Weekend in Madrid, a city that never sleeps
Madrid was born for the second time on the day of the death of Francisco Franco in year 1975. Together with Spanish economy, the Movida was born, a new lifestyle and counterculture made of freedom and hedonism. Spain’s capital offers so much to its visitors, culture, art, history, music but also great bars and restaurants spread all around its 128 barrios. Find apartment rentals in Madrid, to enjoy the most of this beautiful city. From the breathtaking beauty of its 16th and 17th century squares to the hot emotion of a Corrida bullfighting in Las Ventas let its spirit enter inside your veins and feel it alive in your blood the time of an extraordinary weekend in Madrid.
Visiting Madrid through its museums and art masterpieces
Start your visit of Madrid strolling around the Plaza Mayor which was formerly the Plaza de Arrabal. Entirely rebuilt in year 1580 under king Felipe II this square was at the time used for corridas and markets or public executions. Its wonderful 16th century buildings are truly unique and more particularly the fronts of the Casa de la Panaderia and Casa de la Carniceria with their well conserved frescos. If you are staying in a vacation rentals in Madrid, you would find a lot of accommodations, from room for rent in the heart of the city, to house with garden a little bit away from the Prado. The most important museums of Madrid are all within the area of the Golden Triangle of Art and namely the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza collection and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia with the masterpiece of Pablo Picasso, the famous huge painting Guernica. Visit the Palacio Real headquarters of Spanish monarchy and the Cathedral of Almudena. To feel the heavy atmosphere of Goya paintings visit the Real Monasterio de la Encarnacion and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales where Madrid is so different from the capital of the Movida. You would not believe you could visit and Egyptian temple in Madrid but if you climb the Cuartel de la Montana you will get to the Debod Temple offered by Egypt to Spain as a tribute for financial help in saving Abu Simbel Assouan temples. The Debod temple dedicated to Amon Debod was rebuilt in Madrid with its original columns and architectures dating back to year 200 B.C. If you plan to stay a weekend or for a longer holiday in Madrid there is no better way to enjoy the town than to find a cheap apartment rental in Madrid in one of its colorful barrios.
Madrid and its Barrios
If you wish to know Madrid avoiding churches and museums follow a more personal itinerary through its 128 barrios and get to know the deep heart of the Spanish capital. Take a walk in the area of Latina and Sol and visit the flea market Mercado del Rastro which since the 15th century is open every Sunday. You can buy anything you wish at the Rastro, a pet, a fur coat, a marble statue or a 16th century Spanish school painting. Rent vacation homes in Madrid in the barrio of Las Letras for your weekend: stay in a studio apartment or in a cozy flat. Attend a Flamenco class in a Tabla Flamenca or a bullfighting corrida show, not far from your apartment in Las Ventas. You will see, there is so much that Madrid can teach you at every corner of its beautiful calles.
Madrid nightlife: tapas, flamenco, bars and clubs
Madrid never sleeps. You will notice it during your last minute trip to Madrid. When the evening comes the Spanish capital is extremely alive with its Tablas Flamencas where you can experience the emotions of flamenco dancers performing at less than one meter from your table. This old Spanish art of dance is absolutely addictive and its peculiar rhythms coming both from gipsy and from Indian sources will bewitch you. Have dinner in one tapas bar sitting at a table around a big serving of paellas, lomo, patatas bravas, calamares and experience how pleasant it is to share a dinner with old or new friends sharing the same table and the same dish whilst guitar players perform lovely and warm Spanish old songs on the words of Garcia Lorca poems. Get in love with the Movida and with Madrid by night, you will soon find yourself in a film of Pedro Almodovar. Rent a holiday apartment in Madrid in the area of the Gran Via where all cinemas and theatres perform latest shows and music halls. You will understand why Madrid nunca duerme.
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