Enjoy Contemporary Art when Visiting Madrid

Known as a place of notable culture and history, Madrid is a great way to experience art. However, the way you are going to experience it and the epochs you are going to explore can completely reshape your travel and overall impression of the city. In this article, we are going to recommend you places where you can discover contemporary art in Madrid.

As always, renting an apartment in the center of Madrid is a very convenient way to begin your journey as all of these places will be near your accommodation in Madrid, or easily reachable with public transport.

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Madrid galleries

We will start with art galleries on a journey of exploring contemporary art in Madrid.

Mad is Mad

This gallery is advertised as offering a new gallery concept, an ideal setting for exploring contemporary art in Madrid. It features an original setting inspired by the cosmopolitan spirit of the city including contemporary creations of the notable Spanish talents. The gallery is located in Chueca district of Madrid, a lively neighborhood typical of bohemian and artistic atmosphere. Works featured as parts of the exhibitions include different types of artwork such as photography, paintings, drawings, etc.

Location: Pelayo 48, 28004 Madrid
Hours: Between Tuesday and Saturday, the gallery is open between 5 and 9 pm.
Website: https://www.madismad.com/

 

Travesí­a Cuatro

This gallery was founded in 2003 by Silvia Ortiz and Inés López-Quesada with the idea to promote contemporary art. The gallery features both national and international artists, but this is also the place where you can find artworks form Latin America. This is how the gallery brings a combination of multicultural diversity and expands the influence art has beyond the borders of one country.

Location: Calle San Mateo 16, 28004 Madrid
Hours: From 11 am until 7 pm every day from Tuesday to Friday. The gallery is open between 11 am and 2:30 pm on Saturdays and it is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Website: http://travesiacuatro.com/eng/

 

Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Cultural diversity brings that special touch to art, as it allows artists to combine different styles, heritage and inspiration that is transferred into their work. That is also the case in this gallery, founded by a French woman of Algerian origin.

Location: Madera, 23, 28004 Madrid and Sallaberry, 52, 28019 Madrid
Hours: Between Tuesday and Friday from 11 am until 7 pm. On Saturdays, the art gallery in Madera street is open from 11 am until 2:30 pm, while the other one opens at 11 am and closes at 7 pm on Saturdays.

Website: http://www.sabrinaamrani.com/the-gallery/

 

Elba Benítez

Featuring contemporary artistic production with sculptures, photography, paintings, site-specific installations, and even performances, their mission is to offer different artistic expressions, especially in the form of interaction and experience exchange.

Location: Elba Benítez Gallery, San Lorenzo 11 28004 Madrid
Hours: The gallery is open between Tuesday and Saturday, from 11 am until 7 pm.
Website: http://www.elbabenitez.com/

 

Heinrich Ehrhardt

This gallery is founded with the idea to bring close the German style of art and introduce German artists to the Madrid audience. Even though it was founded in Madrid in 1980, the gallery was moved to Frankfurt in 1985. There, it was focused on projects with numerous artists, but it was not until 1998 when the Madrid audience got the enjoy their offer and exhibits featuring many emerging artists.

Location: San Lorenzo 11, 280004 Madrid
Hours: The gallery is open between 11 am and 7 pm, between Tuesday and Friday. On Saturdays, it is open between 11 am and 2 pm
Website: http://www.heinrichehrhardt.com/

 

Rafael Pérez Hernando

What started out is a small basement in the center of Madrid as a project that brought together those enthusiastic about contemporary art, turned into a notable gallery in Madrid. It puts emerging artists in the spotlight. They want to highlight the importance and brilliance of contemporary art and how it represents the modern world.

Location: Calle Orellana, 18, 28004 Madrid
Hours: From Monday to Friday the gallery is open between 10 am and 2 pm, and then again in the afternoon between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On Saturdays, it is open between 11 am and 2 pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays, as well as during the month of August.
Website: http://www.rphart.net/

 

Museum of Contemporary Art

There are a lot of museums in Madrid you can visit. If you enjoy this form of art, you will actually discover that Madrid is a sort of a museum hub. Country’s rich cultural heritage and the fact that some of the greatest masters of art were in fact from Spain, provides an impressive collection of artworks the country so proudly displays in the museums all around the city.

When it comes to contemporary art, art galleries are very popular among those interested. Still, another recommended location for anyone who is interested in contemporary art is The Museum of Contemporary Art (in Spanish Museo de Arte Contemporáneo). It is one of the new museums in Madrid, and it was established in 2001. The museum was opened with two major goals in mind:

Create a forum which will continually offer an opportunity for cultural and exhibitions programs of contemporary art.

Complement the other museums and general offer the city of Madrid is so known for.

Both of these goals contribute to one overall goal, i.e. the promotion of contemporary culture to both domestic and foreign viewers.

Located in the historic barracks of the Conde Duque building, the museum offers two floors with over 22000 square feet of exhibition space. Currently, over 200 works are included in its offer featuring collections of paintings, photography, sculpture, etc.

Location: Calle Conde Duque, 9 28015
Hours: Between Tuesday and Saturday the museum is open between 10 am and 2 pm and again between 5:30 pm and 9 pm. On Sundays or during public holidays, this museum is open between 10:30 am and 2 pm.

 

Art Madrid – Contemporary Art Fair

Unlike other exhibitions and galleries we have mentioned here, which allow you to explore contemporary culture at almost any moment, there is an art related event, which takes place once a year. So in case you happen to be visiting at that time, this could be a perfect way to explore the city of Madrid and learn about its culture and modern art.

Art Madrid is an annual contemporary art fair. The event has a global character and brings together the artists and those who are fond of art within a global, multicultural event that above all promotes art. In the modern age, when technology has such a great impact on our lives and art is starting to take different, more digital forms, it is important that events like these do exist, and that they manage to gather people who are genuinely interested in art and able to recognize its significance.

Here’s a quick recap of this years’ event to figure out what you can expect from this event.

Art Madrid was organized from February 27th to March 3rd, 2019 in the Galería de Cristal of CentroCentro Cibeles. It gathered 50 galleries from 15 countries and almost 200 artists who were able to present their artistic vision to the audience. Besides its general program, the fair features other programs, solo/shows, and projects that enable them to support emerging artists. It is an amazing way to support the community and to help those who are still struggling to create a name for themselves. The program which was open for the public included meeting with the artist, workshops, debates, etc.

Website: https://www.art-madrid.com/en

 

Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend

This is an annual celebration of art and culture organized by ARTE Madrid. It takes place in September and more than 40 contemporary art galleries simultaneously take part in the event. The weekend devoted to art takes place night and day, and the complete program includes a lot of activities organized by museums and art galleries. The event attracts collectors, experts and curators from all over the world as it features notable artists, as well as emerging artists, from the local scene.

It is a multicultural event that brings you closer to contemporary art and enables an opportunity to discover the world through the artworks of contemporary artists. Special programs, guided and private tours are also available, parties as well as special events organized by individual galleries.

 

What to expect from contemporary art in Madrid

Although the most prevalent form of art in Madrid is the art from the past, and artworks that have incorporated different artistic styles that have developed over the centuries, there are a lot of initiatives to promote and support contemporary art in Madrid. In fact, it is very important to continue to create art in a country that has given the famous creations of masters such as Picasso, Dali, Miro, Goya, etc. Thinking this way and working on establishing art in the life of Madrid is a necessary step to ensure that this rich cultural heritage lives on and that the city continues to be one of the most recognizable capitals of culture in the world.

Innovative Ideas to Have Fun in Madrid

Are you looking for innovative ideas to have fun in Madrid? We all know that Madrid’s cultural heritage is the most important asset the city has to offer. But, far from it being the only thing the city has to be proud of. In this article, we want to show you some alternative places, modern hubs where you will have the time of your life.

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Madrid escape rooms

Escape room is an entertainment form of an adventure game. It has become very popular in recent years, as an exciting way to solve mysteries and problems, and ultimately, to spend a great time with friends. It is often called an escape game as it consists of a series of puzzles, riddles, and hints that take you to the solution. As a participant, you need to form a strategy and to analyze the clues in order to solve the problem. There is a limited time set to discover the secret story and to solve the mystery. Sometimes the puzzle can be in one room, but escape rooms can also consist of multiple rooms, and the adventure takes the participants through each.

Here is the list of some of the most popular escape rooms in Madrid:

  • Action House Escape room – Turn into a detective with this 1-hour mystery and a mission to solve. Currently, only available in Spanish.

https://www.actionhouse.es/es/

  • Cubick Escape Room – Test your limits and problem-solving skill within 80 minutes of mystery time. Currently, only available in Spanish.

http://cubickroomescape.es/madrid/

  • Escape Room RK Games Madrid – Four rooms with different settings and 60 minutes to escape. Possibility to customize the game based on the players, their interest, etc.

https://www.escaperoomrkgames.es/

  • EXIT Madrid – This escape room takes you on a clue hunt through history with 5 rooms with different settings. Art Dealer room (1932), Death Penalty room (1962), Cold War room (1976) and Laboratory room (2010). Available in both Spanish and English.

http://exit-game.es/

  • Fox in a box Madrid – There are two groups of themed rooms. Infantas street with 2 rooms (The Bunker and The Zombie Laboratory) and the first floor has 5 more rooms (Two Prisons, two Zodiac Assassins and a Bank). Games offered both in Spanish and English.

https://foxinaboxmadrid.com/main

 

Rolling Dance

Grasp the spirit of the 1980s within a place that is designed to bring back skating. Regardless if you are planning to visit on your own or even take kids, this place is a perfect way to enjoy some fun time together. Even the food is completely adapted to the setting. The place offers a snack bar with burgers prepared in American styles, hot dogs, French Fries, desserts, etc.

