If you wish to be kept up to date with the very latest news andevents from Madrid, register at www.esmadrid.com/recuerdamadrid.There you can download the form, fill in your personaldetails and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.GUÍA IMPRESCINDIBLE DE MADRIDPATRONATO DE TURISMO DE MADRIDÁrea de Gobierno de Economía, Empleo y Participación CiudadanaAyuntamiento de Madridh Plaza Mayor 27, (Casa de la Panadería)28012 MADRIDDiseño y Maquetación:E.M. Promoción MadridDepósito Legal:Imprime:
GREETING FROM THE MAYOR As well as being the capital city, Madrid is also the economic,social and cultural engine of Spain. It is a city that boasts a richcultural past, but with its sights clearly set on the future. Proofof this can be seen by the major urban transformation that thecity has undergone over recent years, as well as other ground-breaking projects being carried out in a number of fields in orderto improve the quality of life for all its inhabitants, to better satisfythe expectations of its visitors, and positioning itself at the forefrontof European capitals.At the same time, Madrid is a modern metropolis that has ma-naged to hold on to its traditions and customs; a cosmopolitancapital, which welcomes citizens from all around the world withopen arms ; it is pioneering, and focuses on accessibility andsustainability; it is an entrepreneurial metropolis. In conclusion, itis a city where visitors immediately feel at home; being in Madridis the same as being from Madrid.In a number of studies, Madrid has been acknowledged as one ofthe top ten cities to live in, to work in, to invest in and to visit. Infact, it has become one of the most appealing tourist destinationsin Europe, as can be seen by the more than seven million touristswho choose to visit Madrid each year. Our cultural activities, sho-pping, food and drink and recreational activities are wide rangingand constantly evolving. Added to this are its numerous parksand gardens, which position Madrid as the number two capitalin the world for the number of green spaces, and the city has alarge number of sports centres and facilities where you can enjoypracticing sports.Madrid invites you to discover all this for yourself, to enjoy themultitude of experiences and sensations that this wonderful cityhas to offer. We are sure that your trip will awaken your desire toreturn to Madrid in the future. And this is exactly what we hopeto achieve.Welcome to Madrid.Alberto Ruiz-GallardónMayor of Madrid
Mohammed I (852-886), son of Abder-ramán II, orders theconstruction of a cita-del and the fortificationof the hamlet of Mayrit,thus creating a walledtown. The site chosento build the citadel isthe same as the laterTrastamara Castle, theHapsburg Palace andthe present-day RoyalPalace built during theBourbon dynasty.King Alfonso VI of Cas-tile captures Madrid aspart of his successfulcampaign to conquerToledo.The drawing up ofthe Fuero de Madrid,a series of municipalbi-laws and legal andpenal regulations.This year marks thedeath of Isidro de Merloy Quintana who, in the17thcentury, was cho-sen as the Patron Saintof Madrid.Alfonso XI createsa special Chamberwhereby open debate issubstituted by 12 towncounselors, 2 mayorsand a sheriff. It is con-sidered to be the pre-cursor to the present-day City Hall.Work begins on expand-ing the Plaza de San Sal-vador, the present-dayPlaza de la Villa.Creation of the first per-manent Magistrate ofMadrid.King Fernando III as-cribes the city’s coat-of-arms: a rampagingbear eating the fruitfrom a strawberry tree,quite a common tree inthose times.Madrid enters the RoyalCourt. The Town is of-ficially recognized as a“municipality” with rep-resentation in the Span-ish Court.King Henry IV grantsMadrid the title of MuyNoble y Muy Leal (VeryNoble and Very Loyal)for loyalty shown to-wards his person.ALFONSO VI OF CASTILE PLAZA DE LA VILLAHENRY IV865 11721083 1202 1346 1460 14771222 14331435 14657CHRONOLOGYOFMADRIDPALACIO DE LOS LUJANESmADRIDmEDIEVALCHRONOLOGYOF MADRID
Start of the HapsburgDynasty (the House ofAustria). Charles I iscrowned King of Castile.Madrid joins theComunero Movementunder Juan de Zapata.Francisco I of France isheld prisoner in the Lu-janes Tower.Emperor Charles V en-ters the city.Madrid surrenders af-ter the defeat of thecomuneros in Villalar.Philip II chooses Ma-drid as the permanentheadquarters of theSpanish Court. The citybecomes the centre ofa vast empire.Building of theCasa de la Panad-ería –the Bakery.Writer Miguel de Cer-vantes dies at his homein Madrid.Charles I confers thetitle of Imperial y Coro-nada (Imperial andCrowned) to Madrid onrequest of Deputy JuanHurtado de Mendoza.Philip II orders the con-struction of a city wall,the third in the history ofthe city.Building of the firstGeneral Hospital.Philip IV orders the con-struction of the fourthcity wall that lasts untilthe middle of the 19thcentury.Painter Velázquez diesin Madrid.Philip III purchaseswhat is now known asthe Retiro Park, lateradding additional gar-dens and fountains.Playwright Lope deVega dies at his homein what is currently callede Cervantes.Building work begins onthe Buen Retiro Palace.Of the original build-ings, only the Salón deReinos and the Ball-room (The Buen RetiroVilla) still remain.Culture flourishes in Ma-drid and city is home towriters such as Góngo-ra, Quevedo, Calderónde la Barca, Lopede Vega andpainters suchas Velasquez.9CHRONOLOGYOFMADRIDCARLOS IPARQUE DEL RETIROMIGUEL DE CERVANTES FELIPE IVCASÓN DEL BUEN RETIRO1516 1521 15251520 15361524 1561 1590 16161544 15961566 1625 16601618 16351630Charles I orders thereconstruction of thePalace of Madrid, con-verting it into a royalresidence.THE Hapsburg (16th-17thcentury)DYNASTY
The establishment of theBourbon dynasty. PhilipV claims the crown asheir to Charles II.Foundation of the RoyalAcademy of Language.King Charles III of Naples arrives in Madrid,instigator of the urban planning and theconstruction of buildings such as the RealAduana (Royal Customs House) (1769),the Royal Post Office (1768), the Office ofNatural History, the present-day PradoMuseum (1785), the Royal BotanicalGardens (1781), as well as the Cibeles(1782), Neptune (1784), Apollo (1780)and Alcachofa (1782) fountains.The former Palace isdestroyed in a fire onChristmas Eve. Fouryears later, construc-tion work begins onthe present-day RoyalPalace. It is completedin 1764.Dos de Mayo (2nd of May), the people of Madrid rise up against the invadingFrench army. For 5 long hours, they fight against immeasurable odds, resultingin a thousand dead.King Fernando VIIgrants Madrid the titleof Muy Heroica (Mostheroic) for the actions ofits citizens on the Dosde Mayo.José Bonaparte orders the tearing down of allareas of congestion in the city turning them intosquares and public footpaths. He creates the areaknown nowadays as the Plaza de Oriente.Definitive building workon the Plaza Mayor,giving it its present-dayappearance.Construction of thePuerta de Alcalá (TheAlcalá Gates).Building of the new SanAntonio de la FloridaHermitage.Siglo XVIII Siglo XIX11FUSILAMIENTOS DEL 2 DE MAYO - GOYAFERNANDO VIIángel caido - parque del retiroFELIPE VCHRONOLOGYOFMADRIDPUERTA DE ALCALÁ1700 1734 176917781714 18081759 179817901854 1808 -1813 1814
Alfonso XIII officiallylaunches the projectto demolish variousbuildings in order towiden the Gran Vía.Work continues until1929. This area seesthe mergence of thefirst department stores/ markets, and otherspecialized sectorssuch as banks, insur-ance companies, cin-emas and offices.Building work beginson the Ciudad Uni-versitaria, founded byAlfonso XIII.The proclamation of theSecond Republic at thePuerta del Sol. Build-ing work is completedon the building of theVentas Bullring. Madrid-Barajas airport opens.The Ciudad Lineal ur-ban planning project,the brainstorm of Ar-turo Soria, is approved.Opening of the firststretches of tramwaysbetween Sol & Ser-rano and Recoletos &Hipódromo.Construction of the Eliz-abeth II Canal and theaqueduct infrastructureto bring water fromthe river Lozoyato Madrid.Elizabeth II places thefoundation stone of theNational Library.Restoration and exten-sion of Puerta del Sol.Building work beginson the Bank of Spain onthe site of the former Al-cañices Palace. Work iscompleted in 1891.On the 19th of Novem-ber, the Prado Museumfirst opens its doors tothe public.18511858181913CHRONOLOGYOFMADRIDmonumento a alfonso xii - parque del retiro1910 19311929Siglo XX18571861 1898189218841866
1990 1992 1997 20101993 2007Start of the “movidamadrileña” (a countercultural movement), withthe emergence of cultur-al icons such as PedroAlmodóvar and Alaska.Madrid, European Capital of Culture. During thecourse of the year, the following venues are of-ficially opened: the new Puerta de Atocha TrainStation with AVE high-speed trains running fromMadrid to Seville; the Reina Sofia Museum andArt Gallery; the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum;the City Museum; the Madrid Theatre, la Casade América (former Linares Palace); the Argan-zuela Greenhouses; the Rodríguez Sahagún park;the Juan Carlos I park; the “Lighthouse” and thetransport hub at Moncloa.Opening of the NationalMusic Auditorium inPríncipe de Vergara.Reopening of the RoyalTheatre for opera pro-ductions.Centenary celebrationsof the Gran Vía, whosevery name evokes theessence and splen-dour of the shopping,the architecture, theculture, the fun and di-versity of Madrid.Opening of the newextension to the PradoMuseum and the re-structuring of the M-30ring road.Pope John Paul con-secrates the AlmudenaCathedral.1934 1943 19541932 19471936Building work begins onthe viaduct above calleSegovia that replacesthe iron structure built inthe 19th century.Founding of the Gale-rías Preciados.Construction of theTorre de Madrid buildingin the Plaza de España.Building work beginson Nuevos Ministerioson the site of the formerHipódromo (horse-rac-ing track).The start of the CivilWar at which pointMadrid is besieged forthree long years.The project to length-en the Castellana isapproved.1975 19801967 1979Monarchy is re-stored with KingJuan Carlos I.Opening of the newChamartin Station andthe tunnel that links itwith Atocha. In 1971,Chamartin station wasextended.April 3rd. First demo-cratic municipal elec-tions.15ALMODÓVAR & McNAMARACHRONOLOGYOFMADRIDedificio telefónica - gran vía
