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Café de Chinitas: flamenco in its essence

Categories: Entertainment August 31, 2018

In the Café de Chinitas / said Paquiro to his brother: / ‘I am braver than you / a better bullfighter and a better gypsy’. These are verses that Federico García Lorca wrote as a tribute to the oldest Café Chantant in Spain and direct ancestor of today’s flamenco venues known in Spain as tablaos: Café de Chinitas in Málaga, which, from 1857 to 1937, opened its doors to the general public and indeed to ruffians, offering them the purest and most genuine flamenco anywhere to be found. Read more

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

Madrid Nightlife Strikes Back

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August 31, 2016

Madrid me mata (Madrid kills me). “La mítica noche Madrileña” (the legendary Madrid nightlife). “Mad City” (a reference to the crazy temperament of this wild town). La Movida Madrileña (the name of Madrid’s post-dictatorship no-holds-barred cultural revolution during the 70s and 80s).…

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

Madrid is the new Berlin

Madrid is the new Berlin Categories: Entertainment
June 10, 2016

Yep. You heard it here first. The Spanish capital is experiencing a bit of a moment. Tough economic (not to mention political) times have spurred an awakening; driving more creativity, solidarity, and transformation on this city’s streets than ever. Berlin has been attracting the world’s drifting bohemian class for the better part of …

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

Lost in La Latina

Cafe Pavón, La Latina Categories: Entertainment, Shopping
April 19, 2016

La Latina is a labyrinth of bars, restaurants and bullish antiquarians. The sheer quantity of places on offer is staggering and, if you’re anything like me, when you enter into the over-filled fray you have absolutely no idea how to distinguish between the good and the bad. So why not consult the experts? While …

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

10 Almodóvar Madrid Movie Moments

Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar Categories: Entertainment
March 30, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar is set to release his latest film Julieta and once again the Spanish capital will be part of the characteristically eclectic backdrop. For decades, the Manchego maestro has weaved his cinematic stories through the streets of Madrid; capturing the city’s ever-changing tapestry of stark contrasts, colourful personalities and its gentle metamorphosis …

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

Mad Weird

Mad Weird Categories: Entertainment
March 18, 2016

Madrid is a city full of quirks. The capital city’s notoriety may stem from its status as Spain’s grandiose capital, but look past the wide boulevards, colossal monuments, and traditional bars, and you’ll spot an endless array of urban anomalies. Shaped by its tumultuous history, simmered by years of isolation, and brought to …

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Liam Aldous Liam Aldous

Just Opened!

La vaquería montañesa Categories: Entertainment
February 12, 2016

Bars, shops, restaurants – the wave of new openings sweeping over the Spanish capital is relentless. It’s hard to keep up. So whether you’re an intrepid traveller hoping to discover the coolest hidden hotspots or a local looking to stay ahead of the curve, here are four of the newest additions to Madrid’s ongoing metamorphosis. …

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