Ven a ver el relevo de la Guardia Real cuando vengas a Madrid

RELEVO DE LA GUARDIA REAL

La Guardia Real lleva más de 10 años realizando para todos los madrileños y visitantes el Relevo en el palacio Real de Madrid. Este relevo es una representación de los que se hacían en tiempos de  Alfonso XII y XIII.

El Relevo Solemne se realiza los primeros miércoles de cada mes (excepto el mes de Agosto, Septiembre Actos Oficiales o malas condiciones meteorológicas) a las 12:00 en la Plaza de la Armería.

Guardia Real

El relevo en la Puerta del Príncipe se lleva a cabo todos los miércoles (salvo relevo Solemne, Acto Oficial coincidente o malas condiciones meteorológicas) a las 11:00 en la Puerta del Príncipe (frente a la Plaza de Oriente).

Ambos relevos son gratuitos.

Más información:

http://www.esmadrid.com/cambio-de-guardia-en-el-palacio-real/

Hostal Madrid La Plata Oferta: alójate 3 noches pagas 2, Julio 2013

To book send mail to reservas1@www.hostal-laplata.com code julio2013 or call us at +34 915 211 725
Single room 35 euros, if you’re 3 nights cost 70 euros

Double room 45 euros, if you’re 3 nights costs 90 euros

Triple room 60 euros, if you’re 3 nights cost 120 euros

Prices per Room

Estirga: Un grupo de Pop en el hostal.

By / 11th July, 2013 / Sin categoría / 2 Comments

Estirga: Son 4 compañeros a los que les une la pasión por la música y el pop/rock.  Su música es muy vital, esta llena de energía y contiene un plus de originalidad que la convierte en muy novedosa.

A través de Twitter nos conocieron y eligieron el Hostal La Plata para alojarse entre actuación y actuación en algunas de las salas emblemáticas de la capital: Siroco y el Búho Real.

Confiaron en nosotros para poder descansar en un ambiente familiar y acogedor en plena Gran Vía; y nosotros encantados de que nos eligieran. Ha sido un placer haberos conocido y haber disfrutado de vuestra música.

Esperamos veros pronto!

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El Hostal La Plata y su extensa familia. Jorge Tapia

El Hostal recibe cada año cientos de clientes. Algunos repiten año tras año. Es el caso de Jorge Tapia: casi como un ritual, casi cada primavera española, regresan a Europa a deleitarse con el contraste del viejo continente. A su regreso antes de volver a Argentina se quedan en Madrid y se alojan en el Hostal La Plata. Jorge es conocido artista, miembro de la Academia Nacional de Argentina, dibujante con prestigioso reconocimiento y premio nacional en su país.

Entre las numerosas distinciones de Tapia se destacan el premio de honor Ver y Estimar (1964), el premio Marcelo de Ridder (1974), el gran premio de honor de dibujo del Salón Nacional (1983), el primer premio de la misma especialidad en el Salón Municipal Manuel Belgrano (1994) y el premio Alberto Trabucco (1997). Sus obras figuran en las colecciones del MOMA de Nueva York, del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, del Museo de la Universidad de Texas y del Museo Artemio Alisio, entre otros.

Y el Hostal le recibe y le despide cada año, deseándoles lo mejor…hasta la próxima!

Jorge Tapia

Dalí en Madrid

By / 7th June, 2013 / Noticias varias / No Comments

Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí, i Domènech fue pintor, escultor, escenógrafo grabador  y escritor, con una visión muy particular del mundo. El Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid homenajea al artista con la extensa exposición: Todas las sugestiones poéticas y todas las posibilidades plásticas. Durante más de 4 horas podremos acercarnos a las obras de Dalí recorriendo su vida en las 11 salas habilitadas para la Exposición. Desde las primeras obras como pintor, el Surrealismo, el método paranoico-crítico, el rostro de la guerra,…terminando la última etapa donde confluyen estereotipos, holografías además de una reinterpretación de los grandes maestros, incluso de sí mismo.