1213140102030405060708091011ROUTESAROUNDTHECITYPuerta del SolRoyal Post Office(Bourbon, 18thcentury),the Mariblanca sculp-ture (reproduction ofthe 17thcentury origi-nal), statue of CharlesIII on horseback (20thcentury), the Bear andthe Strawberry Treesculpture (20thcentury).Calle de Bailén:Almudena Crypt andCathedral (19thand20thcentury).Cava de SanMiguelOlde worlde restau-rants,theBotín(1725),the Arco de Cuchil-leros (Hapsburg, 17thcentury).Calle Arenal& surroundingareaSan Ginés Church(Hapsburg, 17thcen-tury), Monastery of theOrder of DescalzasReales (16thcentury).De La Vega Hill /Emir MuhammadI ParkRemains of the citywalls (9thand 10thcentury).Plaza Mayor(Hapsburg,16thcenturyand Bourbon,18thcentury)Casa de la Panadería(the Bakery), Casade la Carnicería (theButcher’s), statue ofPhilip III on horseback.Plaza deElizabeth IIRoyal Theatre (Eliza-bethan, end of 19thcen-tury), sculpture of Eliza-beth II (20thcentury).Calle Mayorthe Duque de UcedaPalace. Home to theState Council and theMilitary Headquarters(Hapsburg, 17thcen-tury), the SacramentoChurch (Hapsburg,17thcentury), remainsof the Santa MaríaChurch (11thand 12thcentury), AbrantesPalace, present-dayItalian Institute of Cul-ture (Hapsburg, 17thcentury), San NicolásChurch (Plaza de SanNicolás, 13thcentury).Plaza de laProvinciaSanta Cruz Palaceor former Court Gaol(Hapsburg, 17thcen-tury), (19thcentury).Plaza de laEncarnaciónMonastery of the En-carnation (Hapsburg,17thcentury).Plaza de la VillaLujanes Tower (15thcentury), Casa deCisneros (16thcen-tury), Casa de la Villa(Hapsburg, 17thcen-tury), sculpture of DonAlvaro de Bazán (19thcentury).Puerta del SolRoyal Post Office(Bourbon, 18thcen-tury), Kilometre Zero(20thcentury).Plaza de OrienteSculpture of Philip IV(17thcentury), sculp-tures of the Spanishkings and queens (18thcentury), Royal Palace(Bourbon, 18thcentury).Calle MayorHouse of Calderón dela Barca (Hapsburg,17thcentury), QueenMother’s Pharmacy(dating from the 16th-century, building fromthe 20thcentury), SanMiguel Market (19th-century).010305070911 130204060810 1214ROUTES AROUNDTHE CITY17Approximate length: 2 hoursRoute 1
01010102030405060708091011121314ROUTESAROUNDTHECITYPuerta del Sol /Calle del CarmenEl Carmen Church(Hapsburg, 17thcentury).The RetiroPark (17th-20thcenturies)Monument dedicatedto Alfonso XII, The Ce-cilio Rodríguez Gar-dens, The VelasquezPalace, The Crystal Pal-ace, The Rose gardens,Fountain of the FallenAngel, the Duque deFernán Núñez pathway.Carrera deSan JerónimoSpanish ParliamentBuilding (19thcen-tury), Sculpture ofMiguel de Cervantes(19thcentury).Cuesta deMoyanoMercado de libros dela Cuesta de Moyano.Glorieta delEmperadorCarlos V (Atocha)Atocha Train Station(19thcentury), The Rei-na Sofía Museum andArt Gallery (18thcentu-ry building, with addi-tions made in both the20thand 21stcenturies).El Barrio de lasLetras (Writers’Quarter):Area of taverns, Span-ish Theatre or theformer Principe Thea-tre (Plaza de SantaAna, dating from the17thcentury, buildingfrom the 19thcentury),Royal Academy of His-tory (Calle de León,Bourbon, 18thcentury),the Trinitarians Con-vent (Calle Lope deVega, Hapsburg, 17thcentury), the Juan de laCuesta Printing Housewhere Don Quixotewas first printed in1604 (Calle de Atocha,87), the Lope de VegaHouse (Calle de Cer-vantes, 11, Hapsburg,17thcentury). Austrias,siglo XVII).Calle de AlcaláRoyal Customs Houseor Ministry of Revenue(Bourbon, 18thcen-tury), San FernandoRoyal Academy ofFine Arts (Bourbon,18thcentury), MadridCasino (20thcentury),Calatravas Church(17thcentury), Metróp-olis Building (20thcen-tury), San José Church(18thcentury), Circle ofFine Arts (20thcentury),Cariátides Building(20thcentury), Bank ofSpain (19thcentury).Paseo del PradoRoyal Botanical Gar-dens, Prado Museum(Bourbon, 18thcen-tury, 20thcentury ex-tension work).Carrera de SanJerónimoLhardy restaurant (Eliz-abethan, 19thcentury).Plaza de CibelesCibeles Fountain(Bourbon, 18thcentu-ry), Buenavista Palace(18thcentury), Casade América or LinaresPalace (19thcentury),Cibeles Palace (20thcentury).Calle de Philip IVSan Jerónimo El RealChurch (15thcentury),The Buen Retiro Villaand the Salón de Rei-nos (the Hall of King-doms) of the Buen Re-tiro Palace (Hapsburg,17thcentury), SpanishRoyal Academy of Lan-guage (19thcentury).Puerta del SolCalle de AlcaláPuerta de Alcalá (Bour-bon, 18thcentury).Plaza de Canovasdel Castillo(Neptune)Madrid Stock Market(19thcentury), Monu-ment to the Fallen of“Dos de Mayo” (19thcentury), Neptuneand Apollo foun-tains (Bourbon, 18thcentury), ThyssenBornemisza Museum(19thcentury).0103070810120204050609111413Route 2Approximate length: 3 hours19
Getting to grips with a city like Madrid, especially one with more than a thousand years of history behind it, is a daunting andoften time-consuming task. If your time in Madrid is limited, we have taken the liberty of compiling a list of monuments and placesthat visitors to Madrid should definitely not miss out on.The Art Walk is a singular setting that combines art, architecture and nature and is located in one of the most characteristic areas ofthe city: the Paseo del Prado. It makes for a very pleasant stroll taking you past the Botanical Gardens as well as three of the mostrenowned museums in the world:The Art WalkConsidered by many to be “the best artgallery in the world “, the Prado Museumis, if not the best, then one of the mostrespected art centres and is a must-seeon any visit to Madrid. Its walls are deckedwith the best collections of works of art ofthe Spanish School from the 16th throughto the 18th century. It also houses largecollections from both the Flemish andVenetian schools, as well as smaller co-llections by German, French and Englishartists. The museum has been recentlyexpanded and, thanks to a technicallydifficult overhaul by architect Rafael Mo-neo, now includes the Claustro de losJerónimos (Cloister of the Jeronimos).h Paseo del Pradof Banco de España / Atochak Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm.Closed Monday€ Free entry Tuesday to Saturday from 6pmto 8pm and Sundays from 5pm to 8pmb 902 107 077+info: www.museodelprado.esHoused in the Villahermosa Palace, thisis the world’s largest private art collectionand brings together some 1,000 works ofart that cover 700 years of art from aroundthe world, all the way from the 13th cen-tury up to the up to the latest tendenciesof the 20th century. The addition to thepalace, located in the adjoining building,is home to the private collection of thewidow of Baron Thyssen, Carmen Cer-vera, and contains works of art from the17th century through to the 19th centuryof both Spanish artists and artists fromaround the world.h Paseo del Prado, 8f Banco de España / Atochak Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pmb 91 369 01 51+info: www.museothyssen.orgPrado MuseumThyssen-Bornemisza MuseumMUST-SEEMADRIDMUST-SEEMADRID2120MUST-SEE MADRID
This renowned museum, as well as housingGuernica (1937) by Picasso, is home toworks of art by some of the most importantartists of the latter part of the 19th centuryto the present-day - mainly Spanish in ori-gin (Dalí, Miró, Juan Gris, Julio González,Tapies, Chillida...). The museum is locatedat the site of the former General de SanCharles Hospital, designed by Sabatini du-ring the reign of Charles III and restored toits former glory in the 1980s. In September2005, building work on the latest addition tothemuseumwascompleted.Thenewaddi-tion (designed by architect Jean Nouvel)consists of three buildings that house galle-ries and temporary exhibitions, auditoriumsand a library all of which can be accesseddirectly from the Sabatini building.h C/ Santa Isabel, 52f Atochak Monday to Saturday from 10am to9pm. Sunday from 10am to 2:30pm.Closed Tuesdays.€ Free entry Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursdays and Fridays from 7pm to 9pm,Saturdays from 2:30pm to 9:00pm andSundays from 10am to 2:30pm.b 91 774 10 00+info: www.museoreinasofia.esMUST-SEEMADRID23The idea of creating a Navy Museum datesback to the 18thCentury, and as well as alibrary, the idea was to have all the naturalsciences required for the comprehensi-ve training of the Spanish Navy, housedunder one roof. Through the museum’sgalleries, boasting historic artefacts suchas the Juan de la Cosa Map, the first mapto have included America, visitors can geta glimpse of all the major decisive eventsfrom the Catholic Kings and the discoveryof the Americas through to the Battle ofTrafalgar, with special focus on the 18thCentury Spanish ship building. Visitors willlearn about the history of Spanish navy,mostly with a military focus, during thecrucial times in Spanish history.h Paseo del Prado, 5f Banco de Españak Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.Closed Monday.€ Free entryb 91 523 87 89+info: www.museonavalmadrid.com“La Caixa” cultural centre is also locatedalong the Paseo del Arte and houses somefascinating temporary exhibitions as wellas hosting other cultural activities. Built onthe site of the former power station – oneof the few examples of modern industrialarchitecture to be found in the historic cen-tre of Madrid – designed by architecturalfirm Herzog and De Meuron, entry to thecentre is decorated with a breathtakingvertical garden, the work of French artistsPatrick Blanc.h Paseo del Prado, 36f Atocha / Banco de Españak from 10am to 8pm. Guided tour ofthe building Mondays and Saturdaysat 1pm and Fridays at 7pm. Advancebookings can be made at the informa-tion desk€ Free entryb 91 330 73 00+info: www.obrasocial.lacaixa.esFurniture, pottery, glassware, jewellery, ta-pestries, oriental art, etc. and up to 30,000different objects, which over the courseof history have been used to decoratehouses, palaces and monuments of di-fferent cultures. The oldest objects in thecollection date back to the 4thCentury BC,and go all the way through to the first halfof the 20thCentury.h Montalbán, 12f Banco de España / Retirok Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to3pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Sa-turdays from 5pm to 8pm. Sundays andpublic holidays from 10am to 3pm. Clo-sed Monday.€ Free entry Thursdays from 5pm to8pm, Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm andSundays.b 91 532 64 99 / 91 532 68 45+info: http://mnartesdecorativas.mcu.esReina Sofia Museum and Art Gallery Naval MuseumCaixaForum Madrid National Museum of Decorative ArtsMUST-SEEMADRID22Open Mondays
