Hidden Markets in the City

Shopping is one of the favourite activities chosen by tourists when visiting a city. Walking and visiting several important places and buying new things are essential for visitors. Therefore, it is very important that a touristic city can count on different interesting and attractive areas available for all kinds of public.

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In that sense, Madrid is a great city for a shopping day. However, it is not necessary to keep only traditional stores or large shopping malls in mind. Throughout the city, there are several markets, some well-known and others perhaps more hidden, that keep their secrets and offer unique experiences. Some of the most important markets located in Madrid will be described and highlighted below.

 

Design Market

It is the ideal place for fashionistas. It was created in 2013, and it has had great success since then, bringing together all the members in the realm of fashion and design. It is organized by the Design Central unit and it is located mainly in Matadero Madrid, although it may change the location on occasions. It takes place on the first weekend of the month, and the next edition is expected in March. Tickets are two euros, while children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

 

As expected, in this market there are important emerging and veteran designers, who offer their products to distributors, professionals and the public in general. One of the main ideas is to promote potential entrepreneurship on sustainable fashion, together with the generation of awareness of responsible consumption.

Unique pieces of decoration, jewellery and fashion can be found on more than 150 stands from different designers. Since its first edition, this market has hosted thousands of visitors. In addition to fashion, many other options such as: concerts, a varied gastronomic offer and other recreational activities can be found.

 

Salesas Village Festival

In Plaza de las Salesas, in the neighbourhood that bears the same name, this event takes place: it is one of the most important street markets in Madrid. The main business industries and establishments in the neighbourhood go out to show and promote their products to all visitors. The next edition will take place in February.

Promoted by ACOTEX merchants association, this festival is part of the “Madrid Capital de Moda” initiative. Campoamor and Santa Teresa streets are transformed during the 9 hours it lasts, with a large diversity of activities and experiences throughout its more than 40 stands, which include: fashion, jewellery and beauty, decoration and art, gastronomy, leisure and recreation.

 

Motor Market

In the old train station, today the Railway Museum, located in Paseo de las Delicias 61, an interesting market is held. Every second weekend of each month it opens its doors with free admission to all audiences.

In this place you can find a variety of products, which are offered by professional and also private sellers. Some of the objects that can be found include different kinds of furniture with creative or retro-style designs, vinyl discs, original bicycles, second-hand fashion items, among others.

After a long shopping day, people can sit, rest and enjoy a snack at the different food, beverage and coffee shops. It is an ideal place for the family, since it has recreational activities for children, and even a nursery for pets.

 

Frogs Market

In Barrio de las Letras, there is a market created by the Association of Merchants, which organizes events with different themes, focused on the cultural, commercial and artistic variety of the neighbourhood and designed for audiences of all ages.

The market operates on the first Saturday of each month throughout the year. Admission is free for all visitors. All commercial establishments become part of it, and they seek to offer and highlight the commercial, cultural, gastronomic and cultural characteristics of the neighbourhood. Additionally, hotels join in, by providing special offers, discounts and distinctive menus to visitors.

The event is named after Cantarranas Street, which runs along the entire Las Letras neighbourhood. The Merchants Association initiative to encourage people to visit the area and help the local business is a success. More than 260 establishments take part in the market, along with the support of the hotel sector and the collaboration of Madrid Town Hall.

 

GastroCat Market

Nowadays, this is one of the most successful and biggest markets in Madrid. It focuses on the world of fashion, and takes place during a weekend per month. The calendar for the first part of 2020 is already set; the next date will take place from March 12th to 15th, repeating in April, May and June.

The venue for the event is the Westin Palace, located in Plaza Cortes, 7, which corresponds to Paseo del Arte touristic area. Admission is free. This market is characterized by its elegance; it has more than 60 stands, which offer unique pieces and products from different areas, such as fashion, cosmetics, accessories, jewellery, crafts, decoration, gourmet, children’s fashion and items for collectors.

Each edition is a unique experience, since the objects and products offered on the stands vary entirely in the following editions of this “pop up” market. In addition to the stands, the place has a gastronomic area, run by the Westin Palace Hotel. It’s called the GastroCat  -GastroGato-, and people can relax after shopping, while enjoying a quick meal and a drink. Additionally, they can buy some exclusive products in this area.