Esta exposición se propone revalorizar al Salvador Dalí como pensador, escritor y creador de una particular visión del mundo. Tomando como punto de partida su método paranoico-crítico, la muestra supone un recorrido por su trayectoria que se proyecta hacia el pasado y el futuro

El mundo onírico, el surrealismo y la paranoia se unen en un baile de esculturas, pinturas, películas, discursos y publicidad en las que el genio plasma toda su esencia.

La exposición permanecerá hasta el 2 de Septiembre de 2013. Se recomienda adquirir entradas por internet antes de acudir al Museo , ya que se han superado todas las expectativas de visita y se forman grandes colas en la entrada.

Por fin Dalí en Madrid.

Más información:

http://www.museoreinasofia.es/exposiciones/dali-todas-sugestiones-poeticas-todas-posibilidades-plasticas

Dalí en Madrid

Top 10 Tapas Bars in Madrid

By / 29th May, 2013 / Eating in Madrid / No Comments

Spanish tapas are snacks or small plates of food eaten usually in the evening, before dinnertime (which is served late in Spain) or before lunch during weekends at home. They are best enjoyed with a beer, wine or an aperitif. An integral part of Spanish cuisine, Madrid tapas are said to be among the very best. Here is a sampling of the most recommended tabernas or tapas bars in the city.

Rustic yet refined, Matritum is set back from the busy bustle of Cava Baja. Enter into the cozy dining room and watch the dim lighting reflect off of the over 400 wines on display, which the in house sommelier will be more than happy to go guide you through. Treat yourself to one of Matritum’s specialties: pan seared foie with a confit of oven roasted apples and onions or a gratin of scallops in a luscious Cava cream. Better yet, brings friends and join in on a family style serving of patatas bravas with five cheeses.

Cava Alta 17
Madrid
Tel +34 913 658 237

Best tapas Bars in Madrid

Casa Lucas

Long lines speak for the popularity of this Cava Baja mainstay. So be sure to arrive early and put down your name for one of the coveted tables. This will give you enough time to browse the chalkboard’s daily specials and skim the crowds for a friendly face. Dim lighting and laughter make it easy to find a conversation and enjoy the homey atmosphere over a glass of dry white Peñedes and their classic tapa of pork loin on a confit of onions.

Best Tapas Madrid

Calle Cava Baja 30
Madrid
Tel +34 913 650 804‎

La Perejila

The tiny entrance to La Perejila is easy to miss despite its green color, but sneak a peak inside and the soft breeze of Andalusia will beckon you in.  Flamenco memorabilia covers the walls and lends a distinct touch to the colorful nightspot frequented by the La Latina’s bohemians. Saddle up to the bar and toast to the vibrant atmosphere with a glass of Cava. Be sure to try the salmorejo, a deliciously refreshing soup similar to gazpacho, and if you are feeling like something heartier the toast of sobrasada and warm goat cheese with a drizzle of caramel will leave you craving for more and happy you haven’t missed this jewel of a bar.

Best tapas bars in Madrid

Calle Cava Baja 25
Madrid
Tel +34 913 642 855‎

La Camarilla

A total contrast to the sleek dining room, the bar area of la Camarilla with its bistro tables and worn terra cotta tiled floor, is the perfect pit stop on a tour through La Latina. After a morning of scouring antiques at the Rastro market around the corner, enjoy a typical Madrid breakfast of café cortado and toast with tomato and olive oil. Come back at night to pick and choose from the tapas on display, from salmon rolls filled with a scallop béchamel to sautéed mushrooms topped with green pardon peppers. While the night is still young, browse the long list of wines representing every corner of Spain and enjoy a glass while the music continues to play until the early morning.

Best tapas Madrid

Calle Cava Baja 21
Madrid, Spain
+34 913 540 207

Mercado San Miguel

Come on a weekend and hear a medley of languages bounce off of the beautifully restored marketplace. Crowds of Madrileños and world citizens pulse through the wrought iron stands whittling away the hours with laughter and conversation. Home to small upscale shops by day, the market turns into one big tapas bar at night offering a wide range of delicacies from cured ham, to artisan cheese, olives, almonds, and melt in your mouth seafood tapas. Try the traditional sardine tapa with an unconventional curry sauce, a surprisingly divine combination. The Pinkelton & Wine bar has an excellent red, 2007 CLIO, the perfect way to sip the night away watching as the world passes by the glow of the Mercado.

