This new 18-hole golf course of La Reserva was designed by Cabell Robinson.
The links cover 72 hectares and are 6,700 metres long, but with 5
teeing grounds at each hole they can be enjoyed by golfers of all
abilities. Outstanding features are its wide-open greens and generously
proportioned fairways. Read more about La Reserva Here.
The Museo del Prado. One of the finest museums
in the world. Closed on Mondays and some holidays. Metros Atocha and
Banco de España. Bus lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45. More
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The museum of modern art, near the train station Atocha. It includes Pablo Picasso's Guernica.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza contains a large art collection.
The train station Atocha RENFE. The
interesting thing about it is the winterhouse jungle garden inside the
main building. Just outside the main building at the corner of Calle de
Atocha and the Paseo del Prado is the best spot in Madrid to find
three-Card monty and neon-lit Madrileño fast food.
El Retiro is the central park of Madrid,
the perfect place to take a rest during a sunny day. Or take part in
the drum circles around the statue of Alphonso XII on summer evenings.
Nearby nice old ladies will accompany vulnerable young girls through
the park after dark.
La Casa de Campo is another park a little bit outside of the city and much bigger than El Retiro park.
The Palacio Real. Enormous palace, with scorching plains around it and the Real Armorial. In spite of his name, it's not the residence of the current royals.
Catedral de la Almudena. By the Palacio Real. Finished in 2003.
Gran Vía. From the Habsburgs to Manhattan in 2 minutes (from the south).
Plaza de Cibeles houses one of Madrid's emblems, the fountain of Cibeles, and one of the world's most beautiful post offices, Palacio de las Telecomunicaciones.
Probably one of the best places to meet people in Spain is in bars.
Everyone visits them and they are always busy and sometimes bursting
with people. There are no age restriction imposed to enter these
premises. They are mainly to have drink or a small tapa.
Usually Spaniards can control their drink better than their northern
European fellows and drunk people are rarely seen here or on the
The Spanish beer is not too bad at all and well worth a try. To get
a beer you order “una cerveza” and you get a tiny glass of beer, if you
want to have something in the region of a half pint you order “una
cania” bigger sizes are not commonly used in Spain, but you can try to
order “una hara” or “canion”.
Cava is the latest name for Spanish bubbly water and was invented
after along lasting dispute with the French about the right name for
the bubbly water. The Spanish called it for a long time champan, but
the French argued that champagne can made only from grapes grown in the
Champagne region in France. Nevertheless, Cave is a quiet successful
bubbly water and 99% of the production comes from the area around Barcelona.
Sangria is drink made of wine and fruits and usually is made from
simple wines. You will find sangria mainly in touristy places prepared
for tourists. Spanish prepare sangria for fiestas only and not every
day as seen in Mallorca.
The wines around Jerez are very high in alcohol and they produce the
famous sherry. If you would like to have one in a bar you have to order
Spain is a country with great wine-making traditions: 22% of
Europe's wine growing area is located in Spain, however the production
is about half of what the French produce. The most famous wines come
from Rioja and from Ribera del Duero. The later ones are becoming more
and more popular and are slightly more expensive than Rioja wines.
White, rose and red wines are produced, but the red wines are certainly
the most important ones.
Spanish wines are produced with time and they have been in a oak barrel
for at least one year (Crianza) and then another two years in a bottle,
Reservas are first released after five years and Gran Reservas leave
the wine estate after 10 years. Spain has seen a tremendous rise in
wine prices over the last decade and Spanish wines are not any more
such a bargain as they were one decade before. However you will still
find 5, 10 and 20 year old wines for affordable prices.
To order a red wine in a bar you have to ask for a "un tinto
por favor", white wine "un blanco por favor" and last not least rose
"un rosado por favor".