Guidebook for Madrid

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Guidebook for Madrid

Food Scene
Great food: seafood and tapas.
Restaurante la Alegría
158 Calle de Antonio López
Great food: seafood and tapas.
Restaurante La Parrilla De Usera
160 Calle de Antonio López
Feito Río
14 Calle de Eugenio Caxes
Do not miss the bocadillos (sandwiches stuffed with squid, tortillas and many other Spanish specialties)
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Bar La Campana
6 Calle de Botoneras
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Do not miss the bocadillos (sandwiches stuffed with squid, tortillas and many other Spanish specialties)
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Bar La Ideal
4 Calle de Botoneras
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Do not miss one of the best tortillas in Madrid. Excellent Spanish cusine and fabolous tapas in the heart of Madrid.
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Bodega de la Ardosa
13 Calle de Colón
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Do not miss one of the best tortillas in Madrid. Excellent Spanish cusine and fabolous tapas in the heart of Madrid.
Excellent Spanish cusine and fabolous tapas. Great selection of wines just a few steps from Atocha Railway Station.
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Bodegas Rosell
14 Calle del Gral. Lacy
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Excellent Spanish cusine and fabolous tapas. Great selection of wines just a few steps from Atocha Railway Station.
Looking for a place to enjoy a classic Madrid snack? Chocolateria San Ginés has the perfect solution for your taste buds. It specializes in hot chocolate served with churros, and serves the hot chocolate Spanish style, thick and prime for dunking. Decorated in green velvet and located near the city center, the Chocolateria San Ginés has been serving its chocolate treats since 1894. Popular among locals and tourists, the chocolateria stays open from in the morning until late at night, with many locals ending their evening there in the early hours of the morning. *Recommended by Local Expert James Fraser Address Pasadizo San Ginés, 11 Madrid Email franquicias@chocolateriasangines.com Phone +34 913 65 65 46 Duration N/A Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Chocolatería San Ginés hot choc n chorrus
5 Pasadizo de San Ginés
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Looking for a place to enjoy a classic Madrid snack? Chocolateria San Ginés has the perfect solution for your taste buds. It specializes in hot chocolate served with churros, and serves the hot chocolate Spanish style, thick and prime for dunking. Decorated in green velvet and located near the city center, the Chocolateria San Ginés has been serving its chocolate treats since 1894. Popular among locals and tourists, the chocolateria stays open from in the morning until late at night, with many locals ending their evening there in the early hours of the morning. *Recommended by Local Expert James Fraser Address Pasadizo San Ginés, 11 Madrid Email franquicias@chocolateriasangines.com Phone +34 913 65 65 46 Duration N/A Hours Mon-Sun: All day
Popular with both locals and tourists, this market has at least a little of everything edible, which explains why it is so crowded all the time. Tapas of many sorts can be found all over the entire market if you can push your way through. Some of the main staples are fruit and seafood, but many other options are available including churros con chocolate, fresh cheeses, jamón skewers, and savory paella. Be prepared to be standing the whole time, as the few seats are quickly snatched up. Address Plaza de San Miguel, 28005 Email msm@interquenetworks.com Phone +34 915 42 49 36 Duration 1 hr Hours Fri-Sun: 10:00am-2:00am
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Mercado De San Miguel
s/n Plaza de San Miguel
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Popular with both locals and tourists, this market has at least a little of everything edible, which explains why it is so crowded all the time. Tapas of many sorts can be found all over the entire market if you can push your way through. Some of the main staples are fruit and seafood, but many other options are available including churros con chocolate, fresh cheeses, jamón skewers, and savory paella. Be prepared to be standing the whole time, as the few seats are quickly snatched up. Address Plaza de San Miguel, 28005 Email msm@interquenetworks.com Phone +34 915 42 49 36 Duration 1 hr Hours Fri-Sun: 10:00am-2:00am
Famous for burgers.
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Costello Río
4 Plaza Gral. Maroto
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Famous for burgers.
Very good products: seafood, meat, tapas,etc. Ideal for the weekends.
La Alegría De Enrique
101 Calle de Antonio López
Very good products: seafood, meat, tapas,etc. Ideal for the weekends.
Arts & Culture
Excellent exhibitions, healthy walks, restaurants, etc.
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Matadero Madrid
10 Paseo de la Chopera
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Excellent exhibitions, healthy walks, restaurants, etc.