The skating rink is more than 1500 square meters large. Facilities are designed in American style with skating rink taking up the major space. Local DJs are in charge of the upbeat music, of course, inspired by the 1980s. This makes it an ideal setting to enjoy, have fun and spend a fantastic time in Madrid, enjoying the roller world. The venue is popular for birthdays, parties, creative events, etc.

There is also skating school as a part of the center, and you can enroll to take classes from professionals.

Location: Rolling Dance & Burgers, Estación de Chamartín, s/n, 28036 Madrid, Spain

Opening hours: The venue opens at 5 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, at 3 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 11 pm (all days). The venue is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Website: http://www.rollingdance.com/

 

Autocine Madrid

Still keeping with this American, 1980s vibe, we get to another fantastic place to experience innovative ideas and have fun in Madrid. It is a drive-in cinema. The cinema is open all year long, and it does not depend much on weather conditions, as the quality of the image is not affected by rain. In case of rain, you will be provided with anti-rain visors, so you do not have to keep your wipers on. When the weather is nice, it is possible to watch the movie from a hammock area.

The place also has a diner and food trucks, so you can eat while watching the movie. Combined with this experience of watching a movie from your car, this truly brings back the spirit of the 1980s when this sort of entertainment was at its peak.

The offer of the cinema includes the latest movie hits, and unlike traditional cinemas, this is where you get to experience a unique setting and enjoy watching a movie from your car or from the outdoor area.

Location: Autocine Madrid RACE, Isla de Java Street 2, 28034 – Madrid

Opening hours: According to the schedule available on the website.

Website: https://autocinesmadrid.es/

 

Madrid SnowZone

If you thought that days of skiing and skateboarding are over just because the snow has melted, think again. Here is an impressive venue in Madrid that brings snow to you all year long. 365 days of snow to be exact. 365 days to enjoy all the fun activities in a winter wonderland.

Madrid SnowZone is an indoor venue with the main ski track 250 meters long. It has areas for skiing, snowboarding sleighing and enjoying the winter time. There is a ski lift as well as indoor zip-line. It is fantastic entertainment, an exciting adventure and truly a unique experience.

Location: Autovía de Extremadura (A-5) salidas 22 y 25. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, Calle del Puerto de Navacerrada, s/n, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid

Opening hours: The venue is open every day of the year from 10 am (9 am on weekends) and until 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

Website: http://www.madridsnowzone.com/

 

Cable Car in Madrid

If you want to enjoy an exciting ride that takes you above the city with an amazing view of the city, check out Teleférico – Cable Car in Madrid. El Teleférico, which is the name of the company organizing the ride, is the cable car system in Madrid. It offers rides which start at Paseo del Pintor Rosales and end at la Casa de Campo. Before starting a ride, or after finishing one, you will have access to the terminals on both of these locations with restaurants, cafes and parking lot for the visitors.

The system has two cables with 80 cabins. Each cabin can accept up to five people. The ride is 2.5 kilometers long, and the cable car ride lasts approximately 11 minutes. In that time, you will be crossing over the Manzanares River, you will see the Parque del Oeste, the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and many other landmarks located nearby. You will also go over the residential area with lots of apartments in the center of Madrid.

Location: Paseo del Pintor Rosales s / n. 28011 Madrid.

Opening hours: The opening hours are between 7 am and 9 pm. Opening hours change due to weather conditions or due to the season changes during the year, so the best way to plan your visit is to check the official schedule on the website.

Website: https://www.telefericomadrid.es/index.html

 

Faunia

If you want to explore nature during your time in Madrid, here is an interesting location. It will fit into this theme of exploring innovative ideas to spend a day in Madrid. Faunia is a theme park with four ecosystems and 15 thematic areas. It represents a habitat for over 3000 animals and 300 different species. It is estimated that you will need around 5 hours to go through all the park and visit all its areas.

Location: Avenia de las Comunidades 28, 28032 Madrid

Opening hours: Usually the park opens at 10:30 am, and the closing time may vary between 5 pm and even midnight, which mainly depend on the time of the year and the day of the week. It is advisable to check the official website for the exact opening times for the period when you plan to visit the park.

Website: https://www.faunia.es/

Going to the cinema in Madrid

When going to a cinema in Madrid, or many other cities in Spain and Europe, you will soon realize that most movies are dubbed. This means that movies are not shown in the original language, but in the language of the local people. While staying in Madrid, you might find it impossible to watch a movie in the cinema if you do not speak any Spanish.

However, there are cinemas that show the original version of the movies which are mostly in English. In this case, there are Spanish subtitles provided, but if you speak English, you will be able to enjoy watching a movie in one of these cinemas:

  • Cines Manoteras 3D

Location: Avenida de Manoteras 40, 28050 Madrid

  • Renoir Plaza Espana

Location: Calle Martin de Heros 10, 28008 Madrid

  • Cines Golem

Location: Calle Martin de los Heros 14, 28008 Madrid

  • Cines Verdi

Location: Calle Bravo Murillo 28, 28015 Madrid

  • Cine Estudio Circulo de Bellas Artes

Location: Alcala 42, 28014 Madrid

  • Renoir Cuatro Caminos

Location: Raimundo Fernandez 10, Villaverde, 28003 Madrid

Before you organize your visit, make sure you check the website of the cinema so you can find out which movies are currently on.

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Toledo

But if you are eager for more excitement and you want to explore the area beyond the city center, this ride just might be the activity you were looking for. The ride starts from Toledo or Segovia, both of which are about an hour from Madrid. Transport from Madrid may be provided for you, but alternatively, you can take the bus.

As you head for this exciting journey of exploring Spanish history, you will be amazed by the view of Toledo or Segovia, and the historical landmarks both of these cities offer. Take photos of a fantastic view as you go over the River Tajo, or the ancient Roman aqueduct.

Hot air balloon ride lasts for an hour. The flight is organized between 7 or 9 am. The schedule might be postponed or delayed due to bad weather conditions. The tour guide will be joining you to present some interesting information about Spanish history, in both Spanish and English.

As you can see, Madrid offers so many exciting opportunities to enjoy the city and have fun. Think beyond regular sightseeing and explore some of these options to spend a day of fun in Madrid. One thing is for sure – it will be a memorable experience.

Different Museums in Madrid

Different Museums in Madrid

 

Madrid is a city known for its museums. Chances are, there is no person who has visited Madrid without going to at least one of its famous museums, such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, etc. While these are probably the most popular museums and ones that most travelers visit, the city has a lot of smaller museums scattered around. Different themes of these museums provide a level of uniqueness and a chance to see a different side of Madrid.

Here are 8 Madrid museums worth visiting during your stay in Madrid.

 

La Casita Museo de Ratón Pérez

This museum is a very interesting place to visit, especially if you travel with kids. If you have heard of a Tooth Fairy, a magical being that visits children and gives them a coin for every milk tooth they lose, then the story of a mouse Alfonso is something you can relate. Ratoncito Pérez is a little mouse, a character created in the 19th century by Friar Luis Coloma. Friar Luis Coloma was paid to create a story about a character that visits children and leaves them present every time they lose a tooth. The mouse lives with his family in a box of biscuits. The box is kept in a confectioner’s warehouse near the Royal Place. Therefore, the story gives a glimpse of royal life and it has deeper historical background than the life of a little mouse.

When you visit the museum, you can visit a place where the mouse lives with this family. Along the way, you will learn about Spanish history and historical documents that are also featured in the museum. It is an exciting journey of discovery and growing up, which will both educate and entertain the kids.

It is a small museum, but you will be joined with a storyteller who will tell you more about the story and engage the little ones into a story of a famous little mouse.

Location: Calle del Arenal, 8 1ª planta, 28013 Madrid

Website: http://www.casamuseoratonperez.es/

 

Wax Museum

Wax museums are very popular nowadays, especially as the museums started including figures of famous celebrities and people known globally. Travelers love “meeting” their idols and taking photos, even if that person is made of wax. Also, it completely fascinating to see how they are able to recreate people with such attention to details and replicate every little frown on people’s face.

Madrid Wax Museum (Museo de Cera) contains more than 450 wax figures of influential people from history such as Felipe VI, Carlos V, Pablo Picasso, Miguel de Cervantes, to contemporary influential people such as Sofia Vergara, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc.

The museum also has exhibitions sections devoted to different epochs which replicate more than people’s appearance. There you can explore the setting typical for that time period while learning a lot about history.

On the ground floor, you will find sections devoted to Roman Empire, Visigoths, and even the Habsburgs. You will also be able to visit the scene about the third of May by Goya. Conquests of Latin America are also featured in some exhibitions, but you can also find a literary cafe, exhibitions featuring classing writers, and scientists.

When it comes to modern history, a lot of celebrities are included, as well as influentials from politics, sport, and even the business world. There is a fantasy corner with fictional characters that are brought to life through the exhibitions. Finally, a horror train takes you on a journey inspired by classics such as Dungeons, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, etc.

Location: Pª de Recoletos 41, 28004, Madrid

Website: http://www.museoceramadrid.com/

 

Madrid Zoo Aquarium

If you love animals, visiting the Madrid Zoo would be a perfect choice. Not only will you enjoy seeing a large variety of animals with 500 different species, but you will enjoy the 22 hectares of open space with setting adapted to replicate the animals’ natural habitat.

