Posted by Craig on December 18, 2012
Madrid is a fantastic city for shopping. You will find everything you could want from mainstream highstreet shops to high-end boutiques and designer stores.
Shopping in Madrid
Between Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía you will find a pedestrianised area full of high street clothes and shoe shops. You will find plenty of brands and names you recognise here. This also happens to be the home of the original El Corte Inglés (a huge Spanish department store).
If you are keen to shop in local shops where you will find hand-crafted items and clothes then Austrias is the area to head for. This is situated behind Plaza Mayor. You will find glass painting, woodworking and ironmongery among other local crafts here. Regardless of whether you choose to buy anything, it’s a lovely part of the city to stroll around – don’t forget your camera.
For designer clothing stores and boutiques head straight to the Salamanca district. Chanel, Gucci, D&G, Prada….it’s all to be found here. If you enjoy browsing for vintage clothes and one off-pieces then Calle Fuencarral is the best place to head for.
The Spanish capital no doubt one of the best cities in Europe for shopping so if you are soon to be visiting, enjoy!
Posted by Craig on November 19, 2012
If you are going to be visiting Madrid before Christmas then you are in for a a treat!
The Christmas lights are spectacular
The first thing you will notice are the stunning displays of Christmas lights that adorn the streets throughout the city. Every year one of Spain’s best designers is allocated the task of creating a magical, twinkling display. With the lights in place you will most certainly want to take a leisurely stroll around the city.
A great place to stop by is the market held in Plaza Mayor. During the Christmas period the stalls sell Christmas decorations, gifts and food and is definitely a wonderful place to get into the Christmas spirit. Additionally other craft markets spring up around the city such as those in Jacinot Benavente, Santa Cruz and Plaza de Espana. You will find fancy dress costumes here as well as all the usual Christmas fare.
Both adults and kids will love the temporary ice rinks that are set up in Plaza de Santa Maria Soledad Torres and Acosta. The former even has a section where you can go sledging. The latter is free to children under twelve and is set up beneath an enormous tree with a huge glass star perched on top.
There is a lot to enjoy in Madrid over the Christmas period so make sure you have fun!
Posted by Craig on November 14, 2012
The Lion King is one of the most successful Broadway shows that has ever been produced and it is currently showing in Madrid’s Teatro López de Vega. Not for long however, it will be closing its doors in January 2013.
Last Chance to see The Lion King in Madrid
The show has been performed in countries across the world and been translated into 7 languages. Spain was the first Spanish-speaking country to host it however. Stage Entertainment is the producer of the show, other notable shows to have been produced by them are Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables. Audiences know they are in for a treat when sitting down to watch this production.
The theatre in which it is shown had to undergo a complete renovation before it could open – such is the magnitude of the production. Adults and kids alike will enjoy The Lion King so if you are going to be in Madrid why not grab yourself some tickets. It may be just about your last chance before Madrid says goodbye to The Lion King for good.
Tickets are priced from 29 euros a ticket up to 130 euros. More information about the show and how to get tickets can be found here.