The Museo Reina Sofia displays a huge array of contemporary Spanish art by masters like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Up until 1992, the museum held only temporary exhibitions, but in recent years, the building has been expanded to incorporate an eclectic permanent collection. Visitors make a beeline for Picasso's enormous, heart-wrenching Guernica, but there are dozens of other masterpieces behind every turn. *Admission is free all day Sunday, from 7 PM till close Monday through Friday, and from 4:30 PM till close on Saturday. Address Calle de Santa Isabel, 52 Madrid Website Email info@museoreinasofia.es Phone +34 917 74 10 00 Duration 2.5 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-7:00pm Price $9.02 USD (8.00 EUR)
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Arzábal - Museo Reina Sofía
52 C. de Sta. Isabel
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The Museo Reina Sofia displays a huge array of contemporary Spanish art by masters like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Up until 1992, the museum held only temporary exhibitions, but in recent years, the building has been expanded to incorporate an eclectic permanent collection. Visitors make a beeline for Picasso's enormous, heart-wrenching Guernica, but there are dozens of other masterpieces behind every turn. *Admission is free all day Sunday, from 7 PM till close Monday through Friday, and from 4:30 PM till close on Saturday. Address Calle de Santa Isabel, 52 Madrid Website Email info@museoreinasofia.es Phone +34 917 74 10 00 Duration 2.5 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-7:00pm Price $9.02 USD (8.00 EUR)
Originally opened in 1819 by King Ferdinand VII and his queen Maria Isabel de Braganza, the Museo del Prado is the stunning centerpiece Spanish art museums—and certainly one of the most revered art museums in the entire world. As the national art museum of Spain, you can be assured that it holds some of the greatest treasures in the art world; from Goya to Meninas, you’ll find an abundance of the Spanish masters, as well as the likes of Titian, Rubens, and el Greco. It’s a feast for the senses, really, and if you’re making a trip plan for Madrid, you’ll definitely want to tack the Prado on. TIPS *If you need a good place for a stroll (so you can process all the art you've just seen) the Paseo del Prado is quite beautiful. * Free admission from Mon-Sat 6pm – 8pm; Sundays and holidays 5pm – 7pm. Address Paseo del Prado Madrid, Spain Website Email museo.nacional@museodelprado.es Phone +34 913 30 28 00 Duration 4 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-7:00pm Price $15.78 USD (14.00 EUR)
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Museo Nacional del Prado
s/n Paseo del Prado
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Originally opened in 1819 by King Ferdinand VII and his queen Maria Isabel de Braganza, the Museo del Prado is the stunning centerpiece Spanish art museums—and certainly one of the most revered art museums in the entire world. As the national art museum of Spain, you can be assured that it holds some of the greatest treasures in the art world; from Goya to Meninas, you’ll find an abundance of the Spanish masters, as well as the likes of Titian, Rubens, and el Greco. It’s a feast for the senses, really, and if you’re making a trip plan for Madrid, you’ll definitely want to tack the Prado on. TIPS *If you need a good place for a stroll (so you can process all the art you've just seen) the Paseo del Prado is quite beautiful. * Free admission from Mon-Sat 6pm – 8pm; Sundays and holidays 5pm – 7pm. Address Paseo del Prado Madrid, Spain Website Email museo.nacional@museodelprado.es Phone +34 913 30 28 00 Duration 4 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-7:00pm Price $15.78 USD (14.00 EUR)
Parks & Nature
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Madrid Río
S/N Puente de Toledo
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Once a place of rest and relaxation for the Spanish royal families, this historic park was opened to the public in the 19th century. It contains all you need for urban recreation: a lake for boating (you can rent a rowboat), beautiful monuments, and many leafy walking paths. There are heaps of places to explore in this massive park, and events and gatherings and shindigs—from children's theater productions to spontaneous bongo drum dance circles—are always happening. Go and relax in one of the most magnificent parks you'll ever visit. Just make sure to not visit after dark, as the park can be a bit dodgy. UTRIP TIPS *Recommended by Local Expert James Fraser *There's also a fountain of Satan—just so you know. Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 6:00am-12:00am
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El Retiro Park
7 Plaza de la Independencia
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Once a place of rest and relaxation for the Spanish royal families, this historic park was opened to the public in the 19th century. It contains all you need for urban recreation: a lake for boating (you can rent a rowboat), beautiful monuments, and many leafy walking paths. There are heaps of places to explore in this massive park, and events and gatherings and shindigs—from children's theater productions to spontaneous bongo drum dance circles—are always happening. Go and relax in one of the most magnificent parks you'll ever visit. Just make sure to not visit after dark, as the park can be a bit dodgy. UTRIP TIPS *Recommended by Local Expert James Fraser *There's also a fountain of Satan—just so you know. Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 6:00am-12:00am