Gastronomic events in Madrid

One of the most important factors in a touristic city is its gastronomy. Having a strong gastronomic presence and variety serve to capture tourists’ attention. We are not only talking about the city’s food or restaurants but also about different gastronomic events.

In Madrid city, different gastronomic events are organized and available for the locals as well as for visitors. We are going to describe the most important ones.

Farmers market

The market Madrid Productores is located in Plaza Matadero de Madrid, during the last weekend of every month. There, about 90 artisan producers related to the gastronomy of Madrid Community are gathered. The products have a relation producer-consumer and they are also of high quality, handcrafted and ecological.

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Within the different types of food which can be found in this place, the best vegetables, cheese varieties, meet from “Sierra”, olives, honey, virgin olive oil, sourdough artisan bread, wine, vermouth, craft beer and many others stand out.

In this place, apart from finding goods, there are shows, talks, tastings of products and many other gastronomic activities. In addition, there is an area in which people can enjoy the products they buy, with tables and chairs.

Apart from being an attractive touristic point, the market contributes to the development of rural areas, helps small producers with the selling and promotion of their goods and brings awareness about the consumption of healthy food with the environment.

Madrid Exquisito

This gastronomic event suggests top level menus at reasonable prices for all kinds of public. The brand Freixenet is in charge of this event and there are many restaurants which are incorporated each year. People can try delicious dishes in emblematic buildings of Madrid like in a terrace in front of Palacio Real, in a tabern or in a table of a trendy pub in the city centre. The next edition will take place in April 2020.

Each of these gastronomic dates offers the chance of enjoying a luxurious sample with different seasonal goods. The prices range from 25 to 45 euros. Besides, 1 euro from each menu is destined to charity, more precisely to charity canteens which are managed by Mensajeros de la Paz, an ONG of Madrid.

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Another farmers market is carried out in the intersection of Planetario Avenue and Meneses, together with Parque Tierno Galván, near IMAX. Here, the focus is on green food products of a nearby regions. The market is available once a month.

The slogan of the place is the promotion of responsible, conscious and sustainable consumption. It is composed by 36 small producers who have their working place 120 km away from the capital. There, oils, vegetables, meat, fruit, natural juices, cheese, honey, preserves, eggs, fresh pasta, snacks, among others can be bought. Everything is focused on the ecological and handcrafted production.

Due to the growing demand of consumers to get food directly with the producers, Dirección General de Comercio y Emprendimiento del Área de Equidad, Derechos Sociales y Empleo promoted the creation of this space. It serves to boost the economy of these small producers, the handcrafted and sustainable consumption of food and the care of the natural environment.

MadrEAT

This food market is characterized for being outdoors and having more than 20 stands. It offers different products and tastes of high quality, ideal to satisfy any need because they cover the Spanish gastronomy as well as the gastronomy of other parts of the world.

This street market has more than 20 proposals in which craft beer, selected wins to drink in cups, coffee from different parts of the world, fusion cuisine, international menus, hamburgers, crepes, Galician pies, artisanal goat cheese, cookies and many others can be enjoyed. Each person’s palate will be satisfied.

This place has the participation of many well-known chefs like Estanis Carenzo, Iván Domínguez, Luis Arévalo and Mario Sandoval. The MadrEAT takes place the third weekend of each month.

Cortezo Yatai Market

Decorated as if it were an Asian Street market, this gastronomic space is in Atocha Street. The decoration and smells of this place serve to illustrate cities like Tokio or Hong Kong.

Here, Asian street food can be enjoyed in its yatals, the name street food stands receive. Along both bars, sushi, beam, Vietnamese snacks, poke bowls and many other food items of the east, south and southeast of Asia can be tried and enjoyed. There also are two stands of traditional Asian fusion cuisine.

The place is open during the whole week from 12pm to 1 am. The average price is between 10 and 12 euros which covers one consumption.

