Visit the Teatro Real in Madrid

The first thing you should do when you arrive at Madrid is to go to the accommodation in order to leave your luggage and to have some rest. Find the apartments for rent in Madrid you have previously booked, and take a break from the trip, before you go sightseeing around the city.

Madrid is an important center of culture, history and art, so there are plenty of places you should visit during your stay in the city. In this article, we would recommend visiting the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The Royal Theatre, often called just El Real, is the opera house located in Madrid. It is considered to be one of the greatest theatres of Europe. The Teatro Real was built in 1850 on the Plaza Isabel II, near the Palacio Real, the official residence of the Queen. The two architects who collaborated on this project were Antonio López Aguado and Custodio Moreno. Originally, the building was home of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, a music college, until 1925, when it was closed due to the damage caused by the construction of Madrid’s Metro.

Despite a number of projects and proposals for the restoration, financial difficulties prevented sooner restoration of the building which is why it remained closed for a while. In 1966 the theatre was opened again, with the concert of Spanish National Orchestra. Three years later, the Eurovision Song Contest was held here.

The 1990s brought another renovation of the building, which was completed in 1995 and the theatre was opened two years later. The intention of the reconstruction was to create a place for Spanish opera. The first operas performed in the Teatro Real upon its reopening were Manuel de Falla’s “El sombrero de tres picos” and “La vida breve”. There are approximately seventeen operas per year, produced by the theatre or in collaboration with other opera houses in Europe. Besides the operas, there are ballets and recitals organized during the year. The orchestra performing in the Teatro Real is the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.

Besides attending the performances which are scheduled in advance, there are guided tours of the Opera House, which is a perfect opportunity for public to see the interior of the building, including the stage area, the auditorium, the workshops as well as the rehearsal spaces. The official guided tours are available every day in different languages. The tours last between 50 and 90 minutes. The tours currently available in the theatre include:

  • General tour – The focus of the tour is the architectural aspect of the building.
  • Artistic tour – The goal is to illustrate the process of creating an opera.
  • Technical tour – Moving platforms, poles, sets and decoration are in the focus of this tour.
  • Nocturnal tour – An evening tour unveils what happens after the curtain has fallen.
  • Young tour – The tour is mainly designed for young people and students in order to introduce them to the artistic and technical process of organizing an opera.

 

What Distinguishes Madrid Apartments?

When you decide to can spend some time in Madrid, whether you are in the city because of your vacation, because of business or perhaps studies, you begin to evaluate your housing options and based on your observations and analysis, you can decide either to stay in a hotel room, a hostel or an apartment.

As for the latter alternative, you will certainly give priority to your comfort. If there is anything that distinguishes and differentiates Madrid apartments from other types of accommodation in this city is precisely the high level of comfort the apartment can offer.

As it happens many times when you want to spend short time or slightly longer time in another city, people do not seek a bit controlled environment you can find in a hotel, but what they prefer is to get the feeling of independence you have at home. In this way, your experience in this new city will be enjoyable, pleasant and certainly worthy of being remembered.

Renting an apartment allows you to have your own kitchen, your own bathroom and even a living room, giving you a feeling of spaciousness and freedom you cannot have in a hotel.

In general, all companies that rent apartments and rooms for short and medium staying in Madrid and in other major Spanish cities offer you a variety of options depending on the number of people who will be using the property, and also according to your personal preferences. For example, it is common to find apartments that have a terrace, a balcony, a large living room and refrigerators. Everything is designed to give you more options and to enable you to feel freedom and comfort you can experience while you are in this amazing metropolis.

Another very interesting feature of the Madrid apartments and one that makes it very special and distinctive is that several companies that offer this type of accommodation (and Apartamentos Mayor Centro is one of them) have built their facilities in classics or old buildings, which gives every apartment a special and unique style, allowing you to experience a real sense of living history in the Madrid apartment of your choice.

If all this was not enough, a benefit of choosing an apartment for your stay in Madrid is the economy. If you choose a hotel, in order to enjoy sophisticated experience that an apartment can offer, you will end up paying much more. However, in case you are on vacation, a business trip or you are in the city to study, you should invite other people to join you and share the apartment, as this way you can split the costs. Additionally, you can prepare your own food, thus save the money you would spend in restaurants, while making reservations for one or two dinners at the best restaurants in Madrid.