Aquarium collects an extensive collection of species that complete the offer of the whole zoo. It is shaped like a glass pyramid, visible from the entire park. It consists of two floors with large tunnels going around taking you on an adventure. It is a fantastic scenery to visit.

Animals such as sea turtles, loggerhead turtles, knife fish, seahorse, and many marine plants are available in the aquarium. As you step furthermore, you will get to see the beauties of the ocean world with coral reefs, sandy beds, submarine plains and other mysteries that hide in the bottoms of the ocean. Some of the species in the aquarium are endangered, which makes them even more precious examples of the aquarium. Of course, the frightening creature that both terrifies and fascinates the visitors, the shark can also be found in the aquarium.

Location: Casa de Campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain

Website: https://www.zoomadrid.com/en/in-the-zoo/aquarium

 

Madrid Planetarium

Learning about space and history at the same time has never been easier. Madrid Planetarium offers this unique blend of future and past, a combination of technology and imaginations, designed to engage visitors, to encourage curiosity and explain the ideas that have always stirred mystery. It is an institution with decades of experience with the best experts creating the exhibitions and guiding the tours for the travelers.

There are multiple exhibitions. Not only can you learn a lot from them, but you can get acquainted with the world of science and technology. Currently, there is an interesting exhibition to visit called “Climate Change: Understanding to Survive” which is designed to raise awareness of the climate changes, how they have been affecting the life and nature, and how we can make things better.

Having in mind that the institution is focused on education, there is a period of the day which is reserved for the school visits. In this sense, this museum does not have regular working hours, so it is best to check their online schedule and organize your visit accordingly.

Location: Avenida Del Planetario, 1628045

Website: http://planetmad.es/

 

Museo del Traje

When visiting museums people are used to seeing paintings, sculptures and similar artworks. But if you decide to visit the Museo del Traje, you will mostly see clothes and costumes. It is a museum devoted to fashion that has been a part of people’s lives for centuries. It is actually very interesting to see how designs have changed, how materials and colors had an influence on the way people dressed. The impressive collection of this museum gathers items from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. In total, the museum includes a collection of over 160.000 items. Besides clothes and costumes, the museum also contains the documents relevant to the fashion industry.

The collection contains some remarkable items of clothing from the past, which is very interesting to see, even if you are not into fashion. As the collection moves forward, you can see popular designs that have marked contemporary times. Such is, for example, a famous black dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn to wear in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can also discover the designs of famous Spanish and international designers including Pedro Rodriguez, Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, etc.

Location: Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040 Madrid

Website: http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/mtraje/inicio.html

 

Museo del Aire

Here is another a little bit different museum you can visit in Madrid. It is the museum devoted to aviation. Its impressive collection of 150 aircrafts takes you on the journey of going back to history as you watch their design and features change with each new decade the brought new technology, ideas, and procedures invested into the process of creating them. Many of the planes and helicopters you get to see as a part of the collection have been used by the Spanish Air Force. Also included in the collection are hundreds of miniature aircraft models. You will also get to see uniforms, engines, weapons and many other objects related to aviation.

If you get a guided tour, you will be taken on a walk around 7 hangars containing the aircrafts and the equipment. You will learn about flight instruments, the way they have been used, the importance of all the items for aviation and astronautics. Also, you could learn interesting anecdotes about the planes you see in the museum when they were used and what their purpose was.

Location: Highway A-5, kilometer 10.800, 28024 Madrid

Website: http://www.ejercitodelaire.mde.es/EA/museodelaire/index.html

 

Museo del Ferrocarril

The Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway museum) has one of the largest collection devoted to railroads in Europe. Delicias Railway Station is no longer used, so the building is turned into a museum. The collection contains 6300 pieces relevant to railroad development in Spain. Most relevant items are rail vehicles, steam locomotives, and they have an outstanding place in the collection. Other pieces in the museum collection include devices used for communication, uniforms, watches, lampwork, etc.

Visiting this museum is like going on the ride with a time machine. You will get to see the authentic settings of the railway used in different epochs, and the most impressive is to see the beginnings of railway traffic and how everything looked like back then. The building itself is a fantastic place dating back to the end of the 19th century. It is more than the railway station. At the time, it was the third central headquarters of a railway company in Madrid. The regular operation, reception, delivery, passenger services, arrivals and departures, all of that was handled through the facilities designed as a part of the railway station. The station was completely closed in 1971, but it remained an important piece of cultural heritage.

Location: Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid

Website: http://www.museodelferrocarril.org/index.asp

 

The Robot Museum

While the previous two museums take you to journey to the past, here is a museum that will take you towards the future. Inspired by the discoveries so far and the potential the technology has, you will definitely start imaging the world of the future. It is a new museum, opened in 2013. It has a large collection of robots, in fact, they say it is the largest collection in Europe. A variety of robots from the previous decades, as well as contemporary designs,  are included in the collection of the museum. Visiting this museum is entertaining, educational and inspiring, all at the same time. There are guided tours which also include live demonstrations.

Location: CalleAlberto Aguilera, 1, 28015 Madrid

Website: https://www.therobotmuseum.eu/es/inicio/

Amusement Parks in Madrid: Fun for the Whole Family

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There are so many ways to have fun. And as you get older, your life habits changes, and so does the way you travel. What is unique about amusement parks is that they are a great way to have fun, regardless of your age and your interests. People love spending time in amusement parks. The number of activities and their diversity ensures you have a great time regardless of how old you are. So, if you are traveling with your family, this is probably the place for all of you to spend a fantastic day in Madrid.

Here are some of the most popular amusement parks in Madrid, what they have to offer and when you can visit them.

 

Parque de Atracciones

Perhaps the most famous amusement park in Madrid, Parque de Atracciones is a wonderful day to spend a day in Madrid with your family. From extreme to family-friendly activities, with so many attractions, cartoon-inspired sets, and shows, you are bound to have fun. The only thing you need is to choose what you want to see and plan your visit accordingly. Park attractions are divided into several groups:

Extreme – If you are up for a more demanding and exciting adventure, with spectacular rollercoasters and the thrill of height, you will love activities such as La Lanzadera, Vertigo, Tifón, etc. Obviously, these activities are not for small kids.

Exciting - This group of activities consists of exciting rides. Unlike the previous group where height has a major role in the whole excitement thing, this group is all about rides. Los Fiordos, Los Rápidos, are some of the water rides that are an ideal group activity.

Family – These activities are for the entire family and include a variety of things to do in the park, starting from Tiovivo, the carousel, to Zeppelin ride, and even a theme trip by boat, La Jungla.

Nickelodeon Land – Finally, no trip with the kiddos is complete unless they get to meet their favorite cartoon characters. These rides are designed for kids and inspired by the activities and settings of the popular children shows, such as Dora the Explorer, street ride with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. Nickelodeon Express is the train taking you through the entire journey of exploring the world of cartoons.

Here is some useful information about the park that will help you with planning:

  • Location: Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: If you use public transport, you should take bus lines 33 or 65 to get to the park. If metro is your choice, then you will need to take line 10.
  • Opening times: During winter, the park is usually open on weekends form 12 pm to 7 pm. Also, some attractions may be closed during the winter time. This is why it is best to consult their online schedule when planning the visit. The schedule shows the activities for the upcoming 60 days. You can also buy the tickets online.

 

Parque Warner Madrid

Inspired by Hollywood, Parque Warner brings the most popular cartoon characters and exciting attractions in the vicinity of Madrid. Attractions are divided into three groups:

Mild – Cinema torus, Scooby-Doo adventure, carousels, and many others are attraction suitable for younger children as well. These are the activities in which the entire family can enjoy.

Moderate – If you are up for more excitement, activities such as haunted hotel, Yogui and Bubu bear park, Gotham City, waterfalls, and many other activities can be a perfect choice. Other characters you can see her include Tom and Jerry, and family roller coaster with Coyote and Road Runner.

Intense – No amusement park is complete without rides and roller coasters which combine the excitement of speed and height. Revenge of ENIGMA is the highest attraction in Europe. Then there is the Coaster Express, the longest and the tallest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Batman and Superman rides, along with Stunt Fall, are all the rides that will take your breath away.

This amusement park also has wonderful theme areas, inspired by Hollywood and movie world. You will be able to visit Hollywood Boulevard, Super Heroes World, Old West Territory, Cartoon Village, and Movie World Studios.

When planning your visit, here are helpful things to have in mind:

  • Location: Highway A-4, exit 22, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid
  • Opening times: The park is usually open on weekends and during the public holidays when most people have days off work. It opens at 11:30 while the closing time differs based on the season and time of the year. The best way to plan the time and dates is to check the online schedule which is updated regularly.

 

Micropolix

Here is an amusement park that combines leisure and educational activities. It includes an indoor space which represents a city where children can have fun and learn at the same time. It is made to replicate a real city enabling the kids to explore the area. They can also take part by performing activities and trying out different occupations. Besides learning about city life, children also get to learn about teamwork and cooperation through activities with other children. Having in mind that it is an indoor city, it is perfect to visit it regardless of the time of the year.

Activities in Micropolix are divided into groups based on the child’s age and some of those include:

MicroTV – If your child would like to try working as a TV host, a cameraman or in an audiovisual team of a TV station, here is the perfect activity to try.