Best tapas Madrid

Plaza de Oriente 3
Madrid
Tel +34 915 415 104‎

Bar Miguel Angel

Hidden within the entrance to an apartment building, is a white door that takes you down into a cellar filled with small wooden tables. This is Bar Miguel Angel, the secret tip of everyone in the barrio: breakfast joint in the morning, white table dining at lunch, after work hangout for young professionals on weekends. But those who really know stop in between 7pm and 9pm, when the mood is mellow and the tables in the alcove are still free. Following tradition every glass comes with a heaping plate of tapas to choose from. Cured ham on pisto with melted goat cheese, or the ubiquitous tortilla Espanola, the options change everyday but the flavor is consistent.

Calle de Miguel Ángel 6
Madrid

Jose Luis

An institution for over 50 years, Jose Luis has locations throughout Madrid, as well as in Sevilla and Barcelona. But the original is in the prestigious Calle Serrano in Madrid. A fashionable establishment of the 60’s, artists, writers, and professionals were drawn by the ambient and the large variety of tapas. Today’s crowd is a mix of decades of regulars, enjoying drinks at the bar or the daily menu. Try to get a seat at one of the two tables in the bar area to enjoy a casual meal among friends with all the pomp that Jose Luis has retained over the years. The counter offers a broad range of traditional tapas to choose from, be sure to savor a variety to see what makes the Madrileños come back day after day, year for year.

Best tapas Madrid

Calle de Serrano 89
Madrid
Tel +34 915 616 413‎

Lateral

The answer to many Madrileños search for modern, sleek, tapas at a good price, Lateral has several strategic locations throughout Madrid. Take a break from shopping your way down Calle Fuencarral with a medley of tapas at Lateral.  But make sure to plan in some waiting time as the young and the fashionable flock here in droves for light dishes with a blast of flavor. Try the rolls of salmon filled with cream cheese and caramelized apples, a warm salad of grilled eggplant, caramelized onions, and goat cheese, or roasted pimientos de pardon with olive oil and sea salt-an emblematic tapa throughout Spain.

Best tapas Madrid

C/ Fuencarral, 43
Madrid
Tel +34 91 531 68 77

Taberna Txakoli.  Always full and crowded, this tapas bar in Cava Baja serves up delicious Basque pintxos (or pinchos) paired with Txacoli, a crisp white wine which is the namesake of the bar. Ordering is not a problem as you can just point to anything inside the glass display cases and they will prepare it fresh for you.

Taberna de Antonio Sanchez. The oldest in Central Madrid, this La Latina bar was named after the original owner’s son who was killed in the ring during a bullfight.  Bullfighting memorabilia adorns the interiors and conversations would still typically drift towards the sport. Try their smoked fish assortment with Valdepenas wine drawn from a barrel.

7 ways to arrive to Madrid center from Barajas airport from 2,5 €

When you arrive or depart Madrid by air, you’ll need to go to Barajas International Airport. Situated about 12 km from Madrid, Madrid-Barajas airport is massive. This airport is one of the biggest in the world and consists of five terminals. You need to know in advance from which terminal your flight departs because your terminal depends on your airline.The airport is extremely well connected to Madrid and there are several ways to get to and from the city. Ways to arrive to Madrid center from Barajas airport:

Price1Price2TotalTimestop distance
Train
2,5€2,5€261000 mts
T4  to  Recoletos
Bus 200 + subway1,5€2€3,5€5550 mts
T1,T2 T3->AvdaAmerica ->Subway stop
Subway+ suplement2€3€5€5050 mts
T1 T2 T3 T4->Subway stop
Bus express 5€5€25500 mts
T1 T2 T3 T4->Cibeles Stop or Atocha
Transfer hostal La Plata (1-3 pax)20,4€20,4€250 mts
T1 T2 T3 T4->Hostal La Plata
Transfer 30€30€250 mts
T1 T2 T3 T4->downtown Madrid
Taxi35€35350 mts

If you want more information about how arrive to Madrid center from Barajas airport, you need to enter in this link:

http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/airport_options.html

Madrid center from Barajas airport

MADRID TOURIST CARD

By / 20th May, 2013 / Don´t miss it / No Comments

Madrid tourist card

Discover Madrid at your leisure… while saving money!!!

