Programme of Accessible Guided Visits

Madrid is full of guided visits and tours around the city as a way of making its history known for tourists. However, one of the doubts which generally arises is if disabled people can participate in these visits. The answer is yes, and not only that: Madrid designed a special programme for differently abled people.

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The programme of guided visits for people with different abilities and their attendants will be carried out between July and September of 2019. Within the programme, four different options are included, which are centered on the most important subjects of the historical center of Madrid, like for example Barrio de las Letras in the tour Miguel de Cervantes. In addition, a tour is done in homage to women of greater relevance in the history of the city.

This tour provides the company of professional guides during the whole visit, from the beginning to the end, without exception. The programme schedule is from Thrusdays to Sundays, in Spanish and with a maximum of twenty people per group. The duration is of two hours approximately and it is worth mentioning that four of the options are free.

To participate in these visits, it is necessary to sign in in advance. The enrollment can be done in two ways: sending an e-mail or face-to-face in Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor.

El Madrid de Cervantes

The first tour is related to one of the most important writers in the Spanish history. It starts in Plaza Mayor, and then it continues visiting the surrounding streets. Then, you arrive at Barrio de las Letras, where the author of Don Quijote de La Mancha and other great writers of the Golden Century lived and died. During the tour, you will see taverns, churches and other interesting places. The visit is carried out on Sundays at 10 am and it lasts for two hours.

Historical Madrid

This tour starts in Plaza Mayor and finishes in Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. Through this visit, different types of historic buildings of the city are seen like for example traditional shops, palaces, theaters, churches, mesons and nunneries. It is an ideal tour to know the history of the city. You can participate on Thursdays at 6 pm and it lasts for two hours.

Monumental Madrid

This tour revolves around the most remarkable monuments of the city, and it also focuses on how the Bourbons dynasty altered the buildings and streets. From Plaza Mayor to Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, different fonts, palaces and gardens can be observed, in addition to the historical monuments, museums and libraries. The visit is programmed for Fridays at 6 pm.

Outstanding women in the history of Madrid

This visit is specially destined to those women who had an important role in the history of Madrid. Through a tour around the city, there are different representative places where these women lived and spent most of their lives. This visit can be made on Saturdays at 10 am.

For more information, visit this page: https://www.esmadrid.com/visitas-guiadas-por-madrid

Alternative touristic attractions in Madrid

Madrid is an amazing city for tourism. It has beautiful landscapes, historic monuments, and structures which were declared a world heritage site. Options are almost infinite, that is why it is impossible to get bored in Madrid, even if people go more than once. Nonetheless, there are places and sites of great touristic value which go unnoticed, as if they were hidden.

They are alternative tours and visits in the city which have a great cultural and touristic value. Madrid offers a wide range of options for tourists, even for locals who do not know all the secrets of the city.

Temple of Debod

It is an Egyptian temple originated in 2nd century after Christ and it is currently found in Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña, an area which is close to Plaza de España. This monument was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government to avoid its flooding during the building of the Asuán dam.

Temple of Debod

The building of the temple was carried out by Adikalamani king, which ended up being a chapel dedicated to the Amón and Isis gods. A few years later, kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty built new stays next to the original building. Finally, when Egypt was incorporated to the Roman Empire, the emperors Augustus and Tiberius finished building and decorating the temple.

When Nubia converted to Christianism, in the 6th century, the temple was abandoned. When the dam was built during the 20th century, the Egyptians decided to give the building to Madrid. In order to do so, it was carried stone by stone and reconstructed in the same way. It was finished in 1972, the year which it was opened to the public. Inside it, many audiovisual materials are displayed, together with videos and models, to show the details of its decorations and meaning.

Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

This historical place was built in honor to San Antonio de Padua, by order of Carlos IV. It was built by Francisco de Fontana and it has a central space with a big dome which is illuminated with a lantern. However, this monument achieved greater importance because of the historical ensemble made by Goya in the 18th century.