Calle Gourmet

The first gastronomic market of street food covered by a roof is found in the mall La Ermita. It works during weekends and it has a high quality offer.

The place has 500 square metres and it is located in the mall’s hall. It is formed by a drinks bar in the middle and 12 varied gastronomic stands. All of the menus are prepared at the moment and they include: ceviches, crepes, perritos and snacks, sushi, Chilean pies, stuffed potatoes, barbecue ribs, Brasilian and Venezuelan food and many others. Also, there is a great variety of desserts and pastries. This offer can be complemented with the tasting of cocktails, crafted beverages, different coffee options and even gourmet popcorn.

The place is open from Friday to Sunday during all the month from 12 to 00 during Friday and Sarturday while on Sunday, people can visit it from 12 to 6.

Shopping malls in Madrid

One of the most visited places in Madrid is shopping malls. These big buildings are very attractive for tourists not only because of their architectonic structure and visual beauty but also because of the different activities that can be done. The strong point of these malls is shopping in a wide variety of shops and spending a great afternoon. Besides, there is also a food court to rest and enjoy food.

Luckily for visitors, there are different shopping malls in Madrid to visit and meet. Next, the most outstanding ones are presented.

ABC Serrano

The first one is ABC Serrano, which receives its name because it is installed in what used to be an old headquarters of the ABC newspaper, with the neo plateresco style of the 19th century. Its address is 6128006 Serrano Street and it is the reference of the commercial hub between Serrano and Ortega y Gasset Streets.

The interior design is mainly avant-garde and it combines with the architecture of the outside of the building. In total, infrastructure makes 14.000 square metres surface and focuses on obtaining natural light through its innovative skylight. In the interior, there are more than 50 shops of high level. On one side, the fashion stores which can be found have the most exclusive and high quality brands, with the last tendencies available. On the other side, there are gastronomy shops, with different offers to satisfy all kinds of public. Lastly, it has a beautiful terrace to sit and rest.

The shopping mall is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 21 pm.

Príncipe Rio Shopping Mall

The Príncipe Río shopping mall is located in the city centre and it is based in a historic building of great interest. It is about the Del Corte Train Station whose construction dates back the 19th century. This shopping centre is directed to fashion and leisure as their main offers.

The location of the place, near Plaza de España, Palacio Real and Madrid Rio gives it a great advantage to attract tourists through easy access. From any side of the city, they can go to the place, either by the underground, bus or car.

Here, people can spend their shopping day in the different first brand stores. As regards leisure, there are different restoration services and the possibility of enjoying a good film in 3D cinemas.

The address of the place is 6128006 Serrano Street and it is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 22 pm, while on Sundays and holidays it is open from 11 am to 22 pm.

Moda Shopping Mall

This shopping centre is located in Paseo de la Castellana, next to Santiago Bernabéu stadium (Real Madrid house). It has more than a hundred stores for shopping a great variety of big products.

As a distinctive characteristic, this place has a library of 300 square metres, ideal for reading and literatures lovers. As regards gastronomy, there are six food options which give the possibility of an outdoor terrace. In addition, this shopping mall has an area prepared for culture: congresses, seminars and other types of similar events can be organized.

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The direction of the place is 6128006 Serrano Street and its opening hour is from 7 am to 1 am during the week and during weekends from 10 am to 1 am. However, the schedule of the stores is reduced: from 10 to 21.

La Vaguada

This shopping mall has the right to be called the first shopping centre in Madrid. It opened in 1983 in Pilar neighbourhood. Its building was in charge of Cesar Manrique –painter, sculptor and architect, who designed all the building.

Currently, it became one of the most important meeting points for Madrid citizens and for tourists. Its comercial offer as well as its leisure activities are very wide. For example, here many different things can be found: Fashion stores for women, men and children; food, pet, beauty cosmetics stores. There are also photography, mobile phones and gastronomy stores and restaurants, cinemas, among others.

Within the services which can be enjoyed, there are free phone calls to taxis, free renting of baby carriages and wheelchairs, free WIFI zones and a sector for lost objects.