Madrid Tourist Card is a smart-chip card offering cardholders access to the city’s rich cultural heritage. With that taken care of, all you have to do is have fun discovering Madrid!!

Priority access, avoid queues at:
Prado MuseumThyssen-BornemiszaReina SofiaRoyal PalaceWax Museum,Bernabeu Stadium Tour.

What does it include?

•Museums and Monuments
Free entry tomore than 50museums andmonumentsin Madrid (including: PradoNational Museum, Thyssen‐
Bornemisza Museum, Reina SofiaNational Museumand Royal Palace).
•Tours‐Leisure
Entry to the Cable Card, Bernabeu StadiumTour, Atlético de Madrid Tour, “Las Ventas” Tour(Bullfight).Guided tour
“Discover Madrid”.
•Shopping
Discounts and gifts atthemajorstores.
•Restaurants
Great discountsin the bestrestaurants.
•Nightlife
Discountsin flamenco shows, discos and bars.
•Mobility
A singularservice. All credit cards.

Also included are…

•Tourist guide with information aboutmuseums,servicesincluded and participating establishments ‐ available in 5
languages.
•Includesmap ofthe city showing locations of participating establishments.
•A free “traditional tapa” as well as a drink7

Adults 24h: 42€_ 48h: 52€_ 72h: 62€_ 120h: 72€_
Children(from 6 to 12 ) 24h: 28€_ 48h: 35€_ 72h: 38€_ 120h: 44€_

If you want more information about Madrid Tourist Card you need enter in this link:

http://www.madridcard.com/en/madrid-card

 

Madrid: A cheaper way to/from airport to hotel

By / 20th May, 2013 / Sin categoría / No Comments

1. Take the Metro from Barajas airport to Nuevos Ministerios This will cost you 4.50 € or 5 €, depending on how far is your final destination.Also, this line of the Metro (Linea 8 – Rosa/Pink) is one of the newest lines so there are escalators and elevators to help you. At Nuevos Ministerios you can: a)Change lines to any other destination (see interactive metro information in English), no need to buy a new ticket. b)Exit the station and get a bus (see simplified bus map for visitors, Nuevos Ministerios is in the top-centre) if you are light on luggage. “Paseo de la Castellana” metro exit is recommended for better bus access, there you can (for example) take line #27 that will take you to Colón/Cibeles/Atocha in a few minutes with its “bus only” lane. You need to get a new ticket when you board the bus (1.5 €). c)Get off of the Metro line and enter Cercanías, the regional light rail line (connection is made in the same station, no need to go out to the street. Also, see the Cercanías map, Nuevos Ministerios is around the centre). In this case from Nuevos Ministerios, you can get off at Recoletos (between Colón and Cibeles), Sol, Atocha… Nuevos Ministerios is another new stop so you will also have escalators or elevators there. At Sol (the most recent addition to the Cercanías network) you will only have to climb one rather short stairway. The trains from Nuevos Ministerios – Sol are on Tracks/Vias 5 and 6 while the trains from Nuevos Ministerios to Recoletos or Atocha are on Tracks/Vias 1 and 2. This will cost you 1.20 euros (more if you go to distant destinations, as Cercanías can take you to places in the Madrid Region as far as El Escorial or Aranjuez).

2. If your final destination is around O’Donnell street, Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles, Recoletos/Museo del Prado or Atocha you can also take, directly from the airport, the Express Bus Service (5,00€). But remember that traffic conditions in Madrid can be terrible, and as a general rule it is better to go underground, specially at peak hours.