Sightseeing
The Palacio Real is—as the name implies—Madrid’s Royal Palace. However, the Spanish royals no longer reside here because it's too large for even their tastes, and seeing as how the building is the largest in the city and the largest royal palace in Western Europe, we can kind of agree with the royal family. With no royalty actually living in Palacio Real it is now only used for official state functions. Over 2,000 of the palace’s rooms are open to visitors, with each room decorated with antiques from the Golden Age of Spain that you can't find anywhere else. Come see what historical treasures the Royal Palace has hidden (like the Royal Armory and Pharmacy)—just try not to get lost inside. Tours given in English are available to schedule or visitors are welcomed to explore on their own. Address Calle Bailén, s/n 28071 Madrid, Spain Website Email info@patrimonionacional.es Phone +34 914 54 88 00 Duration 2.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 10:00am-8:00pm Price $12.40 USD (11.00 EUR)
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Royal Palace of Madrid
s/n Calle de Bailén
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The Palacio Real is—as the name implies—Madrid’s Royal Palace. However, the Spanish royals no longer reside here because it's too large for even their tastes, and seeing as how the building is the largest in the city and the largest royal palace in Western Europe, we can kind of agree with the royal family. With no royalty actually living in Palacio Real it is now only used for official state functions. Over 2,000 of the palace’s rooms are open to visitors, with each room decorated with antiques from the Golden Age of Spain that you can't find anywhere else. Come see what historical treasures the Royal Palace has hidden (like the Royal Armory and Pharmacy)—just try not to get lost inside. Tours given in English are available to schedule or visitors are welcomed to explore on their own. Address Calle Bailén, s/n 28071 Madrid, Spain Website Email info@patrimonionacional.es Phone +34 914 54 88 00 Duration 2.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 10:00am-8:00pm Price $12.40 USD (11.00 EUR)
The Almudena Cathedral was built to bring the Catholic Church to Madrid. Built on top of Madrid’s first mosque, the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena began construction in 1879 and was finally completed and inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. The cathedral has a Neo-Gothic interior with a Neo-Classical exterior. Inside you can take photographs of the frescoes, sculptures, and stained glass. Address Calle de Bailén, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain Website Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: Closed Price $6.76 USD (6.00 EUR)
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Catedral de la Almudena
10 Calle de Bailén
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The Almudena Cathedral was built to bring the Catholic Church to Madrid. Built on top of Madrid’s first mosque, the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena began construction in 1879 and was finally completed and inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. The cathedral has a Neo-Gothic interior with a Neo-Classical exterior. Inside you can take photographs of the frescoes, sculptures, and stained glass. Address Calle de Bailén, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain Website Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: Closed Price $6.76 USD (6.00 EUR)
Take a stroll through Plaza de Oriente and you'll soon get in touch with Madrid's history—and some of its natural beauty, too. At the center, you will find a statue of King Philip IV on horseback, and surrounding the plaza, you will see rows of statues of Spanish kings. If you can swing it, you should definitely try to make it here for a sunset, when the sunlight gracefully highlights the surrounding buildings, the most notable of which is the Palacio Real. But, if you're here during the daytime, you'll definitely want to amble through the surrounding gardens—and soak up some spectacular natural beauty while you're at it. Address Plaza de Oriente, Madrid Duration 1 hr Hours Mon-Sun: All day Price Free
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Plaza de Oriente
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Take a stroll through Plaza de Oriente and you'll soon get in touch with Madrid's history—and some of its natural beauty, too. At the center, you will find a statue of King Philip IV on horseback, and surrounding the plaza, you will see rows of statues of Spanish kings. If you can swing it, you should definitely try to make it here for a sunset, when the sunlight gracefully highlights the surrounding buildings, the most notable of which is the Palacio Real. But, if you're here during the daytime, you'll definitely want to amble through the surrounding gardens—and soak up some spectacular natural beauty while you're at it. Address Plaza de Oriente, Madrid Duration 1 hr Hours Mon-Sun: All day Price Free
