Eat Streets Calle De La Libertad Around

You can eat well in most corners of Chueca, but one street and its immediate vicinity stand out for variety and value for money. Central to Calle de la Libertad's appeal are Bazaar (p175), Bocaito (opposite) and Restaurante Momo (opposite), and one of Chueca's most popular caf s, Diurno (p193). Circus (Map ppllO 11 91 522 52 15 Calle de la Libertad 13 Chueca or Plaza de Espa a) serves fast and abundant Asian noodle dishes with plenty of coconut milk and lime juice its motto is 'Very Fashion...

Palacio Buenavista Casa De Las Siete Chimeneas Map ppllO

Plaza de la Cibeles (M) Banco de Espa a Set back amid gardens on the northwest edge of Plaza de la Cibeles stands the Palacio Buenavista, now occupied by the army. It once belonged to the Alba family, and the young Duchess of Alba, Cayetana, who was widely rumoured to have had an affair with the artist Goya, lived here for a time. See Chamber & Arguelles Map pp116-17 See Los Austrias, Sol & Centro Map pp64-5 Caf Comercial (see 129) Drop & Drag 1 G1 H2 Room Madrid (see 37) UK...

Huertas Atocha

Huertas comes into its own after dark and stays that way until close to sunrise. Bars are everywhere, from Sol down to the Paseo del Prado hinterland, but it's in Plaza de Santa Ana and along Calle de las Huertas that most of the action is concentrated. Huertas draws a mixed local and international crowd and your standard Huertas bar has touts outside offering a cheap first drink we haven't bothered to list these as they'll find you before you find them. But Huertas is big enough for everyone...

Hotel Ac Santo Mauro

Map ppl 16 17 Hotel 91 319 69 00 www.ac-hoteles.com Calle de Zurbano 36 d 279-355, ste 425-1070 (M) Alonso Mart nez Everything about this recently renovated place oozes exclusivity and class, from the address - one of the elite patches of Madrid real estate - to the 19th-century mansion that's the finest in a barrio of many. It's a place of discreet elegance and warm service, and rooms are suitably lavish, with Persian carpets on the floor and the latest technology at your disposal the...

Airport

Madrid's Barajas airport ( 902 404 704 www.aena.es) lies 12km northeast of the city and every year more than 52 million passengers pass through here (double the number for 1998). The airport's architecturally stunning Terminal 4 (T4) deals mainly with flights of Iberia and its partners (eg British Airways, American Airlines and Aer Lingus), while other intercontinental or non-Schengen European flights leave from Tl. Spanair and Air Europa operate from both Tl and T2, depending on the...

Muslim Mayrit

When the Muslim army of Tariq ibn Ziyad crossed the Straits of Gibraltar in the 8th century, it sparked an upheaval that would convulse the Iberian Peninsula for more than 700 years. In 756 the emirate of C rdoba was established in the south in what the Muslims called Al-Andalus. The soldiers and administrators of C rdoba, which became a beacon of religious tolerance and enlightened civilisation, would cover much of the peninsula until the beginning of the 9th century. As Iberia's Christians...

Madrid Xanadu Map ppl

S 902 361309 www.madridsnowzone.com Calle Puerto de Navacerrada, Arroyomolinos Ihr adult child 19 16 S 10am-10pm Sun-Thu, to midnight Fri & Sat Far out to the east of Madrid, in the massive Xanad shopping centre, you'll find the largest covered ski centre in Europe. Open 365 days a year, it's kept at a decidedly cool -2 C, so rug up before hitting the surprisingly good slopes. To get here, take bus 529, 531 or 536 from the M ndez Alvaro transportation hub.

The Bourbons Leave Their Mark

Such was the extent of Spain's colonial reach that events in Madrid could still alter the course of European history. After King Carlos II died in 1700 without leaving an heir, the 12-year War of the Spanish Succession convulsed Europe. While Europe squabbled over the Spanish colonial carcass, Felipe V grandson of Louis XIV of France and Maria Teresa, a daughter of Felipe IV ascended the throne. He may have founded the Bourbon dynasty, which remains at the head of the Spanish state today, but...

Shopping Street Calle De Fuencarral

As the sign outside the iconic Mercado de Fuencarral p149 says, 'They say that fashion comes from the street, but which street 'The answer to that question is that much of Madrid's fashion comes from the Calle de Fuencarral Map pp110-11 M Gran Via . All of the following shops are open 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday. For landmark Spanish fashion, there's the colourful and consciously cool Adolfo Dom nguez 91 523 39 38 www.adolfodominguez.com Calle de Fuencarral 5 M Gran Via , Mango 91 523 04 12...

Chueca

SUA Map ppl 10-11 Nouvelle Spanish Cuisine 3 91 523 20 04 www.sua.es, in Spanish Calle del Marqu s de Valdeiglesias 3 meals 40-45 S lunch amp dinner daily M Banco de Espa a Sua is the height of softly lit sophistication and cooking that provides a new slant on nouvelle cuisine. Dishes are organised around four temperatures - 25 C, 50 C, 75 C and -2 C desserts - and it draws its inspiration from the Basque Country, Spain's hothouse for culinary innovation. The service is faultless and adept at...

Eat Streets Calle De La Cava Baja

Calle d la Cava Baja Map pp76-7 M La Latina isjam-packed with great tapas bars and sit-down restaurants. For tapas, there is none finerthan Taberna Txacoli p165 , La Chata below and Casa Lucas p164 . Other outstanding choices include La Camarilla 91 354 02 07 www.lacamarillarestaurante.com, in Spanish Calle de la Cava Baja 21 meals 25-30, tapas tasting menu 17.90 S lunch amp dinner Mon, Tue amp Thu-Sat, lunch Sun M La Latina and the Galician cuisine of Orixe 91 354 0411...

Orientation Transport Paseo Del Prado El Retiro

The Paseo del Prado runs north-south from the Plaza de la Cibeles to the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V. Huertas rises up to the west, while atop the hill to the east is the Parque del Buen Retiro, which can be reached by any of the streets running east from the Paseo. The only metro stations are those at either end of the Paseo del Prado - Banco de Espa a line 2 on Plaza de la Cibeles to the north, and Atocha line 1 to the south. For the Parque del Buen Retiro, the best station is Retiro line 2...

Contemporary Architecture

International experts are buzzing with the energy and creativity surrounding Spanish architecture. At one level Spanish architects such as Santiago Calatrava who transformed Valencia and built the Olympic stadium in Athens among other signature projects are taking the world by storm. At the same time architects from all over the world are clamouring for Spanish contracts, in part because the projects for urban renewal currently underway in Spain are some of the most innovative in Europe and...

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La Movida Madrilea

Madrid enjoys a cultural revival with Salvador Dali, Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel bringing both high culture and mayhem to a city in love with jazz and tertulias literary discussions . After a period of right-wing dictatorship, Spain's Second Republic is proclaimed and King Alfonso XIII flees, leaving Spain in political turmoil and planting the seeds for civil war. The Spanish Civil War breaks out. Nationalist forces bombard Madrid from the air and with artillery from the Casa de Campo...