Archive for September, 2010
Madrid may be a great city for partying, but sometimes you just need to put your feet up after a heavy night out. Even better if you can get someone to rub them for you. With that in mind, here’s our guide to the best spa hotels in Madrid. Remember that most hotels carry a surcharge for some spa services, so be sure to contact the hotel to make sure.
Two of the hotels in the Vincci chain are home to Nammu Areas spas, where guests can More >
The most important thing to do before embarking on a trip down Madrid’s most famous party street is to decide what sort of evening you’re after. A quiet drink with friends? Live jazz? One-of-a-kind cocktails in one-of-a-kind places? Or dancing the night away to some of the “best” (ahem) Europop Madrid has to offer? Huertas and its neighbouring plazas and side streets has it all. Start your journey at Sevilla (walking down Calle del Príncipe), or head up Calle del Doctor Cortezo from Tirso de Molina in order to arrive at Plaza de Santa Ana, right at the start of it all.Barhopping More >
There’s no-one better to show you around a new city than a local. The only problem is, how do you meet them in the first place? Especially if Spanish isn’t your strong point, it can sometimes feel isolating being a tourist in a cosmopolitan, yet still mainly Spanish-speaking city like Madrid. Have no fear: an intercambio could be just what you’re looking for.
The word intercambio means exchange, and in this case it specifically refers to exchanging languages. A typical intercambio is held in a large bar, sometimes an Irish pub, where dozens of Spanish-speakers, English-speakers and everything-else speakers come along More >
Last year, the Metro in Madrid ran an advertising campaign with various world landmarks looking enviously at their stations, announcing: “The metro which everyone wishes they had lives in Madrid.” It’s true that Madrid’s metro system can put a lot of others to shame: cheaper than both Paris and London’s, it is also usually clean, safe and easy to use, even for newcomers. Still, you can stay a step ahead by reading our handy guide to mastering the Madrid Metro.Tickets
Every station has at least one ticket machine and a ticket office, though the offices may be closed out of More >