Fire tower – A lot of kids love playing with fire trucks, but only the guests of Micropolix will have the chance to actually try out how it looks like to be a fireman, to learn how to use safety equipment and work in a team.

Aviation school – Giving your kids an opportunity to try to fly a plane is definitely going to be an exciting adventure for them. The roles they can play within this activity include being a pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant, and passenger.

Road network – The best way to learn is through playing. The road network allows children to learn about traffic and how driving exam looks like. There is an area for them to drive a mini car, pay attention to traffic lights and signs.

Dance Academy – If your child loves dancing, here is a dance school for them to show off their talent. They take up the role of dancers and get to try different dance styles.

Other activities include dubbing study, theatre, glass recycling, town hall, microcircuit, cruise, supermarket, newspapers, hospital, bank, etc. All the kids have a dream of what they want to be when they grow up, so this could be an excellent opportunity to allow them to try these jobs.

Parents can also take part in some of the activities, including quadventure, magic close-up, dance exhibitions, or they can enjoy the tour of the city.

Here are the things to consider when planning to visit Micropolix:

  • Location: Calle Salvador de Madariaga, S/N, 28702 San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid
  • How to get there: When using public transport, take the metro line 10, or buses line 152 C, 103, 161, 166, 171, 181, 185.
  • Opening hours: Weekends and Fridays are usually reserved for the general public, and anyone can visit the venue during the opening times. The rest of the week is usually reserved for pre-booked visits. When you determine your dates for visit, check the online schedule to confirm the hours, as sometimes the venue is open the entire day, and sometimes only for a particular part of the day.

 

Diversion en la Granja

While not as big as the other amusement parks mentioned here, it is also worth to mention Diversion en la Granja, as an excellent outdoor park for kids and entire families. The attractions include a mining train, mini formula, mini express, flying puppies, Noria, and Children’s farm.

  • Location: Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
  • Opening hours: Changeable during the year so it is best to check the website before planning the visit.

 

Madrid SnowZone

If you want 365 days of snow, and you enjoy winter activities, check out Madrid’s SnowZone. It is an indoor venue where you can snowboard, ski, go sleighing, and enjoy the winter wonderland any day of the year. The main track is 250 meters long and 55 meters wide. There is a ski lift, lower slopes as well as tracks for those who are still learning. You can even try the world’s largest indoor zip-line with a track 200 meters long with an approximate speed of 50 km/h. All of these make this amusement park a very exciting place to visit with lots of exciting activities to do.

  • Location: Autovía de Extremadura (A-5) salidas 22 y 25. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, Calle del Puerto de Navacerrada, s/n, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid
  • How to get there: Bus lines 528, 534 and 539 from Madrid (Príncipe Pío Station) take you to the Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open every day of the year from 10 am (9 am on weekends) and until 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). If you are interested in taking lessons at the School of Madrid SnowZone, or if you are interested in activities such as glacier mini golf and zip-line, have in mind that those activities may have a different schedule and may not be open the entire time during which the actual venue is open. Always make sure you check the schedule of the activities on the official website.

 

Parque de Europa

Replicas of famous landmarks create a unique scenery of this park. You can visit all of the most important European landmarks from the London Bridge to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Monuments in the park include The Eiffel Tower, Fontana di Trevi, Little Mermaid, the Plaza de España, Puerta del Alcalá, Brandenburg Gate, etc.

The park also offers numerous activities, which are especially perfect for families and groups of people. Boat rides in the park, boats for children, zip-lining, archery, horse riding, children train, ice rink, and bike riding are some of the activities you can find in the park.

  • Location: Calle Cañada, s/n, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: The circular bus line of Torrejón de Ardoz L1 stops at the roundabout at the entrance to the park.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open from 9 am during the year and the closing time differs based on the time of the year. This is why it is advisable to check the schedule on the website before planning the visit.

Regardless of which theme park you choose to visit, you will certainly enjoy your time in Madrid spend in any of these locations.

 

 

The Traditional Drinks of Madrid

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When you travel abroad there are many things to look forward to. You get to experience a new culture, new sceneries and to try out many exciting things. One of those perks is certainly a possibility to try authentic food and drinks.

If you choose to visit Madrid and spend your days in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will get a unique opportunity to experience all those exciting places in Madrid. And most importantly, you will have a chance to visit some of the best places for eating and drinking. Plenty of city bars and restaurants are known to serve exquisite cuisine and the most delicious drinks you can try.

In fact, Spaniards are famous for knowing how to enjoy and appreciate their meals. And drinks are usually on the menu, especially at dinner times.

Here are the traditional drinks of Madrid you need to try.

 

Agua de Valencia

An amazing combination of orange juice, cava, vodka, and gin is what makes this drink so popular, ever since the 1970s when it started to be served as a part of the menu. Even though it is a Valencian cocktail, it is often on the menu in Madrid as well.

 

Sangria

Even though widely popular around the world, Sangria is known to have originated in Spain. Eventually, it was brought to the US from Latin America, where it gained wide popularity. The main ingredient is red wine and chopped fruit. Different fruits can be added, such as pineapples, apples, pears, nectarines, berries, peaches or melon. It is a very sweet mixture of ingredients. Orange juice or brandy are also added based on the traditional recipe. For someone who does not necessarily like the taste of wine, the sweet ingredients really reduce the taste of wine and make the drink rather sweet.

 

Sangria Blanca

It is a variety of Sangria which has recently been introduced. It combines white wine with the fruit. Again, the use of fruit in the drink can vary from place to places.

Both types of sangria are easy to make at home, unlike other alcoholic beverages or cocktails.

 

Cava

Cava is a type of Spanish sparkling wine. It can be white or rose. Only wines produced in the champenoise traditional method may be labeled “cava.” If a different process is used, it is labeled sparkling wine.

Cava used to be referred to as Spanish champaign, and it still is called like that among the locals. You can often hear the words champán or champaña in Spanish or xampany in Catalan. However, the name champagne has protected geographical status, so based on the EU laws it cannot be used to describe the traditional Spanish drink.

 

Horchata

This name is commonly used for a variety of plant milk beverages served in Madrid and the rest of Spain. Based on a different type of plant used to make this beverage, you can find:

  • Horchata de arroz – Rice milk
  • Horchata de ajonjolí – Made with ground sesame seeds
  • Horchata de melón – Made of ground melon seeds
  • Horchata de morro – Made from ground calabash seeds

Different ingredients can be added into the horchata drink, such as vanilla, lemon or lime zest, water, sugar, etc. Since the selection of plant used to make the beverage, as well as the extra ingredients, can be diverse, you can find a lot of different flavored types of horchata beverage to try in Madrid.

The drink itself is also used as a flavoring added to ice cream, sweets, cookies, smoothies frappes, and even alcoholic beverages or cocktails. This drink is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

 

Coffee

Even though it is a universal drink, coffee is another drink worth tasting while in Madrid. Coffee has a strong taste, which is probably what most of you need in the morning to keep you going through the day, especially if it is proceeded by the sleepless night.

It is not actually simple to order coffee when you sit in a cafe in Madrid. There are many different types of coffee to choose from, and you need to be specific when ordering. Take a look at this short list of different types of coffees and the way they are called in Spanish.

  • Cafe solo – Espresso. It is a standard form of coffee in Spain.
  • Café con leche – This is espresso with milk. It is probably the most popular type of coffee in Spain.
  • Cafe cortado – Espresso with a drop of milk.
  • Cafe descafeinado – It is decaf coffee.
  • Cafe con hielo – Espresso coffee with a glass of ice, a perfect beverage for hot summer days in Madrid.

Some cafes offer varieties, so you can have coffee with interesting syrups and flavors added, such as cafe con leche with hazelnut syrup.

Of course, when it comes to coffee, you can find internationally famous ones, such as Starbucks or Costa cafe, but these could not really classify as traditional drinks in Madrid.

 

Queimada

Have you ever thought about cooking your drink? Well, if you choose Queimada, you will certainly see magic happen. The essential ingredients which include a mixture of orujo, lemon peel, sugar, and other spices are cooked. While those are cooking on the stove, brandy is poured into this mixture. It makes it stronger. There is also an interesting ritual related to reciting a spell during the cooking. Supposedly, the spell should transfer the special powers of the drink itself onto the person who is drinking it. Perfect for Halloween, don’t you think?

 

Rebujito

This is a very popular summer drink. It is a light, carbonated drink made with white sherry and lemon soda or sprite. This added flavor of lemon or lime makes this combination perfect for summer days. It is so refreshing.

 

Tinto de Verano

Here is another drink related to summer. The translation means wine of summer and it describes a refreshing beverage which is often referred to as “a poor man’s Sangria.” Like Sangria, it is made from red wine which is mixed with lemon juice or gas water. When making this drink at home, you can also add pieces of lemon to enhance the taste.

 

Clara de Limón

This drink is what many locals would describe as a girls’ drink. It is an interesting alternative to simply drinking beer. It is very refreshing and a perfect choice after a long day of walking around Madrid and exploring the city. Despite this stereotype of being girls’ drink, this drink is actually quite tasty. It is a mixture of beer with a lemon soda.

 

Kalimotxo

Here is another wine/soda mixture that you might have never thought about. It is a trendy drink, especially among the young people in Spain. It is made from red wine and a bottle of coke. It represents one of those cheaper alternatives of drink, and it is one that you can easily make at home. The drink has a sweet taste and tart flavor.

