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 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
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.
They received four UFI awards and three Music awards for the quality of their songs. Now the band has just released its second album, Mapas, composed and recorded after a long tour around Argentina and Mexico.
In this six man band are Pucho, supported by Jorge González, Juan Manuel Latorre, David García “El Indio”, Alejandro Notario and Guillermo Galván.
The name they gave to the band comes from the old but intelligent turtle that appeared i nthe book The NeverEnding Story by Michel Ende. read full article
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
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.
After a few years the number of members increased so much that they decided to move to permanent and larger premises, and that’s how they moved to Calle del Príncipe, there el Casino was known as ”Casino de la Casa del Príncipe”.
After several moves, finally el Casino found its permanent home in Calle Alcalá, 15 at the beginning of the 20th century, where it still is in the 21st century.
The architecture of the building corresponds to the modernist style of the beginning of the 20th century. It was designed to preside over the wide avenues that they liked so much back then, and Calle Alcalá is still a magnificent avenue. The building was declared of National Interest in 1993.
The Casino remains a members’ club and shares members’ privileges with other gentlemen’s clubs from around the world. read full article