Many people speak English and well comunicated
Natural areas are increasingly threatened
The best city for going out.
The Plaza Mayor is Madrid's main plaza, a huge enclosed square that over time has seen a variety of uses as varied as executions and bullfights. In the center is the equestrian statue of Phillip III, which was from 1616 but was not actually installed permanently until 1848. It should be noted that Phillip III is not generally seen as a great...more
With most four-star hotels in Madrid (and throughout Western Europe) charging US$400 or more, the...more
lovely cuisine of Spain, where the ham and pig is king. It has branches in the city, the most known to visitors is at Gran Via. the ambiance is very nice if a bit touristic for my local taste. lived there for four years,and still with family. However, for visitors is a must at least once. Many do come back again and again. hams any cut.more
The University of Alcala's origins date back to 1293, when King Sancho IV of Castile created a school in Alcala de Henares. Under Cardinal Cisneros, this school was granted full university status in 1499, which makes it one of the oldest universities in the world, and was named "Universitas Complutensis". Five faculties were then established: Arts...more
Colegios, 8, Alcala De Henares, 28801, Spain
Good for: Solo
If you travel to Alcala by train, you'll most probably walk by the Palacio Laredo and it's impossible not to notice its very unique style of architecture. The house was designed by Manuel Laredo y Ordoño for himself - he simply wanted his house to stand out, and I guess we can all agree that he succeeded! His idea was to include all of the Spanish...more
I don't know if it is common, or I just had luck, but I watched in Escorial a very interesting parade. Clearly, it was the real people, here and there with very naif details, but always with the Spanish garb.It's interesting to check when do they happen, this pilgrimages.more
San Anton No. 24, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 28200, Spain
Good for: Business
Almost directly underneath the main altar of the Basilica is the Pantheon. Completed in 1654, the pantheon is a fairly sombre thing, though far more ornate than a lot of the rest of the Escorial. Kings are on the left of the altar, queens are on the right. There up to 8 pantheons, showing the spouses, children and family of royalty.There is a...more
The interior of the Palacio Real of Aranjuez is well worthwhile to be visited. There are two tours possible: the "Salones Oficiales" official rooms and in addition the private rooms.We visited the official rooms which were nicely decorated.As the palace burned twice in the 17th c. and was each time rebuilt the décor is mainly from the 18th and 19th...more
C/ San Antonio 22, Aranjuez, Madrid, 28300, Spain
Good for: Solo
Let's start the visit by the west side and the beautiful U-shaped facade surrounding the courtyard. The palace combines the elegant white stone and red brick. The palace was begun under Philip II and was a recreational estate. Although the architects Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera were those in charge of the austere Escorial palace,...more
Many large or small towns in Spain have a Plaza de Torros or arena for bullfights but Chinchon has one in the very old way that means the Plaza Mayor itself.It is called the "Royal Bullring of Chinchon".The bullfighting tradition in Chinchon goes back for several centuries.The season starts in July to end in October. During that period the sand,...more
The Parador of Chinchon is located in a magnificent convent of the 17th c., the church of which is...more
The first 15th century castle belonged to the Cabrera family. Totally different from the present one it was damaged during a popular uprising in 1521.Later the remains were demolished and a new castle was build at the end of the 16th c. by Count Diego de Cabrera on the same site using materials taken from the old castle.In 1705 it suffered from the...more
El Escorial was founded in the 16th century by Philip II of Spain. It incorporates a church, a monastery, a school, and a famous library, and reflects the deeply pious outlook of its founder. The vast complex, said to contain 160 km of corridors, was constructed between 1563 and 1584. Philip's intention was to build a royal burial place for the...more
If you don't feel like walking up to the monastery and if you're taking the train from Madrid, take the bus that departs right outside the train station. It takes about 5 mins to get to monastery for EUR1.10. Before you reach the bus stop at the town center, watch out for the monastery on your left hand side. From the bus stop you will have to walk...more
