Some shops open on Sundays. Do what many Hollywood celebrities do and head for Manolo Blahnik. The Prado runs guided visits to the stunning Hall of the Ambassadors, which is crowned by the astonishing 1697 ceiling fresco The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy by Luca Giordano. Sophisticated cafes watched over by apartments that cost the equivalent of a royal salary. Carnaval spells several days of fancy-dress parades and merrymaking in many barrios districts across the Comunidad de Madrid, usually ending on the Tuesday 47 days before Easter Sunday.
If the pig gains at least 50% of its body weight during the acorn-eating season, it can be classified as jamón ibérico de bellota, the most sought-after designation for jamón. Most get a kick out of the peacocks in the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Pala cios. Jamón serrano refers to jamón made from white-coated pigs introduced to Spain in the 1950s. Entry is by guided tour and the commentary is only in Spanish. Just across the road is Jimmy Choo and Cartier, with Gucci not far away. Café Acuarela p141 Mellow bar-cafe for any hour.
Some open all week, others from Thursday to Saturday. Specialities include the tostas open sandwiches on toasted bread , bocaitos small filled rolls and the mussels with bechamel, canapés and fried fish. Ir de Tapear To paraphrase Benito Pérez Galdós, a famous 19th-century Madrid writer, people of Madrid love to go out for a stroll so much that it almost counts as an occupation. The atmosphere is aided by the extravagantly tiled interior. See p33 for more information. The chocolates from the Belgian homeland of chocolatier Paul-Hector Bossier are, as you would expect, sinfully delicious, with plenty of modern flavours blended in. ¨¨ Metro maps Show with a wheelchair symbol which stations have lifts.
The quality and service are unimpeachable. Camper p126 Comfortable, casual footwear for the fashion conscious. Service is both warm and knowledgable, the food is outstanding we liked the octopus in olive oil with paprika and coriander on potato parmentier , and the wines are perfectly matched. The duck confit with plums, turnips and couscous is a fine choice. Considered one of the finest equestrian and royal portraits in art history, this 16th-century work is said to be the forerunner to similar paintings by Velázquez a century later. Coffees are as popular as the alcohol, although that rather strange predilection wears off as the night progresses.
Best Theatres Teatro Español p95 Gorgeous theatre for Spanish plays on Plaza de Santa Ana. It serves tapas and, later at night, there are some fine flamenco tunes. Knowing where to go on Sundays will transform your weekend. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. La Terraza de Arriba p141 Celebrities and fine views above Chueca. Returning southeast, seek out 8El Ángel Caído Fallen Angel, aka Lucifer , one of few statues to the devil anywhere in the world. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the lonely planet laos 8th ed 8th edition gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging.
Teatro Pavón p81 One of the best places in Spain to see classical theatre. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Along with the Iglesia de San Nicolás de los Servitas p60 , the Iglesia de San Pedro El Viejo is one of very few sites where traces of Mudéjar Madrid remain in situ. The barrio district of Huertas climbs up the hill to the west. It is believed Velázquez was buried in the church; a small monument announces this as the last resting place of the master painter who died on 6 August 1660. Plans for the boulevard were first announced in 1862 and so interminable were the delays that a famous zarzuela satirical musical comedy , La Gran Vía, first performed in 1886, was penned to mock the city authorities. Contemporary arts centre Matadero Madrid % 91 252 52 53; www.
¨¨ Enrique Tomas p89 Jamón rolls. ¨ Flamenco One of the great flamenco venues of Old Madrid, the extravagantly tiled Villa Rosa p94 has mercifully shed its recent past as a fairly run-of-the-mill nightclub and returned to its roots. Contemporary artworks by budding local artists adorn the walls and you can either gather around the bar or take a table out the back. Its convex, late-baroque facade sits in harmony with the surrounding buildings of old Madrid. Advance bookings are recommended for groups of three or more people. Its legend made, it now puts all its energies into fine Madrileño cooking.
For both of these major attractions, consider hopping on the metro. The artist was apparently obsessed with being given a noble title. The views here are fab, especially those that look down over Plaza del Callao and down Gran Vía, but the food is also excellent, with everything from topnotch tapas to gourmet hamburgers. But this acceptance of the new is wedded to a passion for the enduring traditions of Spanish cooking, for the conviviality of the eating experience and for showcasing the infinite variety of food from every Spanish region. Mercado de San Miguel p61. A larger beer about 300mL , more common in the hipper bars and clubs, usually comes in a tubo a long, straight glass. ¨¨ Catch the metro to the Estadio Vicente Calderón.