Posts with category Guías Madrid

Terraces for all tastes

By | 2 July, 2015 | 0 comments

terrazas madridSummer and terraces go hand in hand in Madrid. They are two inseparable items that have encountered an ever-increasing specialised and demanding client, reaching levels that border specialisation and perhaps even theory. To summarise, you can find all kinds of terraces that will suit everyone’s needs. Here are some examples.

If you want to have a delicious tapa with your beer, Bodegas Rossell and their famous cod pincho -among other specialities- are an excellent option. Inside you can see that it’s a traditional restaurant yet not an old and stale one. Its menu has also adapted to the ages and it includes delicious options such as salmon tartar, for example. It’s best if you go there during the week, when there is less people. Find it on Calle Lacy, 14, close to Atocha station and El Retiro.

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Biking around Madrid

By | 15 June, 2015 | 0 comments

BiciMADTwo wheels are in fashion in the Spanish capital, especially after the City Council installed the BiciMad network, which allows you to rent bicycles with an engine (ideal for hot summer days) at reasonable prices and at any time. There are two ways of using them: with an annual subscription that costs 25 euros or with a one-off payment that corresponds to the fraction of time that you have used it for. You can also use the temporary card, at a higher price than the annual subscription, which costs 2 euros for the first hour or fraction (and 4€ for the second hour or fraction).

The bicycle can be used to get from one place to another but also to enjoy nice strolls around places like Madrid Río or Casa de Campo or in El Retiro and other parks, such as Parque del Oeste, one of the more secluded gardens in the city and that is not as busy as El Retiro. The many bicycle stations set up around the city mean that using BiciMad is very easy, since you don’t have to leave the bicycle where you picked it up. Soon, BiciMad will allow for interaction of users with a virtual meeting point that will offer information on routes, events and activities.

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Los mejores cócteles de Madrid

By | 28 October, 2014 | 0 comments

coctel madridThere are many traditional cocktails bars in the Spanish capital, such as Cock, Del Diego or Chicote, but on this occasion we will focus on others that are just as good but still something of a secret.

One of them is 1862 Dry Bar, which opened in 2012 on the picturesque street of Calle del Pez, in Malasaña. It was created to fight against the trend of offering cocktails that make it hard to decipher which spirit it contains due to so much decoration. It is a return to the grassroots and it includes original proposals such as a different cocktail for each hour of the day.

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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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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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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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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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Estación de metro de Sol

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.

These advances slowly contributed to create the modern and complete station that Sol is today, renamed for sponsorship and funding reasons to Vodafone Sol, and whose latest renovation culminated with the ‘whale’ or ‘hungry-hippo’ building. Designed by the architect Antonio Fernández Alba, at first it was the victim of criticisms and jokes, both by the conservative and modern voices. They ignored that, with time, it would be part of the landscape and that it would not be as shocking to the eye, just like the Eiffel Tower or the pyramid at the Louvre, or even the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, all of which sufferers from similar judgements after their construction.

Consulted for the different names that the locals, spontaneously, started to propose for this new way of access to the Metro, the architect told the press that he would just call it Puerta del Sol. He was therefore referring to that gate that sees 70,000 people walk past it every day and that it finally had an entrance since this central square, unlike the Puerta de Alcalá or the Puerta de Toledo, never had a single way of access. Perhaps because the most important squares, like the seas, are fed by different streets that, just like the rivers, populate its urban space with people.

Sol Metro station is the closest to our establishment. Hotel Victoria 4 is just 200 yards from this new Sol Metro and regional trains entrance.

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.

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