MUST-SEEMADRIDMUST-SEEMADRIDPLAZA DE LA VILLA Royal Palace and surrounding areaPLAZA MAYORThe Palace, built in the 18thcentury onthe orders of the first king of the Bourbondynasty (Philip V), houses treasures com-parable to other great European palaces.The surrounding urban landscape is veryrepresentative of Madrid’s colourful historyand contains such emblematic buildingsas: Plaza de Oriente, Teatro Real (RoyalTheatre), Almudena Cathedral, Campodel Moro Gardens, Monastery of theEncarnation, Sabatini Gardens...The gates of the Royal Palace are the ve-nue for the Relevo Solemne de la GuardiaReal (the Solemn Changing of the RoyalGuard) a re-enactment of a ceremony thatused to take place during the reigns ofAlfonso XII and Alfonso XIII. It takes placeat midday on the first Wednesday of eachmonth (excluding July, August and Sept-ember, and on days of official acts of stateor in inclement weather conditions) with atotal of 429 military staff and 105 horsestaking part.Every Wednesday from 11am to 2 pm, visi-tors can also see the Relevo de la Guardiaen la Puerta del Príncipe del Palacio Real(the Changing of the Guard at the Prince’sGate of the Royal Palace) - excluding daysof the Solemn Changing of the Guard andofficial acts of state or in inclement weatherconditions. Regaled in their dress uniform,each “post” (consisting of 2 foot soldiersand 2 riders on horseback) falls into for-mation in front of the Puerta del Príncipe(Prince’s Gate) to the musical accompani-ment of fife and drum.This spectacular porticoed square has beenthefocalpointofthecitysincePhilipIIsettledonMadridastheofficialresidenceoftheSpa-nish Royal Court in 1561. In its lifetime it hasbeen used for a variety of purposes: theatre,civiccentre,market,etc.,thefocalpointbeingthe Casa de la Panadería (the Bakery). ItstandsoppositetheCasadelaCarnicería(theButcher’s) and both buildings can be easilyrecognized by their characteristic towers.Over the course of history, the square hassuffered three fires, the last one in 1790 thatresulted in it having to be rebuilt by Juan deVillanueva. Where the streets joined, thesquare was walled in with half-point arches,and dwellings were built above them. Theonly condition for owners of the proper-ties was that they were required to rent outtheir balconies (presently 237 in total) duringcelebrations. The higher the balcony, thehigher the rental price.In the centre of the square stands the statueof Philip III on horseback, work of Flemishsculptor Juan de Bologna and Pietro Taccathat dates from the 17thcentury. It was pla-ced here in 1848, having been moved fromits former home in the Casa de Campo.h Plaza Mayorf SolLocated in an area of the city popularlyknown as Hapsburg Madrid, it is hometo buildings from the 15th, 16th and 17thCenturies, namely the Casa de la Villa, theLujanes Tower and the Casa de Cisneros.In the centre of the square stands the stat-ue by Mariano Benlliure of Álvaro de Bazán,Marquis of Santa Cruz, who was Admiralof the Spanish Armada during the reign ofPhilip II. The Casa de la Villa, designed byarchitect Juan Gómez de Mora, is a two-storey building with towers on each of itsfour corners, and has changed little since itwas first built. The only exception is the bal-cony that now faces onto calle Mayor thatwas built in the 18th century by Juan de Vil-lanueva so that the Queen would be ableto see the Corpus Christi Processions. Thebuilding still has two of its original doorsthat date back to the days when it was firstthe town hall and later the city gaol.Linked to the Casa de la Villa by a smallpassageway – built at the beginning of theThe Presentation of Credentials is oneof the most solemn acts in the life of adiplomat where the sending Head of Statepresents the new Ambassador to the King.The ceremony involves 377 members ofthe Royal Guard.h C/ Bailénf Óperak WINTER (October-March) Monday toSaturday from 9:30am to 5pm. Sundaysfrom 9am to 2pm. SUMMER (April-Sep-tember) Monday to Saturday from 9am to6pm. Sundays from 9am to 3pm. May beclosed for official acts of state.€ Free entry on Wednesday.b 91 454 88 00+info: www.patrimonionacional.es20th century – is the Casa de Cisneros,built in the first third of the 16th century(1537), a great example of plateresquearchitecture and commissioned by thenephew of Cardinal Cisneros.On the left as you enter the square standsthe Lujanes Tower (15th century) in Mude-jar style (Spanish/Moorish). It is one of theoldest civic buildings still standing in thecity and according to legend King Fran-cois I of France was imprisoned there afterbeing taken prisoner in the battle of Paviain 1520.h Plaza de la Villaf Sol / Óperak Guided tours of the Casa de la Villaavailable on Mondays (excluding publicholidays) at 5pm. Advance bookings at theMadrid Tourism Centre (Plaza Mayor, 27).€ Free entry+info: www.esmadrid.com 2524Open Mondays
MUST-SEEMADRIDMUST-SEEMADRIDBuilt in the 17thcentury during the reignof Philip IV, this is the most important(historically and artistically speaking) ofall the parks in Madrid and is one of themost beautiful city parks in the world. Thepark was originally home to a set of buil-dings that comprised a large palace, anda garden with a host of features: hermita-ges, grottos, covered paths, ponds etc.Its most attractive and unrivaled featuresare the Cecilio Rodríguez Gardens, theAlfonso XII Monument, the Retiro Lake,the ruins of the San Isidro Hermitage, theVelasquez Palace, the Crystal Palace, theFuente del Ángel Caído (Fountain of theFallen Angel), the Ciprés Calvo trees (BaldCypress), the Alcachofa Fountain, etc.f Retirok WINTER (from October to March): from7am to 10pm (gates start to open at 6am,with all gates open by 7am and closingstarts at 9:30pm, with all gates closed by10pm). SUMMER (from April to Septem-ber): from 7am to midnight (closing startsat 11:30pm, with all closed by midnight).Guided tours Saturdays at 11am. Advancebookings on 911 273 988.€ Free entry.+info: www.madrid.esThe Puerta del Sol is the nerve centre ofMadrid – par excellence. There is probablyno other spot in Madrid that best reflectsboth the blend of cultures and the wel-coming and cosmopolitan nature of thecity. There are many icons that have beenassociated with the square over the years:the clock that rings in the New Year, thecelebrated statue of the Bear and Straw-berry Tree (symbol of Madrid), “KilometreZero” – the epicentre of the Spanish roadnetwork, and the last survivor of the neonadvertisement boards that once coveredthe rooftops, that of Tío Pepe. In its earlydays, in around the 15thcentury, this wasone of the access points through the largewall that surrounded the city.h Puerta del Solf SolBirthplace of the very first edition of DonQuixote and home to the major figures ofSpanish literature, this traditional Madridneighbourhood is today one of the nervecentres of the historic centre of Madridbeing both the focal point of theatres, res-taurants, hotels and stores, as well as forits well-preserved streets, squares andhistoric buildings. This unique setting inthe very heart of Madrid is of historical,cultural, tourist and economic significanceand is often a rendezvous point for night-time revelers.f Antón Martín / Sevilla / AtochaIn the popular La Latina district, Sundaysand public holidays are the opening daysof this famous open-air flea market thathas been going strong for more than 400years. The main street of this incrediblypopular bazaar is the Ribera de Curtidoresthat starts at Plaza de Cascorro and conti-nues through to the Ronda de Toledo. OnSundays, sellers set up their stalls on thepavement to sell the most diverse array ofwares. And the variety of goods is mind-boggling: from valuable antiques to smallobjects that at first glance would appearto serve no purpose at all!h C/ Ribera de Curtidores and surroun-ding areaf La Latina / Tirso de Molina / Puertade Toledok Sundays and public holidays from 9amto 3pm.The Retiro Park puerta del sol Barrio de las Letras TheRastroflea-market2726Teatro RealThe Teatro Real was opened in 1850, co-inciding with the birthday of Queen IsabelII, on the site of the former open-air theatrethat specialised in Italian opera and wascalled Caños del Peral. It was torn downin 1817. It was designed by architects An-tonio López Aguado and Custodio Mo-reno, who were commissioned to build amagnificent, irregular-shaped, hexagonalbuilding. Its size is breathtaking, and it isestimated that in the stage area, which issome 60 metres high, you could fit the Te-lefonica building on Gran Vía. After a majorrefurbishment, in 1997 it was reopened asan opera house.h Plaza de Orientef Óperak Guided tours Monday to Friday, exclud-ing Tuesdays and days when, for technicalor artistic reasons, they can not take place,from 10:30am to 1pm, and Saturdays,Sundays and Public Holidays from 11amto 1:30pm, subject to change.b 91 516 06 60 / 91 516 06 96+info: www.teatro-real.comOpen Mondays
MUST-SEEMADRIDMUST-SEEMADRIDThis is one of the most beautiful, mostcentrically located and the most renownedplazas of Madrid, a fusion of both ancientand modern, and is flanked by four mo-numental buildings built during the 19thand 20thCenturies: the Linares Palace,the Cibeles Palace (home to Madrid CityHall), the Bank of Spain, and the Buena-vista Palace.In the very centre stands the iconic CibelesFountain. Together with the Apollo andNeptune Fountains, these are the decora-tions per se of the Paseo del Prado and arethe brainchild of King Charles III (18thcen-tury). You may be interested to note thatthe Cibeles Fountain and the immediatesurrounding area is the traditional meetingpoint for fans of Real Madrid football clubwhen celebrating their championship titles.h Plaza de Cibelesf Banco de Españak Guided tours of the Linares Palace Sa-turdays and Sundays at 11am, middayand 1pm. For ticket reservations, pleasecall: 902 400 222.On the Bernabéu Stadium Tour, visitorscan access all areas of the stadium: thepitch, the Presidential Box, the playerstunnel, the players’ benches and the chan-ging rooms. And the pièce de résistance,a visit to the Trophy Room Exhibition, thebest way to fully appreciate the legend thatis the Real Madrid football club.h C/ Concha Espina, 1 (Santiago Berna-béu Stadium, gate 20)f Santiago Bernabéuk Monday to Saturday from 10am to7pm. Sundays and public holidays from10:30am to 6:30pm. On match days, toursavailable until 2 pm.b 902 311 709+info: www.realmadrid.comThe deep electric blues skies that generatebeautiful sunsets almost every day of theyear are characteristic of Madrid. Might wesuggest that you watch the sun go downfrom one of the many great vantage pointsaround the city: the Debod Temple, in theParque del Oeste (Western Park), from thedome of the Almudena Cathedral or fromthe Vistillas Park or from one of the low hillsin the Cerro del Tío Pío Park.f Ventura Rodríguez / Ópera141 (para llegar al Cerro del Tío Pío)The Bullring, with a neo-Mudejar design(Moorish/Spanish), and with a crowd ca-pacity of 25,000, is the work of architectsJosé Espeliú and Muñoz Monasterio, andfirst opened its doors to the public in 1931.There is bullfighting each Sunday fromMarch until October, but the highlight ofthe year in the renowned San Isidro Festi-val, during the month of May. Inside thereis a bullfighting museum that bares testa-ment to some of the incredible momentsin the art and history of bullfighting.A guided tour of the bullring is available tothe public from Tuesday to Sunday from10am to 2pm, with Tauro Tour Las Ventas(information and reservation number 91556 92 37).h C/ Alcalá, 237f Ventasb 91 356 22 00+info: www.las-ventas.comDesigned towards the latter part of the 19thcentury, building building work began in1910. It represented a major accomplish-ment in city planning and was envisagedto modernize the Madrid by linking thecity’s historic centre with the neighbour-hoods that had sprung up thanks in partto the city’s growth (Argüelles, Salamanca,Chamberí). Throughout its construction,which continued through to the middleof the 20thcentury, this was the home tosome of the most contemporary architec-tural projects in the capital and became averitable storefront of architectural styles.This grand avenue, of almost one and ahalf kilometres in length, has become oneof the most emblematic thoroughfares ofMadrid, not only from the city planningpoint of view, but for the social, economicand cultural role it has played in the lifeof the city - over the recent years, it hasbecome the home to opening nights forboth national and international musicalsand is popularly known as the “Broadway”of Madrid.h Gran Víaf Banco de España / Gran Vía / Callao /Santo Domingo / Plaza de Españak Guided tours Sundays at 12pm. Advan-ce bookings at the Madrid Tourism Centre(Plaza Mayor, 27).b 91 588 29 06+info: www.esmadrid.comArchitecturally speaking, 20thand 21stcen-tury Madrid can for the most part be foundon the flanks of this sprawling boulevard,namely the Paseo de la Castellana that,along with its characteristically huge buil-dings, has grown to become the city’sfinancial district. Some of the major cityplanning projects of the past century havesprouted up along the length of the Caste-llana, such as the Colonia del Viso, AZCA,the Puerta de Europa Towers, the newCuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA) on theCastellana, with a height of between 223and 250 metres, or the future InternationalConvention Centre.h Paseo de la Castellanaf Gregorio Marañón / Nuevos Ministerios/ Santiago Bernabéu / Plaza de Castilla/ BegoñaLas Ventas Bull-ring Puesta de sol - SunsetPLAZA DE CIBELES GRAN VÍA Bernabéu stadium tourContemporary Madrid2928Open Mondays