 

Beer

This is a universal drink which you are likely to have tried before, but when in Madrid, try to look for domestic brands that make this drink. San Miguel, Cruz Blanca, Aguila, Cruzcampo and Mahou are only some of those.

 

Orujo

Although it is mainly popular in the northern regions of Spain, you can find orujo in Madrid as well. It is a liquor made from the stalks, seeds, and skins of grapes. So, the basic ingredients for orujo are the residue ingredients from wine productions. The ingredients are heated in large copper kettles in a distilling process that takes six hours or more. The drink can be served on its own or it can be a part of another drink such as queimada.

 

As you can see, Madrid offers quite a selection of beverages. And the choices are quite vast. For example, if you stay in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will be close to cafes serving these delicious drinks. This means that every evening out in Madrid you could be trying a new drink. Supermarkets offer bottled versions for most of these drinks if you prefer staying in your Madrid apartment. Some of these drinks are actually quite easy to make on your own, regardless where you live. Therefore, you can easily bring this spirit of Madrid to your home. Simply prepare all the ingredients and get on with mixing. Find your perfect combination of sweet and sour, balance out the soda and alcohol to get completely custom yet traditional drink of Madrid.

Madrid: Business Hub of the Iberian Peninsula

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Even though the city is a famous travel destination offering an amazing cultural experience with some of the most impressive art collection displayed in Madrid museums, it is important not to neglect the fact that Madrid is an urban, fast-growing city, which represents a significant part of the business world in this part of Europe.

Being an influential accommodation provider and offering apartments in the center of Madrid, we have direct experience with travelers, and we get their feedback on how and why they travel to Madrid.

Being such an important business hub of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is an excellent choice to grow, present, develop and promote your business. You will get the opportunity to develop professionally, to learn from the business leaders and to nurture skills that are necessary in the modern business world.

 

Why is Madrid considered a business hub?

Ever since it became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, Madrid has been growing. The population has continuously been on the rise, and so has the infrastructure needed for such a growing population. Being the country capital, certainly made the city an essential center for numerous events, festivities, and in general, it became a desirable place to live in.

The industrial sector started to develop more prominently in the 20th century, which made the city economy and influence even stronger. Modern times have brought a shift in the city economy, so the sector that dominates currently is service sector. This means that business services such as research and development, information technology and accountancy are some of the services that contribute the most to the gross value of Madrid’s economy.

The contribution of the four most important business sectors to the city economy:

  • Services to business (14.5%)
  • Transport & communication (14.3%)
  • Property and rental (11.5%)
  • Financial services (11.5%)*

*Source: https://www.madrid.es/UnidadesDescentralizadas/UDCObservEconomico/EstructuraEconomica/ESTRUCTURAECONOMICADELACIUDADDEMADRID.pdf

What is also obvious from the figures above is a significantly large stake transport and communication sector has on the city economy. Construction of road, regional highways, high-speed rail, and high-standard public transport in the city are all the elements of national transport infrastructure. Of course, another important factor, especially when it comes to international businesses is Madrid Airport. It is the fourth largest airport in Europe, it represents a major transport hub in this part of Europe, and it has a significant contribution to the city’s economy.

Trade fairs are imporant part of city life in Madrid. There are events organized every single week throughout the year, with fairs, business exhibitions, workshops and conferences on different topics and for businesses of different sizes.

 

Trade Fair Institution of Madrid

Trade Fair Institution of Madrid (IFEMA) is the institution that organizes a large percentage of business events. It represents the core of the business scene and hosts events for different sectors while promoting Madrid as the business hub. The institution drives the city’s growth and influence in the business sector and contributes in various ways to the city’s economy. The institution operates in other continents, especially in Asia and America, which gives a great credibility and international aspect to this organization and its role in the business life of Madrid.

A large portion the events are hosted at the Feria de Madrid venue, one of the most important business venues in the city with a capacity to host various types of events, with numerous halls, and auditoriums, etc.

Some of the most important business events organized by IFEMA for the next year include:

  • FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair (Dates: 23rd – 27th of January, 2019)
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (Dates: 25th – 30th of January, 2019)
  • GENERA Eneergy and Environment International Trade Fair (Dates: 26th of February – 1st of March, 2019)
  • HydroSensoft International Symposium and Exhibtion of Hydro-Envrironment Sensors and Software (Dates: 26th of February – 1st of March, 2019)
  • WATM Congress The largest Air Traffic Management exhibition and industry forum in the world (Dates: 12th – 14th of March, 2019)
  • MOTORTEC AUTOMECHANIKA MADRID Spain’s leading international trade fair for the automotive industry targeting trade visitors from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and North Africa (Dates: 13th – 16th of March, 2019)
  • FARMAFORUM + Biotechforum + Cosmeticaforum + Labforum
  • Forum Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Technology Laboratory (Dates: 28th – 29th of March, 2019)
  • SIMA Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition (Dates: 30th May – 2nd of June, 2019)
  • GamerGy E-sports & Gaming Festival (Dates: 21st – 23rd of June, 2019)
  • MADRIDJOYA  International Urban and Trendy Jewellery and Watch Trade Fair (Dates: 11th – 15th of September, 2019)
  • EXPOTURAL The Nature, Climate and Sustainable Tourism Fair (Dates: 31st October – 3rd of November, 2019)
  • BIOCULTURA Organic Products and Responsible Consumption Fair (Dates: 7th – 11th of November, 2019)

 

Digital Business World Congress (DES2019)

This is one of the largest business events organized in Madrid. Next year, the Digital Business World Congress will host 450 international speakers. Having in mind the role of digital in today’s business, this kind of event gives you an opportunity to learn from the business leaders in the digital world. You will meet influencers, listen to the executives from international companies and you will get to understand the digital economy and how this business model affects the way companies do business nowadays. You will get to learn about new practices and strategies that work, along with gaining an understanding of tech concepts such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, cybersecurity, etc.

Different sectors, from health to banking from retail to agriculture, all gather for such an event as the goal is to learn how technology has affected each of those sectors. The business models and strategies are continually evolving, and technological solutions that appear on the market only speed up these changes.

The goal of such an event is to offer solutions and techniques that can help to use technology in different sectors, to promote growth, increase competitiveness on the market and transform the traditional business models into businesses that keep up with modern technology and use it to their advantage.

Renowned international technology experts participate in the event allowing attendees to learn and meet the influential of the modern business world, to compare their experiences and discover the new advanced solution that they can use in their own businesses. The idea is to unite knowledge and expertise, to unite business leaders and to create a unique mindset where business professionals are no longer isolated, but they can learn from each other, they can support each other and develop technologies and strategies together.

DES2019

Dates: 21st – 23rd of May, 2019

Previous year: Digital World Congress in 2018 gathered almost 21,000 visitors from 50 countries and gained a lot of influence and credibility for Madrid as the business event of the year. This kind of an event only further promotes Madrid as the business hub of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Business travel to Madrid

Business travel is in many ways different from a regular journey. Even though it involves traveling to a different location, often times internationally, it still is a unique experience from traveling for leisure. Here are the most important elements that make business travel to Madrid unique.

  • Practical thinking when looking for accommodation in Madrid

When you plan a business travel to Madrid, you need to be practical. In terms of accommodation, you need to stay at a place which is convenient. Usually, such a place is an apartment in the center of the city of Madrid, if your business venue is in this part of the city. Some business travelers also love choosing accommodation which offers a good connection to the airport. This is especially important when flight arrival or departure is at the inconvenient time of the day (for example past ten in the evening).

  • Planning in advance

Business travels are not spontaneous, but instead, you usually have the exact dates planned in advance. A great benefit is that you get to organize everything in advance. There is no need for any rush decisions. It is also a great way to prepare for the journey when you know the schedule in advance.

  • Focusing on the business side of travel

This includes focusing on what business travel provides. While sightseeing and exploring the city of Madrid might be exciting activities, for those focused on the business side of travel, professional conferences, workshops, meetups, and networking events are much more appealing activities in Madrid. After all, the goal of business travel is to promote and develop your business skills, so any other cultural activities and sightseeing may or may not be a part of the itinerary, depending on how much free time a business trip involves.

 

 

Visit Madrid for Academic Reasons: a City Full of Options

For decades, the city of Madrid has been a central hub of the country and go-to location for people with different goals and plans, especially in terms of career and professional development. Madrid attracts a lot of people every year with different academic goals in mind. Both people from the smaller towns in Spain and people from abroad can find a lot of possibilities regarding academic development and continuing their education. Having in mind that Madrid is a part of the EU, traveling and moving to Madrid for people from Europe is quite convenient and easy to organize.

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Here are some options you can explore if you are visiting Madrid for academic reasons.

 

Getting to Madrid

The first thing you need to take care of is your stay in Madrid. Initially, you will need to legally organize your stay. This means getting a visa if one is necessary for your stay, which depends on the country you are traveling from. People from the EU are able to travel more freely, while other citizens usually need to sort out details, such as obtaining a student visa, or a work permit, etc.

The next step includes arriving in Madrid and finding accommodation. The type of accommodation you can find during your academic visit can be quite diverse, depending on the situation. Sometimes the institution that enables you to travel to Madrid takes care of finding accommodation for you. Other times, you might be able to choose accommodation on your own. The second option is more flexible, as you can choose between different types of apartments, studios, etc. Also, you can select the location. In most cases, people prefer an apartment in the center of Madrid or one that is close to their place of interested during their stay in Madrid.

