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It takes place every Spring (from late May to early June) in the Retiro Park. You can buy the new released books, best sellers, technical books, official publications... Every day, famous writers go to sign their books for the readers. You also get a 10% discount.
This year, from 31 of May to 16 of June 2.013, and the first edition took place in 1.933.
- Monday to Friday: From 11,00 to 14,00 and 18,00 to 21,30 (11,00 am to 02,00 pm and 6,00 pm to 09,30 pm).
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: From 11,00 to 15,00 and 17,00 to 21,30 (11,00 am to 03,00 pm and 05,00 pm to 09,30 pm).
How to get there:
- Metro: Retiro (line 2), Príncipe de Vergara (lines 2 and 9) and Ibiza (line 9).
- Bus: 2, 9, 26, 28, 61, 63, 146 and C1 (Circular 1).
Updated May 29, 2013
At noon on Easter Sunday, there is a Tamborrada (Drum parade) in the centre of Madrid: Plaza Mayor and surrounding area.
Since 2.005, it's organized by the Cofradía de la Entrada de Jesús en Jerusalén, from Zaragoza. It's composed by more than 110 members using their "timbales, bombos, tambores and carracas" (percussion instruments).
Regarding the website, look for Semana Santa (Spanish version) or Easter (English version).
Updated Mar 20, 2013
This is another big tradition throughout Spain. Some events take place during the week such as concerts, but the most traditional are the processions. The most famous are in Andalucía, but the ones in Madrid are becoming very important.
If you want to know more:
- es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semana_Santa (Spanish)
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semana_Santa (English)
Updated Mar 20, 2013
Did you know that people from Madrid are called Madrileños? Yes, maybe you knew it, but, do you know that we are also called Gatos (Cats)? Now, you wonder why…….
In 1085, when King Alfonso VI conquered Madrid (called, at that time, Magerit), occupied by the Moors, a soldier scaled the walls of the castle with the agility of a “gato” (cat), hence, the name Gatos (for the inhabitants).
There is also a theory and it is the fact that we Madrileños love nightlife and wonder about at night, so do the Gatos (cats).
I must say that I’ve heard about the first explanation for ages, and I do prefer it.
Written Feb 1, 2013
- Main: Puerta del Sol: Where Madrileños (people from Madrid) go to welcome the New Year and eat the 12 grpaes (very famous and popular tradition in Spain). Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3).
- Second: Parque de El Retiro (Retiro Park). This part, metro: Retiro (line 2).
- Third: Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate). Where? Plaza de la Independencia: Metro: Banco de España (line 2 and Retiro, line 2).
- Puerta del Sol. Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3).
Updated Dec 10, 2012
There is a tradition in Spain: The Twelve Grapes.
Every 31 of December, the Madrileños (people from Madrid) go to Puerta del Sol to welcome the new year. And the tradition (just in Spain), is to have twelve grapes. Why this tradition and when did it begin?
It began in 1.909, and the reason was that that year there was a great excess of grapes in the country, and they decided to have a grape with each bell strike. Then, you will lucky over the new year. They are also called "The Grapes of Luck".
Updated Dec 10, 2012
- Main: El Oso y el Madroño. This is the symbol of Madrid. Puerta del Sol (metro: Sol, lines 1, 2 and 3).
- Second: Calle de Preciados (metro: Sol, lines 1, 2 and 3) or Callao (metro: Callao, lines 1 and 3).
- Third: Calle de Alcalá. This street is very long, and the pic shows the part from Plaza de Cibeles (metro: Banco de España, line 2) to Puerta de Alcalá/Plaza de la Independencia (metro: Retiro, line 2).
- Fourth: Gran Vía. You can visit this street in some different places. The most popular part is the one shown in the pic, from Plaza del Callao (metro: Callao, lines 1 and 3).
- Fifth: Paseo de Recoletos. The pic was taken from Plaza de Cibeles (metro: Banco de España, line 2).
Updated Dec 10, 2012
All the expressions have the same meaning: To have Tapas. Yes, something so typical in Madrid (or in Spain in general).
I can't say a place or area, anywhere in Madrid have many bars where you can enjoy them. Apart from the touristy districts: Plaza Mayor and surrounding area, La Latina, Puerta del Sol, Huertas street, Plaza de Santa Ana..., the other ones, less, let's say, "famous", have excellent bars too. And not to mention that a "caña" (let's say half of lager, so, beer) or glass of wine (unless you don't drink alcohol, although there are beers without it), are a part of the traditional tapas.
The link shows a list of bars that offer good tapas.
For some recipes, go to Restaurants Tips section.
Updated Feb 16, 2012
For the 5th time in a row, Madrid celebrates La Noche en Blanco (The Sleepless Night). It consists in more than 150 different events that take place during the night, beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday 10, till 7 a.m. Sunday 11 September 2.011. Some museums are open all night long.
Some other cities celebrate the same event such as:
- Amsterdam (Holland): www.nuitblancheamsterdam.nl
- Brussels (Belgium): 2 October 2010 (www.nuitblanchebrussels.be/?lang=fr)
- Bucharest (Romania): I don't have information yet
- Paris (France): www.paris.fr/portail/Culture/Portal.lut?page_id=6806
- Riga (Latvia): 1 September (www.baltanakts.lv/2010/)
- Valetta (Malta): 25 September 2010 (www.nottebiancamalta.com/)
For info in some other languages, visit:
- E mail: email@example.com
Note: I apologize if I can't find the dates for the other cities.
Updated May 21, 2011
Phone: (+34) 91 588 42 25
Website: www.lanocheenblanco.es (for Madrid, in Spanish)
La Guardia Real (the Royal Guard), is the personal guard of the King of Spain and his familiy. This is a new event, don't thing that it has been taking place for decades; maybe in the future, it will become an old tradition.
It takes place every Wednesday from 11,00 to 14,00 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), every 30 minutes except when official events are sheduled or bad weather.
Where: At the Puerta del Príncipe (Prince's Gate) which is otuside the Palace (Plaza de Oriente).
And every first Wednesday of the month, there is solemn Changing of the Guard (about 40 minutes) at 12,00 (noon) except August and September, official events are scheduled or bad weather.
Where: Plaza de la Armería (Armery Square).
Updated May 15, 2010
Phone: (+34) 900 33 44 00
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