In winter Navacerrada becames a natural paradise where you can walk, read, sky...Now is going to be considerated National Park in Spain (named ´National park of Guadarrama´), that´s why it will be protected for the industry and the ansious builders.The photo shows Lee and the field. My best friends and me could live in December 2004 one day we...more
Valle De La Barranca, S/N, Navacerrada, 28491, es
Good for: Couples
One of the things I like to do is playing instruments in then field. Near my village there are many places with enough landscape to feel relaxed and enjoy with music. This is a popular air instrument made by different kinds of wood apart other materials like silver which provides from Celtic times that I have started to learn. Really enjoying my...more
When friends come home to visit me, they always like more beers places next to my home than my own home.Now, things are changing: they arrive by Metro, and when they go out from the station, walking only 20 steps, the come into Gambrinus Brewery, and fun starts.In the picture, you can discover me in front of Metro Station, the building where I...more
Traversia de Mostoles no 3, Alcorcon, Madrid, 28922, Spain
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
At last, from April 11 (2.003) we can travel from Alcorcón to Madrid Centre by underground. Line 10 is prepared to carry you to Alcorcón in 20 minutes from Plaza de España, so you have the chance to visit me without discussion.As soon as possible, I will include the new map of Line 10.more
Train is by far the best and cheapest way to travel from or to Torrejon de Ardoz.Two destinations:- Alcala (beautiful and historical interest, see page) to the East in 10 minutes (or Guadalajara further away) / one way 1.1 EUR;- Madrid, to the west, in roughly half an hour, depending on the station (Atocha 25 min, Recoletos, 30 min, Principe Pio 45...more
Avda. de las Estaciones s/n, Poligono Industrial Las Monjas, Torrejon De Ardoz, 28850, Spain
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
This is an old and traditional restaurant, famous for its patata meals (potatoes).
Founded in 1920.
Favorite Dish: Tortilla de patatas and a mixed fresh vegetables. Beer.
You can get a bus from the Plaza de Castilla metro. It comes every 30 min and costs E3. when you come out of the metro the space between the two leaning towers is a bus station. Go to the "Anden" where a bus for Manzanares stops. buses are comfortable enough, and run through satellite towns before you get to Manzanares. You will see the castle on...more
La Pedriza is one of the most interesting crags in Spain though it has not been very popular last years. The technical slabs are old fashioned and climbers usually preffer overhanging limestone routes. The old and sometimes deteriorated bolts contribute to this fact. It is a granite crag with more than 2000 routes both sport and traditional....more
Cercedilla is a population situated in the north west of Madrid, near Guadarrama. You can come here by car or by train and don?t worry in what season of the year you visit it cause all Guadarrama?s mountains have always an enchantment.
Apart of this, Cercedilla has some paths for trainning since where you?ll afford all north of Madrid and in sunny days is possible seeing Towels Kio in the Castellana?s walk.
Last week Santiago (one of my best friends) and me were walking here, in the Berceas zone. We were trainning since morning to evening in a good spring day that enabled us to run around 10 kilometres.
We parked mi R-7 in the parking near the natural swimming pools and started walking. He used the first time a trainers he had bought in Madrid capital (I don?t recommend it) before travelling here and I wore my old and used jeans cause I like much being lied in the grass or jumping in the little rivers you can find in all the overhauling.
We had luck apart fantastic weather cause there were only few people and we could walk much meters without antinatural noises. In the lunch we ate sandwiches we had cooked in our homes and, what happened? Some horses smelt the meal and came with us. I gave them a bit of bread from my sandwich and they liked it! One of the horses was a wonderfull colt and we made some photographs with them.
More- less was seven o?clock when we started the return and when we arrived to my car, I decided going to my village in order to take chocolate with churros (typical in Spain).
I like this coffee cause is not expensive and when I decided giving me an obeisance I usually come here. I have taken here coffee many evenings in the past as for example last 1st of January when I returned from the party I had been all night 35 kilometres from my village, that?s why I felt very, very good when I had breakfast after been dancing and driving last night.
As you can see, I love enyoing with the field , and though I also like living in Madrid capital, one day per week I need being free in the country!!