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San Anton Market

on Feb 6, 2014 in Eat and Drink, Shopping | 2 comments

San Anton Market is located in the trendy neighborhood of Chuecas in Madrid very close to important shopping streets like Barquillo and Fuencarral.  The market is one of the oldest in the city but it was fully refurbished and opened to the public in 2011.  San Anton market is not only a place for locals to buy fresh produce(s) but also for visitors to enjoy great food and ambiance. The building is a large block of bricks but very practical in the inside with a beautiful atrium that is naturally illuminated by sunlight.  There are three floors open to the public. The first floor is where all the perishable goods are sold.  The second floor has many stalls selling a great variety of dishes from all over the world.  Furthermore, on the third floor there is a restaurant where you can get your meal cooked with the goods you buy from the first floor.  At last, there is a great outdoors...

Shops with Trendy Clothes for Men in Madrid

on Jan 22, 2014 in Shopping | 1 comment

For the past few years, shops with Trendy Clothes for Men in Madrid have been concentrating at Barquillo Street in Chuecas neighborhood.  Barquillo Street, starting in the 80´s, was full of music equipment stores but for the past 3 years Men’s clothing stores are taking over the street.  Barquillo Street is located at Chuecas where authentic bohemian and cool stores are found in Madrid.  Fuencarral Street is also a great shopping area within Chuecas with many alternative global brands that people like… There are plenty men’s clothing stores at Barquillo Street but I would share with you four that I like the most: 42barquillo, Bellerose, Scotch & Soda and Tenkey.  42barquillo: is great at gathering prestigious and fashion brands from all over the world in one store.  Bellerose: is a Belgium brand with great ideas for the casual and functional man.  Scotch & Soda:...

The Literary Quarter

on Oct 25, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

The Literary Quarter is a neighborhood located downtown Madrid where great Spanish writers once lived. Nowadays, it’s a quarter full of life; where bohemia, culture, history, gastronomy and party blends together. The Literary Quarter has a privileged location in Madrid and it’s surrounded by major arteries of the city such as Calle de Atocha, Carrera de San Jeronimo and Plaza de las Cortes Square.  All three major Madrilian Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia and the Prado, are within the limits of the Literary Quarter.  It is almost impossible to visit Madrid and not walk by the quarter due to its location. The neighborhood has many walk-only streets and big squares with plenty of sitting areas.  One of the most famous squares is Plaza Santa Ana, which at nighttime is one of the great meeting points to start the party in Madrid.  Around the small streets of the quarter you...

San Sebastian or Donostia

on Aug 23, 2013 in Sights | 4 comments

San Sebastian or Donostia in Basque language, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  It´s not only me saying it, there are many travel reviews from around the world (New York Times, The Guardian, etc) that agree with my view.  San Sebastian is a mid-size city (close to 200k people) located in the north of Spain and close to France.  San Sebastian is the capital of the Spanish province of Gipuzkoa, which is one of the three provinces that form the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.  Donostia has many things to offer to its visitors but what I enjoy the most is: its food, its architecture and cultural activities.  I will be going back to San Sebastian with my camera and try to capture in detail other sites and experiences of this wonderful city. The best way to get there is to travel by plain but the city airport is a bit far and few expensive daily routes connect you to...

Las Rozas Village Chic Outlet

on Aug 5, 2013 in Shopping | 0 comments

Las Rozas Village Chic Outlet is probably the best place to shop luxury goods at excellent prices in Madrid.  Las Rozas Village is located in a upper-middle class municipality west of Madrid Capital named: Las Rozas.  The most comfortable way to get there is a twenty minute drive by car and you have free and secure parking when you get there.  However, there is a train station nearby (“Pinar de las Rozas”) and several buses from Madrid (628, 625, 629).  They even have a special service for shoppers, Shopping Express, that offers a luxury bus-ride directly from Plaza España (in downtown Madrid) to the shopping village.  It’s probably better that you check Las Rozas Village official web-page before you go, in order to get detailed and updated information. Technically, Las Rozas Village is considered to be an outlet because most of its clothes are from previous seasons and...