“DISCOVERMADRID”GUIDEDTOURPROGRAMME¡FROMlessthan 5€!*Throughout the year, andas a great way to discoverthe city, the Madrid TouristBoard and its DiscoverMadrid Programme offersvisitors a great selection offascinating tours that areavailable in a variety of lan-guages (Spanish, English,French, German, Italian,Portuguese and Japanese).Story timeA one-hour playtime activity for childrenbetween the ages of 5 and 10 aimed atgetting them to use their imagination todiscover the secrets of an “enchanted”Madrid. Story time is a one-of-a kind ex-perience that can be carried out both in-doors and outside and that tells the storyof Madrid in terms that a child will fullyunderstand, appreciate and enjoy.The Hands-on Lecture Seriesoffers detailed, comprehensive informationabout specific aspects of the history, theart, customs, traditions and ways of life ofthe City of Madrid. Activities are dividedinto two halves:1stHalf. LECTURE: focusing on the spe-cialized subject matter.2ndHalf. EDUCATIONAL TOUR: guidedtour that brings participants face to facewith the places and monuments referredto in the preceding lecture.DISCOVERMADRIDChoose between:BicycletoursSkate toursFamily tours Theatrical and musical toursIndispensableMadrid GuidesTourSpecially adapted tours forthe physically, mentally andsensorally handicapped.“Made-to-measure”group toursYou decide the day and the subject matter.Simply contact us via email (email@example.com) or by phone on914802036, and tell us what type of touryou are looking for.+info:www.esmadrid.com/descubremadridTicket sales:Madrid Tourism Centreh Plaza Mayor, 27k Winter schedule (16thSep-14thJun)Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 8:30pm.Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Sundaysfrom 9:30am to 3pm.Summer schedule (15thJun-15thSep):Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.Sataurday: 12 noon to 5 pm. Sunday 9:30am to 14:30 pmTele sales: 902 221 424Caja Madrid ATM networkwww.entradas.com2011 estimate rates*03“DISCOVERMADRID”GUIDEDTOURPROGRAMME3130
MUST-SEEMUSEUMSExhibition of archaeological, colonial art, andethnographic collections brought to Spainbetween the 16thand 20thcenturies. An an-thological approach that breaks down thecollections into themes – of special note arethe Treasure of the Quimbayas, Shellworkfrom the Conquest of Mexico and the oldestEuropean collection on the Prairie Indians.h Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, 6f Moncloak Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to3pm and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm.Sundays and public holidays from 10amto 3pm. Closed Monday.€ Free entry on Sundayb 91 549 26 41 / 91 543 94 37+info: ttp://museodeamerica.mcu.esLocated beneath the flyover that links ca-lles Juan Bravo and Eduardo Dato, themuseum houses an excellent collectionof Spanish abstract sculpture. Civil engi-neers José Antonio Fernández Ordóñezand Julio Martínez Calzón, who designedthe bridge, and artist Eusebio Semperecame up with a concept to successfullybring the citizen face to face with the verylatest tendencies in modern art.The other interesting characteristic of thismuseum is that it is part of an urban lands-cape where the functional elements – thebridge, approaches, pedestrian walkways,etc., - create a sense of unity where thesculptures on exhibit and their setting areat one with each other.h Paseo de la Castellana, 41f Rubén Daríok Unlimited access€ Free entryb 91 588 86 72+info:ww.esmadrid.com/museosdemadridThe museum aims not only to illustratethe artistic value of the artifacts, but alsotheir didactic qualities, this being the un-derlying theme of the exhibit. Through theuse of these artifacts, it is hoped to explainthe ritual of Catholic mass, its origins andevolution, up to its present-day format. Ofparticular interest are the recently openedChapter House and Vestry by renownedartist P. Marco Rupnik, S.J., creator of thefamous Redemptoris Mater Chapel in theVatican. After the tour, visitors can climbto the top of the Dome where they will getan incredible panoramic view of Madrid.h Plaza de la Almudena (access throughthe main Cathedral entrance)f Óperak Monday to Saturday from 10am to2:30pm. Closed Sundays as well as onreligious festivals or special mass.b 91 559 28 74+info: www.archimadrid.esThe house was purchased by Lope deVega in 1610 and it is where he lived outthe remaining 25 years of his life (1610-1635). The different rooms give a prettyclear picture of 17thcentury life in Madrid- home life, society, religion and culture ofthe times - in a spot that, almost 400 yearsafter his death, is still very much identifiedwith this writer from Madrid.h C/ Cervantes, 11f Antón Martínk Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.Closed Monday€ Free entry. Due to the characteristics ofthe house tour, group tours, with a maxi-mum of ten people, are available uponprior request and these will be accompa-nied by a guide. Tours begin every 30 mi-nutes and last approximately 45 minutes.b 91 429 92 16+info: www.madrid.orgThis royal monastery was founded in the16thCentury by Princess Juana de Aus-tria, daughter of Emperor Charles I, whosetomb lies in one of the Monastery chapels.Inside visitors will discover a rich collectionof works of art, many of them donated bynoble families whose daughters enteredinto the order to dedicate themselves toa life of contemplation. Of special noteamongst the works of art are the frescoson the stairway of the Capilla del Milagro(Chapel of Miracles), Brussels tapestries,numerous masterpieces, etc.The collection of José Lázaro Galdiano(1862-1947) is one of the best examples ofprivate collections in a country where the-se are quite rare. The Museum is housedin the former residence of the collector,the so-called Florido Park, in honour ofhis Argentinean wife, Paula Florido. Thecollection includes some wonderful or-namental pieces and an outstanding artgallery, which includes masterpieces fromthe Spanish School such as Murillo, Goya,Ribera..., the Flemish masters such asVan Eyck, Mabuse or Bosch, a piece thathas been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci,as well as a large public library with afascinating collection of antique booksand manuscripts.h C/ Serrano, 122f Núñez de Balboak Wednesday to Monday from 10am to4:30pm(Mondays,Wednesdays,Thursdaysand Fridays, the third floor closes at 2pm).Closed Tuesdayb 91 561 60 84+info: www.flg.esh Plaza de las Descalzas, 1f Callao / Sol / Óperak Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sa-turday from 10:30am to 12:45pm and from4pm to 17:45pm. Friday from 10:30am to12:45pm. Sunday and public holidays from11am to 13:45pm€ Free entry on Wednesday.b 91 454 88 00+info: www.patrimonionacional.esIt was commissioned by Queen Margaritaof Austria, wife of Philip III, to architect JuanGómezdeMoraandwasbuiltbetween1611and 1616. Of special note is the church, witha beautiful Escorial façade finished off with averysimplepedimentandisthebasisforthearchitecturalstyleoftentermedMadridBaro-que. The walls are home to an important co-llection of 17thand 18thcentury painting andsculptures, and it is well worth paying a visit.One of the highlights is a mysterious seclu-ded Baroque treasure chamber that housesa large collection of brass engravings, hardwoods, ivory and coral. It is also home to avial containing the blood of San Pantaleón,which, according to tradition, turns to liquidon the anniversary of the death of the saint.h Plaza de la Encarnación, 1f Óperak Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sa-turday from 10:30am to 12:45pm and from4pm to 5:45pm. Firdays from 10:30am to12:45pm. Sundays and public holidaysfrom 11am to 1:45pm€ Free entry on Wednesdayb 91 454 88 00+info: www.patrimonionacional.esMUST-SEE MUSEUMSMUST-SEEMUSEUMSMuseum of the Americas Public Art MuseumLázaro Galdiano Museum LopedeVegaHouse&MuseumAlmudena CathedralMuseumThe Monastery ofthe EncarnationMonastery of the Orderof Descalzas Reales3332Open MondaysOpen Mondays
The Museum is housed in the actual residen-ce-studioofpainterJoaquínSorollayBastida,donated by his widow so that it be turnedinto the museum, and surrounded by a smallgarden with strong Andalusian influences,designed by the painter himself. The mainfloor and studio have been left in their originalstate. The museum houses the best Sorollacollection in the world with sculptures, ce-ramic ware, furniture and jewelry that weretypicalofa19thcenturybourgeoishousehold.h Paseo General Martínez Campos, 37f Iglesia / Rubén Daríok Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm.Sundaysandpublicholidaysfrom10amto3pm€ Free entry on Sundayb 91 310 15 84+info: http://museosorolla.mcu.esThe fundamental aim of the Costume Mu-seum is to promote information about thehistorical evolution of the clothing industryandoftherichethnologicalheritageexempli-fiedbythedifferentregionalculturesofSpain.Forthisreasontheexhibitionisbrokendownchronologically into a series of smaller exhi-bitsthatdatefromthe18thtothe20thcentury.h Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2f Moncloa / Ciudad Universitariak Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to7pm. Sundays and public holidays from10am to 3pm€ Free entry on Saturdays after 2:30pm andon Sunday.b 91 550 47 00+info: http://museodeltraje.mcu.esMUST-SEEMUSEUMSMUST-SEEMUSEUMSh Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida, 5f Príncipe Píok Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 8pm.Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.