Posted by Aspasios on June 19, 2012
If you are keen to experience some traditional flamenco then you won’t be disappointed with Madrid.
Fancy some flamenco in Madrid ?
There are tapas bars, restaurants and other venues throughout the city that offer flamenco shows of some description every day of the week. There are sometimes very large performances held at the theatres and other large venues in the city, but for an authentic taste of flamenco it is the small local tapas bars and restaurants where the action can be found.
El Rincón de Jerez,
This traditional tapas bar is located in the Salamanca area of the city. From 11pm every evening the bar comes alive with music, flamenco dancing and singing. This venue is well known for its sing-a-long nature where waiters and customers together sing well known tunes from song sheets. Everyone is encouraged to take part and the candle lit atmosphere sets the perfect mood in which to do so.
Corral de la Morería
This is the place to go to experience a world renowned flamenco bar. The bar has a crew of in house dancers, guitarists and singers and often has performances from guest artists too. The food served at this restaurant is mentioned in the Michelin Guide. A number of famous actors, politicians and artists from around the world have visited Corral de la Morería some of the more recent ones being Nicole Kidman and Richard Gere.
This venue has different shows every month so it is possible to return repeatedly and not see the same performance twice. There are also variations at the weekends and during the week. Many of the most prominent figures in the flamenco world are proud to perform here.
As well as tapas bars and restaurants providing flamenco shows there are plenty of other venues throughout the city where this style of dance can be enjoyed. These included El Corral de la Pacheca, Torres Bermejas, Arco de Cuchilleros and Las Tablas, to name a few.
Posted by Aspasios on June 15, 2012
There can be no doubt that the best way to see all that Madrid has to offer is with the Madrid Card. This pass allows you access to all the top local attractions. From the Prado Museum and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza to the Royal Palace and another 50 or so museums the card ensures there are great discounts to be had and queue jumps for them too. There will be little queuing involved at any of the attractions when you have a Madrid Card.
The Madrid Card-discounts galore!
With the card also comes the possibility of guided tours around attractions such as the Atletico de Madrid and Las Ventas bullring. If museums and art galleries are not your thing then you might be interested in the many shops, restaurants and night clubs that the card will give you discounts in. The savings are substantial and it provides you with an instant framework of places to visit and things to do while staying in Madrid.
Along with the card you will receive a guide book offering information about the city in Spanish, English, Italian, German and French. There is a map of the city included too. Madrid cards are available for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours and 120 hours too and the cost is reduced for children. There are also special tariffs available for cards that include entrance to the Zoo – Aquarium, Amusement Park and Faunia.
The Madrid cards are available from the Madrid Shop located next to the tourist office in Plaza Mayor and also online. You can buy your tickets at www.madridcard.com.
Posted by Aspasios on June 9, 2012
From 11th June until 17th June Barcelona Bike Week is taking place. You don’t need a bike to participate as you can rent one for free from Biciclot Maritim found on the beach front promenade in the area Barceloneta.
Barcelona's wonderful Bicing service (unfortunately not yet available for tourists)
If you do own a bike in the city you can have it checked over in the Plaza Carles Pi i Sunyer 8-10. The bike checks are being held every day. There are in fact 40 bike related activities taking place during this fun week in the Spanish city.
If you fancy having a go on cycle tour or like the idea of biking around the city for a few hours then make sure you find a way to get involved. There is even a night bike tour scheduled called “Bicicletada nocturna.” The week long event ends with the Festa de la Bici, a bike and skate party that involves a ride through the city. To take part you can borrow a bike from the junction of Plaza Catalunya and Calle Bergera. It is advisable to get there early however as the bikes tend to get snapped up pretty fast!
Barcelona introduced their wonderful “Bicing” service a few years back. Modelled on the successful Parisian service, there are hundreds of spots around the city where with the swipe of a card you can grab a fun red bike. Unfortunately this service is not yet available for tourists; you need a Spanish identity card and an application will take a few weeks to process. Hopefully this will be rolled out in the future.