Posts with category Ocio y eventos

Flamenco en vena

By | 14 November, 2014 | 0 comments

FlamencoThere is still a long time until the great flamenco event arrives in Madrid, the Suma Flamenco Festival, although this does not mean that you cannot enjoy this performing art in the city before, because the truth is it never stopped. Traditional tablaos like El Corral de la Morería maintain an excellent programme all year long, with daily sessions that include dinner and show at different times. You can also choose just going to the show alone, and you will get a free drink with your ticket. The show costs approximately 40 euros and the dinner has menus starting at 37 euros plus VAT.

These are shows designed for tourists. They are well organised and somewhat expensive but performing there are professional singers, dancers and guitarists. Such a place would be Cardamomo, one of the city’s classics located at Calle Echegaray. Perhaps because it was mentioned in such a prestigious newspaper like The New York Times or because of a growing demand for it, prices have gone up despite the economic recession. Entrance plus dinner costs 72 euros or just 39 if you want to see the show only.

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¿Te apetece una noche en el Casino?

By | 29 September, 2014 | 0 comments

casino gran madrid colonEverybody knows that the Eurovegas project, that large gambling theme park that was going to be built on the outskirts of Alcorcón, broke down. Perhaps to replace that void, or forecasting a fever for gambling in Madrid, the emblematic Casino of Torrelodones has opened a new casino in the heart of the city, at number 34 of Paseo de Recoletos, in front of Plaza de Colón.

Part of the Gran Casino Madrid brand, it is the first one that, as such, has opened its doors in Madrid for 90 years, under the architectonic direction of Rafael de la Hoz, responsible for the Gran Vía 48 building among others, the first building built on that avenue in the 21st century.

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San Isidro: una fiesta con raíces

By | 6 May, 2014 | 0 comments

San Isidro MadridConsidered as the patron saint of farmers and although his festival is celebrated in many towns with processions that bless the fields, it’s in Madrid where he is venerated the most, with a festival dedicated to him that is becoming increasingly important.

The saint’s incorrupt body is located in Madrid, the city where he was born in around 1082, in the old cathedral of la Real Colegiata de San Isidro. The visit to his sacred remains is what originated the pilgrimage around the chapel built as a tribute to him, located in Pradera de San Isidro, painted by Goya in a painting with the same name. Every year, the amount of attendants is huge to the point that you need plenty of patience to deal with the large crowd that has gathered there since first thing in the morning. In the afternoon, the procession with images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza take place from the Colegiata de San Isidro to the district of La Latina and the Plaza Mayor, a return route that ends with the hymns of the Virgin of the Almudena and of San Isidro.

This happens on the festival’s biggest day, May 15th, but both the days prior and after this date have a large programme with different festive, cultural and gastronomic events. Some of the best places during this festival are Plaza Mayor or Las Vistillas, as well as the aforementioned Pradera de San Isidro that offer traditional entertainment such as giants, cabezudos (large papier-mâché heads), operettas, or the Regional Houses Festival. Other activities that are less linked to folklore are the concerts of David de María, Pablo López or Carlos Rivera, as well as the 30-year tribute to La Unión or the Rock Villa de Madrid Awards.

A series of leisure activities that do not rival the main one in the programme: the bullfighting of San Isidro, that lasts for almost the whole month of May with fantastic line-ups on the most important days. Bullfighters such as Enrique Ponce, Juan José Padilla, Miguel Abellán or Morante de la Puebla will attempt to leave out of the main gate during these days in the Monumental de Las Ventas bullring.

Both to go to Pradera de San Isidro and to the Las Ventas bullring, Victoria 4 offers all the amenities of a 3-star hotel located in the centre of Madrid, very close to the Puerta del Sol. From there, you can easily take the metro to the bullfight on Line 2 or the bus that will leave you close to the festivals on the southern bank of the Manzanares river.

Concierto de Los Delinquentes en la sala Joy Eslava

By | 23 October, 2011 | 0 comments

There is an event in Calle Arenal, 11 in Madrid on 9th of November that you can’t miss, the band Los Delinquentes will play in Joy Eslava. This gig is scheduled to start at 9pm and ticket prices are 20 Euros.

This will be a historical event because this rock band will entertain the audience with music in a multimedia soirée that will also have video projections with images of their past. In this way the audience will be able to enjoy the first images recorded of Miguel Benitez, Canijo, Diego Pozo and the Banda del Raton.

This band from Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) will play songs from their debut album, El Sentimiento Garrapatero que nos Traen las Flores (The Good Feeling when They Give us Flowers), published in 2001.

They will also introduce songs from their latest work Los Hombres de las Praderas y sus Bordones Calientes, (The Men from the Countryside and their Hot Sounds) with the collaboration of Tomasito.

This band that came together in 1999 is original and different because of its fusion of styles. In their work they blend flamenco, rumba, rock and reggae.