Hostal Castilla III

Marques Viudo de Pontejos N 7, 4ta Planta, Madrid, Spain
Hostal Castilla III
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Forum Posts

Palacio Real - picture gallery

by jayhawk2000

Is it possible to visit only the picture gallery in the Palacio Real? Or is this only sold as an add-on to the usual admission?

I could care less about the aristocratic claptrap, take me to the paintings!!! LOL

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by dino335

I am pretty sure there is no special "picture gallery" at the Palace. This is from memory and looking at the plan and guide book. There are paintings in various rooms and there are frescoes on the ceilings.

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by dino335

OK -- The Picture Galley was undergoing renovation when I visited in 2003. It is now reopened and can be visted separately.

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by unaS


Is really so?

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by zumodemango

In Madrid it's free El Palacio Real but normally other museums, Prado and Reina Sofia are Sunday afternoon, not Wednesdays!

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by unaS

Thanks Eva, that is what I had previously read.

Re: Palacio Real - picture gallery

by jayhawk2000

In the end, we didn't bother. From what I gathered, visiting the picture gallery at the moment is only an extra option to be tacked it onto a guided tour.

Apparently they are building a huge visitors centre below the palace, which will probably house a museum of sorts, but how many more years that will take is anyone's guess.

We were well and truly 'arted out' after the Big 3, even though we only did one a day!

Travel Tips for Madrid

Puerta del Sol

by Veroali

There are two interesting things in this square. First is the statue of a bear, symbol of Madrid, eating fruit from the tree. Second one is the spot on the ground, which shows the middle of Spain. I think we would not have found it without our friend, but just look at the ground. In the end, above all of those stands a statue of king Carlos III. To stand in the middle of Spain :)

Balloon Sellers/modellers

by suvanki

Saturday afternoon, leaving Meson 5j's, after my tapas of jamon iberico and a beer, I stepped onto C/Arenal, and came face to face with Homer Simpson!

A few steps further and I saw a pink elephant approaching - I was wondering how strong my cerveza had been!!

Later on along the street, I came across this clown - these characters were all carrying balloons, which they modelled into different shapes, and thrust them at any approaching babies, toddlers and children - not sure if there was a fixed price for these.

- I didn't actually see any mothers buying the balloons, but did spot some toddlers in buggies, clutching these brightly coloured rubber models.

In Sol, I came across Mickey Mouse - also trying to pursuade the mums to buy one of his models for their young ones.


by markeveleigh

A small plaque on the southern edge of Puerta del Sol marks ‘Kilometre Zero’ and, as befits the country’s spiritual and geographical heartland, Madrid is well-connected by bus and train.
An hour to the south is the ancient city of Toledo, the Imperial City of Roman Spain and once the headquarters of Visigoths, Jews, Moors and, very nearly, modern Spain itself. The labyrinth of the medina is still reminiscent of a Moorish city but the starkly monumental walls of the Alcázar are as unmistakably Castilian as the palace-monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial (on the other side of the capital). Just beyond El Escorial is Franco’s ‘Valley of the Fallen’ war-monument and further up in the Sierra de Guadarrama (an hour from the city) there are miles of un-trodden forest trails and wonderfully wild, windy ridges.

Discount Shopping

by piccolita about Mango (Dos)

Well, its actually a regular Mango store in Calle Fuencarral, but don't miss the second floor! Thats where the outlet shopping is! They usually sell past season's stuff at a very discounted price, I've bought pants that are between 3-6 euros, tops for similar. Of course you have to really look well. Plus when its sort of off season, the place can be quite empty.
I'm not sure how they work, but I think if its currently Spring season, the regular Mango sells Spring 06 stuff while second floor sells Spring 05. Gosh, you can buy a lot here! 3 euro pants, 5 euro shades, I would say, if its around 20, its on the pricey side.

Best sound system in Madrid

by Yso about OBA OBA

I never got the time to visit this bar but it was recommended to me by several locals. They have live music at weekends, all Spanish music with varying influences. They are also reputed to have the best sound system in Madrid... is it true? please let me know!


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