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Exploring the Paseo de la Castellana

Exploring the Paseo de la Castellana May 25, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
A wide boulevard lined with trees and beautiful mansions, palaces, embassies, important companies, and government buildings, the Paseo de la Castellana is one of the Spanish capital’s most vital streets. (If you decide to take a taxi in Madrid, you’ll inevitably end up on it.) The Paseo de la Castellana...

Best Ways to Spend a Sunday in Madrid

Best Ways to Spend a Sunday in Madrid March 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Most shops in Madrid are closed on Sundays, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing fun to do in the Spanish capital. In fact, Madrileños usually dedicate Sundays to relaxation and fun. Here are some of the best and most popular ways to spend a Sunday in Madrid, from a walk in the park to dinner...

A Virtual Visit to Madrid’s Top Art Museums

A Virtual Visit to Madrid’s Top Art Museums March 15, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Armchair travel is getting easier every day. Thanks to Google’s recently launched Art Project, you can now “virtually visit” two of Madrid’s top art museums, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía from the comfort of your own home. Together with the Prado Museum, these two collections...

Do You Hablar Español?

Do You Hablar Español? March 13, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Have you ever thought about learning Spanish? Or do you think about how you can improve what you already know? Then try a short language course on your next vacation in Madrid. Experts say that there’s nothing better for learning a language than immersion. So while many come to Madrid to visit world-class...

Madrid’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Madrid’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day February 4, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
Forget the Eiffel Tower, and say hello to the capital of Spanish passion! It’s time to borrow a page from the Lady and the Tramp playbook, and say yes to dripping candles, checkered tablecloths, playful smooching, and above all, your sweetheart for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day with one of these...

Tours of Madrid

Tours of Madrid January 14, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Particularly for first-time visitors, taking a guided tour of Madrid can be a good option for getting an overview of the city and a general lay of the land, or else learn more about a particular subject with a themed tour. Madrid 101 A “drive-by” overview tour that goes past Madrid’s most...

Three Kings’ Day Traditions

Three Kings’ Day Traditions January 2, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
The Christmas season is an important one in Spain, but not as much for Christmas as for Three Kings’ Day (which is also known as Epiphany). It celebrates the Three Wise Men – Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar – coming to pay homage to the newborn baby Jesus in Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense,...

New Year’s Eve in the Puerta del Sol

New Year’s Eve in the Puerta del Sol December 27, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
On New Year’s Eve the Puerta del Sol square is packed with revelers awaiting the chimes of the clock from the Casa del Reloj. Many will, when they hear the twelve chimes before midnight, indulge in the tradition of trying to eat one grape per chime and then wash down their attempts with some cava (Spanish...

Internet Access in Madrid

Internet Access in Madrid December 17, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
If you need some Internet access in Madrid, and pronto, you got options. A call shop Call shops in Madrid, called locutorios, have Internet-connected computers at the ready (sometimes with Skype and webcams) but they also offer phone booths with reasonable long-distance rates. Internet time is usually...

Democracy: You Can Thank the King for It

Democracy: You Can Thank the King for It December 6, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Today, December 6, commemorates the passage of Spain’s Constitution in 1978 and is celebrated as a holiday in all of Spain. However, Spaniards typically use the day off work to socialize with friends and family, and Madrid’s downtown area is particularly jam packed. King Juan Carlos I inherited control...
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