Visiting the Palace of Communication

The Palace of Communication, in Spanish “el Palacio de Comunicaciones”, is the old name of the impressive palace, now called the Cibeles Palace, located on the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain. The amazing construction of this building and the beauty of the palace and its surrounding made this place an important monument in Madrid. Not only is it a famous tourist destination, but in 1993, it was declared “Bien de Interés Cultural“.

The Plaza de Cibeles is a large square built in neo-classic style, with the fountain being the symbol of the square. Back in the Renaissance period, instead of the square, there was a wood here. The Cibeles Fountain, now standing proudly in the center of the square, was actually built in completely different location. Built in late 18th century, this fountain represents the goddess sitting in a chariot. The chariot is pulled by two lions. It represents Cybele, a Phrygian goddess, an important goddess in both Greek and Roman mythology. The fountain was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and it was placed on the Buenavista Palace, but it was moved in the second half of the 19th century to the Plaza de Cibeles where it stands today.

One of the buildings that represent the capital city of Spain is certainly the Palace of Communication located on the Cibeles square. The palace was renamed in 2011 and the current name is the Cibeles Palace, but many people still call the palace by the old name. It was built in 1909 by Antonio Palacios and for years it was the place where the Post Office on Madrid was located. From the 2007, the building is the Madrid City Hall.

For those interested in architecture, as well as in art and history, visiting the Palace of Communication would be a perfect choice. The palace houses several exhibitions, mostly from private collections, while the top of the palace provides a magnificent view of Madrid and its landscape. The interior is decorated with sculptures and statues. In addition, there are souvenir shops and cafes for tourists to take a break during the visit. The bars at the top of the palace are especially popular among tourists, as they offer an opportunity to enjoy the refreshments and the view of Gran Via, Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park and other places compiling the landscape of Madrid.

Besides the Palace of Communication, there are many other landmarks, just as impressive, in the central part of the city, which is why many tourists want to stay precisely there when visiting Madrid. This kind of accommodation in Madrid, Spain, provides the possibility to conveniently go sightseeing. Apart from the landmarks, such as monuments, museums and squares, the central area is full of shops, both local and designer shops, as well as restaurants and cafes. All of this creates a perfect ambient for spending your vacation in the urban area of Madrid, while you experience much of its culture and customs.

Apartments in Madrid City Centre

The city area of Madrid encompasses a large area with 21 districts and hundreds of different neighborhoods. Each part of the city has its beauties and benefits, depending on your age, needs and liking. However, when it comes to tourists who are usually about to spend several days or weeks in the capital city of Spain, most often they choose to stay in the city center.

Apartments in Madrid city center are extremely convenient as tourists will be able to easily find their way around. First problem tourists encounter when they arrive to the city is how to get to the apartment they have rented. Regardless if you are arriving by bus, by plane or by train, once you arrive, your destination will be the accommodation that you have previously booked. Obviously, if the destination of your interest is in the city center, it will be quite easy to get there, as there are numerous metro and bus lines that lead to the center of the city.

After you have reached your destination and successfully found apartments in Madrid city center, you will probably be hungry and tired from the trip. The best idea in this case is to visit a nearby restaurant or a café. Since the central area of the city has developed infrastructure, having in mind that this is one of the major destinations for people who come to the city, you will find everything you need here. There are plenty of restaurants, serving both traditional Spanish dishes, as well as restaurants featuring international cuisines, such as Italian, Chinese, etc. In addition, you will find a lot of shops in the central area.

The central district is divided into 7 wards, which are then divided into smaller neighborhoods. The wards in the central districts are:

  • Cortes
  • Embajadores
  • Justicia
  • Malasaña (also named Universidad)
  • Palacio
  • Sol

Besides plenty of opportunities for finding accommodation and eating out, tourists usually spend most of their time in the center of the city anyway, because some of the most relevant landmarks and tourists sights are located in the central part of the city, in these six wards. Some of the most important and most popular Madrid’s landmarks located in the center of the city include the following:

  • The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, a Roman Catholic church
  • Ribera de Curtidores, the main street of el Rastro flea market
  • Plaza Mayor
  • The Royal Palace
  • The Puerta del Sol
  • CaixaForum Madrid (a museum and a gallery)
  • The Calle de Alcalá
  • Plaza de Cibeles

These are only some of the landmarks we would recommend in the center of the city. Have in mind that there are many more places you should visit in Madrid, so plan your trip carefully in order to be able to see as much as possible. The city’s landscape shines with its magnificent architecture and culture which reflect the years and centuries of turbulent history and presence of different art movements.

