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.

HAM & TOURISTS

A group of tourists visiting Madrid for the first time got so fascinated by a “museum” in their guidebook which sounded extraordinary: Museo del Jamón (Ham Museum). They most definitely would not want to miss the experience of visiting such an unusual museum. They set out to buy tickets. Only the "museo" is a butcher's shop and restaurant. And free admission. You have to pay if you ordered, though, once inside. The pata negra tastes like heaven!

YOUR CALENDAR OF PROCESSIONS DURING SEMANA SANTA 2024 IN MADRID

Religious processions, quaint and colorful almost by definition, are less grandiose in Madrid than, say, in Andalusia. If only for this reason, perhaps they're all the better for it. See for yourself and add a new meaning to your Easter! Don't just take pictures. Join!

LOVE THE ALIEN, LOVE THYSELF

“Loving the Alien” is a thought-provoking and stirring exhibition at the Casa Encendida in Madrid you would not miss for the world if you knew that it is about defying the boundaries separating the self and "the other", THE alien. The alien, which redounds unto the self, is presented through avante-garde artists Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Sandra Mujinga, Mari Katayama, and Overtaci.

HOW TO CREATE CONTROVERSY THE SUREFIRE WAY: THE SIGHTS & CAUSTIC SOUNDS OF MASCLETÀ IN MADRID

"There surely could have been a better, consensual way to toast the world-famous Fallas de Valencia in the nation’s capital and reach the avowed goal of boosting tourism too. One that everybody would have been glad to join. Where there was room for all: humans, wildlife, pets. Madrileños and Valencianos."

ROCKLAND FESTIVAL: FREE OUTSTANDING ARTS EVENTS

Take a listen. Outstanding arts events waiting for you! FREE! 26 January - 9 February 2024. If you're in or anywhere near New York on the date, join!

THE EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL; SPAIN IS “GREATLY CONCERNED”

EC statement: "We the Leaders of the G7 condemn the massive Iranian attack against Israel, using drones and missiles, in the strongest terms. We express our solidarity and support to the people of Israel and reaffirm our unshakable commitment towards its security. Iran's actions risk provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation." Spain is following with "great concern" post-attack developments.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE GAUDINESS OF GAUDI,” 14 January 1972

"Having accepted the Gothic style as a basis for the architecture of La Familia Sagrada, Gaudi resolved to eliminate difficulties inherent in purely Gothic architecture. The result has been acclaimed by some as the most important step in architecture since the XII century, the immutable shape of his dream. It will cover double the area of Venice's St. Mark's, and will rise more than 65 feet higher than St. Peter's of Rome."

A HUMANE AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: HOW SPAIN LED FOUR EU COUNTRIES TOWARD THE RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE

What transpired in the meeting of the European Council and in the margins of the meeting: Discussion of a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict, with four countries emphatic about supporting the solution; humanitarian aid to the Palestinian civilian population; reforms in the EU to facilitate accession of new members with a view to geopolitical and humanitarian solutions; unwavering support for Ukraine and even upscaling of such a support.

HOW TO TRULY DISCOVER THE SPANISH “SEMANA SANTA”, AND A TOWN’S SPECTAULAR SITES ALL YEAR ROUND

To really get to know the true significance of Semana Santa, and the town itself as well, with the spectacular cultural, historical and scenic views on offer, spend it in a pueblo. Almagro is just the right place.

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON

The Dragon symbolizes nobility, honor, and success so 2024, being the Year of the Dragon, augurs extraordinarily well. It will bring on opportunities, changes, and challenges. But the Chinese, while trusting in their zodiac, didn't have to wait for the Year for a change-over into a smiling, cordial part of the Spanish scene, At least that's how it looked at the Year of the Dragon celebrations. It's been in the making, gradually, for some time.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Seekers of the Sun,” 27 October 1972

"Massive foreign invasion is occurring on the sunny shores of the incredibly blue Mediterranean. Tourists barrel in by jet planes and on package tours lured by the sun, the affordable prices, and the grace and fire of  the people and their rich culture."