In 1905, the building was declared a National Monument while in 1928, it was decided to build an identical temple by its side to preserve the original as Museo de Goya. It has always been a priority to preserve this place. Precisely, the original temple serves to keep the painter’s remains since 1919.

Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna

This green space belongs to the artistic-natural heritage of the city. It is located in Alameda de Osuna and it is highlighted for its beauty and for being little known. It was created in 1784, by María Josefa de la Soledad Alonso Pimentel duchess. The most prestigious gardeners of the period worked there and it was visited by well-known figures.  However, with the death of the duchess, the park began to decline until it was almost forgotten. In 1974, the Council of Madrid bought this green space and started its restoration which was finished in 1999. The park recovered its beauty and has a high level of botany, sculpture and art. Inside it, pavilions and chapels can be found as well as fonts, plazas and the dukes’ palaces.

The garden has three different styles: firstly, the French garden, which extends from the west of the garden. Secondly, the Italian garden, located in the lowest and oldest part of the place. Finally, the English landscape, which extends along the park.

 El Ángel Caído

Madrid City can claim that it is the only one which has a monument to the devil. More precisely, it is about a statue which represents the moment in which the fallen angel was expelled from Eden.

The font is found in Parque de El Retiro, and it was acquired by the Council of Madrid, which ordered a pedestal design from the architect Francisco Jareño. The original work is from Ricardo Bellver. The font was inaugurated in 1885 and it is located 666 meters above the sea level.

Búnkeres de la Guerra Civil

Parque del Oeste has a surface close to 100 hectares. In one of its zones, more precisely in an area located between Seneca Avenue and Paseo de Ruperto Chapí, elements of the dark past of Spain are found. There, three bunkers for machine guns used during the Civil War can be found. During those times, twenty bunkers were built, but only three remain.

Panteón de Hombres Ilustres

In the cloister of Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Atocha, Panteón de Hombres Ilustres is found, a place where politicians and personalities of the 19th century remain buried.

The historic architecture and the funerary sculpture, two of the most present elements at the end of the 19th century, are found in this building. Renowned sculptors were in charge of building the graves for those important figures of the Spanish political and military history. Some of the most distinguished names which rest inside this place are: Palafox, Canalejas, Ríos Rosas and Cánovas, among others.

Botín

The oldest restaurant in Madrid, it is located in Cuchilleros street in the heart of Madrid. This place was founded in 1725 by a French cook called Jean Botín, together with his wife of Asturian origin. It is recognized as the oldest restaurant in the world in the Guiness World records.

Currently, this restaurant is administered by the fourth generation of the González family who are the successors of the founding family. The environment of the original inn is kept up until today since it is reflected in its wood-fire oven which was used at the moment it was founded, almost 200 years ago. The restaurant is an enormous place; it covers the four floors of the building.

Unusual libraries in Madrid

After a long and noisy day in the city, finding and visiting a library is an experience that every visitor should have. The calm and relaxing atmosphere of a library cannot be compared to anything. Luckily, in Madrid, there is a great variety of them.

In libraries, people cannot only enjoy reading but also other activities like cafeteria, wine tasting, reading club, art exhibition, among others. Even though technology keeps on advancing and is part of daily life, reading from books is still one of the richest and most relaxing activities. Let’s take a look at the most peculiar libraries you can find in Madrid.

Main libraries

In the huge variety of available libraries, there are four which are the most outstanding and popular:

  • “Tipos infames”: is located in San Joaquín, 3. It is characterized by its mixture of books and wines. Every day, it has an assembled audience either for a book’s presentation or for a wine tasting, cultural exhibition, workshop, etc. It specializes in independent literary narrative which turned this library in one of the biggest literary meeting places of the city.
  • “La Central”: this library is located in Postigo de San Martin, 8. Its most distinguishing characteristic is connected to its building: it is a beautiful house-palace of three floors which contains a cafeteria and restaurant called “El Bistró”. Its wooden stairs and decorated yard give this mansion an old library distinctive touch. Its philosophy is to keep reading as a means of attaining essential culture. It also has local and international bibliography. Finally, it includes an event schedule and courses destined to encourage reading.
  • “Arrebato Libros”: is a traditional library with a strong focus on buying and selling books. It is located in La Palma, 21. It has literary latest updates and headings of its own publishing house. It is inclined towards poetry and it organizes the festival called “POETAS” which will be carried out on October 12.
  • “Cervantes y Compañía”: is a nice library, in Pez, 27, Metro Noviciado. It has a wide variety of books and it has a peculiar characteristic: its basement is designed in such a way that it can host literary birthdays, writers’ presentations, courses, and workshops. It is a cultural place within the same library but it cannot be seen from the outside. It has a kind of “hidden function” only known for those who come inside the library.

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 Libraries for children

The great number of libraries in Madrid enables the possibility of a variety of options in the sense that each person can find one which matches his/her own interests. For those parents with children who want to share a cultural moment in family, there are four libraries. First, “Tres Rosas Amarillas” is full of “pop up” and foldout books, Chinese shadows, and cardboard theaters. It is meant mainly for little children. Secondly, “Ciento volando” specializes in children and young people since it has storytellers and workshops specially designed for this audience on the ground floor. While children enjoy reading, adults can have a coffee on the upper floor and they can also enjoy a book; all kinds of publics are welcome. Third, “La Mar de Letras” is an entertaining space designed to encourage children’s creativity with storytellers and workshops. Finally, “El Dragón Lector” is a passionate library with children’s literature, activities like songs, storytelling, and poetry in both, Spanish and English. A characteristic which distinguishes it from other libraries is that writers and illustrators are given a prize which is called “Premio Editorial”, “Dragón Ilustrado” and “Pequeño Dragón”.

Social libraries

Nowadays, social movements are very important and affect every aspect of society. That is why it isn’t strange that there are libraries with a strong social presence focused on a particular social issue. Within this category, the most popular are:

  • “Librería de Mujeres: located in San Cristóbal, 17. As its name suggests, it is a place dedicated especially to spread women’s literature together with its feminist reasoning and ideology. In addition, conferences are also organized with feminist activists and thinkers, theater, workshops, poetry recitations, among others. Crafts made by women can be bought.
  • “Traficantes de Sueños”: is located in Duque de Alba, 13. Besides working as a library, is a space for screening, presentations and different workshops related to social movements. It specializes in the essay and politico-cultural narrative.
  • Tuuulibrería: is about a library which focuses on solidarity and it works under the motto “Tu decides el valor de los libros” (You decide on the book’s prize). It was created with the idea of preventing book’s destruction and encouraging reading in the lower sectors of society which not always have access to first hand books. This library encourages all people to donate books they don’t read anymore.

Language libraries

Madrid is a city which receives people from all over the world. For that reason, it has libraries which have texts in different languages. “Pasajes” is an international library of great reputation. In the year 2016, it was awarded by Financial Times and Sello de Calidad de Librerías as one of the best 5 multilingual libraries of the world. It has more than 70.000 books which are ideal for those who love languages. “Desperate Literature” is a trilingual library which mixes Anglo-Saxon, Francophone, and Latin American literature. Its owners also have libraries in Santorini and Brooklyn. This place proposes an intercultural exchange: texts are published in a bilingual magazine and events and literary awards are celebrated.

Definitely, the literary offer in Madrid is very extensive. For book fans or visitors who want to relax after a day of tourism, literature is available along the city.

Madrid: a city with world-class sports

Madrid is a city in which sports are present at all times. It has a great variety of disciplines and first class tournaments are held there. This makes the city even more attractive for sports fans and tourists in general. Great sportsmen get together every year at Madrid to take part in prestigious sport competitions. Let’s see some of them.

 

Football

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, and the city of Madrid is lucky to have two of the best teams of the whole planet: the Real Madrid and the Atlético Madrid. This does not happen very often, so it is nice to go visit the city to get to know both teams.