Apartments Madrid

Madrid is a large, cosmopolitan city offering loads of possibilities for professional improvement, career opportunities, as well as for all sorts of entertainment. If you are about to visit apartments Madrid in order to find the one where you would feel comfortable, we advise renting an apartment in the center of Madrid.

First of all, renting an apartment that is located in the city center is a perfect way to feel the urban life of this large city, full of different cultures and nationalities. Whether you are interested in walking around the city or going out to the local clubs, living in the center will be very convenient.

A great part of Madrid’s landmarks is located in the center of the city. For example, Puerta del Sol, one of the busiest squares in Madrid is located in the center. This square is also the center of the network of the Spanish roads, as well as the place where the New Year’s celebration is held. The clock in the square marks the midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Another famous square in the central part of the city is Plaza Mayor. A rectangular area, which was used as a place for markets, bullfights, and public executions, over the past four hundred years, is now an open area surrounded by residential buildings, with balconies overlooking the square.

If you love shopping, but you want to look for traditional and unique items and souvenirs, it is most likely that you will find those on old-fashioned flea markets. There is one such market, right there in the center of the city. El Rastro de Madrid, also called El Rastro, is a well-known flea market where you can by all sorts of products, including hand-made items. Besides hundred of stall there even are several antique shops. The market is open on Sundays and on public holidays during the year, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Living in the center of Madrid will also be convenient when it comes to eating out. If you want to witness the chefs’ remarkable creativity and skillfulness, you should visit El Club Allard, one of the best rated restaurants. La Era Restaurante would be a perfect place for the late dinner, especially if you are interested in tasting some of the most delicious meals from Spanish traditional cuisine. Il Bambino is famous restaurant serving Italian cuisine, and Nara would be a great choice for deserts and pizzas. There are only some of the top rated restaurants in the central area, but you will find a lot of more restaurants and cafes as you go for a walk.

Another benefit of living in the center is that you can easily get to any part of the city you want, as the center is the meeting point for all of the public transportation. Logically, this would be a good starting point for sightseeing and exploring the city, as you learn about its magnificent history and culture.a

Apartments in Madrid

Having in mind the fact that Madrid is a large metropolitan center in the southwestern part of Europe, it is natural that it has so much to offer, regardless if we talk about business, education or culture. Not only is it a modern commercial center, but it is also a place where the influences of different epochs and art movement have left the traces in city’s architecture, paintings, parks and monuments.

When it comes to opportunities for living in the capital city of Spain, the choices are endless. Different districts of the city and different neighborhoods are at your disposal, so you can choose the apartment according to your liking.

Central part of the city is densely populated with a lot of high buildings. While there are old apartments in Madrid central district, there are newly built skyscrapers as well. The apartments vary in size and style, but the convenient location makes them very desirable, especially for tourists.

Retiro is the district named after the famous park in Madrid, which is located in this area of the city. This district is also a home to Atocha Railway Station. Although in the past this part of the city was not as popular for living, during the late 20th century, it grew into an important residential area, especially due to the fact that it is very close to the center of the city.

The urbanization of the district known as Salamanca started in the first half of 20th century, and over the years this part of the city became one of the wealthiest areas of Madrid, with luxurious apartments and expensive shops found along the streets of this district.

A lot of apartments can be found in the suburbs around the central area of the city, which are blooming over the recent decades. While these apartments are less desirable for tourists, they do offer a lot of perks to the locals. Not only are they usually affordable, but they offer tranquility and isolation from the city noise and crowded streets.

Besides the location of the apartment, when looking for apartments in Madrid, you want to find one which will make your staying comfortable and enjoyable. It is natural that people have different needs, especially when we talk about short-term visits versus long-term staying. In addition, depending on whether you are travelling with your family or solo, you might be in need of different type of accommodation, which will have a huge impact on decision where to rent an apartment.

In general, if you want to be able to make a good decision, you should go through the opportunities, as most of the apartments can nowadays be booked online, and then compare the apartments that are as closer as it gets to your original vision. Occasionally, you will be able to find a perfect match, but in most cases, you will have to make a compromise in order to find the solution and choose a place to stay while you are in Madrid.