HEMINGWAY’S HAUNTS IN A MADRID GRIPPED BY THE CIVIL WAR

Revisit Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Madrid and join him, a reporter covering the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's fight against fascism across Spain.

SPAIN IS NUMBER 1 TOURIST DESTINATION!

In 2023, Spain was visited by 85.1 million international tourists. This record smasher makes the legendary land of the Man of La Mancha the world’s top tourist destination. Moreover, Spain hold the highest score in Statista's Travel and Tourism Development Index. France, the perennial Number One, is expected to slide down to second place, attracting an estimated 79 million to 85 million foreign visitors. Sangria anyone?

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (2)

A primer on the European Union (EU): membership in the EU; the Schengen Area; the Euro; the EU flag, anthem, and its languages; EU institutions and values. . .

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (1)

EU basics: What the European Union is, its origins, its goals and values, gains and successes. Special mention: the EU as a Nobel Peace laureate. The EU and Brexit.

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.

  • COOL CARABANCHEL, DIVINE WHEN NOT FLAWED

    Working-class Carabanchel, complete with a colorful population, an animated street life, a surprisingly urban scene not overly sullied by unsightly graffiti, and a notorious prison to remind one that evil has a stealthy way of lurking in a democratic country, is on its way to becoming Madrid's So-Ho and is one of the coolest barrios in the world into the bargain!

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S WAKING DREAM  

    There’s a slight breeze. It’s summer night at its best. Madrileños are out to enjoy it. And yet it's the eve of the eve of Spring. Madrid has a quasi-pathological penchant for acting as though the sun (or, in this case, the moon) is always up there shining on folks -- the chosen people -- whatever the weather.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Public Transportation–‘Best in Europe’,” 15 September 1972

    "Madrid’s system of transportation has to be the best in Europe and the most varied because Spanish society has placed a heavy burden on it. That burden is the custom of the siesta which means that, unlike Paris or London, there are four rush hours in the nation's capital instead of two."

  • IT’S THE WITCHING HOUR. CINDERELLA & PRINCE CHARMING, YOUR CARRIAGE WAITS!

    The municipal government of Madrid has beefed up its fleet of night buses in an attempt to attract night-outers: the midnight Cinderellas and their Princes Charming as it were, as well as workers on the night shift. Fondly called “buhos” (night owls), these sustainable, eco-friendly, and cost- effective buses ply their routes from 23:30 to 6:00 AM. All aboard now!

  • THE AMAZING LIFE IN TIMELESS MADRID

    "In Madrid, there’s time for everything because life lasts longer here. In the city that follows the pace you set, time is measured in quality of life, days of sunshine and opportunities. There’s always time to learn, make progress, launch a project or simply live better here. Madrid is the ultimate capital for those who are the masters of their time. In Madrid, time always starts with you. Madrid is the city of your time."

  • YOUR DATE WITH THE VIRGIN OF LA PALOMA AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER 2023

    To honor the Virgen de La Paloma, "patrona popular de los Madrileños": Religious activities, Chotis , Concerts, Shows, Contests. . . A most "castiza" fiesta in the heart of Old Madrid!

  • VERANOS DE LA VILLA 2023: COME JOIN THE FESTIVAL IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN MADRID!

    For those who are staying put in Madrid because they want to, or can't travel outside for one reason or another, or those who have come visiting the nation's capital, LOS VERANOS DE LA VILLA is organized with you in mind. Come join the fun in the city whose love for fiestas is boundless!

  • SUNDAY, GRIM SUNDAY

    The leftist parties suffered a debacle in the recent local elections thay they were not prepared for. The elections were a dress rehearsal for the upcoming parliamentary elections which were advanced by President Pedro Sanchez to 23 July of this year and from which a new President of the Government will emerge. As such, it's not quite likely that the "pregressives" could rise from their ashes even when that second defeat could mean the dismatling of Spain's welfars state.