Posts with category Excursiones

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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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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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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Metro de Madrid

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.

Going back to the present, the metro of Madrid enjoys a good reputation among locals despite the recent protests due to the increase in ticket prices, prices that are in line with those from other European capitals with a higher per capita income. However, the short frequency of trains -especially by day- and the cleanliness of the facilities make it an increasingly-popular transport as the following data indicates: 634 trips in 2011.

With a total of 12 lines and 238 stations, the Madrid Metro is getting closer and closer to the periphery of the city, with access to cities like Alcobendas, Leganés or Getafe, although the regional trains are recommended for long journeys inside the city itself -which you can get from Chamartín and Atocha, for example-, essential for day trips of cultural interest to places like San Lorenzo de El Escorial , Alcalá de Henares or Aranjuez.

If we go back to the aforementioned station of Chamberí, a curiosity is that it was closed to the public because with the opening of new stations it was no longer needed, so it was ‘frozen’. Before it became a museum, if you travelled on Line 1 you could still see the remains of the past, with adverts from products from years gone by (Anís del Mono) and the tiles in Parisian style on the walls that used to be so trendy back then (and which luckily are coming back into fashion). Since 2008, it became a small museum on the old metro, preserving the aesthetics it had until the station closed on May 21st 1966. An excellent way of learning about the past of the quickest and most comfortable transport in the city.

The most famous and key station in the network is Sol, which is located barely 200 yards from our hotel. From it you can get to almost every point in the city of Madrid in less than an hour. It was one of the first stations in the network but in the 1980s it was revamped to make it suitable for the huge traffic of commuters that it had every day.

Cadalso de los Vidrios, un cuadro de otoño

By | 22 October, 2012 | 0 comments

Navidad en 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.

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.

Una visita a Aranjuez

By | 12 November, 2011 | 0 comments

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.

Madrid bajo la lluvia

By | 24 October, 2011 | 0 comments

Autumn has arrived in the capital of Sapin, the cold and the rain are here to stay, at least for a while. It is high time to put your winter clothes in storage, take out the coats from last year and fish for those raincoats and brollies.

It´s also the moment to start looking for alternative plans for your weekends or those days off. Madrid has many different opportunities for leisure.

There is a very interesting visit that you can embark on during one of those winter rainy days. This trip could start in the Market of San Miguel, a few metres away from Plaza Mayor in the centre of the city.

This singular building, built in 1916 is a good sample of iron construction. Now it is home to 33 market stalls selling high quality food products.

The Market of San Miguel is a place where you can buy real delicatessen products, almost luxury items. It is also a great place for enjoying fantastic tapas and different and tasty dishes that will make any mouth water.

When you leave this spectacular building you can go to the Plaza Mayor, in this square, a meeting place for many different characters of the city, you will be able to hide away from the rain and enjoy the wonderful views of a beautiful part of Madrid.