€ Free entryb 91 542 07 22 / 91 701 18 63+info: www.esmadrid.com/museosde-madridA large convent complex built in the 18thCentury to replace the then existing me-dieval Franciscan monastery. A large domecrowns the circular central floor some 58metres high with a 38-metre diameter, andis one of the largest in the world. There isan exhibition of paintings that date fromthe 17thto the 19thcentury. Special men-tion should be made of the frescos on theinside of the dome.h Plaza de San Franciscof La Latina / Puerta de Toledok Tuesday to Friday from 11am to12:30pm and from 4pm to 6:30pm. Satur-days from 11am to 1:30pm (if there are noreligious services). In the month of Augustfrom Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to12:30pm and from 5pm to 7:30pmb 91 365 38 00Although it has changed its name varioustimes over the years, it is still popularlyknown as Casa de San Isidro, because ac-cording to tradition this was the residencyof the Vargas family (for whom San Isidroworked) and also the palce where the Saintlived and died.The permanent exhibition illustrates thishistory of Madrid from prehistoric timesup to the 17thcentury, using numerousarchaeological remains found in the city.The Museum also boasts a large collectionof scale models and a selection of artworklinked to the tradition of San Isidro andSanta María de la Cabeza.h Plaza de San Andrés, 2f La Latinak Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 8pm.Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.€ Free entryb 91 366 74 15+info: www.esmadrid.com/museosde-madridHenry IV, in the first half of the 15thcentury,commissioned the construction of a smallcastle that Charles I later rebuilt in 1553, andwas finally finished in 1558 during the reignof Philip II. The Pardo Royal Palace inheri-ted the general structure of the medievalcastle, flanked by towers and surroundedby a moat.The main feature of the interior décor arethe tapestries, woven at the Royal TapestryFactory, based on compositions paintedby Bayeu, Castillo, and especially those ofGoya, who was commissioned by the Pala-ce to paint five of his most renowned series.Amongst the works of art are the renownedPortrait of Elizabeth the Catholic by Juan deFlandes and the Portrait of Don Juan Joséde Austria on horseback by Ribera, as wellas important pieces of furniture from the 18thand 19thcentury.h C/ Manuel Alonso601k WINTER (October-March) Monday toSaturday from 10:30am to 4:45pm. Sun-days from 10am to 1:30pm. SUMMER(April-September) Monday to Saturdayfrom 10:30am to 5:45pm. Sunday from9:30am to 1:30pm. May close for institu-tional or official acts.€ Free entry on Wednesday.b 91 376 15 00+info: www.patrimonionacional.esJust metres from the Puerta del Sol standsa building that is home to the San Fernan-do Royal Academy of Fine Arts, foundedin 1744 by King Philip V. Its primary focuswas on perfecting and studying of the threenoble arts - namely painting, sculpture andarchitecture. The building was constructedbetween 1724 and 1725 by architect JoséBenito Churriguera as a house / palace forbanker Juan de Goyeneche. Inside is theAcademy Museum that is home to a majorcollectionofpaintings,sculpturesandworksof art from different European schools. Thethirteen works by Goya on exhibit in theMuseumarethemainfocusofthecollection.h C/ Alcalá, 13f Sol / Sevillak Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. Sundaysand public holidays from 9am to 2:30pm.Closed Monday.€ Free entry Wednesday (excluding publicholidays)b 91 524 08 64+info: http://rabasf.insde.esThe former palace of the Marquis de Mata-llana, built in 1776, is home to a fascinatingcollection of 19thCentury paintings, furnis-hings and decorative art, which give us abetter understanding of the cultural and po-litical goings on of daily life in Madrid duringthe Romantic period. Works of art by Goya,Esquivel,Madrazo,AlenzaandtheBécquer,pottery by Sargadelos and Sèvres, jewe-llery made of ebonite, lava or natural hair,a collection of porcelain dolls, 15 pianos,imperial and Elizabethan furniture and thepistol, which Larra used to commit suicide,all go to recreate the age of Romanticism, acultural movement, which coursed throughthe veins of young artists, intellectuals andpoliticians alike during the first half of the19thCentury.h C/ San Mateo, 13f Tribunal / Alonso Martínezk SUMMER (May-October): Tuesday toSaturday from 9:30am to 8:30pm. Sun-days and public holidays from 10am to3pm. WINTER (November-April): Tuesdayto Saturday from 9:30am to 18:30pm. Sun-days and public holidays from 10am to3pm. Closed Monday.€ Free entry Saturdays after 2pm and allday Sundays.b 91 448 10 45+info: http://museoromanticismo.mcu.esThe Shrine, dedicated to Saint Anthony ofPadua, was designed by Italian architectPhilip Fontana, neoclassical in design, andbuilt between 1792 and 1798 with frescoespainted by Francisco de Goya in 1798. Itis a small museum but it holds a two-foldspecial significance - the artistic value ofthe murals that decorate its walls, and thecommemorative value as it has housed themortal remains of the artist since 1919. Inorder to conserve the paintings, in 1929 theservices were relocated to a replica hermi-tage built next door, allowing the originalbuilding to be used purely as a museum.Museum of the Origins The Pardo Royal PalaceMuseum of RomanticismSorollA MuseumThe Costume MuseumRoyal Academy of FineArts MuseumSan Antonio dela Florida ShrineThe Saint Francis theGreat Basilica3534Open Mondays
Madrid, with its more than 3,000 restau-rants, offers visitors an unforgettable diningexperience with a choice of restaurantsfrom the five continents. Not only is thereinternational cuisine, but also a wide se-lection of regional dishes, as well as thelocal cuisine with its undisputed influenceof the cooking styles from both Castileregions, the result of a fusion between thecooking habits of the Royal Court and thecommoners. The dish synonymous withMadrid is the cocido madrileño that com-prises a three-course meal with a soup tostart, followed by greens and vegetables,and finished of with a meat dish.DINING OUTIn Madrid, seafood and fish dishes are alsopartofthestaplediet:1,000tonnesofseafo-odproduct’sarriveeachdaytoitsrenownedfish market, the biggest in Europe and thesecond biggest in the world only to Tokyo.The traditional desserts are quite con-ventional with things such as rosquillastontas y listas (a type of donut coatedwith either icing sugar or ground al-monds), buñuelos de viento (creampuffs), chocolate with churros (frit-ters) or bartolillos de crema (eggcustard tart). And these are justsome of the great selection ofdelicious desserts.Another of the specialties in Madrid is thetapas that comprises a bite-size portion,hot or cold, that is served with wine, ver-mouth, beer or a refreshment. Althoughtapas can be enjoyed anywhere in thecity, there are particular areas of the citywhich, due to circumstances or geogra-phical area, have their own particular styleof tapas.The centre of Madrid is considered to bethe best area for having tapas simply forbeing in the very heart of the city. The areain and around Puerta del Sol and PlazaMayor, popularly known as Hapsburg Ma-drid, is an area where you can enjoy havingtapas in a great atmosphere.Other busy areas for tapas are the Latinaand the so-called Writers’ Quarter whereyou can find traditional taverns where ta-pas form the cornerstone of an excellentdining experience.During the summer months, the specialtieswhether they may be, fish, tapas or inter-national cuisine, can be enjoyed on oneof the many open-air terraces, especiallyat dinnertime, and in all areas of the city.TapasDININGOUTDININGOUT3736
DININGOUTDININGOUTThe century-old restaurants in Madrid arean example of the professionalism of suc-cessive generations that can clearly be seenin the uniqueness of each establishment.Diners who come to these restaurants canenjoy traditional dishes that will never goout of style and can savour some of theirmouthwatering dishes that represent morethanahundredyearsofthehistoryofMadrid.More information is available on the fo-llowing web page www.restaurantescen-tenarios.es.• Bodega La Ardosa (1892)h C/ Colón, 13f Tribunal / Gran Víab 91 521 49 79+info: www.laardosa.com• La Bola (1870)h C/ La Bola, 5f Santo Domingo / Óperab 91 547 69 30+info: www.labola.es• Botín (1725)h C/ Cuchilleros, 17f Solb 91 366 42 17 / 30 26+info: www.botin.es• Café Gijón (1888)h Paseo de Recoletos, 21fColón / Banco de Españab 91 522 37 37 / 91 521 54 25• La Casa del Abuelo (1906)h C/ Victoria, 12f Solb 902 02 73 34+info: www.lacasadelabuelo.es• Casa Alberto (1827)h C/ Huertas, 18f Sol / Antón Martínb 91 429 93 56 / 07 06+info: www.casaalberto.es• Casa Ciriaco (1887)h C/ Mayor, 84f Sol / Óperab 91 548 06 20• Casa Labra (1860)h C/ Tetuán, 12f Solb 91 531 00 81+info: www.casalabra.es• Casa Pedro (1702)h C/ Nuestra Sra. de Valverde, 119(Fuencarral)b 91 734 02 01+info: www.casapedrorestaurante.com• Los Galayos (1894)h C/ Botoneras, 5f Solb 91 366 30 28+info: www.losgalayos.net• Lhardy (1839)h Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8f Sol / Sevillab 91 521 33 85 / 91 522 22 07+info: www.lhardy.es• Taberna Malacatín (1895)h C/ Ruda, 5f La Latinab 91 365 52 41+info: www.malacatin.com• Taberna Oliveros (1857)h C/ San Millán, 4f La Latinab 91 354 62 52+info: www.tabernaoliveros.comCentury-old restaurants in Madrid Useful vocabulary3938GastronomyWalkTen of the best restaurants in Madrid offering diners a mouth-watering cuisinewith a great variety of dishes in an unbeatable setting. All ten are located inthe same area, namely the Casa de Campo showground, although each one isunique and has their own particular charm. Housed in very distinctive buildings– manor houses, palaces and ancestral homes -, the restaurants comprisingthe Paseo de la Gastronomía combine their finely honed culinary skills with apleasant ambience. Discover this culinary walk, located in the very heart of thecity’s green zone, and enjoy a delicious meal seated in their dining rooms, oron their open-air terraces, beneath the stars of the Madrid skies.Telephone reservations are required and information is available regarding groupbookings. More information available at www.madridespaciosycongresos.es.• A Casiñab 91 526 34 25 / 91 526 32 61+info: www.acasina.com• Colonial de Mónicob 91 479 37 33 / 91 479 26 86+info: www.grupomonico.es• Casa de Burgos de Aracelib 91 464 40 77+info: www.grupoaraceli.es• La Masía de José Luisb 91 479 86 15+info: www.joseluis.es• La Pesquerab 91 464 16 12+info: www.lapesquera.com• Restaurante Curritob 91 464 57 04+info: www.restaurantecurrito.es• Restaurante Guipúzcoab 91 470 04 21 / 91 470 25 47+info: www.restauranteguipuzcoa.com• El Bosque Sagradob 91 526 78 17+info: www.elbosquesagrado.es• El Pabellón de Ondarretab 91 479 97 79+info: www.ondarreta.es• El Palacio de la Misiónb 91 464 77 77+info: www.palaciodelamision.comchatoa short, wide-bottomed wine glass.Cañadraft beer served in a cylinder-sha-ped glass.Sangríaa refreshing drink made from asweet soda, red wine, sugar, cin-namon, lemon and/or other liquorsor fruits.Bocadilloa roll sliced in two lengthways ser-ved with a variety of fillings.Menú del díaA fixed-price menu offered by ho-tels and restaurants, with a limitedselection of dishes.Pulgaa small roll.Tapaa small serving of food usually toaccompany a drink.Racióna serving of traditional food, nor-mally larger in size than a tapa, andnormally served with a drink.
