madrid for many reasons, the main one is maybe that it is one of the main arteries in the centre of Madrid. However, Gran Vía is also the area with the highest concentration of cinemas and theatres in Madrid.
You can start in Callao, and then go down Gran Vía towards Plaza de España, Plaza de Callao also has its own cinema and one of the best sandwich cafés in Madrid, Rodilla. This home grown sandwich chain serves really different sandwiches with creative and delicious fillings.
If you continue towards Plaza de España, on your way you will find innumerale little cafés and bars where you can taste some of the local tapas or just simply relax in front of a cup of coffee. In Plaza de España you will be able to pay a visit to the statue dedicated to the great writer Cervantes and his most prominent creations, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
From this mini-garden square you can take the chance to admire some of the local 20th century architecture, like the Edificio España (Spain Building) that overlooks the square with its massive body of brick and metal.
In Calle Martín de los Heros you will find Cines Renoir and Cines Golem, where you can enjoy the latest releases and art movies in their original language.
This is one of the sightseeing routes on foot that you can do from Hotel Victoria4.
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Madrid has been since the seventies a great place for going out and enjoying yourself at night. Ever since the “Movida Madrileña“, the Madrid night groove scene, the city has been constantly improving and moving with times.
Madrid has some of the best night clubs in much of Spain, and who knows, even Europe. Balcon de Rosales is one of those places, situated in Paseo Pintor Rosales, S/N, just a short distance on foot from Hotel Victoria4, this nightclub is divided in three distinctive dance areas. read full article
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Madrid, as any big city, is surrounded by smaller but not less interesting towns. The fantastic public transport system of this city is fast, clean and reliable and it will take to many of all the small towns and villages in the region.
Aranjuez is a special town, it is not just beautiful, but it carries a lots of history for the Spanish people.
The town was declared “Conjunto Histórico Artístico” in 1983 (Historic Artistic Grouping) and UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site.
You can start your trip to Aranjuez from Madrid from the stations of Atocha Renfe or Charmartin, from where you can take a train directly to the town.
One of the main sights in Aranjuez is the Royal Palace or Palacio Real de Aranjuez. This Palace is one of the residences of the King of Spain but it is also open to the public.
The other great sight of this town are the gardens around the Palace that date back to the Habsburg period. The Garden on the Island is situated on a man made island, and there you have also the Casa del Labrador a small, tiny palace situated in the Jardín del Principe or Princess’ Garden.
Besides all of these wonderful sites, the town of Aranjuez is a wonderful excuse for a quite day of strolling and sitting down on cafés to see life as it happens.
At the end of the day you can take the train that will take you back quickly to the centre of Madrid, and from there you will just have a short walk to Hotel Victoria4.
In the centre of Madrid, next to Puerta del Sol, there is a great selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, fast-food restaurants and eateries in general where you can refill your batteries.
Today we are going to visits some of the most celebrated and famous temples of food in Madrid.
One of these temples is Casa Lucio in Cava Baja, 35. The stars in its menu are cocido (a stew with chickpeas, potatoes and pork’s meat), fried eggs, hake or steak.
If you find a table it may be that you will be surprised when next to you sits a famous Real Madrid football player, a member of the royal family like King Don Juan Carlos himself, models like Kate Moss or actresses like Paz Vega. It is a classic venue, where customers bring the glamour with them.
In Calle Jovellanos, 3 you will find one of the best Basque cuisines in the area, restaurant El Txoko.
Their main specialties are cod souflet, oven baked black pudding with apple and also anchovies with olive oil. Don’t forget to eat these dishes with Txacoli, a white wine with an excellent flavour that goes especially well with fish.
It is a great and perfect show, a complete menu for dance lovers. The Teatros del Canal will be the stage chosen between the 27th of October to the 6th of November for the show “Samsara”, an original, innovative and bold choreography of the Comunidad de Madrid’s ballet by Victor Ullate.
The performances will take place from Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays there will be two shows at 12pm and 6pm.
Ticket prices are between 14 Euros for the cheapest one to 28 Euros for the most expensive one.
It is an intimate and personal show by Victor Ullate himself. This dancer from Zaragoza thought of this show while lying on a table in an operating theatre. During that stressing time of his life, his mind flew off to faraway places and different cultures like that of Nepal, China, Japan, Iran, India or Egypt.
The dancers perform against the background of different ethnic musical pieces. For over 90 minutes different atmospheres and places that are unknown for your regular Westerner come to life on stage.
Categories: Arte y cultura
The experts say that Madrid is the world capital of Flamenco. Without any animosity against Andalusia, where this form of art was born, the capital of Spain has the best venues where you will be able to enjoy the Flamenco magic.
Passion, strength, intensity, some happiness at times and some pain at times, these are the basic ingredients of flamenco singing and dancing, an art that has been declared Immaterial Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
In our search for the best Flamenco stages in Madrid we will have to stop at El Rincon de Jerez, a venue situated in Barrio de Salamanca. This place has a distinctive Flamenco atmosphere with a daily show.
Another flamenco temple is El Corral de la Moreria, one of the most famous and old flamenco stages in the world, in Calle Moreria, 17. From 1956 it sells out almost every night because of the prestige of its singers, guitarists and dancers.
You will also be able to enjoy a delicious dinner with good quality dishes, this venue has been mentioned on the Michelin Guide. This venue has also been visited by great cinema stars like Rita Hayworth, Nicole Kidman or Natalie Portman.
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