Madrid – the Capital with the Second Highest Number of Trees in the World

According to data from Madrid’s City Council, the city has the second highest number of trees for a capital city in the world – Tokyo takes the lead. Madrid has 300,000 compared to Tokyo’s 400,000 – most of them (216,000) can be found lining Madrid’s pavements. Madrid’s Retiro Park accounts for around 15,000. If you […]

Surviving Madrid in the Summer

I got an email yesterday from someone visiting this site (Martin Christensen) asking me for some tips on how to survive the hot weather in Madrid. Madrid in summer can be quite taxing, though if you start living like the Spanish it can be much more bearable. Here are some thoughts on how you can […]

Biking Tours of Madrid from Bike Spain

Whilst walking near the Palacio Real last week I came across a group of German tourists trying to making their way towards the Plaza de Oriente. This wasn’t the first organised group of cyclists I had seen in the City centre – it looks like there is an upward trend in tourists using bikes to […]

City Council of Madrid Offers 37 Guided Tours

Th City Council of Madrid is offering visitors, and citizens, of Madrid 37 guided tours of the City. The tours cover all interests and needs. The tours are set to run from February to June and cost around 3.10 Euros on foot or 6 Euros by bus/car. Here are a selection of them from the […]

Monumentalia – A Guide to Madrid’s (and Spain’s) Architectural Heritage

Monumentalia is probably the definitive site if you’re looking for information on Madrid’s buildings, bridges and parks – in fact, the website covers pretty much the whole of Spain. It is ideal for student, traveller and Madrid inhabitant alike. They have a huge selection of images, in both jpeg or video format, and each image […]

Madrid Card offers Reduced Rates for Christmas

I saw in the online newspaper ABC that Madrid Card has just released a special Madrid Card Navidad (Christmas) that only costs 20 Euros. The Madrid Card offers, amongst other things: ● Entry to over 40 museums (like the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía) ● Unlimited travel (Bus, Metro & Suburban Trains)● Guided Tour of […]

December Photos of Madrid

Last Saturday I got an email from an ERASMUS student, Juraj, who is spending the year studying in Madrid. The email included a selection of photos that he took last Friday and Saturday and was in response to an article I wrote asking for people to send in some photos to me. I liked the […]

The Royal Palace (Palacio Real)

The palace was built between 1738 and 1764. It has a central interior courtyard, whilst another courtyard – the Plaza de Armas on the south side – acts as the principal entrance to the palace. This courtyard looks out on to the Almudena Cathedral. The Palace occupies 13 hectares, has 870 windows, 240 balconies and […]

Madrid’s Mayor Switches on Christmas Lights

A couple of days ago the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, switched on the Christmas lights around the centre of MAdrid, starting with the Plaza de Colón, then c/ Alcalá and Mayor, before finishing in the Plaza Mayor. This year a number of artists have been invited to come up with their own designs […]

360° Virtual Tours of Madrid

I came across a pretty cool website today, which offers visitors 360° virtual tours of some of Madrid’s most famous landmarks. Madrid Virtual have taken images of landmarks as famous as Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Teatro Real, Plaza de Callao, the Almudena Cathedral and Puerto de Sol many more. You simply select the location you […]

Help Wanted! I’m looking for Daily Pictures of Madrid

Within the next few weeks I am going to try and add a new element to this site – Daily Pictures of Madrid. I intend to publish 1 picture of Madrid per day, from the selection of pictures that I hope people will send them through to me. What I want is to get many […]

Walking tours around Madrid

The Madrid Chamber of Commerce website has an interesting section, called Rutas por Madrid, on their site dedicated to tours around Madrid. They give you route maps, brief overview of what you are likely to see and recommended places to eat, drink and shop. They include Literario (Literary), Medieval, Romántico (Romantic), Moderno (Modern), Austrias, Borbones […]

Casa de la Moneda (Spanish Royal Mint)

For all those with an interest in coin and stamp collecting, it is worth visiting Madrid’s Casa de la Moneda. It is recognised that the museum has one of the finest numismatic collections in the world. You will find Greek, Roman, Medieval and contemporary coins here along with collections of medals, postage stamps, banknotes, lottery […]

Summer activities in Retiro Park and the Casa de Campo (and free!)

The City Council of Madrid has organised a series of free activities for the summer in both the Retiro Park and the Casa de Campo. The events are organised for both adults and children under the ages of 8 and mainly take the form of strolls around certain areas of both parks; though one activity […]

Guided Tours of Madrid

As we are now into Summer, the City Council of Madrid in collaboration with the Fundación Caja Madrid, are putting on a series of guided tours. These guided tours of Madrid are conducted by professional guides with the aim of giving people the opportunity to discover more of the city. Tickets cost around 3-4 Euros […]