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Corral de la Moreria

on Mar 12, 2014 in Art, Eat and Drink | 1 comment

Corral de la Moreria is probably one of the most famous Tablao Flamenco place in the world.  Corral de la Moreria has been open for more than half a century within the historic-quarter of the city of Madrid; next to the Royal Palace.  One of the great things about this venue is that there are expert professionals in the art of Flamenco selecting and filtering from all over Spain the best singers, dancers, guitarist, etc. that Flamenco has to offer. Corral de la Moreria is open almost every day of the year and there are two seating-times for dinner or flamenco show on the same night (please check their web-page for schedule details).  You can make your reservation over the Internet and it works quite well.  Usually with a week ahead it is fine to make your reservations.  You can choose only to go for the show and drinks; or also have dinner before and during the show.  Recently...

Circulo de Bellas Artes

on Jul 10, 2013 in Art, Eat and Drink, Sights | 1 comment

The Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) is a private cultural non-profit organization located in Madrid and founded in 1880.  Nowadays, CBA is hosted at a beautiful building designed by architect Antonio Palacios and constructed in 1926.  There are many cultural and fun things to do and see inside its premises.  There is a small fee to pay (1 or 3 Euros) to gain access to the building, its exhibitions, restaurant and amazing rooftop terrace. The Circulo de Bellas Artes has many exhibition rooms and halls that everyday present to its members and the general public excellent material.  CBA is a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most active cultural programs in Madrid.  Furthermore, CBA develops activities ranging from fine arts to literature including science, philosophy, film and performing arts. Apart from all the variety of exhibitions happening everyday, I would urge to visit...

Royal Botanical Garden

on Jun 6, 2013 in Art, Sights | 2 comments

The Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid is an official investigation center that is also open to the public so we can enjoy and learn more about the plant world.  There is a small admission fee but there are many exceptions (ex. children and senior citizen go in for free) and reduced rates, please check their official site before you go.  The garden is open most of the time during the year but the opening times vary depending on the season. El Real Jardin Botanico (or the Royal Botanical Garden in English)  is located at a very touristic area of downtown Madrid.  You have other famous touristic sites right next to the Gardens, such as the Retiro Park and the Prado Museum.  These other sites are within walking distance (5min.) to the Royal Botanical Garden (RBG).  The entrance at the Plaza Murillo square is the one used for the general public and is right next to the Prado Museum Murillo...

Plaza Mayor Square – Madrid

on Mar 21, 2013 in Art, Sights | 4 comments

Plaza Mayor Square is located in downtown Madrid and it’s a major symbol for the city and worthwhile taking a look.  Walking around the square and appreciating its architecture will probably take you 10 minutes.  There are some old and traditional bars and restaurants within the square but they take advantage of their location and charge high prices.  During the year there are many events celebrated inside the square so you might encounter a traditional market or another good surprise when you stop by the square. Plaza Mayor was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century during the Baroque artistic period in Spain.  It has a rectangular shape and arcades placed around the square.  In the middle of the square stands an equestrian statute of King Felipe III, who ordered the construction of the site.  There is a building that stands out like: “La Casa de la Panaderia” (The...

San Miguel Market – Madrid

on Mar 14, 2013 in Art, Eat and Drink, Shopping | 3 comments

The San Miguel market in Madrid is a premium food provider located at San Miguel Square next to Plaza Mayor Square.  It is an excellent place to get a bite if you are around the neighborhood.  You will probably only need 10 minutes to walk around the venue and take a pick at the stands (or stalls) inside the market.  Everything is pretty fresh and delicious, but be prepared to pay for what you get; it is not for everybody´s wallet. The structure of the market is made of Iron like they were made in Madrid a century ago.  However, San Miguel Market is the only one of its kind still standing and open today.  It was renovated several years ago and they incorporated crystal walls and wood to the stands.  I like how the complex looks as a whole in the square and how it blends with buildings surrounding it. It is a tradition in Madrid to go out for a quick drink and a bite before lunch during...