Posts with category Guías Madrid
As part of our series of routes around the city, today we want to stop in the bohemian Las Letras district. We are talking about the part of the city delimited between Carrera de San Jerónimo, Paseo del Prado, Calle de Atocha and Calle Carretas, who past is intimately linked to hundreds of authors of Spanish literature who used to live there.
Famous names such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Tirso de Molina or Góngora were all neighbours of Calle Huertas and its surrounding streets.
This area, of small and mostly pedestrianised streets, is today filled with antiques shops, bookshops, art galleries, music stores, decoration shops and even theatres and literary cafés… a temple for collectors and book lovers.
Our hotel is very close to what is known as Barrio de Palacio (Palace District), which starts at Plaza de Oriente and goes across Calle Bailén, San Quintín and Plaza de Isabel II up to the Palacio Real. It is a place where even today you can sense the city’s historical past, not only in the name of the streets but also in the charm of its buildings and monuments.
We begin this post with a theme series on must-see stops to take into account when visiting some of Madrid’s most emblematic areas.
If you come to Madrid with children, they will love having a couple of afternoons just for them. So many museums, day trips and walks deserve a prize!
In Madrid there are many things to do with children. As well as enjoying the Teleférico (cable car) and the Zoo, all year long you can find theatre shows just for children, where magic, fantasy and the most surprising stories ever told come to life.
1) Puente Segovia
The oldest bridge that crosses the Manzanares river, dating back to the period of King Felipe II. The king ordered one of favourite engineers to carry out the job, Don Juan de Herrera, who he also entrusted with other constructions such as the monastery of El Escorial and the palace of Aranjuez, among many others.
It is made of granite and characterizes itself for the semi-circular arch that decreases in size the further it goes away from the centre, with the two ends being the smallest.
2) Puente de Toledo
Its semi-circular arches and row of balconies are its most characteristic trait, producing a magical effect in the evenings and when the night falls as they reflect in the river’s waters. Of churrigueresque Baroque style, it was built between 1718 and 1732 by the architect Pedro de Ribera.
3) Puente de los Franceses
Its original name was not this one but the locals ended up giving it its current one due to the nationality of its builders. It was built by the French in approximately 1860 in bricks and granite, with the aim of giving the railway an access to the city.
4) Puente de la Reina Victoria
Built in the early 20th century, this reinforced-concrete bridge with Modernist touches owes its name to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Queen Victoria, granddaughter of the famous British queen of the same name, reigned between 1906 and 1931 as the consort of King Alfonso XIII.
5) Twin bridges: Matadero and Invernadero
These are two identical bridges that cross Madrid Río and lead to the old Madrid slaughterhouse, today a cultural space where we can visit art exhibitions and see shows. They are built out of concrete and their vaults have been decorated with mosaics by Daniel Canogar.