Why Choose an Apartment with a Terrace in Madrid

As summer approaches, the days get longer and high temperature predominates during the day. This affects the way we plan a vacation, since what we seek is to find a place that allows us to enjoy 100% in the heat, in the blue sky and the summer breeze.

Not only does this lead to carefully choosing the location for our vacation, but it also determine with thoroughness the type of accommodation that is ideal for a completely enjoyable summer vacation.

Therefore, here in Apartamentos Mayor Centro, we offer apartments with a terrace Madrid, an ideal alternative to making you feel as if you were home and on the other hand, ideal for enjoying the pleasure of having a terrace with a panoramic view of the cosmopolitan Madrid .

Like all our apartments, those with terrace have all the facilities and amenities that allow you to forget about your everyday problems, while being on vacation. You will be able to enjoy in a homely atmosphere, intimacy and comfort that you can hardly have when staying in a traditional hotel. A huge benefit is that they can also have a terrace, well furnished with a table, chairs and accompanied with ornamental plants, allowing you to start and end your days in Madrid with a great view of the sunrise or sunset over the rooftops of the city.

As you can see, this type of apartment is an ideal place to spend a summer vacation in Madrid. It is an ideal place to enjoy everything the city has to offer, from museums to attractive circuit, to adventure tourism and ecotourism, it can all be discovered near the Madrid urban era. And after a tiring day of hiking, there is nothing better than finishing the day with a dinner or a drink outdoors, sitting in the comfort of your balcony, feeling the gentle breeze that soothes summer heat as dusk approaches.

Choosing an apartment with a terrace allows you to enjoy Madrid summer 24 hours a day, because our apartments are centrally located, in the very attractive locations and the best attractions in the city are nearby. Although urban transport in Madrid is very effective and economical, nothing is better than having everything at your fingertips, at a distance that allows you to walk to your destination. In this way you can fully enjoy the city either during the night or during the day. If your choice is to do it by day, you can finish your day with a cocktail enjoying on the terrace of your apartment. If you want to experience the active nightlife of Madrid, you can finish the night full of dancing with drinking coffee and watching the sunrise from your balcony. Therefore, choosing this type of apartment will be a perfect choice for any plan you have designed for your visit in Madrid.

Madrid Apartments

Are you one of several million people who visit the capital city of Spain every year? If you are, you will probably need to find accommodation during your staying in Madrid. Regardless if you are in the city for business, for shopping or simply as a tourist, you should find the accommodation that will provide perfect conditions for an enjoyable staying.

While there are different types of accommodation offering different possibilities, one of the most recommended solution for staying in a new city is to rent an apartment. Therefore, Madrid apartments are an option we would highly recommend, as you will be able to enjoy all the perks of having your own accommodation while you may be miles and miles away from home.

When it comes to tourists:

  • It is advisable to find an apartment near a metro station or near the city center. This way, you will be able to easily get from the airport or train station to the accommodation you have previously booked.
  • Or… Renting an apartment in the city center is also convenient if you prefer to go sightseeing on foot. All you need is a map and a pair of comfortable shoes, and you are ready to explore the city and its culture.

Perhaps the motive for your visit is business. If that is the case, it is very unlikely that you would be interested in finding an apartment in the city center when the place where you will be spending most of the time is located far away from the center of the city. When you are in the city for business, you are usually on a tight deadline, and you ought to finish the work as soon as possible. This is also the case when you arrive to Madrid in order to attend a seminar or a conference. In any of these cases, your priority is to focus on the work and on the activities you have planned as a part of your trip. If the opportunity for a sightseeing tour or dinner in a fancy restaurant comes up, you should most definitely take advantage of it.

Having in mind the fact that you will probably have short time to complete the work, you are most likely to find the apartment near the office or the conference room. In this case, you will save a lot of time, which would otherwise be spent in the public transportation.

In case you do need to use the public transportation in Madrid, you should know that you will be able to easily find your way around the city. Madrid is well known for having one of the best metro networks in the world, with lines connecting all major parts of the city. Since the entire metropolitan area of Madrid includes more than six million people, it is natural to have a well developed public transportation network. Besides using the metro, you can use buses and trains that connect the city center with the suburbs.

