Feria de San Isidro Starts in Madrid

The fiestas of San Isidro are the most important fiestas of Madrid and honour Madrid’s Patron saint San Isidro. During the month of May there will be a number of events taking place, which include dances and fairs. The saint’s day is actually on 15th May and is a holiday in the city. The fiestas […]

Tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a ticket to watch Real Madrid v Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (courtesy of Angel, a VERY generous friend of my father-in-law’s) and boy was that an experience. Having enjoyed the wonderful experience, and a great win to boot for the home team, […]

Madrid Marathon Hits the Streets This Weekend

On Sunday 24th April the streets of Madrid will be filled with runners participating in the 28th Popular Marathon of Madrid – so bear this in mind if you’re planning to make trips to popular sites – Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real, for example. The event begins at 9.30 am and the […]

Ice Rink comes to the Retiro Park

Within the next couple of weeks the City Council of Madrid will install an ice rink in Retiro Park – the first time that they have ever done this in the park. In an area where roller skating is practiced, the council will create a huge rink, complete changing rooms, people to help you skate […]

La Vuelta de España cycling race arrives in Madrid

Since Saturday 4th September, the Vuelta de España cycling race has wound its way around the whole of Spain. This Sunday the final stage will be held within Madrid and it is believed that it will go down to the wire. The race will pass around famous city landmarks like the Casa de Campo, Cibeles […]

Madrid’s 2012 Olympic Dream – You can Play a Part, too

As the Olympics are now going on in Athens I thought it would be a good opportunity to write an article on Madrid’s bid to hold the 2012 Olympics. The city is bidding against London, Moscow, New York and Paris and the winner will be told on July 6, 2005. All things considered many are […]

Michael Owen signs for Real Madrid

Real Madrid have this weekend signed Michael Owen, the Liverpool and England star. Negotiations went on for much of last week and finally Real Madrid got their man – and for a very good price: £8 million plus Real Madrid’s Antonio Nuñez. The potential revenue for Real Madrid shirts with “Owen 11” will undoubtedly be […]

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 […]

Real Madrid – Brand Marketing Gurus

I just came across a very interesting article about Real Madrid and the power of its brand. Entitiled Real Madrid brings Hollywood touch to soccer it discusses how Real Madrid have managed to turn themselves into probably the best-known brand not just in football but any sport. Here is an excerpt from it: Beckham is […]

Real Madrid and Spanish League Fixtures 2004-2005

If you’re looking to book your trip to Madrid around an important Real Madrid football match, then here’s a breakdown of all fixtures from the primera liga: Spanish Primera Liga to 16th January, 2005 Spanish Primera Liga to 29th May, 2005 The two main Madrid clubs in the league are Real Madrid and Atlético de […]

Open Air Swimming Pools in Madrid

From the middle of May through to the middle of September, the municipal and private sports centres of Madrid open their open air swimming pools to the public. These swimming pools often form part of large sporting complexes where you will find sports halls, tennis courts and a multitude of other recreational activities. I must […]

Parque de Attracciones – Amusement park

The Parque de Atracciones, set in Madrid’s vast Casa de Campo park, is the city’s main theme park. It has been around for many, many years and is open all year round. Summer makes it an ideal place to visit, especially at night, because in addition to its many attractions the air is much cooler […]

Medina Mayrit Arabic Baths

Any trip to Madrid will invariably involve a lot of foot slogging around the streets, often in warm temperatures. What better way of relaxing your body than going to authentic Arabic Baths. The Medina Mayrit Baths, located on Calle Atocha, have three rooms with different temperatures and offer visitors massage and aromatherapy. The entry cost […]

Real Madrid Shop in centre of Madrid

Walking up the Calle del Carmen, one of the streets off the Puerta del Sol, you will find a shop dedicated to everything related to Real Madrid. You wil find shirts of all the stars (including Beckham, Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo), tracksuits, signed autographs, baby clothes and many other items. With the latest digital editing […]

David Beckham – is he Mad About Madrid?

From this Financial Times article it looks like David Beckham is really enjoying his stay in Madrid. But can you imagine him saying he enjoys jamón serrano as much as fish and chips! See also Real Madrid in the centre of Madrid