 

Studying in Madrid

Madrid offers a lot of opportunities for educational development, with multilingual study programs, different study groups, and degrees. This means you can find a program that perfectly suits your interest and affinities. Here are Madrid universities offering academic opportunities.

·          The Complutense University of Madrid

Offering unique Complutense cultural program, accepting international students, including Erasmus students, with Foreign Language Center this Madrid university provides an excellent opportunity for student mobility and a possibility for anyone to continue education in the Spanish capital. There is also the International Welcome Center for foreigners to get specific information of interest, regarding their residence, life in Madrid, etc.

It’s one of the six public universities in Madrid. However, what’s more recognizable about this university is the fact that it is one of the biggest universities in Europe. Besides academic possibilities and study programs, there are cultural events and offerings, as well as sport activities available to students.

·          Autonomous University of Madrid

This university has many recognitions, one of which is its Academic Ranking of the World Universities. It welcomes international students and offers programs specially designed for those who are in Spain for the first time, and who are not familiar with the language and culture. The university has two campuses with excellent connection to the city center. Therefore, if you choose to stay in Madrid city center, you will easily reach the campus and be able to easily attend all of the events organized there.

·          Technical University of Madrid

Ranked as one of the top technical universities in Spain, this place is a leading academic institution in technological development and engineering. When it comes to opportunities, the university offers numerous study programs, as well as exchange mobility programs that welcome international students and help them with adapting to the new surrounding. All enrolled students are offered help in multiple ways and orientation programs to enable them to fully explore the potential of their new academic life and reach success in their studies.

·          IE University

This university is an international university with two campuses, one Madrid and one in Segovia. 75% of the students are international students coming from abroad. This means that the programs and curriculum are adapted to such a diverse, international group of people who seek to continue their education. The university provides a supportive environment for the students and promotes learning as a way of life. This concept is so important in today’s global market where people are expected and often are required to learn practically every day. The university offers a lot of different study programs providing numerous opportunities for students.

 

Research and career development

The combination of life-long education concept with a great reputation these universities have in Europe contribute to the respect of the academic life and opportunities. When you also have in mind the popularity of the city amongst the business professionals in many industries, this city offers so many opportunities to focus on academic research, participate in studies, join the formal or informal educational programs or simply work on your career development, using the method that best matches your interests and field of work.

When you explore the academic community or a specific field of interest you work in, you will find numerous research and development programs you can become a part of. Even though these programs are often associated with students and postgraduates, the fast-developing world of technology has made professional development a requirement for the people of all ages, regardless of their prior experience and education. Attending seminars, workshops, global events, conferences, and many other events that promote life-long learning and professional development are all ways to stay competitive as a professional in your industry, to keep up with the trends and make sure your academic background is still a valid reference in your career.

 

Academic visits and what to see

When you visit a city such as Madrid for academic reasons, you’ll soon discover numerous opportunities to explore the city. While part of your day might be occupied with activities such as lectures, conferences, workshops, and similar academic events, you will probably have some free time. That’s all you need, some time of your day to start exploring the city, the culture and the history of the Spanish people, to initiate the process of immersion and really get to see how people in Madrid live, and the relevance history, culture and religion have on their everyday lives.

Here’s a couple of suggestions to visit places if you are visiting the city for academic reasons:

·          Museums

The perfect way to learn about the history and culture of a nation is by visiting museums. When you take into account the fact that Madrid has such a rich offer and world-famous art collections, this will be even more reason to start your sightseeing. Visiting a museum is an active process of exploring the culture and learning about the history that shaped the modern life you can see in the city around you. As you go through different epochs, you will see how each of those has affected the everyday life and left the trace in the buildings around you, customs and habits of the people nowadays, etc.

·          Enjoy music and art

The combination of music and art is a great way to experience the cultural offer of the city and go beyond the academic research. Find out how to enjoy Spanish music and art with these suggestions.

·          Cultural heritage

When you stay in the city for a long period of time, you will have many opportunities to see the cultural heritage that represents such value in the history of Spain. The first days upon your arrival to Madrid, you will spend exploring the vicinity and visiting the most popular places, so-called tourist hubs, where most travelers spend their time and go sightseeing. However, later on, you will get to immerse into this whole experience and go beyond the central area to explore hidden corners of Madrid’s cultural heritage. These places have such a great value that they are true pieces of history and represent a unique legacy of the country.

·          The culture is all around

When you arrive in the city, you will find out that culture is all around you. Just take a look at the recognizable square, a fountain that represents a little piece of history and religion, a library with a collection of over 26 million items or one of many World Heritage Sights. There are so many places in Madrid that will take your breath away and convince you that this city indeed radiates with history and culture. Use this Madrid culture guide to find out the places you need to visit.

Studying abroad and pursuing an academic education in Madrid can be a life-changing experience. It is not always easy going abroad, even if there are academic reasons that encourage you to do so. There are so many obstacles that might discourage you, starting from the language barrier to uncertainty regarding finding an apartment in Madrid. However, if you find a good program, one that supports you academically and fulfills your educational goals, you will soon realize that you will be able to overcome the obstacles and truly enjoy this incredible experience.

 

In the end, regardless what your reasons are for visiting Madrid, we have a very helpful, practical guide to help you understand the world in the city and learn a thing or two about Madrid: Tips for traveling to Madrid.

 

 

 

Fashion in Madrid: High Fashion Tourism

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As a niche market, fashion tourism has been on a rapid development across the globe, especially in countries that already have a recognizable presence in the fashion world and regularly host world-known fashion events.

The idea with this type of tourism is to provide an experience focused on fashion and usually shopping. It still is a form of cultural tourism, one gets to meet the local customs, tradition, but in a way that is more engaging for the travelers. Usually, travelers who choose fashion tourism are people interested in fashion themselves. They are creative, they follow current trends, and they enjoy shopping.

In fact, shopping is a special form of fashion tourism that promotes specific locations and places as a shopping paradise. It is not easy to reach such fame on the global level and encourage the visitors from across the globe to travel with the purpose of shopping, but it can be done, and shopping malls and wholesale retailers have statistics that prove this. Millions of visitors go through these shopping destinations, and a significant percentage of those are travelers.

When it comes to traveling Madrid, those interested in fashion and Madrid high fashion tourism will not be disappointed.

Costume Museum (El Museo del Traje) Madrid

The first destination we would like to suggest is Madrid’s Costume Museum (in Spanish El Museo del Traje). It is the perfect way to see the entire evolution of fashion and costumes dating from the ancient times to present. It is an impressive fashion experience and an opportunity to see how the trends changed throughout the history. The collection is extensive and offers a lot of diversity. Items include traditional and contemporary clothing from different periods, jewelry, accessories and traditional clothing that represents valuable cultural heritage. General admission fee is 3 euros but on some occasions or some groups of people do not pay admission.

Location: Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2

If you are staying in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will easily get public transport to reach this destination. Even though it is not in the central district of the city, there are plenty of ways to get to the museum using public transport.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday and Festivals/Holidays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday: closed

Fashion in Madrid

To understand the reasons for visiting Madrid as a fashion tourism destination, you need a little bit of context as to what makes this city so special and what it has to offer to the travelers looking for this kind of travel.

The textile industry has been an important part of the Spanish economy for a long time, and it grew so much in the latest decades that introduced brands that slowly became recognizable and famous worldwide. Just take a TV show Sex and City as an example, and you will instantly remember Carrie Bradshaw and her obsession with shoes. Well, little did you know that her favorite shoes actually come from Spain. Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish designer and a brand that has gained great respect and popularity in the fashion world. If you think of high-end fashion, this will probably be one of the brands you would think of. Other luxury, high-end brands from Spain include Delpozo, Loewe, Uterqüe, etc.

As opposed to these brands, we have high-street fashion which offers much affordable clothing. Most of these brands work with a mission to offer quality at reasonable prices. That attitude alongside opening new stores around the world and appealing to the young audience has contributed to the popularity of these brands. Perhaps the most famous one is Zara. The brand is owned by a company Inditex, which has several other clothing brands such as Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, etc. Other high-street brands from Spain include Mango, Bershka, Stradivarius, Desigual, etc.

Madrid Fashion Week

Perhaps the most anticipated and talked about event among those interested in high-end fashion in Madrid is the Madrid Fashion Week. Fashion Week in Madrid is organized by the IFEMA – Feria de Madrid Exhibition Centre, usually at the beginning of the year. This year’s show was organized in February, for the 65th time with 42 creators from Spain and over 50,000 visitors and professionals who were reporting about the event. It is a multicultural event attracting people from all over the world all in the purpose of fashion and creativity expressed through clothing and accessories.

The area to shop in Madrid

Now you must be wondering where to shop in Madrid. Knowing that Madrid fashion is certainly a segment you need to explore, you are probably thinking of how to organize a fashion tour or, simply put, go on a shopping spree in Madrid.

Your first stop should be the Gran Via street.

Gran Via Street in Madrid

As one of the best-known streets in Madrid, two main things distinguish this street from the rest. Firstly, it is the architecture that brings the combination of history and tradition, with a blend of modern style evolved during the beginning of the 20th century. The second thing the street is known for is shopping. It is the go-to destination for shopping lovers and those fond of fashion. There are plenty of high-street shops, especially the Spanish brands we have mentioned, such as Zara, Pull & Bear, etc. The Spanish department store, El Corte Ingles, is also in the area. Still, this part of the city is considered quite a prestigious part of Madrid, which is also the main reason why this is the place to find some of the high-end stores, including numerous foreign designers. Besides clothing, you can find a lot of jewelry and souvenir stores.