This neoclassical chapel is a small, intimate space where you can enjoy the work of one of Spain's great painters up close. Ceiling frescoes, painted by Francisco de Goya, portray the miracles of St. Anthony; look closely and you'll see elements of a grungy Spanish street life portrayed in contrast to the usual frescoes of the day, with dogs, prostitutes, and children. Goya himself (minus his head) is buried in a tomb here, although most of your time will be devoted to staring up at his masterpieces. Address Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida, 5, Spain Phone +34 915 47 79 37 Duration 1 hr Hours Sat-Sun: 10:00am-2:00pm ... Price Free
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Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida
5 Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida
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This neoclassical chapel is a small, intimate space where you can enjoy the work of one of Spain's great painters up close. Ceiling frescoes, painted by Francisco de Goya, portray the miracles of St. Anthony; look closely and you'll see elements of a grungy Spanish street life portrayed in contrast to the usual frescoes of the day, with dogs, prostitutes, and children. Goya himself (minus his head) is buried in a tomb here, although most of your time will be devoted to staring up at his masterpieces. Address Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida, 5, Spain Phone +34 915 47 79 37 Duration 1 hr Hours Sat-Sun: 10:00am-2:00pm ... Price Free
The Templo De Debod is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was disassembled and rebuilt in Madrid. In 1960, the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan posed a threat to many Egyptian monuments and archeological sites. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state gifted the Templo de Debod to Spain in 1968. It's now situated in the scenic Parque del Oeste. Visits to the interior of the temple are free, but the view from the outside are almost as good. In the warmer months, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine on the lawn surrounding the temple, or come for a gorgeous view of the sunset. The exterior of the temple is open for round-the-clock viewing. Address Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 2 28008 Madrid, Spain Website Phone +34 913 66 74 15 Duration 1 hr Hours Sat-Sun: 10:00am-2:00pm Price Free
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Temple of Debod
1 Calle Ferraz
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The Templo De Debod is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was disassembled and rebuilt in Madrid. In 1960, the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan posed a threat to many Egyptian monuments and archeological sites. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state gifted the Templo de Debod to Spain in 1968. It's now situated in the scenic Parque del Oeste. Visits to the interior of the temple are free, but the view from the outside are almost as good. In the warmer months, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine on the lawn surrounding the temple, or come for a gorgeous view of the sunset. The exterior of the temple is open for round-the-clock viewing. Address Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 2 28008 Madrid, Spain Website Phone +34 913 66 74 15 Duration 1 hr Hours Sat-Sun: 10:00am-2:00pm Price Free
The area known as the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) is a neighbourhood in the centre of Madrid where some of Spain's greatest literati have lived and written over the years. Today it is an area which combines literature, a bohemian atmosphere, entertainment, shopping, and good food. The neighbourhood is formed by narrow streets which are either pedestrianised or with restricted access to traffic, and pleasant squares such as the Plaza de Santa Ana. This is an area where it is easy to find houses in which towering literary figures of the Spanish Golden Age such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Góngora and Cervantes lived and wrote. This is why on the cobbles of many of the streets you'll find inscriptions and brief texts from the works of some of these writers. Another of the charms of the Las Letras quarter is its abundant offer of shops and businesses, which include everything from the most traditional establishments with centuries of history (such as cobblers, silversmiths and lute-makers) to modern avant-garde venues. You'll also find numerous restaurant and pavement cafes where you can enjoy the gastronomy of Madrid and the popular Spanish custom of 'going out for tapas'. Finally, the neighbourhood is ideally placed for discovering Madrid's cultural offer, as it is the site of the CaixaForum Museum and very near the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, as well as a stone's throw from monumental ensembles such as the squares of the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. Calle de las Huertas, 39 Madrid (Madrid) info@barrioletras.com www.barrioletras.com
De Las Letras
26 Calle de Echegaray
