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Eight traditional aperitivos

Categories: Food & Drink November 6, 2014

Classic or with a twist, croquettes are finger-licking (©José Barea. MD).

A serving of croquettes! Calamari coming right up! There’s a bit of space in the back somewhere… Let’s be honest – is there anything more tempting than losing yourself to the cheery atmosphere of the city’s countless bars? But you won’t feel like a true Madrileño through and through until you’ve enjoyed some good times with friends over a few cañas (beers) and tapas. Here’s a little selection I’ve put together of Madrilenians’ favourite aperitivo (pre-lunch snack).

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Abelló Collection

Degas Categoría: Art & Culture
October 8, 2014

Juan Abelló and his wife Ana Gamazo paint an exceptionally revealing picture of themselves through the works that comprise this collection, which can be viewed at CentroCentro Cibeles until 1 March.…

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El Greco and Modern Painting

laoconte-greco-300x300-150x150 Categoría: Art & Culture
August 29, 2014

The Prado Museum joins in to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco with a large exhibition that points to a connection between the artist’s work and the avant-garde.…

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Madrid Icons

Schweppes sign Categoría: Art & Culture
August 26, 2014

Which famous landmark best represents Madrid? For many it would be Cibeles Fountain, for others the Prado Museum, Puerta de Alcalá, the Royal Palace, the Bear and the Strawberry Tree or Picasso’s Guernica. What a tough choice! Today, rather than opting for one of these famous attractions, I’ve decided to …

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Casa Alberto

casa-alberto-150x150 Categoría: Food & Drink
August 21, 2014

The Literary Quarter, which was home to some of the most famous writers of the Golden Age, is one of my favourite parts of Madrid. I like to stroll through its streets, popping into the vintage shops and those antique stores where you’re always sure to find some unexpected gem from times gone …

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Gay-friendly hotels

Room Mate Oscar Categoría: LGBT
August 6, 2014

I was born in Barcelona but I’ve always felt like a citizen of the world. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to live in various different countries from a very young age.  I don’t mean that I visited as a tourist, but rather that I had the privilege of living with local people, …

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DocumentaMadrid

DocumentaMadrid Categoría: Art & Culture
April 25, 2014

A couple of charming little American grannies rebel against the loss in value of their savings and the quality of the health services they receive; some disillusioned characters, survivors of several wars, live like losers pirates on the shores of the Black Sea; a cold-blooded murderer, one of those most responsible for genocide during …

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Madrid gastronomy

Categoría: Food & Drink
November 26, 2013

Just as we have a Royal Academy of Language that monitors the correct use of Spanish, there is also a Royal Academy of Gastronomy founded on the conviction that food and the way it is prepared has always been at the very heart of our culture. Studying and promoting this important heritage is the …

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Mantequería Bravo

mantquera-bravo--ayala-24 Categoría: Food & Drink, Shopping
July 19, 2013

Sometimes you can pass by the same place over and over again and hardly register its existence. You’re so used to seeing their window displays that they become part of the urban landscape, and it never occurs you to go inside and have a poke around. Well something like that happened to me the other …

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Authentic Chic

Don Flamenco Categoría: Food & Drink, Shopping
July 19, 2013

Typical Spanish is a concept that can also be applied to things that are particularly exclusive or stylish. Artisans at the cutting edge of their craft, gastro bars with a neocañí or neo-gypsy atmosphere, and young cuplé talents have created an aesthetic that combines authenticity with the last word in chic.…

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Rooftops with a view

tartn--crculo-de-bellas-artes Categoría: Food & Drink
July 12, 2013

When summer arrives and temperatures start to climb, the bars and restaurants in Madrid take to the streets by setting up lively outdoor cafés. You will see hundreds of them as you stroll through the city, but to find the most impressive ones look up rather than at street level: some of them are located …

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Gay Pride Week

fiestas-del-orgullo-en-madrid Categoría: LGBT
July 1, 2013

 

MADO, Madrid Pride, is the name given to the celebrations on Madrid’s streets during Gay Pride Week, where the central event is the Gay Parade, the biggest in Europe, which this year will be on 6 July. The MADO celebrations include open-air concerts, parties, art, culture and sport, all in and around the …

