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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...

Hotel Rural Las Rozuelas

on Oct 15, 2013 in Hotels | 2 comments

Hotel Rural Las Rozuelas is located in the municipality of Cercedilla within the autonomous community of Madrid.  This quiet and relaxing hotel invites you to enjoy the nature scene that the Sierra of Guadarrama mountain range has to offer.  I recently went to visit for the first time this hotel, after reading some great reviews on Tripadvisor, and I must say that I had a great and pleasant surprise.  Hotel Rural Las Rozuelas is one of those secret gems that very few people know about it in Spain.  This is the perfect hotel and site for a peaceful experience. The service at The Hotel Rural Las Rozuelas is familiar and helpful.  From the time I made the reservation over the phone until the last minute when I left the premises, I always felt attended and appreciated.  The hotel is a family owned business and I think the actual Zen mood that the property has is also transmitted through...

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...

Capricho Park

on Aug 16, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Capricho Park is the most romantic park in Madrid.  It is not so popular with the tourists but well-known among the locals.  Capricho (Whim or caprice in English) Park is located outside Madrid Capital; you can either get there by Subway (Metro-Stop: El Capricho) or a 15 Euros taxi drive from downtown Madrid.  Click here to get more details about the park and its history from the official tourism-site of Madrid. Capricho Park has lots of rules in order to access the premises, but this is the price we have to pay in order to preserve the beauty of the Park. The park is only open during weekends and holidays, but the good news is that it is free to enter (nothing to pay).  Food and beverages are not allowed in the park nor bicycles, balls or games.  I would not suggest this park to practice sports, on the other hand it is the perfect place to relax, take a stroll, or listen to your inner...

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...