The area known as the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) is a neighbourhood in the centre of Madrid where some of Spain's greatest literati have lived and written over the years. Today it is an area which combines literature, a bohemian atmosphere, entertainment, shopping, and good food. The neighbourhood is formed by narrow streets which are either pedestrianised or with restricted access to traffic, and pleasant squares such as the Plaza de Santa Ana. This is an area where it is easy to find houses in which towering literary figures of the Spanish Golden Age such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Góngora and Cervantes lived and wrote. This is why on the cobbles of many of the streets you'll find inscriptions and brief texts from the works of some of these writers. Another of the charms of the Las Letras quarter is its abundant offer of shops and businesses, which include everything from the most traditional establishments with centuries of history (such as cobblers, silversmiths and lute-makers) to modern avant-garde venues. You'll also find numerous restaurant and pavement cafes where you can enjoy the gastronomy of Madrid and the popular Spanish custom of 'going out for tapas'. Finally, the neighbourhood is ideally placed for discovering Madrid's cultural offer, as it is the site of the CaixaForum Museum and very near the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, as well as a stone's throw from monumental ensembles such as the squares of the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. Calle de las Huertas, 39 Madrid (Madrid) info@barrioletras.com www.barrioletras.com
Plaza Mayor is a central plaza in the heart of old Madrid. Located just a few Spanish blocks away from the Puerta del Sol (another famous plaza), the Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is home to many old, historic buildings. The square is architecturally astounding and a good location to grab a few keepsake photographs. Although Plaza Mayor is somewhat of a touristy place, it has a few cafes, tapas restaurants, bars, and shops worth checking out—and don't be afraid to venture out of the plaza a little, too! Address Plaza Mayor, Madrid Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor is a central plaza in the heart of old Madrid. Located just a few Spanish blocks away from the Puerta del Sol (another famous plaza), the Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is home to many old, historic buildings. The square is architecturally astounding and a good location to grab a few keepsake photographs. Although Plaza Mayor is somewhat of a touristy place, it has a few cafes, tapas restaurants, bars, and shops worth checking out—and don't be afraid to venture out of the plaza a little, too! Address Plaza Mayor, Madrid Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
One of the gates within the city wall that surrounded 15th century Madrid, the Puerta del Sol (Spanish for “Gate of the Sun”) is one of the most well-known and lively places in Madrid. Its name originates from the rising sun that adorns the east-oriented gate entry every morning. The bells of the famous clock overlooking the square signify the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and mark the beginning of a new year. Spend your time at Puerta del Sol enjoying its many attractions while admiring works of art such as the statue of King Charles III and “El Oso y El Madroño” (the Bear and the Madroño Tree). Address Plaza de Puerta del Sol, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Puerta del Sol
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One of the gates within the city wall that surrounded 15th century Madrid, the Puerta del Sol (Spanish for “Gate of the Sun”) is one of the most well-known and lively places in Madrid. Its name originates from the rising sun that adorns the east-oriented gate entry every morning. The bells of the famous clock overlooking the square signify the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and mark the beginning of a new year. Spend your time at Puerta del Sol enjoying its many attractions while admiring works of art such as the statue of King Charles III and “El Oso y El Madroño” (the Bear and the Madroño Tree). Address Plaza de Puerta del Sol, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
The Malasaña Neigborhood is well-known for its punkish la movida revolution in the 80’s. This trendy barrio is considered one of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and socializing. It has many trendy boutiques and vintage shops, as well as many art spaces hidden around the area. During the day, enjoy the plethora of cool-as-they-are-compact clothing shops and admire the art galleries. By night, get a taste of the nightlife because the neighborhood also has many bars, clubs, and other nightlife venues that reflect the neighborhood's alternative culture. SUGGESTED VENUES *Café Isadora: Classic Spanish cafe *Centro Cultural Conde Duque: Cultural center that host everything from art exhibitions to live performances Address Malasaña, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
Malasaña
The Malasaña Neigborhood is well-known for its punkish la movida revolution in the 80’s. This trendy barrio is considered one of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and socializing. It has many trendy boutiques and vintage shops, as well as many art spaces hidden around the area. During the day, enjoy the plethora of cool-as-they-are-compact clothing shops and admire the art galleries. By night, get a taste of the nightlife because the neighborhood also has many bars, clubs, and other nightlife venues that reflect the neighborhood's alternative culture. SUGGESTED VENUES *Café Isadora: Classic Spanish cafe *Centro Cultural Conde Duque: Cultural center that host everything from art exhibitions to live performances Address Malasaña, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