Salamanca

Here is another part of the city which is an excellent location to visit if you love fashion and shopping. This is a pretty exclusive district, so you will find prestigious restaurants, luxurious accommodation and, of course, a lot of high-end shops in Madrid. This reputation of Salamanca is why some commonly called this part of the city shopping district. When you visit this part of the city, you will need to visit these three streets: the Calle José Ortega y Gasset, the Calle de Serrano, and the Calle de Goya. All three of them are packed with shops one after the other, featuring both national and international labels. From home decor, beauty and fashion offered in El Corte Ingles, to Gucci, Hugo Boss, to local fashion specialist such as La Perla, Loewe, to watches specialist at Rabat, you will find such a wide selection of fashion items.

Regarding opening hours, it is worth mentioning that stores in Madrid usually open at 10 am and remain open until 8 or 9 pm. Some stores have a siesta in the middle of the day, but this tradition is mainly practiced by the restaurants and the cafes. Siesta hours are usually between 1:30 or 2 pm until 4 or 5 pm. Some stores are opened on Saturdays, but most of them remain closed on Sundays, so this is worth knowing when organizing your shopping spree in Madrid.

This fashion-oriented experience is focused on blending of the experience of meeting the city, getting to know the little streets and discovering all those small shops you may or may not heard of.

However, fashion tourism also includes a different kind of shopping experience which is focused on visiting shopping malls. Whether or not shopping malls are worth in cultural sense is debatable, but in terms of fashion, they do have much to offer. It is worth mentioning that high-end brands are not commonly sold in shopping malls. They are usually reserved to a specific part of the city, which we have mentioned earlier.

On the other hand, high-streets brands are usually located in the shopping malls, so this would be an excellent opportunity for you to explore what both Spanish and international brands have to offer.

Príncipe Pío

If you are looking to stay in the city center, this shopping mall is the right choice. Even though it may not be as grand as other shopping malls, it is quite convenient to visit it especially if you rent an accommodation in the center of Madrid. It is opened from 10 am until 10 pm every day. The Príncipe Pío shopping mall opens at 11 am on Sundays and holidays. High-street brands such as H&M, Zara, Accessorize, Springfield, etc. are all part of this mall, along with fast food restaurants and coffee shops.

Las Rozas Village

If you are looking for a bigger shopping mall, the best solution is to look for those located outside the city center. Most of them are located up to an hour ride from Madrid city center, and you will usually find buses taking you there in regular intervals. The main reason why these shopping malls are such a popular destination even for tourist is the fact that they offer a more extensive variety of shops, and they also include outlet stores. In Las Rozas Village, for example, you can find the outlet shops of the world famous brands such as Armani, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. Visiting such a mall requires at least a couple of hours, if not an entire day. Of course, there are enough restaurants and cafes for refreshments during the day.

Madrid Xanadú

Finally, the biggest shopping mall in Madrid, and thus a shopping paradise for all those interested in fashion tourism, Madrid Xanadú comes with an impressive offer of stores, brands, and shops that will enable just about anyone to find items they want and need. It is opened from 10 am until 10 pm every day, and it is located 20 kilometers from the city center with regular bus lines to take you there quickly.

 

At the end of the day, the true beauty of fashion tourism is in the fact that you get to organize a really personalized travel experience, you get to focus on what matters to you and things you are genuinely interested in. Alongside, any type of tourism will imminently help you learn something about the country you are visiting. It might be the way to shop, it may be the fact that you are starting to memorize the foreign language, it might be some particular custom you are not familiar with. It can be anything that brings you closer to a new country and creates a memorable travel experience. After all, a beauty of traveling is having fun, enjoying life and creating memories that will last for a lifetime.

Madrid: A City to Enjoy Music and Art

If you are planning a trip around Europe, Madrid will probably one of your destinations. Regardless of the type of travel, whether you are using trains or you travel by plane, whether you stay in an apartment in Madrid or choose other alternatives, deciding to visit this city is certainly going to be the right decision. You will get to experience music and art that are built on centuries-old heritage, contributors of which are well-known geniuses such as Picasso, Goya, Dali, Cervantes, and many others.

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What is so special about Madrid?

The history of Madrid starts with the establishment of the Royal Court in 1561. After the consolidation of the country, Madrid became the royal capital. During the centuries, Madrid had been influenced by many cultures (especially Arab) and, as the capital, was the main point of new ideas, movements, and rebellions. Nowadays, Madrid has become the capital of culture and art thanks to its immense offer of museums, concerts and other cultural events.

Art in Madrid

For anyone interested in exploring art, Madrid is the place to be. It offers so many opportunities for art tours and cultural visits, that it is unlikely you will find such a valuable exhibit of culture anywhere in the world.

When it comes to art, Madrid is the right place to get to know some of the most popular museums in the world (lately, even more, popular than Louvre in Paris). One reason more to explore the history and evolution of art in Madrid is the fact that the three main and most popular museums are located in this city:  Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Museo Reina Sofía form a triangle of art, called the Golden Triangle of Art.  In a kilometer long walk, one can see the world’s greatest pieces of art made by Picasso, Goya, Velazquez, Dali… There is no similar place in the world where you can find more masterpieces in such a small space.

•    Museo del Prado

The collection of the Prado Museum comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures. One can start the visit in the 11th century, then see the masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age: Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo. Later on, the most important paintings of Velázquez are exhibited: Las Meninas and The Seamstresses. From the 19th century, there is Goya’s gallery with the tapestry he created and a room of the 19th-century art displaying works by Federico and Raimundo Madrazo and Sorolla.

Apart from the Spanish painters, the Prado Museum offers Italian art from the 14th century – Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Mantegna’s The Death of the Virgin and Antonello da Messina’s The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel and Raphael’s virgins from the 15th century. There are also works of Flemish school due to political ties of Spanish monarchy and Flanders. Some of the Flemish artists represented in the museum are: Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, and Watteau.

•    The Reina Sofía National Art Museum

The Reina Sofia National Museum is a museum of the 20th-century art and it is primarily dedicated to Spanish art. It has a library specialized in the art with more than 100 000 books, over 3500 sound recordings and almost 1000 videos.  There are around 4 000 paintings, more than 1400 sculptures, almost 3000 cartoons, more than 100 decorative pieces and architecture. The museum reflects innovative artistic tendencies and contemporary art. Here you can find some of the masterpieces of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism.  The contemporary Spanish art is divided into three collections:

  • ‘The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945)’
  • ‘Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)’
  • ‘From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982)’

The most famous piece in the museum is Guernica, one of Picasso’s well-known paintings. Exhibited by the Republican Government at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, this mural depicts the pain suffered by the victims of the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica on 27 April, 1937.

•    The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum, once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection and includes Impressionists, Expressionists, European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century. Its collection of paintings counts more than 1,600 paintings.  It represents the connection between classic works of Prado Museum and the contemporary art of The Reina Sofía National Art Museum.  The Museum is a private collection of Thyssen Bornemisza family which they collected for more than two generations.  The most important art representatives and movements from the period between the 18th and the 20th century are shown in its interior. Some of the most famous are the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee o Kandinsky and many others.

 

Art in Madrid beyond the Golden Triangle of art

Although this part of the city is the most popular among the travelers and the Golden Triangle certainly gets the most attention in the travel guides, there are many other galleries and house museums to explore in Madrid. Some of them are:

  • Cervantes House Museum – The childhood home of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is now a house museum dedicated to this  Spanish writer. It recreates the customs, traditions, and everyday life in the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum dedicated to the author of Don Quixote also houses an important bibliographic collection with editions of Cervantes’ work from different periods and in different languages. There is also a consolidated programme of activities such as workshops for children and teenagers, conferences, plays, and musical shows.
  • Navy Museum – a museum of the Ministry of Defense where you can see objects from the war and find out more about the military history of Spain.
  • The National Archaeological Museum of Madrid is the place where you can see archaeological findings from Prehistory to the 19th century, especially from the Iberian Peninsula, distributed over three floors.

 

Flamenco, opera, jazz…? The choice is yours!

The variety of music that you can listen to in Madrid makes this city a very interesting and popular place for people all around the world. Read more about the exciting history of some music movements and different concerts and music events Madrid has to offer. After that, the choice is yours!

The chotis – typical music from Madrid

The curious fact about this type of music is that its origin is – Scottish! It was named after the German Schottisch. The chotis was popular during the 19th century in the working-class barrios of Lavapiés and La Latina. The chotis was danced for the first time in 1850 at the Royal Palace. This dance was so successful and became so fashionable in the capital that the citizens of Madrid decided to make it their own. Of course, they added some authentic and popular air, giving rise to the chotis as we know it today.

Jazz music

A type of music you can hear almost everywhere in Madrid – both in bars and clubs. Besides listening to the music in the background everywhere you go, you can also watch the legendary and amateur performers of jazz. Even if you are not a big fan of jazz, you will definitely fall in love with this music once you hear it in Madrid. The best place to explore the jazz scene is the street Las Huertas, where you can find some of the most popular bars in Madrid and listen to both jazz and blues. As the street is full of people day and night, it is absolutely sure that you will enjoy it!