3. And there is a CERCANIAS train that runs from TERMINAL 4 into the city stopping at the important main line stations of Chamartin and Atocha plus others. If wanting to take this local comfortable train to/from the other Terminal buildings you can use the free Shuttle bus that runs between all Terminals and is quite quick. Cercanias is regional light rail. There are no transfers and five stops including the final one at Puerta de Atocha. The trip takes 27 minutes and leaves every 30 minutes from TERMINAL 4. No matter where you land there is a free shuttle train to TERMINAL For Terminal 4 to Chamartin, C1 train takes 12 minutes. http://www.emtmadrid.es/lineaAeropuerto/index.html redtransporte.com/madrid/…linea-c-1.html http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/en/Page/1237554326802//Public-transport.html

10 things to do for free in Madrid

By / 17th May, 2013 / Don´t miss it / No Comments

1. Enjoy the outdoors in Parque del Buen Retiro Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, or just Retiro Park as it is known locally, is the city’s best loved park, as well as being one of Madrid’s top attractions. Retiro Park is the perfect place to enjoy the great summer days that Madrid gets plenty of. 2. Free entry into world class museums Check out Madrid’s world-famous art museums without spending a dime. The Museo del Prado, whose renowned collection contains some of the most important works by Velazquez, Goya, and Picasso, is free from 6 – 8 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 5 – 8 pm on Sundays. If you have a taste for modern art, don’t miss the excellent collection at the Museo Reina Sofia, which is free from 7 – 9 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 2:30 – 9:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am – 2:30 pm on Sundays. 3. Sit back in Plaza Mayor Madrid is packed full of beautiful squares or plazas as they are known locally, with the main city square being Plaza Mayor. This Madrid square is steeped in history and has seen public executions, royal ceremonies, bullfights, Inquisition trials and many celebrations. Today it is surrounded by three-storey buildings, many cafes and restaurants with terraces to sit out in and take in this busy square. 4.Walk. around Madrid’s Royal Palace The Palacio Real is Madrid’s Royal Palace and is also the largest palace in Europe with over 2,800 rooms. It is the official residence of the Royal family; however it is only used for state ceremonies these days. The palace is open to the public but even just a walk around its grounds and courtyard is a great free thing to do in Madrid. 5. Get tropical at the Atocha Railway Station It may be hard to believe, but one of Madrid’s most talked about attractions can be found in the city’s main train station. A tropical garden lies in the old atrium of Atocha Railway Station and you can take a walk through this small botanic area while waiting to catch your train. This train station garden is home to tropical plants and fauna, as well as a little turtle pool that draws many onlookers. 6.Go to see the Templo de Debod This Egyptian temple once stood in the village of Debod but today resides in Madrid in the Parque del Oeste. This piece of Egyptian heritage came to Spain when a dam was being developed in Egypt and many historic pieces were at risk of being ruined. Spanish engineers helped the Egyptian government to move these monuments and in return, Egypt donated the Templo de Debod to Spain as a thank you. It’s a popular attraction today and lies in one of Madrid’s popular parks. Just behind it you will be greeted with some stunning views. 7. Take a stroll down Gran Via If you take a stroll along Madrid’s Gran Via you will be taking a walk down the city’s most famous street. Gran Via has been referenced in everything from operas to films, and it is also steeped in history. This street is one of Madrid’s busiest as it is lined with shops and restaurants. It is also architecturally beautiful to look at with many buildings on Gran Via classed as landmarks. 8. Madrid’s largest open air flea market ‘El Rastro’ If you are spending a Sunday in Madrid make sure you pay a visit to ‘El Rastro’ – Madrid’s largest open air market. This popular flea market is packed full of locals and tourists every week and you can pick up all kinds of bargains from antiques to clothes amongst the 3500 stalls. A visit to ‘El Rastro’ is highly recommended even if you don’t want to buy anything as the atmosphere here is worth the trip alone. 9.Spend an evening in Puerta del Sol This popular city square was once the home of Madrid’s city gates. This is also Madrid’s most central location and where you will find a stone slab marking ‘Kilometre Zero’ – the official starting point for Spain’s 6 National Roads. There are many noteworthy aspects to Puerta del Sol such as the monument of “El Oso y El Madroño” – the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, a statue of King Carlos III and two fountains where people gather to sit around, especially in the evenings. Puerta del Sol comes alive at dusk with people going through the square as well as stopping off in one of the cafes or restaurants in the area. It’s a great place to watch the city go by. 10.Madrid’s Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum) If you cannot afford the price of a ticket to see the bullfighting for real, then take advantage of the free admission to Madrid’s Museo Taurino – The Bullfighting Museum. The museum offers an account of Spain’s bullfighting history with costumes of previous matadors and even a painting by Goya depicting a bull fighting scene. There are also many photographs and relics detailing this controversial tradition from its origins to the present day. Location: Plaza de Toros Monumental de las Ventas