Situated in Buen Retiro Park, Palacio De Cristal is a breathtaking structure made of glass and metal. Constructed by architect Ricardo Velazquez Bosco in 1887, the glass structure was built to showcase the exotic flora and fauna of the Philippines. Shaped like a Greek cross, the structure is built on a brick foundation and features an iron framework. The rest, as one can see, is created from glass. While lovely during the day, the Palacio De Cristal is utterly enchanting when viewed at night. Be sure to witness this splendid architectural marvel when you visit the city. Address Paseo Republica de Cuba, 4, Madrid Phone +34 917 741 000 Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm
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Palacio de Cristal
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Situated in Buen Retiro Park, Palacio De Cristal is a breathtaking structure made of glass and metal. Constructed by architect Ricardo Velazquez Bosco in 1887, the glass structure was built to showcase the exotic flora and fauna of the Philippines. Shaped like a Greek cross, the structure is built on a brick foundation and features an iron framework. The rest, as one can see, is created from glass. While lovely during the day, the Palacio De Cristal is utterly enchanting when viewed at night. Be sure to witness this splendid architectural marvel when you visit the city. Address Paseo Republica de Cuba, 4, Madrid Phone +34 917 741 000 Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm
This massive football stadium is a great visit whether you’re a soccer fan or not. Home of Madrid's world famous football club Real Madrid, Berabea Stadium was originally built in 1947 and has been upgraded and improved over the past few decades. The stadium tour takes you through the trophy room, around the pitch, and into the locker rooms. You can even sit in the players’ seats by the field. If you're feeling a little more independent, you can take a self-guided tour, which allows you to read through the history and explore the stadium at you own pace. This tour on non-match days allows the visitor to absorb the atmosphere of a club that certainly isn't wanting for prowess or notoriety. Address Av de Concha Espina, 1 28036 Madrid, Spain Phone +34 902 31 17 09 Duration 3 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-6:30pm Price $21.41 USD (19.00 EUR)
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Santiago Bernabeu
1 Av. de Concha Espina
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This massive football stadium is a great visit whether you’re a soccer fan or not. Home of Madrid's world famous football club Real Madrid, Berabea Stadium was originally built in 1947 and has been upgraded and improved over the past few decades. The stadium tour takes you through the trophy room, around the pitch, and into the locker rooms. You can even sit in the players’ seats by the field. If you're feeling a little more independent, you can take a self-guided tour, which allows you to read through the history and explore the stadium at you own pace. This tour on non-match days allows the visitor to absorb the atmosphere of a club that certainly isn't wanting for prowess or notoriety. Address Av de Concha Espina, 1 28036 Madrid, Spain Phone +34 902 31 17 09 Duration 3 hrs. Hours Sun: 10:00am-6:30pm Price $21.41 USD (19.00 EUR)
LGBT-FRIENDLY Named after Federico Chueco (a composer of zarzuelas), Chueca is a central neighborhood in Madrid that lies to the north of the old city. Chueca is lively, trendy and always inclusive. After Madrid hosted Europride in 2007, the neighborhood has become a popular hangout spot for Madrid’s gay community, with many LGBT and LGBT-friendly shops. In Chueca, you will find streets lined with chic and trendy boutique shops, quirky street cafes, tapas bars, and a lively nightlife. For serious quantities of shoe shops check out Calle Augusto Figueroa. For a trendy, pedestrian shopping area, wander along Calle Fuencarral. Just so you know, though, many shops are closed 2-5pm—but that's a good excuse to find a place for a siesta of your own. TIPS Address Plaza de Chueca, Madrid Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Chueca
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LGBT-FRIENDLY Named after Federico Chueco (a composer of zarzuelas), Chueca is a central neighborhood in Madrid that lies to the north of the old city. Chueca is lively, trendy and always inclusive. After Madrid hosted Europride in 2007, the neighborhood has become a popular hangout spot for Madrid’s gay community, with many LGBT and LGBT-friendly shops. In Chueca, you will find streets lined with chic and trendy boutique shops, quirky street cafes, tapas bars, and a lively nightlife. For serious quantities of shoe shops check out Calle Augusto Figueroa. For a trendy, pedestrian shopping area, wander along Calle Fuencarral. Just so you know, though, many shops are closed 2-5pm—but that's a good excuse to find a place for a siesta of your own. TIPS Address Plaza de Chueca, Madrid Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
If you ever wanted to go tapas barhopping, then La Latina is for you. This neighborhood is home to a dense population of tapas bars, which are popular among the younger crowd, and gives this place its lively atmosphere. La Latina is busy all week but the busiest day of all surprisingly is Sunday. If you’re looking to party all the way through the weekend then definitely make sure to stop off here for some fun on Sunday night. SUGGESTED VENUES *Le Cabrera *Casa Lucas *La Camarilla *Taberna El Almendro 13 *La Concha Address Calle Cava Baja ("La Latina" metro line 5 , Madrid, Spain Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 12:00pm-12:00am
