The stuff I saw in Madrid in the five days I was there
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Alcala 237, 28028 Madrid
+34 90 219 3166
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “In Madrid, beer costs €5 and so does a bullfight. It was a Sunday evening show, starting 8:30, and the difference between sol o sombra, sun or shade, didn't matter. I was late, rushing through a park, tearing up old blisters, and had to watch the end of the first fight on the tv outside the arena,...” more...
Paseo del Prado 36, 28014 Madrid
+34 91 330 7300
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “Caixa Forum is open on Mondays and is completely free. So if you can't afford the Reine Sofia museum, this is where to go. There were two exhibitions when I went, Chaplin in pictures and Alfonso Mucha. The building is astonishing, the top floors appear to be covered entirely in rusted iron, with...” more...
Puerta de Alcalá s/N, parc, Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “Absolutely brilliant park which puts anything in London to shame. Centrepiece is the magnificent boating lake which is always full of screaming people soaking each other, and the enormous statue alongside. There is also a museum in the park and a crystal house similar to how I imagine our own...” more...
4th Floor, Calle Arenal 26, 28013 Madrid
+34 91 559 2472
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “The building is like a movie set, vast ancient wooden doors lead to a cool marble foyer supported by iron pillars, then either take the lift or the broad stairs up to the 4th floor. The friendly staff all speak english, there is an immaculate kitchen where you can cook your own food and freeze water...” more...
Gran Via 76, 28013 Madrid
+34 91 547 6600
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “Nearest stop is Plaza Espana, don't get off at Gran Via or you'll have a 15 minute walk. The address is the main building, I stayed a couple of streets away at 12 San Leopardo (if i remember correctly). My main reason for choosing this place was I heard from one of the guys on my Vaughantown course...” more...
Calle de Santa Isabel 52, Bellavista, 28014 Madrid
+34 91 330 7300
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “This is the Spanish equivalent of Tate Modern, but much better designed. Free on Saturday afternoons after 2:30, open on Mondays but closed Sunday afternoons and Tuesdays, this is a great alternative when you can't quiet face the Prado. Of course everyone goes here for Guernica, and it's great,...” more...
Ribera de Curtidores s/n, calles adyacentes, 28012 Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “Really fantastic way to spend any Sunday (until 3pm siesta). Starting where the guidebook tells you, you'll find stalls similar to any in the world, very Camden markety, lots of silly tshirts and smoknig paraphernalia. But as you head further south and branch off into the little squares and side...” more...
Plaza Mayor, 28013 Madrid
+34 91 531 4198
filimbouk wrote on 31-07-2008 “Huge central space in Madrid off the Calle Mayor, this is where everyone touristy goes. There is an information centre which provides lots of helpful information and free 15 minute internet slots for those all important facebook updates. There are lots of very nice, very expensive touristy shops...” more...
Puerta del Sol s/n, Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 30-07-2008 “This is the bear and the strawberry tree, you meet people here. 'We'll meet at the bear' you say and everyone knows you mean the bear statue in Sol. There are some fantastic buskers round here, in fact all the buskers in Madrid were great, but a trio really stood out. One plays bass, and the other...” more...
filimbouk wrote on 31-07-2008 “Forget every other nightclub/bar in Madrid, this is the one. This is the only one. The first night I went in, Friday, it was packed with macho locals all stamping on the ground with big heels to music I'd never heard before. Proper flamenco. Cigarette smoke. Stamping. Danger? Yes, something very...” more...
Ruiz de Alarcón 23, 28014 Madrid
+34 91 330 2800
filimbouk wrote on 06-08-2008 “It's free on Saturdays 6-8 and Sundays 5-8 but my God you have to queue. Oh yes. You have to queue to get a ticket and then you have to queue to get in through security. Since the bombs there are metal detectors at every museum and cultural centre except Caixa Forum. The crowds of people made all...” more...
Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid
+34 91 420 3017
filimbouk wrote on 07-08-2008 “This costs €2 to enter, and is a bit disappointing. There are much better looking gardens for free everywhere else in Madrid, so why should you pay to go in here? The gardens are several hundred years old, so perhaps their historic nature means pipes can't be laid to improve the irrigation. Most...” more...
Plaza de Oriente 2, near the Palacio Real, 28013 Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 02-08-2008 “Beautifully laid out square in front of the Palacio Real, which is currently hosting a series of evening concerts for free. There was a long line of spaniards of a certain age queuing for a night time concert when I walked past, at about 7:30 in the evening. There is a huge statue of a man on...” more...
Calle de Baillen 9, 28013 Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 02-08-2008 “Beautifully laid out large garden of box hedges, pools and statues, looking like something from a romantic movie set. This is the place to bring your girlfriend or that specila someone you've just met. It also seems to be the place that late night clubbers choose to get a bit of morning shut eye.” more...
Jardines de Templo de Debod Pso., Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 28008 Madrid
+34 91 765 1008
filimbouk wrote on 04-08-2008 “An ancient Egyptian temple in Madrid? Why of course. Perhaps I should have listed the location as the Parque de la Montana, anyway it's very easy to find, a short walk from the Plaza Espana. Waiting for it to open you can people watch all the Madrilenos speed walking their dogs, and there are a lot...” more...
Calle Aeropuerto de Barajas, 28042 Madrid
+34 91 393 6805
filimbouk wrote on 06-08-2008 “I don't think Madrid has a Terminal 5, the new one is terminal 4? Which looked great, however, the old building, terminals 1,2,3 is not so good. There are no shops for people departing from Spain until you go through security, if you want a cafe you have to go downstairs to arrivals. The moving...” more...
Plaza de España s/n, 28045 Madrid
filimbouk wrote on 04-08-2008 “Beautiful gardens, dominated by a huge statue dedicated to the spanish language around the world, underneath which is a statue of Don quixote and Sancho Panza which is on all the postcards, everyone takes photos of it. A very large fountain which goes all day and night is there as well to splash...” more...
Paseo del Prado 8, 28045 Madrid
+34 91 369 0151
filimbouk wrote on 16-10-2008 “Absolutely superb museum, this is exactly the kind of place I'd buy if I was insanely wealthy with an enormous collection. The inside of the building reminded me very much of the National Portrait Gallery in London, except this place is painted light orange. There is a bust of the Baron outside in a...” more...