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My guide to PHotoEspaña

f-woodman-150 Categoría: Art & Culture
June 13, 2013

Once again this June PHotoEspaña returns to Madrid with so many fascinating exhibitions it’s hard not to fall prey to Stendhal’s syndrome. Dates: 5 June to 28 July. Place: all over the city. Here’s a list of 10 shows I’ll be sure not to miss.…

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The Atlético de Madrid Museum

museo-attico-de-madrid Categoría: Sports
June 10, 2013

Last Sunday I discovered a fascinating place which I can heartily recommend to all football fans who visit our city. The place in question is the museum dedicated to Atlético de Madrid, the team that won the last King’s Cup.…

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Malasaña with the little ones

copperpot Categoría: Shopping, With the kids
June 6, 2013

Yes. We know. You cannot escape the world of the hipster, plastic-framed glasses and posing. In fashion, street markets, in all the shops, all the places to go, and just about everywhere. But, let’s face it, if you belong to the generation in its thirties, still go to festivals, used to go out in …

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With the best views

Gran Vía at night Categoría: Art & Culture
June 1, 2013

If there is one thing we all do when we travel, it is to look for the place with the best views of the city we have chosen for our holiday. We cannot help it: we like hotel terraces, rooftop bars, lifts with glass walls, towers, etc. Whatever the vertigo, it is worth it to …

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San Isidro by Miguel Ángel Perera

Miguel Ángel Perera Categoría: Art & Culture
May 13, 2013

The festivities of San Isidro are about to begin. Every year, Madrid honours its patron saint with a programme packed full of cultural events that is scheduled to coincide with the world’s number-one  bullfighting festival, starting this afternoon in the Las Ventas Bullring.…

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The long-awaited final of the Copa del Rey

cristiano-ronaldo Categoría: Sports
May 13, 2013

At last it’s time for the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) final, an event the people of Madrid look forward to all year round! And this time, it’s a true Madrid derby: Real Madrid-Atlético de Madrid or Atlético de Madrid-Real Madrid, whichever you prefer……

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Dalí on a plate

Dalí's moustaches Categoría: Food & Drink
April 27, 2013

Salvador Dalí returns to Madrid from 27 April, with full honours. That day, the Reina Sofía Museum opens its major retrospective of the artist. Coinciding with this very comprehensive exhibition, the city is preparing to pay tribute to him. The Hotel Palace was one of his favourite places in the city, which is why …

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The Madrid Rock’n'Roll Marathon

jess-y-arturo Categoría: Sports
April 24, 2013

Arturo Casado and Jesús España, European 1,500 and 5,000 metres champions, respectively, will give their all in the 10 km race at the Rock ’n’ roll Madrid Marathon this Sunday, 28 April. Who will be the first to cross the finish line? I was with them the other day in El Retiro Park and, although …

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Skiing in Madrid

estacin-de-valdesqu Categoría: Sports
April 24, 2013

Professional athletes are often forbidden from carrying out certain activities due to the risk of injury. Motorbikes, amateur bullfights, sports that are not compatible with their own… In my case, all such restrictions ended eight years ago when I retired from professional sport and I’ve since become totally hooked on one activity which I had …

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Madrid as an Olympic venue

Handball, WM2009  ESP-CRO Categoría: Sports
April 23, 2013

Madrid recently presented its third bid to host the Olympic Games and we all hope the International Olympic Committee stays true to the saying “third time lucky”.…

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Dali’s Madrid

Sculpture by Dalí Categoría: Art & Culture
April 1, 2013

From 27 April to 2 September, the Reina Sofía Museum is holding a fantastic exhibition on Salvador Dalí. That is why I’ve been asked to write a post on the adventures of this eccentric and concentric genius, as he would often describe himself, in Madrid, where he lived from 1922 to 1926.…

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The Legacy of the House of Alba Exhibition

Virgen-de-la-Granada-150x15 Categoría: Art & Culture
March 27, 2013

There’s always a huge amount of work behind any exhibition, as you can see in this video about the The Legacy of the House of Alba exhibition. The paintings, which are on display at CentroCentro Palacio de Cibeles and have already been seen by over 135,000 people, will be showcased till 21 April. …

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On your bike!

bicileta-1 Categoría: Sports
March 24, 2013

A bike is a great way to see a city. Sometimes we ride a bike out of need, other times for the exercise and often just for the sheer fun of it.…

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