SHOPPING INMADRIDThe city of Madrid is a must-see for anyone planninga shopping trip. From the exclusiveness of someof the greatest designers and the “showrooms”of the most select names in international fashion,to traditional products from Madrid and the mostavant-garde, visitors to Madrid will find thousandsof excuses to go shoppingA full day is required to get the most out of theMadrid shopping experience, as the city’s shoppingareas are very popular throughout the year withresidents of Madrid and visitors alike.Disponer de al menos un día libre para dedicarlo alas compras por la ciudad es indispensable, ya quesus zonas comerciales atraen durante todo el añoel interés de madrileños y visitantes.SHOPPINGINMADRIDThe centre is conside-red to be the artisticand historic heart ofMadrid. This area hasbeen witness to manyevents in the life andhistory of Madrid. Asyou shop along callesMayor, Arenal, Precia-dos, Carmen or GranVía, you will discovera variety of fashionstores (clothes, shoesand accessories) andsome of the typical de-partment stores.The area surroundingPlaza Mayor, Puer-The Barrio de las Le-tras (Writers’ Quarter),is the birthplace ofthe first edition of DonQuixote and home tosome of the key figuresof Spanish literature.Nowadays it is the city’snerve centre where youwill find many theatres,hotels, terrace bars andthe area still conservesmany of the more tra-ditional stores such assilver smiths, antiquitiesand book stores, side byside stores offering thevery latest in the artisticavant-garde. It is worthWithin the Plaza MayorTourism Centre, is theMadrid Shop store thatsells the¡Madrid! brandmerchandising that in-clude guides and bo-oks or DVDs about his-tory, architecture, theMadrid museums, aswell as t-shirts, statio-nary, the single Siem-pre en Madrid or ticketsto the main events andshows going on in thecity of Madrid.f Sol / Ópera / Callao /Gran Víak Open all year roundSHOPPINGINMADRIDmentioning that this dis-trict takes you from thePaseo del Prado all theway to the Royal Palace,which makes for a verypleasant walk.f Sol / Sevilla / AntónMartínta del Sol and Plazade Oriente, is full ofsmall traditional sto-res, many of whichhave not changed inappearance in the last100 years: pharmacies,cake shops, stores se-lling religious relics,haberdashers, antiquebook stores, hat shopsor ceramic workshops.Many of these establis-hments sell traditionalSpanish articles suchas fans, shawls, guitarsor capes.These streets are con-sidered to be the mostprogressive and ulvtra-modern shopping areasof the city, and in recentyears have become pointof reference for Spanishmodernism.Onthemyoucan find the boutiques ofyoung fashion designers,accessories, arts andcrafts… Special mentionKnown as the Barrio deChueca, its unbeatablelocation has facilitatedits transformation intoan urban catwalk forindependent fashionlabels, characterizedby its Design.Calles Conde de Xique-na, Almirante and Pia-monte together form ashopping district thathas its own particularfeel, with stores offeringa wide range of labelswith Spanish designsof both fashion andhousehold accessories.f Chueca / Gran Vía /Alonso MartínezThe streets of this multi-cultural neighbourhoodare home to traditionalMadrid stores as wellas many others that selltraditional goods fromdifferent countries, fromfood products to artand crafts.f LavapiésshouldbemadeofTriball,located between callesBallesta and CorrederaBaja de San Pablo, anareathathasseenasharpincreaseinpopularitywiththe opening of art galle-ries, restaurants, clothesstores and is a great areafor shopping in general.f Gran Vía / TribunalCentre: The heart of MadridShopping districts41400402050301SOL01Hortaleza, Fuencarraland Triball03 Argensola, Piamonteand Almirante04 LAVAPIÉs05Writers’ Quarter02
SHOPPINGINMADRIDSerrano shopping districtDeveloped in the middleof the 19th Century, theBarrio de Salamanca orSalamanca District, islocated between Paseode Recoletos and the ElRetiro Park. This orderlynetwork of wide, straightand tree-lined streetswas designed by CarlosMaríadeCastro,andins-tigatedbytheMarquisofSalamanca. It very soonbecametheareachosenby the fledgling Madridmiddle-classes to set uphome. Faced with thegloomy and old-fashio-ned dwellings availablein other areas of the cen-tre of Madrid, the Barriode Salamanca made anThe shopping area of Ar-güelles can be found inand around calles Prin-cesa and Alberto Agui-lera, where you will findthe major clothes chainstores as well as shopsselling accessories andgifts, as well as the ma-jor department stores.fArgüelles / MoncloaARGÜELLESThe AZCA businessdistrict, and calle Oren-se in particular, a verybusy shopping area,provide visitors with avariety of stores ran-ging from the most po-pular clothes chains, tomajor department sto-AZCAres, home to boutiquesselling major labels byboth Spanish and in-ternational designers.f Nuevos Ministerios/ Cuzco / SantiagoBernabéuideal setting for a moremodern way of life.In and around the re-modelled calle Serrano,top-notch businessesand services set upshop, turning the areainto the chic district ofMadrid. Major Spanishand international de-signers, delicatessens,luxury hotels, classyrestaurants, art galleriesand antique stores haveturnedthestreets(calles)such as the aforemen-tioned Serrano, Ortega yGasset, Claudio Coello,Lagasca or Jorge Juan,intoashoppersparadise.f Serrano / Velázquez /Goya / Núñez de Balboa(see “Must-see Madrid”)h C/ Ribera de Curtidores and surroun-ding areak Sundays and public holidays from 9amto 3pmf La Latina / Tirso de Molina / Puertade ToledoSpecializedMarketsGoya Market; Textiles,Art and Crafts and Gifts:h Avenida de Felipe IIk Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pmf GoyaStamp and Coin Collectingh Plaza Mayork Sundays and public holidays from 9amto 2pmf Sol / ÓperaDelicatessenh Plaza de San Miguel (San Miguel Market)k Open every day from 10am to 10pmf Sol / Ópera+info: www.mercadodesanmiguel.esThe RastroFlea marketMERCADO DE SAN MIGUELEL RASTRO4342SHOPPINGINMADRID
SHOPPINGINMADRIDModel makingh Paseo de las Delicias, 61(Railway museum)k first Sunday of each month from 10amto 3pm (excluding August)f DeliciasFlowersh Plaza de Tirso de Molinak Open every day from 11am to 6pmf Tirso de MolinaPaintingh Plaza del Conde de Barajask Sundays from 10am to 2pmf Ópera / SolBooksh Cuesta de Claudio Moyanok Monday to Friday from 10am to 2:30pmand from 4:30pm to 7pm. Saturdays, Sun-days and public holidays from 10am to2:30pmf AtochaStores in Madrid are free to open at wha-tever time they choose but generally spea-king, stores open between 9:30am and2pm, and then again between 5pm and8:30pm from Monday to Saturday. Themajor shopping centres do not close atlunchtime and stay open to 10pm fromMonday to Saturday. Stores also opentheir doors on the first Sunday of eachmonth, as well as other Sundays that areconsidered of high demand, as well as onsome public holidays.In the centrally located Sol district, shopsare open all year round.Tax Refunds(Tax Free)All visitors to Madrid who are not residentsof the European Union can request therefund of the IVA (equivalent to VAT) onall purchases greater than €90.16. At theentrance to all stores you will see the nameof the company that emits refund cheques.To be reimbursed, you should followthese steps:• Every time you make a purchase, ask fora refund cheque. This is required for yourtaxes to be later refunded.• Upon leaving the European Union, pre-sent your refund cheques, along withyour passport, your boarding pass andyour purchases at the Customs Desk sothat they can be verified.• For a cash refund, hand in your copy ofthe refund cheques that have been dulystamped by Customs at the cash refundDuring 2010, shops are allowed to open on atotal of 22 Sundays and public holidays: 3rdand10thJanuary; 7thFebruary; 7thand 19thMarch; 4thApril; 2ndMay; 3rdand 6thJune; 4thJuly; 1stand29thAugust; 5thSeptember; 3rdand 12thOctober;7thand 28thNovember; and 5th, 8th, 12th, 19thand26thDecember.PLAZA DEL CONDE DE BARAJASCUESTA DE CLAUDIO MOYANO PLAZA TIRSO DE MOLINACALLE SERRANO4544Opening timesdesk of the nearest Tax Free Office orat any other of the international offices.• You can also send your refund chequesvia mail, these must be duly stamped byCustoms, indicating the account numberof your credit card and the tax refundwill be credited to your credit card in thecurrency of your choice.Participating Tax Free Companies:• Tax Free Shopping Global Refundwww.globalrefund.com | b 900 435 482• Tax Free Shopping Premierwww.premiertaxfree.com | b 915 756 497• Tax Free Spain Refundwww.spainrefund.com | b 915 237 004SHOPPINGINMADRID
In and around calles Toledo, Mayor, Sego-via and Cava Baja, in addition to the greatselection of restaurants, there are also agood number of quiet bars where you canenjoy a peaceful chat and a drink beforestarting your night. Those who are into ha-ving a good time will not be disappointedeither given that this area is home to anendless array of cocktail bars and discos.MADRIDNIGHTSTravelers to Madrid probably already knowthat this is one of the most vibrant and ani-mated capitals in the world, both during theday but especially at night. Until the earlyhours, discos, jazz lounges, pubs, barsplaying live music, flamenco theatres, ta-verns, cocktail bars and eccentric venuesthat are virtually impossible to categorize,open their doors – especially on weekends– to a pleasure-seeking public looking tohave a good time.And when the spring arrives, the partyatmosphere moves to the streets thatbecome peppered with terraces andopen-air cafés.MADRID NIGHTSOn the ground floor of the Europe Towerand along the Avenida de Brasil there arepubs and discos that are frequented bypeople from all walks of life. This particulararea as well as the Paseo de la Castellanais renowned for being home to some of themost exclusive bars and restaurants thatMadrid has to offer.A large selection of cocktail bars andrestaurants. Given their close proximity tothe university, they are often frequentedby students.Plaza de Santa Ana is home to some ofMadrid’s most traditional bars and pubs.Calle Huertas and the surrounding areahas the highest concentration of cocktailbars, pubs and discos of anywhere in Ma-drid, and is therefore one of the most livelyareas of the city. This enclave is frequentedby all kinds of people, but especially bytourists and foreign students.malasaña Alonso Martínez -Bilbao Moncloa - ArgüellesPeople from all walks of life meet in thePlaza del Dos de Mayo and the surroun-ding area where there are various live mu-sic venues, especially of the rock variety.During the 1980s, this area was the hometo the infamous movida madrileña.The Plaza de Alonso Martínez is home toa variety of bars and terraces. In the su-rrounding area you can also find pubs anddiscos and these are mostly frequented bythe younger generation.Chuecasol-latinahuertasBehind calle Fuencarral and as a naturalprogression of the street life, both day andnight, Chueca is one of the most genuineand cosmopolitan neighbourhoods in thecentre of Madrid: The Madrid Soho. Inrecent years, this neighbourhood has be-come a point of reference for the gay andtranssexual collective and is one of themost vibrant and entertaining neighbour-hoods of the Madrid nightlife.EachyearonthelastSaturdayofJuneorthefirst Saturday of July, the streets play host tothe Gay Pride Celebrations and for a wholeweek the neighborhood is filled with a partyatmosphere, full of colour and celebrations.MADRIDNIGHTS494801 02030506070404050607 Castellana 03Live musicMadrid’s nightlife is one of its great appeals,and is renowned world-wide. A contributingfactor to the city’s reputation is the Associa-tion of Live Music Venues, under the wor-king name La Noche en Vivo (Live Nights),which includes more than 45 venues fromboth the city and the Madrid region. Not tobe missed live sessions where all types ofmusical styles, and audiences can be found,where you can listen to the rising stars of thefuture, as well as to groups and singers whohave already made a name for themselvesbut who nevertheless have not forgottenthe venues that first launched their careers.+info: www.lanocheenvivo.com
