How About Lunch at the Home of the Galácticos?

Last year my son and I went for lunch with a very good friend of mine to the Real Café Bernabéu. It was actually the day that Real Madrid played Manchester United at home and, luckily, we managed to get a table. If you like your football, then you’ll love this place – the chance […]

Christmas in Madrid 2007

This looks like it’s going to be a bumper, fun-packed Christmas in Madrid. I have just taken a look at the Christmas agenda from the Madrid City Council tourist section and it looks like 2007 will be even better than 2006. I find that the build up to Christmas in Spain is much better than […]

Madrid’s Open Air Pools Are, Well, Open!

This post comes a little late (3 weeks to be exact) but I suppose better late than never. It is a little known fact, to foreigners of course!, that Madrid has a number of municipal, open-air, swimming pools which open their doors to the public from around June to September. The entrance fee is cheap, […]

Snow Finally Falls On Madrid (and much of Spain)

It has taken many months but finally the snow has arrived to the mountains of Madrid. And many parts of Spain are under high alert because of the wintry conditions. Here is a picture taken today (23/01/2007) from one of the ski resorts around Madrid – Valdesqui, which has still not officially opened yet but […]

Shooters – American Pool Hall in the Centre of Madrid

I´m not one to talk about places which have little relevance to Spain but just thought I´d let people know about a neat, pool hall on the Gran Vía (and because I love playing pool!). Shooters features 9 "American pool" tables in a large hall – it also has an Irish bar where you can […]

Ice Skating in the Open Air in Madrid

Probably should have mentioned this before but if you fancy a bit of ice skating in Madrid (until 6th January, 2006), you should head for either the Retiro Park or the Torre Picasso (in Madrid´s business district). Here you can ice skate in the open air for around 3 Euros for 45 minutes.

December Suggestions from Metrópoli

Metrópoli has a really good guide to what you can do in Madrid this December – it is in Spanish, though. They have come up with 150 suggestions for what you can do in the coming weeks – eat, drink, be merry and much more. Interestingly, they have broken them down into 15 categories – […]

Watch Spain-France in the Puerta del Sol

If you’re into football, or just want to soak up some Spanish party atmosphere, you should head off to the Puerta del Sol on Tuesday, 27th June. Here, in front of the Casa de Correos, the City Council has erected a giant screen, measuring 10.4 by 6.8 metres, where they will televise the Spain – […]

Getting Around Madrid By Bike

I was reading an article on 20 Minutos earlier today called (in English) “the rebellion of the bikes“, which was discussing not just the fact that Madrid is a “hostile environment for bikes” but that there there is a growing increase in the number of people who are starting to use bikes to get around […]

Madrid’s Municipal Swimming Pools Open this Weekend

As a Brit I find there is something quite pleasing about sitting around an open air swimming pool in the summer without a cloud in the sky. In Madrid you are practically guaranteed 3 months of perfect weather for going to the pool. Many Spaniards will shortly begin their summer timetable and will be able […]

Madrid Marathon 2006

Just a quick note to let people know that this Sunday (April 30th, 2006) the Madrid Marathon will wind its way through the central streets and suburbs of the city. It starts at the Paseo de Recoletos at 9.30 a.m. and will finish in the Retiro Park. A map of the course can be found […]

Expo Ocio 2006 Opens at Parque Juan Carlos I

Billed as the largest lesiure (free time) fair in Europe, Expo Ocio opens its doors on the 11th March, 2006 and runs through  till the 20th  March. Tourism, beauty (!!) , technology for the home,  camping and caravanning, sports and activities (including high risk ones) and virtual entertainment can all be found at this event. […]

Watching the 6 Nations in Madrid

Saturday sees the start of the 6 Nations Rugby Championship and Madrid’s bars offer a great chance to watch the games, meet up with rugby supporters of all the teams taking part and, of course, to have a few beers (or Guinnesses)! The first weekend sees Ireland v Italy (2.30 p.m. Madrid time) and England […]

Spanish Football League Fixtures 2005-2006

I have just seen that quite a few people are searching for the Spanish Football League Fixtures for the 2005-2006 season. Well, here is a list of every game that will be played over the next 10 months or so (courtesy of El Mundo): 2005 – 2006 Fixtures August – December2005 – 2006 Fxtures January […]

Madrid 2012 – The City’s Olympics Bid

On the 6th July, 2005 Madrid will know if it has been successful in its bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to the City. The final candidates are Madrid, London, Paris, Moscow and New York. The city has never hosted the Olympic Games but was shortlisted for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The Queen […]