Tips to Pack When Visiting Madrid

If there is anything that can disturb us when we have to travel to another city, either for pleasure or business, it is the weather and the instructions with recommendations related to which clothes one should pack before going on the trip.

As for Madrid, if you have already solved the issue of finding accommodation for your days in this city with the holiday rental apartments Madrid, it is time to think and decide which clothes you plan to bring for your visit to this cosmopolitan city.

The first thing we should do is to talk about the weather. You should be aware that Madrid is not a city of extreme weather. In fact, the weather remains mild and warm throughout the year. It is not too cold during winter, and only during the month of August is it quite warm, as this is the peak of summer.

In general, starting from the months of March and April, the weather is warm, not too hot, and this weather lasts well into the fall. Of course, both mornings and evenings are a bit cooler, and because of the changes in recent years (perhaps caused by climate change), occasional rain is possible outside the winter season.

It is also important to consider the clothing recommendations for the city. Maybe if you come from an area or a country with great differences between the weather during the different seasons, you will find that the Madrid weather is nice and warm enough to wear shorts and sandals while visiting the city. This is not a good idea. Since the people are accustomed to the climate and even in April they carry sweaters because they believe it is not too hot, it will be very clear that you are a tourist. In addition, there are restaurants and nightclubs that do not allow entry in such casual clothes.

Since there are many cultural sites that have a religious character (Almudena Cathedral is just one example), where you cannot enter while wearing shorts and sandals, it is best to contemplate more neutral attire for your holiday in Madrid.

Obviously, when on holiday, you will not want to carry too formal attire, but something that allows you to comfortably reach all the places you want to visit.

Therefore, the recommendation for the things to pack in your suitcase, if you are visiting Madrid from March to October, would be to bring the following:

- Jeans

- Three or four shirts or light cotton blouses

- Comfortable flat shoes

- More formal attire (a summer dress for a woman, and a combination of shirt / formal trousers for a man)

- Shoes for going out

- Couple of more casual dresses (for girls)

- Shorts which is not too short, in case you visit from June to September

- Comfortable clothes for sleeping

- Two sweaters, which are not too thick

- An umbrella, which is easy to carry in a purse

- A jacket or sweater to protect you, in case the temperature changes

A Quick Trip to Madrid

There are many holidays that may eventually be celebrated on Thursday or Friday during the year, giving us those wonderful “holiday bridges”, which usually offer the opportunity to get rid of the stress and recharge our batteries. The problem with these mini-holidays is that we have to plan a short trip, because we do not have time for a long stay or a holiday. That is why for your holiday apartment for rent Madrid, here at Apartamentos Mayor Centro, we suggest a suitable itinerary for a quick three-day trip to Madrid.

In this simple route, we try to include different aspects of this wonderful city, remembering that it is impossible to ignore the artistic part of this city, which we have already addressed in more detail in this blog.

For the first day, we recommend you start with the classics: first the Thyssen- Bornemisza Museum. We estimate that the visit will take about three hours. In order to take advantage of the sites in the close vicinity, you should continue the first day with the traditional and world-renowned Prado Museum, for which you will also need at least three hours. Then we advise an outdoor walk while you enjoy Madrid’s architectural beauty: a walk through the Puerta del Sol. Finishing the day in a restaurant that offers you the best of Madrid and Spanish cuisine, such as the “Casa Labra”, is an ideal way to round up your first day of a quick tour around our capital city.

On the second day, how about we start with something completely different from the previous day? The proposal is to start at the Retiro Park and enjoy its wonderful gardens. We then go on to the artistic part of the city, with a two-hour visit of the Reina Sofia Museum and we continue with a perfect lunch in the “Arrocería Gala”. We will finish the second day with a flourish tour of the historic center of the city: the Plaza Mayor for which you will need between one and two hours.

For the final day of this quick tour of the most representative places in this city, we suggest you start with an iconic location in Madrid (and indeed, across the country), the Royal Palace of Madrid. As for the second stop, we cannot forget a trip to a place ideal for the amateur photographers, the Catedral de la Almudena, for which you will need about three hours. The ideal way to end your work day or your journey is to enjoy in a gourmet dinner at a prestigious restaurant, such as “The Galayos”, located in the center with internationally recognized paella.

Of course these are just a few key ideas to organize a quick trip to Madrid, but with them, well-structured over three days, you can get an overview of how to set up your own plan for your visit.