MADRIDFORKIDSMADRIDFORKIDS5150The Museum of Aviation(Aeronautic andAstronautic Museum)The Museum houses over 100 planesas well as uniforms, medals, engines,model airplanes and other aviationartifacts, and amongst its collectionyou will also find some rather uniquepieces: the Vilanova-Acedo, the old-est plane in Spain; the “Jesús del GranPoder”, with which captains Iglesiasand Jiménez crossed the South Atlan-tic in 1929; the German bomber Hein-kel He 111 E-1 and the C-19 autogyro(precursor to the modern helicopter),designed by Juan de la Cierva, thatfirst took to the skies in 1932.h Autovia A-5, km.10.5 518 / 521 / 522 / 523k Tuesday to Sunday from 10amto 2pm. Closed Monday and throu-ghout August.g Free entryb 91 509 16 90+info: www.ejercitodelaire.mde.esAngel Nieto MuseumMadrid is proud to have a museumdedicated to this formidable mo-torbike racer who won three worldtitles. This is a must-see for all mo-torbike aficionados.h Avenida del Planetario, 4f Méndez Álvarok Tuesday to Friday from 11amto 6pm. Saturdays, Sundays andpublic holidays from 10:30amto 2:30pm. Closed Monday andthroughout August.g Free entry for childrenb 91 468 02 24+info: www.motocra.com/museo-angelnieto.htmAtlético de Madrid MuseumThe Atlético de Madrid Museum isrecognized as one of the top-fivefootball museums in the world. A tripto this museum allows visitors to dis-cover in greater depth the legendaryhistory of one of the major century-oldclubs in the world.h Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 67(Vicente Calderón Stadium, gate 23)f Pirámidesk Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to7pm. On match days from 11am untilthe start of the match.b 91 365 09 31 / 902 260 403+info: www.clubatleticodemadrid.comMuseum of VintageAirplanes in FlightA collection of historic planes thatwas started in 1984 and includes23 examples of 17 different modelsof plane that represent 60 years ofSpanish aviation history and are inperfect flying condition.National Library MuseumThe museum houses artifacts relating tothe National Library’s history, its functions,and its major collections, complementedby a tour through the history of literatureand writing and the spreading of knowl-edge thanks to the written word.h Paseo de Recoletos, 20f Colón / Serranok Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to9pm. Sundays and public holidays from10am to 2pm. Closed Monday.g Free entryb 91 580 77 59 / 78 23+info: www.bne.esHome to collections from different ethnicgroups from the five continents, as wellas a physical anthropology collection.These are artifacts that reflect the eco-nomic activities, clothing and ornaments,domestic life, their belief system... Themajor part of the permanent collectioncomes as a result of expeditions and tripsby Spanish explorers and scientists in the19thand 20thcenturies.h C/ Alfonso XII, 68f Atocha / Atocha Renfek Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30amto 8pm. Sundays and public holidaysfrom 10am to 3pm. Closed Mondayg Free entry Saturdays from 2pm to8pm and all day Sunday.b 91 539 59 95 / 91 530 64 18http://mnantropologia.mcu.esNational Museumof AnthropologyAndén Cero (Platform Zero)Platform “0” houses an essential partof Madrid’s industrial heritage: thehistory of the Madrid metro systemand its important role in stimulatingthe economy and a catalyst for socialchange within the city. It also showsthe advances in civil engineering,technology and architecture, as wellas the start up of the design and ad-vertising industry.h Chamberí Train Station(Plaza de Chamberí)f Iglesia / Bilbaoh Engine Yard (C/ Valderribas, 49)f Pacíficok Tuesday to Friday from 11am to7pm. Saturdays, Sundays and publicholidays from 10am to 2pm. ClosedMondayg Free entryb 902 444 403+info: www.esmadrid.com/anden0www.metromadrid.esWhat exactly do we dowiththe kids is a frequently askedquestion by parents when visitingMadrid, but it is trueto say thateach year the number of activitiesspecifically designedwith the littleones inmind has increased. Activitiesthat combine both education andplay and that allow parentstoenjoy fun activitieswith theirchildren or in the companyofother childrentheirown age.h Cuatro Vientos Airport, hangar nº 3 483 / 486 / 487k Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to2pm. Closed Mondays. Air display ofvintage planes on the first Sunday ofeach month, excluding the months ofJanuary and August.g Free entryb 91 508 08 42+info: www.fio.es
MADRIDFORKIDSMADRIDFORKIDS5352Opened in 1982,the museum’s aim is toconserve and exhibit the ma-chines and materials (modern and notso modern) that have been used overthe course of history by the differentdepartments of the Fire Brigade.h C/ Boada, 4f Buenos Airesk Monday to Friday from10am to 1:30pm. Closedthroughout August.g Free entryb 91 478 65 72Municipal FireBrigade MuseumWax MuseumThe museum is home to wax replicas ofmajor celebrities both past and present.It also recreates famous historic eventsand settings.h Paseo de Recoletos, 41f Colónk Monday to Friday from 10am to2:30pm and from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.Saturdays, Sundays and public holi-days from 10am to 8:30pmb 91 319 26 49+info: www.museoceramadrid.comThe City MuseumThe City Museum allows visitors an in-depth look at the evolution of Madridfrom a historical perspective from its earlydays right up to the 20th century withurban planning design, monuments, cus-toms and traditions, etc.h C/ Príncipe de Vergara, 140f Cruz del Rayok Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to8pm. Saturdays and Sundays from10am to 2pm.g Free entryb 91 588 65 99+info: www.esmadrid.com/museosdemadridThe Railway MuseumLocated inside one of the oldest Train Sta-tions in Madrid, the museum houses oneof the most comprehensive collections ofrailway objects and artifacts in Europe,comprising steam, diesel and electric en-gines, passenger carriages, as well as ar-ticles related to the history of the railways.The Gem and Mineral MuseumThe goal of the Gem and Mineral Museumis to conserve, research, and promote therichness and diversity of Spain’s geo-logical, paleontological, and mineralogicalheritage through its major collections ofminerals, rocks and fossils from aroundall regions of Spain and from the formercolonies, as well as mineral deposits ofspecial significance.h Paseo de las Delicias, 61f Deliciask Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to3pm. Closed throughout August.b 902 228 822+info: www.museodelferrocarril.orgh C/ Ríos Rosas, 23f Ríos Rosask Monday to Sundayand public holidays from9am to 2pm.g Free entryb 91 349 57 59+info: www.igme.esCosmoCaixa Madridh C/ Pintor Velázquez,(Alcobendas)f Marqués de la Valdaviak Tuesday to Sunday from 10amto 8pm. Closed Monday (excludingpublic holidays).g Free entryb 91 484 52 00+info: www.fundacio.lacaixa.es/centros/cosmocaixamadrid_es.htmlNational Museum ofScience and TechnologyThe museum houses an important col-lection of gadgets and devices that dateback to the Renaissance period and il-lustrate the history and evolution of sci-ence and technology, with special focuson what was happening in Spain.National Museum ofNatural ScienceThe National Museum of Natural Sci-ence administers a large collection ofspecimens, and runs a series of exhibitsand educational activities aimed at thegeneral public. The common goal is toheighten the public’s awareness thegreat diversity of the natural world.h C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2f Gregorio Marañónk Tuesday to Friday from 10am to6pm. Saturdays from 10am to 8pm(excluding July and August – openfrom 10am to 3pm). Sundays and pu-blic holidays from 10am to 2:30pm.b 91 411 13 28+info: www.mncn.csic.esOpen MondaysOpen MondaysOpen Mondaysh Paseo de las Delicias, 61f Deliciask Tuesday to Saturday from 10amto 2pm and from 4pm to 6pm.Sundays and public holidays from10am to 2:30pm. July and Au-gust: Tuesday to Saturday from9am to 3pm. Sundays and publicholidays from 10am to 2:30pm.Closed Monday.g Free entryb 91 530 31 21+info: www.muncyt.es
MADRIDFORKIDSMADRIDFORKIDS5554Ratón Pérez House & MuseumLocated in the very house where Father Co-loma, author of Ratoncito Pérez (the Spanishequivalent of the tooth-fairy) based the sto-ries of this famous and beloved character.h C/ Arenal, 8 –1ºf Solk Mondays from 5pm to 8pm. Tuesday toSaturday from 11am to 2pm and from 5pmto 8pm. Closed Monday mornings, Sundaysand public holidays. Free entry for children.b 91 522 69 68+info: www.casamuseoratonperez.comReal Madrid MuseumThe Bernabeu Stadium Tour allows visitorsto access some of the traditionally restrictedareas of the stadium: the trophy room, thepitch, the Presidential Box, the players’ tun-nel, the benches and the changing rooms.h C/ Concha Espina, 1 (Santiago Berna-béu Stadium, gate 20)f Santiago Bernabéuk Monday to Saturday from 10am to7pm. Sundays and public holidays from10:30am to 6:30pm. On match days, toursare stopped 5 hours prior to the scheduledkick-off.b 902 311 709+info: www.realmadrid.comMadrid FunfairRides, shows and street entertainers.The facilities also include a kid’s zonewith rides specially designed with smallerchildren in mind.h Casa de Campof Batánk Open from midday. Closing time de-pendent on available daylight so this mayvary depending on the time of year.b 91 463 29 00 / 902 345 001+info: www.parquedeatracciones.esMadrid Zoo& AquariumThis comprehensive zoo has some 500species of animal from the 5 continentswith 6,000 samples; but it also has alarge aquarium that specializes in tropi-cal marine life. There is also a dolfinariumthat puts on some incredible displays bythese very intelligent mammals.h Casa de Campof Casa de Campok Open all year round. Closing time de-pendent on available daylight so this mayvary depending on the time of year.b 902 345 014 / 91 512 37 70 /91 512 37 80+info: www.zoomadrid.comImax MadridThe world’s most advanced movie pro-jection systems (Imax, Omnimax andImax 3D). Incredible screens that literallyenvelope viewers and make them thestar of the show.h C/ Menesesf Méndez Álvarok Open all year round with morning,afternoon and evening sessions.b 91 467 48 00+info: www.imaxmadrid.comFaunia (Madrid Biological Park)A nature and biodiversity them park di-vided into different themed areas, themost notable being the largest polar eco-system in Europe.h Avenida de las Comunidades, 28f Valdebernardok Open all year round from 10am. Clo-sing time dependent on available daylightso this may vary depending on the timeof year.b 91 301 62 10+info: www.faunia.esWarnerTheme Park MadridFive different themed areas with rides,shows, games, restaurants and shops,with characters from the world of Warner.h San Martín de la Vega (A-4 dual car-riageway, exit 22)f C3 to Aranjuez, getting off at the “Par-que de Ocio” stop (trains leave from theAtocha Train Station) 412 (departs from Plaza de Legazpi)k Open from March until January. Ope-ning and closing times vary dependingon the time of year.b 902 024 100 / 91 821 12 34+info: www.parquewarner.comMadrid PlanetariumThe main goal of the Planetarium is toreconnect visitors with the Cosmos andto strengthen the bond by educating in-dividuals on the fundamentals of astron-omy in an easy to understand format thatis suitable for all ages.h Avda. del Planetario, 16 (Enrique Tier-no Galván Park)f Méndez Álvarok TuesdaytoFridayfrom5pmto7:45pm.Saturdays, Sundays and public holidaysfrom 11am to 1:45pm and from 5pm to8:45pm. Summer (June 23rd –September23rd) Tuesday to Friday from 11am to1:45pm and from 5pm to 7:45pm.b 91 467 34 61 / 91 467 38 98+info: www.planetmad.esThe Debod TempleA gift to Spain from the Egyptian State in1968 in appreciation for the help given in thesalvaging of the Abu Simbel temples. Con-struction on the temple began in the 2ndcentury B.C. and continued throughout boththe Ptolemaic and Roman times.h Pº del Pintor Rosalesf Ventura Rodríguez / Plaza de EspañaOpen Mondaysk Tuesday to Friday from 10am to2pm and from 4:30pm to 6:15pm.Saturdays and Sundays from 10amto 2pm.g Free entryb 91 366 74 15+info: www.esmadrid.com/museosdemadridMadrid has a number of great placeswhere the whole family can havefun together.
