Vetusta Morla concert in Valdemoro

By | 4 September, 2011 | 0 comments

The 2011 Madrid Festival in the suburb of Valdemoro will open with a top band, Vetusta Morla. This independent pop-rock bands will perform in the town’s football stadium on Friday, September 9 at 12 am. The ticket price is 10 Euros.

The members of the band Vetusta Morla have been playing for 13 years, since they decided to work in music in 1998 when they were still studying in secondary school in Tres Cantos. Since then, they have found thousands of fans that they attracted with their first album, Un día en el mundo, a day in the world, released in 2008.

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Going out around Santa Ana Square

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

Plaza de Santa Ana is one of the most famous squares when it comes to night life in Madrid. A few minutes walk from Puerta del Sol and a short stroll from Hotel Victoria4, you will be able to enjoy the different night life experiences that offers Plaza de Santa Ana.

In this square there is something for everybody, for those who like quite evenings as well as those who enjoy dancing to loud music.  read full article

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Navy Museum of Madrid

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

Being Madrid an inland city, one would not expect to find a Naval Museum in it, but fortunately, Madrid has one of the best in Europe.

The museum is in the centre of Madrid, in Paseo del Prado, 5, very close to Puerta del Sol and a short walk away from Hotel Victoria4. The Museo Naval or Naval Museum is sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Defense and it was set up to promote the research and study into the naval history of Spain. read full article

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El Casino de Madrid

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

The Casino de Madrid was founded in 1836, but it was not until 1903 when the current building was finalized in its final location. The building was designed by Luis Esteve, he drew the plans, and José López Salaberry built it. The entrance is beautiful, as well as the main staircase and the lounge with its royal paintings by Romero de Torres, Anselmo Miguel Nieto y Manuel Benedito. Nowadays it is a private cultural center. If you want to visit the interior and visit its prestigious restaurant you must be a member.

The Casino has a long story, from its humble beginnings in Café de Sólito, to its current location in Calle de Alcalá, 15. Back when the Casino started it was very common for intellectuals and artists to meet in cafés for “tertulias” or gatherings where the main objective was to chat to talk, normally about political, artistic or literary issues.

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Cocido Madrileño, Typical Dish from Madrid

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

Every city and town in the world can boast about a traditional specialty or dish that they are particularly proud about. In the case of Madrid, it is “cocido”, which translates something like “boiled”. It is the Spanish version of the old European broth with boiled vegetables and meat that is the base of so many country’s winter staple meals. However, cocido is something special!

There are many restaurants in the city that specialize in the real cocido Madrileño or Madrilian cocido. However, be warned that cocido has an acquired taste, and it’s not for everybody’s taste. A cocido meal basically consists of a broth with pasta, the broth is the result of boiling chickpeas, potatoes, meat, bones and a chunk of pork’s fat. The main course is a plate with the chickpeas, potatoes, meat and fat.

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Shows at Häagen-Dazs-Calderon Theatre of Madrid

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

The Häagen-Dazs-Calderón theatre previously known as Teatro Calderón is a theatre situated in the Calle Atocha, just off Puerta del Sol and not very far from Hotel Victoria4. The theatre was inaugurated in 1917 with a different name, Teatro Odeón, finally it’s been in recent times that the interest of the brand Häagen-Dazs for the culture in Spain has led it to sponsor many plays and productions and the theatre that has become to be known as Häagen-Dazs-Calderón. read full article

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Fandango para Traviata at Fernan Gomez Theatre

By | 19 July, 2011 | 0 comments

Fandango is a typical Spanish style of dance, usually accompanied by guitar, castanets and hand clapping. It originated in the southern region of Andalusia, and as with all the flamenco styles the rhythm and the music brings memories of Moroccan and north African styles.

This July from the 6th till the 17th, those lucky tourists who will be in Madrid, have the chance to see a great show by Salvador de Tavola, an opera that using fragments of Verdi’s work and with Fandango influences, tells the story of two lovers. These two are are a courtesan and rich man.

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Cocido, The Most Typical Dish from Madrid

By | 16 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The typical Spanish dish is called cocido, that translate something like “boiled”. It is in fact a boiled mix of potatoes, chickpeas, meat and lard. Not your typical high cuisine gourmet dish, but it is a dish with a long tradition in Spain, and it is very delicious once you try it. This dish is served in two courses, the first one is a light broth with pasta, followed by a plate with potatoes, chick peas the meat and the lard.

One of the best cocidos is served in Restaurante la Bola, in Calle Bola 5. This restaurant open at the beginning of the 19th century. It started offering cocido in an individual clay pot and cooked on a coal stove. Today La Bola features wooden benches and a decoration of older times that contribute to its wonderful atmosphere. Today, it still prepares cocido in clay pots, and also offers callos, a local specialty made of spicy beef tripes, and roast lamb. They also have a big selection of wines and home-made desserts.

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Zarzuela in Madrid

By | 9 July, 2011 | 0 comments

Like every year the Madrid Council organizes a series of cultural activities to make the heat of the summer a bit less heavy-going. Zarzuela is again present in this year’s edition of Veranos de la Villa, the umbrella name that covers all the artistic and cultural activities sponsored by the council.

Zarzuela is a Spanish genre of musical theatre, something in between an opera, a musical and a theatre play. The main attractive of zarzuela is that the stories are stories from real people and from the lands of Spain. Many of the zarzuelas are set in 19th century Madrid, but many others also represent beautiful scenes of typical Spanish festivals of other areas. read full article

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Magic at the National Library of Spain

By | 9 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The National Library of Spain (BNE, Biblioteca Nacional de España) is hosting from 16th of June to September 4th 2011an exhibition of the best books of magic tricks, juggling and illusions.

The BNE, located in the Paseo de Recoletos 20-22, is open Tuesday through to Saturday from 10 to 21 hours. Sundays and bank holidays, the centre is only open in the mornings from 10 to 14 hours. Access for all visitors is completely free. read full article

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