Opera Music in Madrid

The most representative type of opera, unique to Spain is zarzuela. It origins from the 17th century and comprises of musical acts dealing with social realities of that time.  It is full of costumes, The best place to visit and experience the zarzuela is Teatro de la Zarzuela. Some of the most popular Spanish operettas were performed here.  It is now owned by the Ministry of culture, and throughout the history, many events were organized here since its inauguration in 1856. Another respectful and important opera house is The Teatro Real. It is considered to be the top institution in the country in the music and performing arts field. It is led by the King and Queen of Spain. The most talented stage directors, singers, and conductors from around the world have performed here. The program usually combines contemporary and classical lyrical opus in order to satisfy the taste of different audiences with different interests and ages.

Flamenco Music in Madrid

Flamenco is a form of music and dance typical for Spain. It has roots in Andalusia where it was created in the 17th century. Madrid nowadays is practically a synonym for flamenco. The most popular place where flamenco is presented every day except Sunday is café Chinitas. It is also an inevitable part of some festivals organized in Madrid.  You can also visit the following bars and enjoy this traditional and well-preserved dance and music:

  • Corral de la Morería - Flamenco shows begin in 1956 and it is the oldest and most reputable flamenco bar in Madrid. It is included in the book “1,000 places you must see before you die”, the bestseller of the New York Times.
  • Casa Patas – Another great place to enjoy flamenco right in the center of Madrid. To attend the show, you buy a ticket which also includes dinner, and the prices start at €60.
  • Torres Bermejas - Here is another bar with a decades-long reputation to attract the best of Spanish flamenco performers.
  • Tablao Cardamomo – If you stay in apartment Madrid, you will be quite near Cardamomo, one of the biggest venues where you can watch flamenco and marvelous performers from all over the country.
  • Café de Chinitas – Another centrally located flamenco bar, this time near Gran Via street. You can watch impressive performances every day except on Sunday and enjoy the food served during the shows.

The main characteristics of flamenco are spontaneous moves, the freedom, and passion. It is a unique blend of the Andalusian music and dance, also influenced by the gypsy ethnic group. Dance, palmas, zapateos, and cante are all the component of flamenco, a dance which has spread all over the world and made something quite distinguishable in the Spanish culture.

Discover modern music in Madrid

If you prefer modern music, visit some of the following popular music festivals in Madrid:

  • Universal Music Festival (July)
  • Noches del Botánico  (June/July)
  • Dcode (September)

Madrid has a lot to offer when it comes to music, art, and culture in general.  Its museums have been rated as best in Europe, the festivals and concerts are attracting more people every year, and the cultural offer is rich and diverse. We can say that it becomes not only the capital of Spain but also a capital of European culture. Its diversity and mix of tradition and cultures stand in favor of this fact.

Sustainable Tourism in the Surroundings of Madrid

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The world around changes as we speak. There are so many things going on around us, somewhat independently, as we hardly ever stop to examine the world around us. Yet, things that happen in such a way influence each other and continuously change the world in which we live.

As the world is starting to appreciate the nature around us and the fact that people are changing the environment with every step, the issue of suitability has been one of the significant aspects to consider in our modern history.

Sustainability includes the use and exploration of the resources which is in harmony with nature. The main principle of sustainability is to keep the balance as intact as possible. The idea is to prevent global development to harm our world and to preserve the natural resources for the generations to come. This idea is so powerful and so meaningful that it has been implemented in many aspects of our lives, so we have technological sustainability, environmental sustainability, etc.

 

Sustainable tourism

The concept of sustainable tourism has become an important part of traveling for both leisure and business. The central premise behind this whole concept is to create this kind of thinking: When you visit a place as a tourist, you must strive to leave a positive impact on that environment.

It is a broad concept that can include many different ways and opportunities for travelers to express this positive attitude and show appreciation towards the environment by making sure they do not disrupt the harmony.

 

How can travelers contribute to sustainable tourism?

Firstly, you have to understand how traveling affects the environment to determine how together we can change things and enjoy traveling while still thinking about the environment.

  • CO2 emission – Over 70% of emission comes from transport, more than 20% comes from accommodation and the rest is from other activities related to other activities that affect the environment.
  • Cultural heritage preservation – Travelers need to be well-informed about the importance of the sites they’re visiting and prevent any behavior that would in any way impact the original look of the landmarks.

Obviously, the biggest issue is the emission of the gases that cause irreparable harm to the environment. This is how sustainable transportation has been brought into the spotlight.

In essence, sustainable tourism is responsible travel when travelers respect the environment they explore and find ways to conserve it by minimizing the impact they have on such an environment.

 

Sustainability in the city center

Most travelers choose to stay in the city center. Some find apartments in Madrid, and some prefer other types of accommodation. Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, there is one great benefit of staying in the center of Madrid.

Popular landmarks are within walking distance. As public transport is causing a significant level of pollution in the cities across the globe, travelers can contribute to reducing the emission by walking instead of taking the bus or taxi. Why would you possibly choose to spend time on a bus, especially when the weather is beautiful outside if you can walk instead? While you walk, you get to see a lot of interesting things along the way. You get to stop and check out the store windows, or just enjoy the sights in front of you.

Since our apartments are in the city center, we always advise our guest to walk to the landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol (which is only 20 meters away from our apartments) and the Plaza Mayor (30 meters away). Even when it comes to longer walks such as 200 meters to the Prado Museum, our guests say that they always prefer walking than taking any other type of transport even though they are available in the city center.

A great way of transportation in big cities such as Madrid is using a bike. Not only is it efficient because you can’t really get stuck in a traffic jam, this solution is also environment-friendly.

 

How to rent a bike in Madrid?

BiciMAD is a city service which provides bike rental service in Madrid. It is a public transport that includes electric bicycles available on 123 stations in the city. This is a perfect way to show how suitability can be an important factor in developing a network of public transport and enabling people to reach the desired location conveniently. If you want to consider this way of exploring Madrid, check out this page with information on the locations of the stations where you can rent a bike, as well as the details about the rates that apply for different types of users.

Even though sustainability is a big issue, Madrid is not particularly a bike-friendly city like some other European capitals. However, what Madrid does have is plenty of locations in the city and in its surroundings which are perfect for riding a bike.

 

Exploring Madrid on a bike

Madrid is such a big city with lots of parks and green areas that you can find a lot of exciting locations to enjoy a bike ride in Madrid. Here are a few suggestions where you can explore Madrid on a bike.

The Retiro Park

The city’s most popular oasis and one of the most significant landmarks is undoubtedly the Retiro Park. We always recommend having a walk or a picnic in this park as one of the things you must do in Madrid, but riding a bike around the park is also an exciting activity. In fact, you are unlikely to explore the entire park solely on foot, so renting a bike is a perfect way to go.

Madrid Rio

This is a bicycle network that includes an extensive cycling path along the river. It is a perfect way to spend a day outdoors with your friends or family and yet have a positive influence on the environment. These cycling paths are also connected with other trails that take you further from the city center enabling you to explore the surroundings of Madrid in the same way.

Casa de Campo

The area is a large park with lots of interesting outdoor activities, a swimming pool, sports courts, amusement parks, etc. One of those fun activities is cycling. You can rent a bike and start your adventure around the park as you enjoy the nature and plenty of fresh air.

Parque del Oeste

Even though the main feature of this park is its astonishing rose garden, you can still enjoy the park on your bike. There park is situated on a slope with lots of narrow winding paths, and most of them are actually in the shade. This means that you won’t mind spending a hot sunny day riding your bike around the Parque del Oeste.

 

Surroundings of Madrid

Having in mind that transportation damages the environment, one of the most obvious activities for sustainable tourism is riding bikes.

If you are more into sports and if you are up for a more exciting ride around Madrid, you will love the experience of mountain biking. Exploring the surroundings of Madrid, you will get to find so many paths that are designed for those seeking a thrilling adventure and new goals to conquer.

  • Ride across Sierra de Guadarrama

Track MTB organizes a ride across Sierra de Guadarrama where you can explore the surroundings of Madrid in the area which is near the town of Segovia. A perfect activity for those who are looking to get away from the crowded streets flooded with tourists, especially during the warm days.

  • Exploring countryside around Madrid

Riding a bike is such an amazing experience to enjoy Madrid countryside. Mountain Cranks tour takes you on an exciting journey of exploring the Mediterranean forest and hills that surround Madrid.

 

Walk tours in Madrid

Walk tours are also an amazing way to avoid using public transport but still manage to explore the city. You can find a lot of walking tours suggestions online. If they are too much of a challenge because you are not used to walking for too long, you can also check out Segway tours. These are becoming more and more popular because they enable travelers to visit more places and explore an extensive area than if they were to walk.

And if you want some idea on what to visit in Madrid, check out this useful guide to help you organize a five-day trip to Madrid: 5 Days in Madrid: What to Visit.

 

Thinking about sustainability and taking responsibility

As a traveler, you need to act responsibly and show respect to the local environment. Just imagine it was your own city and town. The cultural heritage and natural resources that we as inhabitants of this planet have are priceless. This is why you need to adopt sustainability as a way of thinking and attitude you have towards traveling.

Regardless if you are visiting Madrid cultural heritage sites or nearby towns such as Segovia, travelers should behave in accordance with these principles of sustainability.

 

These are only some of the signs of expressing the importance of sustainability and developing Madrid’s tourism in a way that it supports suitability. In fact, the UN has declared the previous year the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. This only proves how the whole concept is vital for the travel industry and how we as accommodation providers in Madrid need to promote this concept and encourage travelers to think about the environment and sustainable development.