Posts with category Guías Madrid

Shopping and fun with some history. The Mercado de Motores

By | 28 April, 2015 | 0 comments

Mercado de MotoresThe Mercado de Motores market is back again this year in the Railway Museum in Madrid. It is a unique occasion to enjoy some special shopping in a setting filled with history, the history of Spanish transport and communication.

With just a few years of experience behind it, this market that is once again taking place in the Spanish capital’s Railway Museum, has managed to consolidate itself as a great alternative (or the best alternative), for hipsters and lovers of everything vintage and bohemian. All of them will feel right at home here with the different stores and items on sale.

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Art is out on the street this spring

By | 16 April, 2015 | 0 comments

Madrid Street Art Project

With the warm spring temperatures and the sun making regular appearances, everyone wants to get out on the street and plans multiply themselves, whether they are cultural, leisure, drinks on a terrace… any excuse is a good one so you can get some sun in after a long winter. Because days are longer, you can now enjoy a late afternoon on a nice terrace having a cool drink and, if your surroundings change and become pure art, all the better.

That is precisely what will happen on the streets of the legendary district of Lavapiés because from the 7th until the 21st of May, most of them will become an artistic intervention. C.A.L.L.E. is the name of this colourful and creative festival that, for the second year running, lands on the facades, shop windows and exterior spaces of shops to turn them into a huge masterpiece of urban art.

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Madrid through the eyes of Luis Gutiérrez Soto

By | 31 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Edificio Callao

Luis Gutiérrez Soto (1900-1977) was one of the most prolific architects of his time and although his name might be unknown to many, without him Madrid would not have the urban landscape that it has now. Up to 650 architectural projects carry his signature, most of them in our city.

Of a rationalist style and belonging to the Generation of ‘25, many of his works are still intact today. Others, like the old building in Barajas Airport have been lost. Of the more than 20 buildings and projects of his that still remain in Madrid, we’ve chosen the most emblematic ones of each of his artistic phases.

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Park of El Retiro: 6 must-sees

By | 29 July, 2014 | 0 comments

If you come to Madrid, especially when the weather is nice, we recommend that you reserve at least one afternoon to visit the park of El Retiro. Here you can sunbathe, enjoy a stroll, go on a boat and see many different street artists, from puppeteers to musicians of all kinds, as well as jugglers and clowns.

This green area of 291 acres was designed in the 17th century as a recreational area for Spanish kings. Inside you can find many paths, gardens, monuments and even a large pond.

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Paseo del Prado: 7 must-see stops

By | 16 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Paseo del Prado is a large boulevard located in the cultural centre of Madrid, an area that constitutes one of the main tourist areas in the city. Just a 10-minute walk from each other you can find three of the world’s most famous museums.

The route goes from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, and it offers many stops to visit, both with the buildings that surround it as for the fountains, statues and gardens that you come across while you are walking.

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Las Letras district: 4 must-see stops

By | 9 July, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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Barrio de Palacio: 6 must-see stops

By | 2 July, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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Shows for children in Madrid

By | 6 June, 2014 | 0 comments

Madrid con niños

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.

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Bridges of Madrid

By | 20 February, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

Puente Segocia, de The City Project

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.

Puente Toledo, de druidabruxux

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.

Puente de los Franceses, de Stable Mechanism

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.

Puente de la Reina Victoria, de M. Martín Vicente

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.

Puentes gemelos, de druidabruxux