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Barrio de La Latina
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If you ever wanted to go tapas barhopping, then La Latina is for you. This neighborhood is home to a dense population of tapas bars, which are popular among the younger crowd, and gives this place its lively atmosphere. La Latina is busy all week but the busiest day of all surprisingly is Sunday. If you’re looking to party all the way through the weekend then definitely make sure to stop off here for some fun on Sunday night. SUGGESTED VENUES *Le Cabrera *Casa Lucas *La Camarilla *Taberna El Almendro 13 *La Concha Address Calle Cava Baja ("La Latina" metro line 5 , Madrid, Spain Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 12:00pm-12:00am
Drinks & Nightlife
La Plaza de Santa Ana was built in the 19th century in central Madrid, and has since become one of the liveliest and most vibrant areas of the city. The square is filled with statues and monuments and surrounded by notable buildings like the Reina Victoria Hotel and the Teatro Espanol. However, the main attraction lies in the close proximity of scores of tapas bars, terrace cafés, pubs, restaurants, and Irish bars. La Plaza de Santa Ana is packed from early evening to the early morning on any given day—especially during the summer. It is also just a short walk away from the Puerto del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, so if you somehow manage to exhaust the area of awesome things to do (which we don't think is too likely), you'll have those as an option as well. Just don't count on needing them. SUGGESTED VENUES *Cerveceria Alemana: over 100 years old, Earnest Hemingway a regular here, and it is now often frequented by local artists and musicians *Teatro Espanol: originally built in 1583, and reconstructed in 1807 due to a fire, this theater has seen the performance of Spain's greatest production over the past 5 centuries. You can also take a tour. *Villarosa: flamenco dance hall turned trendy bar, the Villarosa was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's movie Tacones Lejanos. Address Plaza de Santa Ana, 2 Phone +34 915 881 636 Duration 1 hr Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Plaza de Santa Ana
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La Plaza de Santa Ana was built in the 19th century in central Madrid, and has since become one of the liveliest and most vibrant areas of the city. The square is filled with statues and monuments and surrounded by notable buildings like the Reina Victoria Hotel and the Teatro Espanol. However, the main attraction lies in the close proximity of scores of tapas bars, terrace cafés, pubs, restaurants, and Irish bars. La Plaza de Santa Ana is packed from early evening to the early morning on any given day—especially during the summer. It is also just a short walk away from the Puerto del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, so if you somehow manage to exhaust the area of awesome things to do (which we don't think is too likely), you'll have those as an option as well. Just don't count on needing them. SUGGESTED VENUES *Cerveceria Alemana: over 100 years old, Earnest Hemingway a regular here, and it is now often frequented by local artists and musicians *Teatro Espanol: originally built in 1583, and reconstructed in 1807 due to a fire, this theater has seen the performance of Spain's greatest production over the past 5 centuries. You can also take a tour. *Villarosa: flamenco dance hall turned trendy bar, the Villarosa was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's movie Tacones Lejanos. Address Plaza de Santa Ana, 2 Phone +34 915 881 636 Duration 1 hr Hours Mon-Sun: All day
Corral de la Moreria was inaugurated in 1956 by King Manuel, and is one of the most famous flamenco shows in the world. Blending song, music, and dance, flamenco is the most famous Spanish dance forms that has been enthralling audiences around the world. Corral de la Moreria is located in a prime spot in the heart of Madrid, close to the Royal Palace. The interior décor is Arabian themed, with furnishings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, setting the perfect mood for the show. Sit down and enjoy the provocative dance of flamenco as you revel in this hallmark of Spanish culture. Address Calle Morería, 17, Madrid Email info@corraldelamoreria.com Phone +34 913 65 84 46 Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:40pm, 10:55pm Price $52.97 USD (47.00 EUR)
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Corral de la Morería
17 Calle de la Moreria
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Corral de la Moreria was inaugurated in 1956 by King Manuel, and is one of the most famous flamenco shows in the world. Blending song, music, and dance, flamenco is the most famous Spanish dance forms that has been enthralling audiences around the world. Corral de la Moreria is located in a prime spot in the heart of Madrid, close to the Royal Palace. The interior décor is Arabian themed, with furnishings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, setting the perfect mood for the show. Sit down and enjoy the provocative dance of flamenco as you revel in this hallmark of Spanish culture. Address Calle Morería, 17, Madrid Email info@corraldelamoreria.com Phone +34 913 65 84 46 Duration 1.5 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:40pm, 10:55pm Price $52.97 USD (47.00 EUR)
One the most popular pubs in the district. Quiet but bustling also during the weekends.
