Its name comes from the fact that the Preciado brothers used to live there, who worked as civil servants that used to check and spy on the irregularities that took place in the markets, an old figure that was common in the Arab souks. The word in Spanish is almotacén, of Arabic origin, which sounds like almacén – warehouse, which is relevant because this house held one of the most famous department stores in Spain of the 20th century, Galerías Preciados, who opened their doors in 1943. Their central location soon turned it into a favourite street among locals who began to enjoy higher purchasing power from the 1960s onwards, which influenced the pedestrianisation of the area a decade later. read full article
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The name does not come from the president of an important Spanish bank; this restaurant boasts, and rightfully so since it is certified with a Guinness plaque (the records one, not the beers), of being the oldest in the world. The date is subject to controversy since there are older restaurants in the world although if you google “oldest restaurant in the world” you will find Casa Botín in the top places. In any case, it is the oldest in Spain, opening its doors in 1725 during the reign of King Felipe V, the first king of the House of Bourbon in Spain. It rivals with Can Culleretes in barcelona, a restaurant that has offered Catalan gastronomic specialities since 1786. read full article
The Prado Museum in Madrid will show up to the 25th of September the exhibition called “Rome”, Roma. This exhibition has brought to one place all the works produced in the Italian capital during the first years of the 17th century.
The Prado Museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, including bank holidays, from 9am till 8pm. read full article
The band from Madrid Sober is back. The band surprised its fans with the release of their single Fantasma, the first instalment of their new record Superbia that will be released in 2012.
The band has also confirmed that it will take part in the En Vivo 2011 festival, the great musical event that will happen during the 8, 9 and 10 September 2011 in the Getafe Open Air space in Madrid. read full article
It is the evening of fashion par excellence. The Moon will be introducing the latest designs and shopaholics will be able to enjoy their favourite shops until midnight. That is Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, that will be in Madrid on the 7th September 2011, coming strong with their past success.
More than 340 shops will take part in the event this year. Each shop will organize defferent and original activities to attract as much audience as possible. This event will happen at international scale as Vogue is organizing it simultaneously in seven of the biggest cities on the planet. read full article
Sunday September 11, 2011, is the “D” day. It is a key date for cycling lovers, because the Tour of Spain will end in Madrid, where fans will be able to meet the 66th winner.
But also, in this twenty-first and last part of the tour, the so called “serpiente multicolour” the “multicolour serpent” will start its route from the well-known Jarama Circuit on the outskirts of Madrid. read full article
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.
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
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
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.