The Real Madrid is one the most famous ones in the whole world. It has won more matches than anyone else in history, and without doubt it is one of the most popular ones. They are Stadium is the place in which the play most of their matches, and it’s called Santiago Bernabeu. Such a stadium was opened in 1947 and today has capacity for 81.044 fans. In addition, it has 245 VIP seats and four restaurants inside of it (La Esquina, Puerta 57, Real Café Bernabéu y Zen Market). If you happen to be at the city at the same time that Real Madrid’s match is taking place during the Spanish league or the UEFa Champions League, you should enjoy this world-class spectacle which any football fan should see.

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In case you cannot attend a match, then you might want to experience the Bernabéu tour. It is a visit guided by professionals which takes visitors so that they can get to know every part of this wonderful stadium. Some of these sections are the presidential box, from where the authorities sit down to watch the match, the football pitch, the seat in which the trainer sits and even the changing room in which the players prepare for the event.  To finish with this, people can enter the Club’s museum, in which they will be able to appreciate every trophy they have ever won, and thousands of other objects such as t-shirts, balls, pictures and other important documents. In addition, there are interactive screens with audiovisual content such as the room that features the Best Club in history and another one called “Sensaciones Real Madrid”. By visiting these places you will truly get to know the history of the team.

As regards the team Atlético Matrid, we all know it is the eternal rival of Real Madrid. In the last few years, the former has taken their play to the next level. Today, they are quite known as quality players. Together with that came some structural changes. For example, they left their traditional stadium, Vicente Calderón, and moved to another one: Wanda Metropolitano. This one is quite new in comparison, and is very comfortable and safe. It is a very 21st century stadium. 67,000 people fit in there. Thanks to the technology “Phillips Arena Experience”, it is capable of delivering a nice spectacle. It has more than 330 projectors that give more than 16 million colors. That is why this stadium is used to host big sport events and even musical concerts. Indeed, this 2019 it will host the final match of the UEFA Champions League, the most important tournament in the continent.

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This team usually takes places in three tournaments every year: the Spanish league, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. That is why fans will surely have the chance to see those matches live. In turn, there is also the possibility of going on a guide tour along the stadium. The Wanda Metropolitano Tour takes their visitors to meet different zones, like the locker rooms, the pressroom, and the mixed zone. They are also allowed to go to the pitch using the same tunnel that the players use. Lastly, they can visit the club’s museum, where they can see all the trophies, titles and many valuable objects that they own, like historical t-shirts.

 

Tenis

Not everything is about football in Madrid. The city also hosts one of the most important tennis tournaments as well: The Mutua Madrid Open, that is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, together with other 8 world-class competitions. This one has been taking place since the year 2002 in the Caja Mágica, a place built by the French architect Dominique Perrault. The best female and male tennis players get together every May at the city to play this tournament, which is very useful for other slike Roland Gaarros, the most important one of the year. Another opportunity to enjoy great tennis and see top-notch players in action.

Another of the most prestigious tournaments will also take place in Madrid this year. The International  Tennis Federation (ITF) chose it as the host of the new phase of the Davis Cup, both in 2019 and in 2020. This competition has 118 years of history, and it is played in teams. It will take place in November, and 18 of the best teams in the world will be present. They will be divided up in 6 groups of 3 teams each. Every tennis fan will be paying attention to this great sporting event!

 

Basketball

Basketball is also very important in the city of Madrid. Some of the teams that take part in the same category of the ACB are Real Madrid, Estudiantes y Fuenlabrada. In addition, Real Madrid also plays in the Euro liga, an European competition in which the most reputable teams play. The local matches are played in the modern stadium WiZinkCenter. This is a place wholly dedicated to sports and shows, and it’s also very modern in terms of technological advances. This year, it will host the Supercopa Endesa, a trophy that 4 teams will try to win: the champions of the ACB League, the ones of the Copa del Rey, the local team and the one that classifies the best in European competitions.

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.