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Europe's highest capital hums and vibrates in the dry and barren heart of Spain. That's Madrid in a nutshell. As well as being Spain's economic, political and cultural capital, Madrid has another much more important reputation to maintain...

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Madrid

The city of Madrid was founded in 854 by Mehmed I of Granada. Madrid belonged to the Moors and it's role was to defend the city of Toledo. It was not a favourable site for a city. There was nowhere to lay a harbour, nor was it on the route to oth...

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Public Holidays

1 January: New Year's Day6 January: Epiphany19 March: San Jose1 May: Labour Day15 August: The Assumption of the Virgin Mary12 October: Hispanic Day1 November: All Saints 6 December: Constitution Day8 December: Conception of the Blessed Virgin25 Decem...

Macumba

Have you had enough of flamenco music? Then Macumba is the perfect alternative! In this mega-club, you can hear hard beats in different rooms, and you'll encounter anything but traditional dancing. Macumba is praised for its good light and sound inst...

Capas Sesena

The traditional Spanish cape is a garment that is still frequently worn in Spain. If you also want to keep the tradition alive, in Capas Senena you can find such an authentic cape. Already one hundred years they are making these beautiful capes from...

Pizzeria Maravilla

Eating tapas every day might be too much, even in Madrid! If you are still looking for something different, than Pizza Maravilla is a perfect alternative. Many say this is the best pizzeria in Madrid, and its crowded patio proves this to be very true...

Batalla Naval

The Madrid Vallecas district honours their patron saint, Virgen del Carmen, with a lively water battle!A thousand locals are dressed as pirates, monsters or as a saint, and engage in a fight with other people. They use water hoses and super soakers;...

San Silvestre Vallecana

The San Silvestre Vallecana marathon is held on 31 December every year. This New Year's Day tradition involves a 10 kilometre run through the Vallecas district. It was organized for the first in 1964. These days the marathon is sponsored by Nike. The...