General history (cont)
Iglesia de San Nicolas de los Servitas was built in the XI sentury at a place where a Mosque stood earlier. A lot of details show arabian influence.
In 1080 Alfonso VI released Toledo and neighboring settlements including Madrid from moors. In XI - XIV Madrid represents a small Castilian city which has grown around of the Arabian fortress. The castle of Gabsburg was under construction in XV century on a place of the Arabian fortress. Kings sometimes stayed there in travel. The population of city does not exceeded 20 thousand person at this time.
A typical dish that must be tried Paella is a traditional dish of Spain. Its home is Valencia, but variations exist in the different Spanish provinces. A colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice and various meats, paella’s name comes from the paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked. Traditionally, the paella is cooked out of doors, over a wood fire. To make a paella, first sauté meats, such as chicken, pork, rabbit, or seafood, such as clams, shrimps, mussels, crayfish, or squid. Use olive oil and season with onions, garlic and herbs. Next, cook rice, tomatoes, and saffron, simmering over a low heat. Finally, mix in the meats and garnished with peas, pimientos, and other vegetables.
Sailing in Madrid
Well, not really sailing, but if you go on a sunday to Park Juan Carlos I, you will be able to see these little radiocontrolled boats sailing around...
To get there, take the Metro towards the airport and stop in the previous stop (Campo de las Naciones)
Plaza Mayor, the mainsquare, has typical castilian houses. it dates from the 16 th century. The church from the same time has a paintingwork by Goya. Also interesting is the Augustin monastery that is transformed in a parador with a patio garden. Outside the town a castle ruin can be visited, splendid views.
Madrid: one of the best...
Madrid: one of the best nightlife's of Europe!
You can start the night in the bars of Alonso Martinez, Moncloa or in the Terrazas de la Castellana. Then you have alot of choices. You can go to Joy Eslava (C/ Arenal - my favourite); to Kapital(Atocha)that has 7 floors; to Pacha (metro Tribunal); to Arena 11 (c/ Princesa); to Ryscal (c/ Ryscal - more restrict); to El viso. But if you go to Madrid the first thing you have to buy, if you know some words of spanish is to buy a magazine called 'el guia del ocio'. There you can find the adresses of the best nightclubs, bars, restaurants .....