ON THE TOWN

Restaurants and bars, movies, theater, dance, sports arenas, even the home… Keep abreast of what’s going on where, and how you can have the greatest fun.

FITUR: SHOPPING MAKES TOURISM GO ‘ROUND

"Shopping and gastronomy are major criteria to decide on travel destinations, and therefore should be included in any tourism strategy"

IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON, DIG YOUR FORKS INTO THE CAPITAL’S FUN RESTAURANTS!

The Holiday Season is all about artistically astonishing ingredients freshly caught from our seas and born from the land.  Get your forks, knives and spoons ready because you are about to get the The Iberian Peninsula  on a platter in the capital and creative cookery throughout the byways of Madrid´s neighborhoods.

The Quest for a Good Reuben Sandwich

A taste of New York City has made its way into Madrid’s very own Mercado Vallehermoso as Craft 19 bar and deli.

THE ROUSING RETURN OF THE SPACE COWBOY

Jamiroquai's sold- out concert at the WiZink Center was, safe to say, unforgettable.

YOUTUBE TREASURES DECEMBER 2017

Let´s make this a very special Christmas. Let us remember our fellow voyagers on this planet and strive together to make this a better place for everyone not only this coming year but for future generations. From YouTube Treaures: Happy Xmas, Scrooge, A Christmas Tree Miracle, Redhead of New Zealand, This Island Earth, Music Specials (Country Music, Andre Rieu, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Cole - Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

TO HAVE THE CHEAPEST ELECTRICITY IN SPAIN IS A MATTER OF WILL

Visually, it's idyllic though windy. It's up in the Xistral Mountains of Galicia. And it's got the cheapest electricity in Spain because the municipal mayor thought it was time the people benefited from all the energy that was being generated by the windmills they're having to live with. That's Muras for you!

ES VEDRÀ, IBIZA: WHERE ODYSSEUS LOST HIS WAY

If Ibiza is a global favorite with savvy travellers – and the height of aspiration for the would-be – it's obviously because it's an enchanting white island where natural wonders abound. And they don't fade into hibernation just because it's winter and the hectic crowds have jumped ship from Europe's Party Central!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 1, 11 JANUARY 1980

Paco de Lucia: “My music has always been cornered in Andalucia, without prestige, even in Spain itself. For many centuries it was thought of simply as gypsy music, from a people without a social class. As a representative of my music I feel I have an obligation to share it, so that everyone will recognize its value and know its worth… This is what I fight for, and why I work, not for money or to be a star.”

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 2,

Fame is not what Paco de Lucia is looking for, he says. "It ties you up and takes away. . . an indefinable freshness out of your life.” It's bothersome when people recognize him in the streets, though “at first there is a time when vanity makes you like it. . .”

DIANA PINEL, THE LOVE OF A MOTHER FOR THE CHILD SHE LOST

"Because we have been and will always be close to each other, I can't express with words the pain I feel inside, but I take comfort in knowing that our hearts will go on beating together in mine"

EU EXPAT & NATIVE CONSUMERS, KNOW & PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

EU expat or native? Here’s something that could be of invaluable help! Practical too! The Spanish Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition Agency has launched the EUROPEAN CONSUMER CENTRE - SPAIN for the defence of consumer rights, with free and customized information.

PIROPOS IN SPAIN

I'm  curious as to whether workplace harassment of women is also an issue these days over in Spain? Spaniards have a totally different attitude towards the battle between the sexes and men over there love to at least look  at women!

SPAIN GETS A NEW HISPANOPHILE AMBASSADOR FROM THE UNITED STATES

His analytical and financial management skills, his leadership in business and philanthropy, and his language skills and deep appreciation for the Spanish people and their culture are expected to serve Ambassador Buchan well.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OUT AND ABOUT IN MADRID — RING IN THE NEW,” 2 JANUARY 1987

What the Madrileños were excited about in the New Year of 1987

CATALONIA CRISIS: INES ARRIMADAS WINS THE VOTE BUT LOSES THE ELE CTION

The “winner” last 21 December is actually the center-right pro Spain-unity Ciutadans headed up in the region by Ines Arrimadas.  She would now be gearing up for presidential investiture if not for the fact that there’s no way she could be elected over and above whoever the separatist deputies choose to vote for from their parliamentary seats. Not even if she’s able to form a miraculous coalition of ALL the non-secessionists who will still be minority to the secessionists’ absolute majority.

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.