What is more, there are contests and prizes for clients and visitors and a charity area for ONG (non-governmental organizations) which are dedicated to social work and committed to environmental care. Green areas promote activities like the collection of batteries, used mobile phones and smoke free zone for example.

Plaza Rio 2

This shopping centre is one of the most recent ones and it is located in Madrid Rio, opposite Matadero Madrid. It has more than 160 stores of local and international origin, together with different gastronomic and leisure offerings. When visited, it is highly recommendable to go to its terrace, from where different panoramic views can be enjoyed from the city and the river.

This building has more than 40.000 square metres distributed in 4 floors. The first 3 are exclusively dedicated to shopping stores. These include the most remarkable brands and the last tendencies in women, men and children; beauty, home, culture and food stores.

On the fourth floor, called “Mirador de Plaza Rio 2” all the gastronomic offerings can be found in the outdoors terrace and the best beautiful sights of the river and the city can be appreciated. This floor has 3000 square metres.

The extravagant night of Madrid

Madrid is one of the most complete tourist cities with options for different kinds of public which satisfy all types of needs both during the day and at night. Precisely in the evening, the city offers the typical outings to well-known restaurants and conventional discos. However, there is also a hidden side which has varied attractions in which the kitsch style prevails. It is important to know how to find them.

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The kitsch style works under the motto “more is more”, that is to say, the opposite to minimalism. There is a predominance of colors and shapes with many outstanding elements. It is an extravagant style which includes bubble gum pink, apple green, red and sky blue as standards. But not everything has to do with aesthetics; kitsch is also connected with ways of enjoying without prejudice and inhibitions. It just seeks absolute fun with the company of other people.

Uñas Chung Lee

One of the trendiest discos of the best possible level in Madrid is Uñas Chung Lee. This place is located in 38 Hilarión Eslava Street in Moncloa zone. Here, everything is enhanced with the Asian continent and its customers enjoy a crazy night transporting themselves to an Eastern country. Among its offers, there is a nail spa with fluorescent make up and a manicure service, shows inspired by the Eastern culture, a Korean karaoke and the Manicure Experience. These are just some of its attractions. Once inside, there are more surprises. The origin of the name comes from the artist Chung Lee whose characteristic phrase is “The best nails are painted at 3 AM.”

Destellos

Destellos is the name of one of the kitschiest pubs which can be found in Madrid. It is in 99 Galileo Street. The decoration exemplifies this style perfectly well: it is very heterogeneous with still life paintings which mix all kinds of elements like lemons, oranges and theatrical masks. In the middle of the dance floor, there is a golden horse. In this place, pop music sounds with the best Spanish hits. People can enjoy beer and try delicious tapas like vinegar anchovies, tuna with peppers or sweets and conguitos. Here, it is very common to come across many artists because Sala Galileo is very close to this disco. After introducing themselves, they tend to relax and drink something.

Medias Puri

In number 1 of the Tirso de Molina square, a clandestine shop can be found with a capacity for a thousand people. It is called Medias Puri and it is gaining popularity increasingly in Madrid’s night. It has three dance floors. The first one is Sala Central which offers live performances and local dj’s presentations. The second is known as Sala Negra with exclusive music of the 1980s. Finally, Apotheka  dance floor which is a mistery and it can only be known by visiting people.

Medias Puri is open on Fridays, Saturdays and on the eve of the end of the year’s celebrations. As regards dancing, there are salsa, techno music, rock indie, among others. Chevi Muraday, who obtained the Dance National Prize in 2006, is in charge of the dance show. Felype de Lima, winner of the Max Prize in 2015 for the best costume design, deals with the clothing.

Medias Puri has two curiosities: the first one is that in it, people can buy socks of all kinds of colors. The second is that the promotion of the place is carried out by Lets Go, the same producer of the shows managed by Uñas Chung Lee.

Mauna Loa

This is a historic place in the night of Madrid, and it is more than 45 years old. Many generations have gone to this place. Its main attraction is its Hawaiian volcanos. As its name suggests, it is about cocktails with the Hawaiian style which are served on volcanos that emit smoke and can be shared among many people. Also, they offer other drinks and food of the same style. Pineapple and coconut prevail in Mauna Loa. To meet this place of three floors with a tropical environment, you have to go to Santa Ana’s Square number 13.