Recommendations for 10 things to do in Madrid

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  1. The No-Brainer
    Visit at least one of the big three art museums, the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen. If in doubt pick the Reina Sofia and see Guernica.
  2.  Tapas Grazing
    Start on Cava Baja, stopping at will on this bar-packed street, then head into the depths of La Latina for more.
  3.  Something Different
    Take a trip on the Teleferico, out into the depths of the Casa de Campo.
  4. A Walk
    Go to Plaza de la Villa and take one of the small alleys on the left hand side or at the back of the square. Wander aimlessly, follow your nose, change course at will, check out the churches – it’s the best way to see Madrid de las Austrias, the ancient city centre.
  5. Everyone misses
    Malasaña – a really charming Barrio centered around Plaza Dos de Mayo. Check out the lovely tiled shop fronts, ignore the graffiti, and have a drink at Manuela Cafe, on Calle San Vicente Ferrer 29.
  6. . A Park
    The Retiro: for people-watching, romance, rowing, and relative peace and quiet.
  7.  A Shop
    Antigua Casa Talavera, an incredible ceramics shop on Calle Isabel la Católica, 2
  8.  A trip out of the city
    El Escorial or Toledo. It’s a toss up as to which is best. If you really can’t decide, try Chinchón instead.
  9.  A reasonable restaurant
    Taberna Miranda, at Plaza del Conde Miranda, 4, is local, cheap, has amazing food, and is generally very Spanish. Our favourite in Madrid. Arrive 9ish at weekends if you don’t have a reservation. Otherwise do snacks at the lively bar.

10. Hidden Culture
El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, at Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, 3. A closed order of nuns still live in the private quarters of this monastery. Amazing treasures lie within.

. Last thing at nightWard off a hangover with Chocolate con Churros at Chocolaterí­a San Ginés, on Pasadizo de San Ginés, 11. Things lived up after 3 a.m., when locals gather to dip thick battery churros sticks into gloopy hot chocolate.

Welcome to Madrid!!!

Welcome to Madrid

MADRID THROUGH THE HISTORY BY BIKE

By / 6th April, 2013 / Don´t miss it / No Comments

The people of Madrid express their love for their city with the local proverb, “From Madrid to heaven, and in heaven a little window from which to see It”.

If you like cycling, this your perfect way to visit Madrid

Madrid Bike.  A wonderful tour and a pleasant and enjoyable way of exploring the city, pedalling through the streets and squares of Madrid’s historical and artistic centre.

Useful Information about Madrid Bike:

  • Departure point : Plaza Mayor, 27 (Plaza Mayor Tourist Center)
  • Time: 12 noon. Previous booking required at Plaza Mayor Tourist Center (Plaza Mayor, 27) or by e-mail:visitasguiadas@esmadrid.com. The visits are limited to 20 people.
  • Days: Saturdays
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ESSENTIAL MADRID

By / 6th April, 2013 / Don´t miss it / No Comments

 

We recommend  do it if you come to visit Madrid. Price is not expensive because this activity is organize by the town hall, for this es ESSENTIAL MADRID

Here is the description about ESSENTIAL MADRID:

LA LATINA AND  HAPSBURGS:

The tour takes you past the city´s last vestiges of medieval times, sucha as Plaza de la Paja, Plaza de San Andrés, Costanilla de San Pedro and Calle del Cordón, before coming to an end at Plaza de la Villa. Departs from the Plaza Mayor and heads towards the Royal Palace and surrounding area, crossing the Viaduct to discover the very origins of the city of Madrid.

Useful Information

  • Departure point : Plaza Mayor, 27 (Plaza Mayor Tourist Center)
  • Time: Monday to Saturday, 12 noon. Sunday, 10am.
  • Days: Every day
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