Apartamentos H2 Lavapies
Lavapies, 17, Madrid, 28012, Spain
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Puerta de Alcalá (Madrid. España/Spain)
at Terminal 4 - "América" by Oswaldo Guayasamín
Calle de Preciados (Madrid, Spain)
Does anyone know of any great hotels with breakfast included in Segovia for a reasonable price (under $100/night) or should I be looking for an apartment? There will be 3 of us, and we'll be there sometime in February. It would be great to have 1 room (a triple) - this is for 2 adults and 1 16-year old.
Also - what is the best way to get to Segovia from Madrid?
The best way to get to Segovia is probably by train, but I screwed it up last time as I probably should have simply bought the tickets using the ticket machine, stamped my ticket, jumped on the train and be gone. The girl at the info kiosk was emmensively unimpressive and uninformative. Hopefully one of my VT friends will elaborate on the proper way to do it. ;-)
Train is definitely the best option to reach Segovia from Madrid; travel takes about 2 hours and in regional trains price is 5.90 euros. You could check timetable and prices on spanish railway site:
If you're looking for a good and cheap hotel in Segovia, can check offers and hotel reviews on www.booking.com: this is a very safe site and prices are usually ok. I can also suggest Refitoleria Apartments, I spent there 2 nights and everything was good (price was about 75 euros/night for 2 people): http://www.refitoleriaapartamentos.com/en/apartamentos_en.html
I would consider renting a car. You have three people, Segovia is close to Madrid and there are interesting places to visit on the way and in the immediate area of Segovia, like Pedraza and other small towns near Segovia and El Escorial which is on the way. Also the main sight of Segovia can be seen in a half day.
Some of the best times I have had in Spain have been driving in the countryside and getting off the "beaten track".
Hotel Las Sirenas is very nice and the location is ideal.
They have doubles and singles starting at 42 Euros. Breakfast is not included, but there is an on-site restaurant. There is a wonderful tapas bar one block from the NE corner of the main plaza. The bar is called La Tasquina. As long as you are holding a glass of wine, they will serve you free tapas of your choice all evening.
Travel Tips for Madrid
FRESH ANCHOVIES IN VINEGAR
2 lb. fresh anchovies, sardines or smelts.
6-8 tablespoons olive oil
2 oz. flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small pinch of spanish saffron strands
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
9 fl. oz red-wine vinegar
4 baby leaves
Cut off the fish heads, pulling out their innards. Slit them down the belly, as far as the tail, and swish the insdes under a tap.
Then put each fish down on a board, black back upwards, and press a thumb firmly down on it. This opens it out like a book and makes it easy to rip out the backbone and tail.
Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a big frying pan. Dust the fish with seasoned flour on a baking tray and fry immediately you have a trayful (there will be about 4 of these).
Put them in skin-side down and turn after 1-2 minutes. Remove them to kitchen paper to drain. Take the pan off the heat between batches and add more olive oil as necessary.
Fry the garlic in the remaining olive oil, then move to a mortar or a small herb (or coffee) mill. Work to a paste with a pinch of salt, the saffron, cumin seeds and ginger. Work in the vinegar.
Arrange the fish in an earthware dish, skin up. This can be shallow if you are planning to serve them within 24 hours, but should be smalller and deeper if you want to keep them.
Mix 9 fl. oz of water into the spicy mixture and pour this over the fish. Add more vinegar and water to cover them completely if you are keeping them.
Lay the bay leaves and very thinly sliced lemon over the top. Refrigerate for half a day before eating. They can be served straight from the dish, and eaten before a week.
Imperdible el Museo del Prado,...
Imperdible el Museo del Prado, donde se encuentran reunidas las obras de los pintores de mayor celebridad de la historia de España y del arte italiano y flamenco, entre los que se destaca El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, José Ribera, Velázquez, Murillo, Rubens, Rembrant, El Bosco, Tintoretto y Rafael. El edificio del museo es de estilo neoclásico español y sorprende por su magnífica arquitectura.
Bats flying over your head
In Parque Juan Carlos I, in the area Campo de las Naciones, there are many people playing with flying kites (the modern type that looks like a parachute), if lucky you can also get sight on a flying bat mouse.
But to take a photo of them you have to be real quick (and smart)!!
Museo del Prado
You can find interesting things at the Museo del Prado (and other museums) gift shops: books, posters, cups, mouse pads, T-shirts, umbrellas... everything with artistic designs.
En las tiendas de regalos del Museo del Prado (y otros museos) puedes encontrar objetos interesantes: libros, posters, tazas, alfombrillas para el ratón, camisetas, paraguas... todo ello con motivos artísticos.
it is the ground floor between three buildings, all is full of bars and pubs, and you can find most of the tendencies. Most of he people are teenagers caming out from High School.
most of places close at 3am
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