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.

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.

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.

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Wine Tourism in Madrid

Wine tourism is becoming more and more important as a branch of tourism. Countries such as Spain, which rely a great part of their economy on tourism, are particularly interested in exploring how this can contribute to their further development. It leaves a way to promote other landmarks and culture in general.

Wine tourism has become an innovative way to provide a unique travel experience. It is the way to present the cuisine and culture of one country to the travels whose great passion is wine. Exploring this area of tourism offers many opportunities for local manufacturers and entrepreneurs to discover ways to build their brand and reach global travelers who stay in Madrid.

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For starters, it is worth mentioning the three types of wine tourists and what is common for their travel experience:

The Wine Geeks: Want to know everything. Wine is the sole purpose.

The Gastro-Tourist: Food and wine is an important element.

The Passing-By Casual (Wine) Tourist: “We’re in a wine region so let’s visit a winery.”

Source: Forbes

 

Take a look at these groups. Can you identify with one of them? What is the most important part of wine tourism for you? Is it all about the wine, or do you want to explore food as well?

Answering these questions will help you create a personalized wine tourism experience for you. It will give you a chance to plan your visit accordingly and choose the best way to experience Madrid.

 

Wine cellars and bars

One of the common ways to start with wine tourism is to explore local wine cellars and bars. The great thing about this experience is that with wine, you get to taste traditional Spanish dishes. If you are not up for a full course meal, traditional Spanish tapas would be a great choice. They are usually served with wine and provide a mixture of ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine.

  • García de la Navarra

This wine cellar (also a restaurant) offers the best selection of local wines. It is also a very nice place to eat, with delicious dishes and tapas to accompany wine drinking and create a perfect atmosphere.

Location: Montalbán, 3

 

  • La Chula de Chamberí

A trendy bar with high tables and areas for groups of friends is a very pleasant bar, in a sort of a tavern style. Besides wine, cooked dishes are available for all of those gastro-tourists who love to combine good wine with food.

Location: Fernando el Santo, 11

 

  • Taberna Arzábal

A traditional Spanish tavern with an amazing selection of tapas and wines is a perfect choice for a nice evening out in Madrid.

Location: Doctor Castelo, 2

 

  • Vinícola Mentridana

A budget-friendly option for all of the gastro enthusiast is Vinícola Mentridana. This interesting bar has a bohemian vibe to it with a fantastic wine list to offer.

Location: San Eugenio, 9

 

Wine shops in Madrid

Regardless if you are interested in buying a bottle of wine to bring to a friend’s dinner or you want to look for extraordinary wines to complete your collection, the best selection you can find in Madrid is in the wine shops. Here are a couple of places to explore:

  • Lavinia

Located in the Salamanca district, this place has a certain modern glow to it. It is a modern-looking shop, situated in the exclusive part of the city, alongside stores such as Channel, Louis Vuitton, and others. However, this store is more than a regular wine shop. It is an ideal hub for all the wine lovers. Wine shop downstairs with a top restaurant and wine-related events, it has become a place you must visit as a part of wine tourism experience.

Location: Calle de José Ortega y Gasset 16

 

  • Bodega Santa Cecilia

The best way to describe this one is to say that this is a wine supermarket. The complete design of the shop resembles a supermarket. It even has a supermarket checkout counter. Beautiful wine bottles arranged immaculately in the aisles, alongside wine gifts and books. The shop even has a carefully selected offer of traditional Spanish foods. Since food goes well with wine, you can basically purchase everything you will need to host a small dinner party for you and your friends. With Spanish wine of course. The shop also has a bar where they serve tapas with wine, so visiting a wine shop can soon turn out to be a wine tasting event.

Location: Blasco de Garay 74

 

  • Carlota Wine Shop

This one is a bit smaller shop than the previous two, but still offers a nice selection of different wines. The interior is quite stylish and homy. It is a family-run business so you can expect a knowledgeable shop owner to chat with you and tell you more about different wines. There is a private wine tasting available which is a perfect choice if you want a more personalized experience.

