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.

GRAB YOUR CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW SPAIN’S REPOSITORY OF CULTURAL MEMORY!

Free guided tours in June, July and September.

DESTINATION, THE 32nd GASTRONOMIC CONVENTION, SALONS GOURMETS MAY 7th – 10th

"From May 7th to the 10th,  Madrid turned into an enormous feast for the senses at the 32nd Gastronomic Convention,  Salons Gourmets, held at IFEMA. I had once again been immersed in gastronomic bliss and enjoyed to the utmost.  This year´s programme was full of appetising creations from across the seven seas."

FIESTAS OF SAN ISIDRO, THE MOST CASTIZA OF THE FIESTAS IN MADRID, ARE NOW ON!

It's not just the religious rituals and dancing the chotis. It's also about sinful gastronomy. You could put on weight just by looking at those chorizos! Yummy, though.

THE AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID AND THE MARVELOUS MONTH OF MAY!

You're very cordially invited to the ACM''s May events!

STRAWBERRY TRAIN 2018: ALL ABOARD!

Once the exclusive ride of the Spanish royalty and their nobility, the Strawberry Train went past vast strawberry fields! See Train schedule for April, May and June, and September and October.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986

One of my unfailing delights of living in Spain, undiminished after 17 years, is the spectacular and varied range of its landscapes and natural beauty. Crammed into the roughly five hundred thousand square kilometres of its bull-hide shaped geography, one goes from the dazzling white villages of the south with immense vistas of olive plantations, red earth under a diamond-hard blue sky, to the vast wheat plains of Castile

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S VERY SPECIAL DAY IN MAY

So crucial was the Schuman Declaration to Europe that in 1985 the European Council decided to designate the 9th of May as Europe Day, an annual celebration of the peace and unity that the Declaration stands for, in a region that used to be the sorry scene of unremitting armed conflict

A Second Opinion: It’s a Small, Small World!

There are actually only 195 countries in the world today. If we can’t handle these 195 or so Nations, how are we going to deal with extra-terrestrial colonies and the continued exploration of the waiting Universe? Maybe New Age Spaniards would like to try and answer that question!

SECOND OF MAY: THE MADRILEÑOS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE & GUERILLA WARFARE

Dos de Mayo (2 May) is a public holiday in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with heaps of patriotic connotations. It commemorates the heroic rebellion of the Madrileños against the occupation of their city by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and the repression by the French Imperial forces. It’s been 210 years!

New Age Spain: Trending Foreign Relations!

Spain's dance on the world stage got rave reviews as democracy returned to the country after the relative isolationism of the Franco years. Spain entered the European Community and joined the NATO, maintains its special identification with fellow Spanish-speaking countries in the Ibero-American community, has gradually begun to broaden its contacts with sub-Saharan Africa, is well-known as a Mediator in the Middle East . . .

MANUEL VALLS, POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF BARCELONA: “MADRID WAS THERE FIRST”

"It was Madrid, in the 1970s, who acknowledged my father, before Catalonia remembered that it had a great painter. And it seems to me that by this, you’ll understand what I think. Besides, Catalonia without Spain makes no sense”

THE FABULOUS FERIA DE SEVILLA

There are 1052 casetas at the fairgrounds. And what do you do in those tents? Party!  To the tune of the sevillana, the Feria's signature cante and baile. Feria's most popullar fare: fino de Jerez, manzanilla de Sanlucar, rebujito, pescaito frito, tortilla, jamon iberico, gambas de Huelva. Shake well then throw romance into the mix

A Second Opinion: Beyond “Topicos Tipicos” in New Age Spain!

I am anything but Spanish and perhaps that's why I can be somewhat objective about the way Spaniards tend to be depicted, saddled as they are with "topicos tipicos" that tend to arise in a discussion about Spain: flamenco, bullfight, tapas, paradores nacionales. . .

SEMANA SANTA IN SPAIN: A Post-Mortem

Semana Santa is fast turning into a parody of the Easter penitence that used to characterize the week of the Passion of Jesus in Catholic Spain

PUIGDEMONT, FROM PALACE TO PRISON?

The ousted president of Catalonia, Puigdemont, was detained by German police on the strength of a reactivated European arrest warrant. He is accused by the Spanish government and courts of  rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. He is in custody at the Neumünster prison

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.

  • NEW AGE SPAIN: EL ESCCORIAL REVISITED!

    Did you know that El Escorial was built starting in 1563 to be the final resting place for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the father of the Spanish King Phillip II? It was finished in 1584 as not only his palace but as a Hieronymite monastery--hence its somber shadows and design.

  • THE “TRUTH” IS LAUNCHED!

    The crowd enthusiastically applauded Nina's presentation of THE TRUTH EMERGES, her gut-wrenching, inspirational and deeply personal book.

  • SCENES OF DOS DE MAYO IN TODAY’S MADRID

    It's been 210 years but the places of Madrid heroism are still there, very much alive and thriving. See them as they are  today!

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:”The Strawberry Line,” 12 July 1985

    Ten a.m. at Madrid’s Estación de las Delicias: a goods train, the Strawberry Train, is about to set off. In the 1850’s the train was the subject of much talk and excitement, described and romanticised by chronicles, poets and journalists. It carried the Royalty and their guests on hunting trips from Atocha station right up to the portals of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez. On their return to Madrid the local borough would present them with asparagus and strawberries and in commemoration of this tradition the hostesses today pass around baskets of strawberries to the tourists on the Tren de la Fresa

  • AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID: DONATE! THERE’S STILL TIME!

    This year the American Club of Madrid is raising money for Toys for Tots, one of the most iconic American non-profits. Please JOIN & DONATE!

  • CAN YOU BEAT THIS?

    Cifuentes wrote to the rector of the university to return her controversial degree! Now,what's there for her to resign?

  • GRAN VIA, ASPHALT JUNGLE NO MORE

    Madrid’s major artery, the capital's nerve center bursting at the seams with trendy stores, restaurants, theaters, and hotels will no longer be at risk of converting into inhuman environment. Work is earnestly underway to morph it into what will almost amount to a woodland: 248 robust new trees!

  • “READER MEETS AUTHOR” SERIES, BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL, FREE!

    A great way to get to know the greats of showbiz and literary Spain !