José's Bar
20 Calle de Marcelo Usera
One the most popular pubs in the district. Quiet but bustling also during the weekends.
Probably the best concert club in the district. Just a few steps from our apartments and very close to the metro ("Usera" stop, line 6). Nice and bustling atmosphere, opening every day until 5 AM (6 AM on the weekends). Do not miss it!!!
Sala Olvido Discoteca y Eventos
15 Calle Olvido
Probably the best concert club in the district. Just a few steps from our apartments and very close to the metro ("Usera" stop, line 6). Nice and bustling atmosphere, opening every day until 5 AM (6 AM on the weekends). Do not miss it!!!
Shopping
Beginning at the Plaza de Alcalá and makes its way across the city to the Plaza de España, Gran Via is a definite must for anyone looking to get their shopping on while they're in Madrid. Along the Gran Via you will find an endless array of businesses, ranging from shops, hotels, banks, restaurants, bars, old theaters—just to name a few. Recently, many of these businesses have been converted into malls and fashion boutiques that cater to a high-class clientele. Walk along the street and do some window shopping while soaking up the culture and admiring the architecture—it should be just what your Madrid trip plan (and maybe your wardrobe) needs. Address Gran Vía, 21 28013 Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
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Calle Gran Vía
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Beginning at the Plaza de Alcalá and makes its way across the city to the Plaza de España, Gran Via is a definite must for anyone looking to get their shopping on while they're in Madrid. Along the Gran Via you will find an endless array of businesses, ranging from shops, hotels, banks, restaurants, bars, old theaters—just to name a few. Recently, many of these businesses have been converted into malls and fashion boutiques that cater to a high-class clientele. Walk along the street and do some window shopping while soaking up the culture and admiring the architecture—it should be just what your Madrid trip plan (and maybe your wardrobe) needs. Address Gran Vía, 21 28013 Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain Duration 3 hrs. Hours Mon-Sun: All day
Located at Plaza de Cascorro area, and definitely one of the biggest flea markets on all of The Continent, El Rastro is the place to go in Madrid for a colorful and unique shopping experience. Wander among displays of antiques, art, and faux designer goodies, and keep a sharp eye out; you never know what you might run across. However, like anywhere in Europe, be mindful of your wallet or purse; pickpockets love to prey on unsuspecting tourists. Address Plaza de Cascorro, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: 9:00am-3:00pm
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El Rastro
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Located at Plaza de Cascorro area, and definitely one of the biggest flea markets on all of The Continent, El Rastro is the place to go in Madrid for a colorful and unique shopping experience. Wander among displays of antiques, art, and faux designer goodies, and keep a sharp eye out; you never know what you might run across. However, like anywhere in Europe, be mindful of your wallet or purse; pickpockets love to prey on unsuspecting tourists. Address Plaza de Cascorro, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: 9:00am-3:00pm
Salamanca has a well-earned reputation as one of the wealthiest and expensive areas in the city. The district is a great place to shop if you’re aiming for luxurious designer brands. Along Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, you will find a cluster of designer brand stores like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Gucci. Smaller boutiques like Bimba and Lola find homes in the side streets that branch out from the main drag. In addition to an upscale shopping experience, there are many fine dining venues in the area that continue the opulent theme. You can also spot quite a few international embassies in the district (including those of Switzerland, Canada, and the United States)—just in case you need to do a little shopping while you get your passport renewed. TIPS *Along Calle Serrano, you'll find flagship clothing stores like Aldolfo Dominguez, Hoss, and Üterque Address Salamanca, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: Closed
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Salamanca
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Salamanca has a well-earned reputation as one of the wealthiest and expensive areas in the city. The district is a great place to shop if you’re aiming for luxurious designer brands. Along Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, you will find a cluster of designer brand stores like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Gucci. Smaller boutiques like Bimba and Lola find homes in the side streets that branch out from the main drag. In addition to an upscale shopping experience, there are many fine dining venues in the area that continue the opulent theme. You can also spot quite a few international embassies in the district (including those of Switzerland, Canada, and the United States)—just in case you need to do a little shopping while you get your passport renewed. TIPS *Along Calle Serrano, you'll find flagship clothing stores like Aldolfo Dominguez, Hoss, and Üterque Address Salamanca, Madrid Duration 2 hrs. Hours Sun: Closed
Getting Around
Line 6
Usera
Line 6