Location: Calle Libertad, 26

 

  • Enoteca Barolo

This shop offers a great assortment of wines mainly from Spain, but from other countries as well. It even has an online store to check out the product selection in advance. You can sort the selection by price and by wine type (red, white, pink, sparkling) as you explore their offer online. Still, visiting the actual shop is an amazing experience altogether. As you would expect, wine tasting is available, as well as other interesting wine-related activities.

Location: Calle Principe de Vergara, 211

 

  • Más Que Cervezas

Opened every day of the year from 11 am until 10 pm, this wine shop offers an impressive selection of wines and beer, as well as cocktail appliances.

Location: Calle del León, 32

 

  • Vinopremier

Extensive wine offer as well as gourmand menu make this vine shop an excellent choice for all the travelers who visit Madrid. Wine tasting is also available. Their store also has accessories section where you can find a lot of different things related to wine, such as glasses, sets, gift boxes, etc.

Location: Calle Valverde, 29

 

Vineyards of Madrid

Up to this point, the wine tourism in Madrid has been an experience that has taken you around the city area, mostly the city center. This is very convenient if you are staying in an apartment in the center of Madrid. It means that you can quickly reach your destination of choice, commonly on foot. Sometimes you can use public transport if you notice that there is a quick and easy way to get there.

However, exploring vineyards of Madrid is a completely different kind of experience. It will take you on a trip an hour or two from Madrid, but it can also turn into a real adventure of exploring the country and its hidden gems.

The first thing you need to know is that all of the vineyards of Madrid are grouped and listed on the website Vinos de Madrid. This makes organizing a trip much easier because you can explore vineyards online and choose the ones you want to visit.

The vineyards are divided into three regions:

San Martin

As you travel through nice villages and towns on your way to this winery, you will get to know the Spanish landscape. You will discover the charm of the life away from the city noise and crowd. The area is located in the South East of the country.

To visit San Martin, you can take the bus from Príncipe Pío Station. This station is very close to the Royal Palace of Madrid and the central area of the city. The destinations you are looking for is San Martín de Valdeiglesias. The buses leave every 30 minutes, sometimes even in shorter intervals.

Navalcarnero

This wine route will take you 30 kilometers to the south of Madrid. It makes Navalcarnero a perfect destination for a day trip nearby Madrid. Besides wine, the area also boasts with its gastronomic culture.

To reach the destination, you will again need the bus at the Príncipe Pío Station. This time, your final destination is Navalcarnero, and luckily, there is a bus that takes you directly there. The buses leave every 30 minutes.

Arganda

The largest wine communities of the three, it is the only one that is located in the north region of the country. Many Madrid vineyards are located precisely in this area. In fact, vineyards stretch all the way from the town of Arganda del Rey (in the north) down to Aranjuez (in the south).

Since the area is pretty vast, there are multiple buses you can take, depending on which vineyard you plan to visit. For example, to reach Arganda del Rey, you can use Metro Line 9. This one is perhaps the fastest way to travel in the city. To visit Aranjuez, you will need to go by train. The full list of vineyards with the exact address is available in the listing on the website Vino de Madrid. 

Madrid wine tours

As you explore what the city has to offer in terms of wine tourism, you get to the wine tours. The main benefit of these tours is that you will have a professional guide to help you enjoy this wonderful experience as you taste traditional Spanish wines. You will not have to worry about looking the places on the map, planning and organizing trips around the city or even to a different town. When you join a specific tour, most common things you can expect include:

  • Wine tasting
  • Winery or vineyard tour
  • Food tasting (in case the tour combines gastro experience)
  • Local expert guide to organize the trip and provide information about the places you visit
  • Transportation

 

If you love wines and find this to be a great passion of yours, you will enjoy exploring what Madrid has to offer. Depending on your personal preferences and the time you have to spend in the city, you will get to plan a trip to explore wine tourism and where this kind of adventure takes you. For your own convenience, it is recommended to find an accommodation with a perfect location. Most commonly, apartments in the center of Madrid are an ideal choice because you will be able to organize each activity with all of the transportations available nearby.