Thing to do: summer concerts at MAN

Madrid´s Museums as MAN are having in summer time special activities, don´t miss any of them, check their websites to know what´s on these days!!

Today we want to refresh you mind about the activities that the MAN (the National Archaeological Museum), specially about the concerts on Thursdays during July.

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Don´t miss this last opportunity and spend the evening at the museum listening to Irish melodies in this occasion: “Dúo Laurus Freestyle”  shall be playing staring at 20:30h. You can get free invitations today starting at 7pm at the Museum.

For those that have never been yet at the Museum, you have a pending thing to do, the reconstruction of this Museum is gorgeous!! Check all the details in one of our old post!

Enjoy this summer activity at the museums!!

Thing to do: Fountains walk II

When it is really hot in Madrid, fountais refresh the city. Time ago, we wrote a post about a walk by the main fountains in Madrid: Cibeles, Neptuno, the fallen angel, the Artichoke fountain, Apollo, Cervantes and the Orpheou´s Fountain.

Today we hope to discover to you some other amazing fountains in the city for a new walk around them :)

  • Diana the Hunteress Fountain: you can find her at Plaza de la Cruz Verde, it is also known as the Fountain of the Green Cross because of this location. It was built to supply drinkable potable water it was inaugurated in 1850 in the square. The square got its name from an old green wooden cross used to mark places where executions had been carried out by the inquisition.  Diana was the virgin goddess of the hunt and protector of nature.
  • Philip IV Fountain: It is located at Plaza de Oriente between the Royal place and the Opera theatre and representsPhilip IV on horseback dominating the view. Great design and technical features as it was the first horseback statue to stand on two legs (also discretely on the tail). It was officially inaugurated onNovember17, 1843

 

  • “La fuentecilla/the little fountain”: you can find it at Calle toledo, close to the junction with Calle de la arganzuela. It  was an initiative of the Count of Moctezuma, Major of Madrid in 1814 whose desire was to dedicate a monument to the second accession of Fernando VII to the throne, thats why you can read an insciption that says: “To Fernando VII, el Deseado (the desired one). It was inaugurated in 1815 

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Enjoy the walk and discover the history behind these fountains!!

Thing to do: Spanish thriller and horror cinema cycle

Until the end of month, sala Berlanga is hosting a cycle of Spanish thriller and horror cinema.

Alejandro Amenabar, Balagueró, Cazas, Cerdá, Cortés, Dorado, Fresnadillo, Plaz or Jacinto Molina between others, are great Spanish directors in this movie genre.

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If you are ok with frights and you don´t mind to shout a little bit while you heart start beating faster and faster…. this is your thing to do today :)

  • July 29th – “Los Abandonados”, Nacho Cerdá (2006)
  • July 30th – “Intruders”,  Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (2011)
  • July 31rd -“El hombre que vio llorar a Frankenstein”, Ángel Agudo (2010)

General entrance: 3 euros per movie. Find more details at their website

>> Where: Sala Berlanga – Calle de Andrés Mellado, 53

>> When: until July 31rd at 20h

Enjoy!!

Thing to do: San Fracisco´s dahlias Park

Today´s thing to do is something we discovered recently… this park was inaugurated in 2007 but not a lot of people know about it. Great views and great space for a quiet walk.

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This park is by the side of the Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and has 3 parts:

  1. Mirador: view point – really nice views of the West part of Madrid, incredible at sunset! This park is on top of a small hill, that give it the special perspective.
  2. The dahlias garden: don´t miss all the different types (around 40). Summer time is the moment when dahlias bloom, so, perfect timing to discover this park!
  3. and the access to the Cornisa park.

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Take it easy today and enjoy the day!

Thing to do: Outdoor Natural Pools I: Las Dehesas – Cercedilla

A new series of post about a summer topic :) – Outdoor Natural Pools for this summer weekends!!

Nothing better than combine, nature + pool + day trip plan to have an amazing thing to do this summer!!

Close to Madrid there are several gorgeous natural pools you can enjoy, we hope you enjoy!!

Today let´s star with Las dehesas at Cercedilla, the Guadarrama´s river has a small secret, these sequence of small natural pools at the Fuenfría valley (60 km from Madrid center). They were “built” in 1978 and the water is always cold, so perfect for the hot of the summer time. Nowadays the place has all you need: fountains, a bar, information spot about the area, parking, restrooms…

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Great view of Guadarrama Mountains and scenario very close to the old roman routes.

By Car, A-6 until Guadarrama, and then Cercedilla road until Las Dehesas. By train: Cercanias C-8 from Atocha or Chamartin

Summer season until August 31st – From 10 to 20h

More information at the official website
Enjoy!!

Thing to do: Blues in Summertime

Summer is also a perfect timing for blues, swing and jazz.

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Just as a reminder, lets review some of the places that are having daily shows in Madrid this summer:

Today, don´t miss an Accusting Blues Jam session – Pedro Sánchez (guitar and voice) y Ricky Ávila (guitar) at Dakota Custom Bar, at 13h or the show of  Sean Carney & Tonky Blues Band  at MOE, at 22:30 h.

Enjoy music!!

Thing to do: Gin tonic fest

Gin&Tonic is during the last years a cool drink. For sure you have your favorite Gin to enjoy at home or outside with friends.

Mid July in Madrid means Gin Tonic celebration, don´t miss until the end of month the ‘Gin Tonic Fest’, 13 bars and terraces particiates in Madrid trying to promote even more this cocktail with new techniques and trends. Don´t miss their workshops and special events.

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Some of the participants are: Adam & Van Eekelen, Bar Cock (very popular place), Copa Club, En Copa de Balón,  Harvey’s Cocktail Bar, La Casa del Pez, The Passenger, Viva Madrid, La Villana Bar Gin & Cocktail Room, La Ruleta 1983 and Los Galayos.

During these day they shall be offering special prices for Gin&Tonic cocktails.

Today also you can have a workshop at the 6th Avenue shopping Center with tasting, music and demonstrations! Free entrance (over 18)

Find all the details about this festival at the website http://www.madridsabe.es

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Enjoy!