Hay Festival Segovia

According to Wiki: Since 1988, Hay-on-Wye has been the venue for a literary festival, sponsored by The Guardian newspaper, which draws a claimed 80,000 visitors over ten days at the beginning of June to see and hear big literary names from all over the world. However, from the 21st-24th September, 2006 the festival will decamp […]

Strawberry Train 2006

I completely forgot to write about the Strawberry Train (Tren de a Fresa), which leaves Madrid’s Atocha Station and travels to the beautiful Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Luckily, seeing some strawberries on Ben and Marina’s site reminded me! The price includes: A ‘historic’ steam train which takes around 50 minutes to get to the town […]

Heavy Snow in the Mountains Around Madrid

I have blogged about this quite a few times this year. So, I’m sure that once more won’t make much difference. I have just taken a look at the Sierra Norte website and, as you can see above, there is heavy snow there. Taking a look at the El Mundo weather page, I saw that […]

Map of “Local” Train Network in Madrid

I have had a number of people asking me for details on how to get to Madrid ski resorts and, having written an article on Recommended Excursions from Madrid recently, I thought it might be a good idea to create a link to the map for Madrid’s Cercanias trains. The Cercanias (or local) train network […]

Recommended Excursions from Madrid

These are just a few of the places that I have visited down the years and which I would definitely recommend. I would say that one or two of them (like Salamanca, Cuenca and even Avila) may warrant an overnight stay due to their distance. However, that shouldn’t be a bad thing as they have […]

Snow Falls on Madrid Mountains

Last week some pretty heavy snow fell on the mountains surrounding Madrid, though I am not sure whether enough fell for the ski resorts to open. For those who don’t know you can actually go skiing in the mountains surrounding Madrid – the ski resorts are under an hour from the city centre. Last year […]

Cervantes’ Birthplace Museum

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first publication of Cervantes’ Don Quijote, one of the most famous and important books/characters in world literature. There are a number of events going on in Madrid to mark the event throughout the year but you may be interested in paying a trip to Cervantes’ Birthplace Musuem, […]

Strawberry Train to Aranjuez 2005

If you’re looking for something slightly out of the ordinary, you may be interested in taking a trip back in time on a steam locomotive, commonly called the ‘Strawberry Train’, to the town of Aranjuez, home of one of the famous Spanish Royal Palaces. The first train of the year departs on 31st March and […]

Snow in the Mountains near Madrid

I just received a couple of pictures from my brother-in-law, Vicente Fernández, which show the amount of snow that has already falling in the mountains around Madrid. The first shot shows the mountain range, whilst the second is a webcam image from the ski resort of Valdesqui taken today at 1.13 pm. The Valdesqui website […]

Toledo – Don Quijote, El Greco, Mosques and Synagogues

Toledo is one of the jewels of Central Spain. It belongs to the province of Toledo and is the capital of the autonomous region of Castilla la Mancha. The city, located 70 km south of Madrid, is perched on a hill with the river Tajo (Tagus) at it feet. Toledo was decreed a UNESCO World […]

The Strawberry Train (Tren de la Fresa)

From now until September, it will be possible to take a nostalgic journey into the past on a steam locomotive. The train is meant to depict what was the second peninsular line, inaugurated in 1851 by Isabel II. Operating out of Madrid’s Atocha station and with the Royal town of Aranjuez as the destination, passengers […]

Still snow in the Madrid mountains

It’s only a 50 minute drive from Madrid (an hour by bus) but as the picture shows there is still snow at Valdesqui, in the Madrid mountains. See also: Skiing in Madrid

San Lorenzo de El Escorial and Valle de los Caidos

The town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is situated in the Guadarrama Sierra, around 60 kilometres from Madrid. The main attraction of the town is the monastery of El Escorial, built by the Spanish King Phillip II to commemorate the victory against the French in 1557 and was considered the ‘eighth wonder of the […]

Segovia – Alcázar , Aqueduct, Cathedral and great food

For anyone visiting Madrid and looking for a worthwhile excursion, then Segovia should be be number 1 on your list. Having got married there, and had my son christened there, I have a great fondness for the place. Segovia is a wonderful mix of Roman Spain, Medieval and Renaissance Spain and Modern Spain all rolled […]

Skiing in Madrid

Yes, you did read the title correctly! You’d never think that in a city which experiences such hot summers (up to 40C+), that you’d be able to find a ski resort within an hour. Heading out to Navacerrada, north of Madrid, you will find ski stations which the king of Spain often frequents. You can […]