MADRIDFORKIDSMADRIDFORKIDS5756Madrid Cable-carThe cable-car is a greatopportunity to get avery different view ofMadrid. The crossingtakes visitors 40m offthe ground and reach-es speed of 3.5 m/s.h Paseo del PintorRosalesf Argüellesk Opening and clo-sing time dependenton available daylight.b 91 541 11 18+info: www.teleferico.comMadrid SnowZoneThis is the only indoor ski slope in Spainand the largest in Europe. Located at theMadrid Xanadú Shopping and Recrea-tional Centre.h Madrid Xanadú Shopping Centre.A-5 dual carriageway exits 22 and 25(Arroyomolinos). 528 / 534 (departs from Príncipe Pío)f Batánk Sunday to Thursday from 10am to10pm. Fridays and Saturdays from 10amto midnight.b 902 361 309+info: www.madridsnowzone.comDreams Ice Palace1,800m2 ice rink.h C/ Silvano, 77f Canillask Skate rink (closed for the summer):Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45pmto 10pm. Friday from 5pm to 11:30pm.Saturday from midday to 3pm and from5pm to 11:30pm. Sundays and publicholidays from midday to 3pm and from5pm to 10pm.b 91 716 01 59+info: www.palaciodehielo.comCarlos Sainz Centre(Kart & Business)A 3,000m2 racetrack, technically veryadvanced and safe, with a built-in real-time timekeeping system.h C/ Sepúlveda, 3 (Barrio Art Decó Re-creational Centre)f Puerta del Ángelk Monday to Thursday from 6pm to11pm. Fridays from 6pm to midnight. Sa-turdays from 11am to midnight. Sundaysfrom 11am to 11pm.Junior drivers (8-14 years, minimum hei-ght 1.30m): Monday to Friday from 6pmto 8pm. Saturdays, Sundays and publicholidays from 11am to 5pm. Drivers un-der 18 years of age must be accompa-nied by an adult. All drivers 15 years oldand above must show ID.b 902 170 190+info: www.kartcsainz.comRowboat rentalsOn the lakes at the Retiro Park and at theCasa de Campo, visitors can enjoy a peacefulrow or a trip on a small launch, and on manyweekends it is the perfect venue for most wa-ter sports.• The Retiro Lakeh El Retiro Parkf Retirok Open every day from 10am until sunset.b 91 574 40 24+info: www.madrid.es• Casa de Campo Lakeh Paseo Embarcadero, 8 (Casa de Campo)f Lagok Open every day from 10am until sunset.b 91 464 46 10+info: www.madrid.esWater Parks• Aquópolis -San Fernando de Henaresh San Fernando de Henares (A-2 dual-carria-geway, km. 15.5)k June to September from midday to 7pm. Julyand August from midday to 8pm.b 91 673 10 13+info: www.aquopolis.es• Aquópolis -Villanueva de la CañadAh Avenida de la Dehesa, (Villanueva de laCañada)k June to September from midday to 7pm. Julyand August from midday to 8pm.b 91 815 69 11+info: www.aquopolis.esCirco Price –Circus and TheatreA multidisciplinary cultural arena that issuitable for hosting performances not onlylinked to the circus, but also to music,theatre, art, in short, any kind of event. Aplace where the whole family can have funthroughout the year.h Ronda de Atocha, 35f Atocha / Embajadoresb 91 527 98 65+info: www.esmadrid.com/circopriceThe RetiroMunicipal Puppet TheatreThroughout the year, you can enjoy avariety of performances in this fulltimepuppet theatre, where both childrenand adults can delight in some trulymagical characters.h The Retiro Park (access via thePlaza de la Independencia)f Retirob 91 792 41 12+info: www.tittirilandia.com www.madrid.esMicropolixRecreational park for boys and girls withmore than 30 themed areas where chil-dren can experience a hundred differentprofessions through games that are su-pervised by specially trained staff.h Alegra Shopping Centre. A-1, exit20. C/ Julio Rey Pastor, 17 (San Se-bastián de los Reyes).f Hospital Infanta Sofía 152Bk Fridays from 5pm to 9pm.Saturdays, Sundays and publicholidays from 11am to 8pm.b 91 799 00 00+info: www.micropolix.com
PARKS ANDGARDENSPARKSANDGARDENS58Madrid is city full of culture, with wonderfulmonuments, entertainment and great food;but at the same time, it is an ecologicaland environmentally friendly city. A strollthrough the Retiro or Oeste parks, or theSabatini or Campo del Moro gardens is apleasurable experience that should not bemissed out on. El Retiro ParK(see also “Must See Madrid”) Campo del Moro GardensIt owes its name to the fact that on anumber of occasions, it was chosen asthe place to set up camp by the Muslimarmies when besieging the city. It wasQueen Isabel II, in 1844, who commissio-ned the creation of a park/garden on thewest wall of the Royal Palace, which waswhen it became the gardens as we knowthem today. It boasts two famous foun-tains, the Newts Fountain (Tritones) andthe Shell Fountain (Conchas), that markthe two ends of the gardens, intertwinedwith sweeping, rolling paths.h Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 1f Príncipe Píok WINTER (October to March): Mondayto Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Sundaysfrom 9am to 6pm. SUMMER (April to Sept-ember): Monday to Saturday from 10am to8pm. Sundays from 9am to 8pm.b 91 454 88 00+info: www.patrimonionacional.es Royal Botanical GardensLocated next to the Prado Museum, it wascommissioned by Charles III in 1781, anddesigned by architect Juan de Villanuevaand botanist Gómez Ortega. The gardenscurrently occupy some 8 hectares of landand are divided into three terraces, thetwo lower ones, Neoclassical in style (theSquare Terrace and the British Schools’Terrace) and the upper one, ElizabethanRomantic in style (Plan of the Flower Terra-ce). Also worth mentioning, are the functio-nal structures such as greenhouses, theVillanueva Pavilion, the Linneo Pond or theResearch and Laboratory building. Thegardens are surrounded by magnificentiron railings and can be accessed by ei-ther of the two gates: the Murillo and theKing’s Gate, both of which were the workof Villanueva.The Botanical Gardens are one of thelargest in Europe, and received the firstspecimens of American flora, collectedfrom a herbarium and which included plantspecimens from a number of scientificexpeditions carried out in the 18th and19th Centuries. It is a spectacular garden,located in the very heart of Madrid, whereyou can browse, stroll, learn and delight innature any time of the year.h Plaza de Murillo, 2.f Atochak Monday to Sunday opening time 10am.Closing time depends on the month:January-February 6pm, March 7pm, April8pm, May-June-July-August 9pm, Sept-ember 8pm, October 7pm and November-December 6pm.b 91 420 30 17+info: www.rjb.csic.esPARKSANDGARDENS59PARQUE DEL CAPRICHO
The Molinos GardensThe Molinos Gardens date back to thestart of the 20th Century. The gardens arewell preserved, a shady stream with analmond plantation that boasts a varietyof species, protected by deciduous andconiferous woodlands, through which themain paths cross. It still has its two wind-mills, after which it was named, cellars,a rationalist mansion (architecturally oneof a kind in Madrid), the Casa del Relojwith courtyards and other farm buildingsand a lake.h C/ Alcalá, 527 to 531f Suanzesk from 6:30am to 10pm+info: www.esmadrid.com Juan Carlos I ParkThis park, the largest green space in Ma-drid, second only to the Casa de Campo,is located in the Campo de las Nacionescomplex on the site of the century oldHinojosa olive grove, and is consideredto be a “puerta de la ciudad” or city gate.The overall design of the park can only beappreciated from the sky and the proximityof Madrid-Barajas Airport means that itsgeneral design can be seen from the air.Its design is reminiscent of the growth ofa city around an estuary, surrounded by asymbolic wall. It is home to some stunningspots such as the Labyrinth, the ThreeCulture Garden, the Holocaust Monument,the Anne Frank Tree, or the 19 sculpturesthat have converted the park into a kind ofopen-air museum.At the park’s Estufa Fría, visitors canappreciate a plant collection comprisingsome 220 varieties, divided into 12 diffe-rent zones, each with its own ambienceand feel, such as the river bank woodlandsor the Japanese garden. Another highlight,although outside the park this time, is theindigenous Mediterranean garden.h Glorieta Don Juan de Borbón.f Campo de las Nacionesk Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pmand from 4pm to 7pm. Saturdays, Sun-days and public holidays from 10am to7pm (information and bike rentals at theinformation buildings are the entrance tothe Park).b 91 721 00 79+info: www.esmadrid.com El Capricho ParkThe origins of the Capricho Park in theAlameda de Osuna district of the city, dateback to the latter part of the 18th Century,when the Duke and Duchess of Osunadecided to build their country home onthe outskirts of Madrid. This is possibly themost interesting of all Madrid parks, as it isa fusion of three classical types of design(Italian, French and landscape), conservingeach of their most appealing and characte-ristic traits, thus fully warranting the nameof El Capricho (the whim).The park is also home to a palace, a ballroom, a chapel, a stream, a lake, island andsmall dock, a shrine to Baco (Dionysus), agreenhouse, a 6,000m2labyrinth made ofplants and even has its own beekeeper.h Paseo Alameda de Osunaf El Capricho105 / 151k WINTER (October to March): Saturdays,Sundays and public holidays from 9am to6:30pm. SUMMER (April to September):Saturdays, Sundays and public holidaysfrom 9am to 9pm.b 91 588 01 14+info: www.esmadrid.com Madrid RíoThe new Madrid stretches out past thebanks of the Manzanares river. There, theriverside has been reclaimed and it canbe used and enjoyed by both visitors andinhabitants as a huge green space suitablefor long walks and bike rides, and whe-re, in the future, there will also be an areafor canoeing and other boating activities.The numerous footbridges over the river,such as the one designed by DominiquePerrault, make it easy to cross from onebank to another, almost without realising it.Madrid Río is one of the most ambitiouscity planning projects in the world, fo-llowing the rerouting of the Madrid ring roadunderground. It is a part of the city that hasbeen reclaimed, and now hosts a variety ofevents, as well as being home to one of theleading cultural venues, Matadero Madrid.PARKSANDGARDENS60PARKSANDGARDENS61 Casa de CampoKing Philip II purchased the Casa de Cam-po in 1553 and began to develop the largeestate that would stretch from the Palaceto the Royal Hunting Lodge in El Pardo,until reaching its current size of 1,800 hec-tares. This huge park has not lost any ofits woodland features, still wooded forthe most part, the veritable lungs of thecity of Madrid.In the 20th Century during the 2nd Re-public, it was handed over to the city ofMadrid, and it has been used ever sincefor recreational purposes thanks to its size,proximity and easy access.f Lago / Batán / Casa de Campob 91 479 60 02 (Casa de Campo Environ-mental Information Centre)+info: www.esmadrid.com Sabatini GardensThese classicistic gardens with their neatlytrimmed hedges are located outside thenorthern walls of the Royal Palace. Theywere created in about 1930 on the spot ofthe former Royal Stables, built by Francis-co Sabatini and part of the service of theRoyal Palace.h C/ Bailén, 2 and 4f Plaza de España / Óperak WINTER (October to April): from 9am to9pm. SUMMER (May to September): from9am to 10pm.+info: www.esmadrid.com Fuente del Berro ParkThis former recreational farm is an exce-llent example of naturalistic gardening.Currently, it is home to some unique woo-dland specimens, as well as monumentsby Becquer, Iniesta and Puskin.h C/ Enrique D’Almonte, 1f O’Donnellk WINTER (October to March): from 6amto 10pm. SUMMER (April to September):6am to midnight.+info: www.esmadrid.com Parque del OesteA park designed at the start of the lastcentury by Cecilio Rodríguez, replete withmonuments, landscaped and with Englishgarden traits, with its steep slopes andwinding paths, and naturalist in style. Thepark later grew to include, in a south-eas-terly direction, the Debod Temple Gardensand the Ferraz Gardens, that link the parkas a whole with the Carmelitas DescalzasChurch and Plaza de España. It is home toa number of commemorative monuments.The Madrid cable car links this edge of thecity with the Casa de Campo. It was builtin 1906, an initiative of the then Mayor ofMadrid, Alberto Aguilera.h Paseo del Pintor Rosales with Paseode Moretf Argüelles / Moncloa / Ventura Rodríguezk RAMÓN ORTIZ ROSE GARDENS:Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.Opening times are extended during thesummer months – 9am to 9pm.b Rose Gardens: 91 548 95 12 / 91 54895 13 / 91 548 95 14+info: www.esmadrid.com
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