Hotel Sierra Real
Primavera 20, Alpedrete, Madrid, Comunidad de Madr
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An uncovered corner
Eating in a cafe
garden at paseo del Prado
Pep rally in La Latina before the football game
Arriving in Madrid October 3 - would like to see a match that weekend. Both Atletico and Getafe are at home. Which has better atmosphere? For which am I more likely to get (2) tickets?
Atletico de Madrid is a bigger team and with very good players like Diego Forlan ,Kun Aguero, Simao and many others. The atmosphere is much better here. Getafe is a good team, however much more modest than Atletico. You should be able to get tickets from their website, which is at the following link
Gave serious consideration towards the Sevilla match, but I'm arriving in Madrid only the 3rd, and though best to stay for a couple of days (plus I have visited Sevilla in previous travels, but never Madrid). I also assume tickets will be easier to get for Atletico than for Real Madrid @ Sevilla.
Thanks for the advice!
Here's a third option - tell me if I'm being ridiculous: Rayo Vallacano.
Although a second division team, since Betis is visiting, I'd assume it's a very compelling game for their fans. Although a small stadium, more likely to be packed and loud, plus the primera division matches all involve teams that have started in the lower half (Atletico v. Zaragoza, Getafe v. Osasuna).
Basically I'm looking for a lively crowd at a packed stadium - would I get this at any of the 3 choices? (Can't travel to the Sevilla - Real Madrid match).
Travel Tips for Madrid
the atraction in madrid are...
the atraction in madrid are duplicate in the night. The prado's museum has valuable treasures of art there you can see a lot of works of velazquez and goya. In the queen sofia's museum is the famous Guernica by picasso.
The most important zones of shopping are the rastra and the toledo's door.
The imposing cibeles square in one of the classic walk in the city, so much the day as the night.
If you want to take a rest you go to the buen retiro's square. for the young people there are the castellana's walk and the major's square.
How to _not_ look as a tourist in Madrid
Don't take me wrong: If you really want to look as a tourist it's OK for me (and for my fellow madrileños): Wearing a "Kansas, the wheat state" cap, a "Born a Marine" t-shirt, and track shorts will certainly help. But if you prefer to blend in with the locals...
(a) Dress somewhat conservative, or classic. In summer bermudas or walking shorts are fine and t-shirts or sneakers even acceptable, but be discrete.
(b) Do not be obsessed with finding a "tapas bar" - and do not even mention the phrase: for a Spaniard there is no such thing: All bars potentially serve "tapas", the difference is that some have many (or good) and other few (or not-so-good); so rather ask for a place "with good tapas", or (better still) for a good place "para picar algo" ("to peck something"): our common word for the social sharing of small samples of food (... tapas...) is "picar".
(c) If you want to go to a bullfight, go; if you don't, don't go. If you go and it displeases you a lot don't look or leave your seat and wait outside. But while you are there behave as a local: no shouting (leave that to the experts), keep silent when others do... and be discreet when shooting your camera.
Ooops, no more space. If this is seen as interesting I can go on!!
Madrid, "La Plaza de Toros" Bull-ring
Bullfighting is a very popular tradition in Spain, especially in Madrid. I think it’s a cruel tradition, but some consider it an Art.
Madrid's bull ring is the largest in the country, and the second largest in the world. Only the Bull Ring in Mexico City is larger. Each major city in Spain has una plaza, and bullfights are generally held each Sunday during the Spring and Summer. Bull and man
museo Nacional Ferroviario
This is a museum about everything that has to do with Spanish railroads. It has a collection of 30 locos, steam, diesel and electric. Two interesting trains are la Pucherata and a talgo from 1950. Also the very luxurious Coche Salon from 1928 is a beautifull example of spanish train designs. In the museum you can also find models of trainstations, signs, lights and a collection of photographs.
I'm afraid I could not be objective at all about this bar; I love the place, the owners are good friends of mine, the DJ always seems to know what music is the more suited to my mood and I know many of the local crowd.
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