This coming Sunday is when Spain enters in to what is a very special time of the year ‚Äď Holy Week (Semana Santa). Medieval traditions come to life on the streets of the towns and villages and it’s a great time for visiting and learning about these rituals.
Lately, I’ve come across numerous offers of cheap flights to Madrid and they’re especially low from autumn through to spring. It’d be a shame not to make the most of this, right? You can catch a flight to Madrid from many airports in Europe for less than ‚ā¨50. Of course, don’t get me wrong ‚Äď you can spend all the money you have once you’re in Madrid ‚Äď but it’s not at all necessary. I also think that a short trip to Madrid can turn out to be less expensive than say visiting Barcelona or other, super-popular European cities. I’m convinced that a pleasant weekend that doesn’t break your household budget is within reach and so I’ve prepared a few tips to you started.
A half an hour drive away to the north of Madrid is where a¬†different¬†world begins.
Finally, we have direct flights from my home town of Poznan to Madrid and what’s more, they are cheap, which is what prompted me to write this post. You can fall in love with Madrid all year round, but here are a few reasons why visiting in December is a good idea (of course, some of them apply all year round).
I remember my first month in Madrid, one spent in a hotel and when I was essentially involuntarily unemployed without access to my PC. The hotel’s internet connection left a lot to be desired, and so I spent lots of my time out in the field. It wasn’t quite the season for sitting down in the park with a good book and so I found myself wandering around the city, trying to get to know it (take a look at some of my earlier blog entries).
For some time now we have been planning to go to the Matadero in Madrid. This is an old slaughterhouse which has been converted in to a culture and art center. The interesting architecture from the beginning of the 20th century is home to exhibitions, shows and many other forms of contemporary art, but not only this. It‚Äôs also home to a regular ‚ÄúMercado de Productores‚ÄĚ where you’ll find producers of organic food from around Madrid selling their goods. The market is held over one weekend each month.
This time, a few photos from around Madrid – views of the Sierra de Guadarrama captured during the search to find locations for couples’ photo shoots.
Living in a large city, even in the suburbs, means that sometimes you just want to escape. As you’ve seen, I’m not a big city girl, as when the weekend comes along, I feel like going out and breathing some fresh air.
This is one of my favourite places close to Madrid. It‚Äôs a charming town, quite different to the ones I’ve seen to-date.
While preparing the post for my blog, I’ve come to realise just how much the weather impacts the way I see places. It influences my photos too, not just because of the conditions themselves, but because when it’s cold, I just don’t fancy taking out my camera ūüôā
It was better here ūüėČ But still cold, I mean really cold.¬†
You’ve been to Toledo, right? Anyone who comes to Madrid usually visits Toledo so I guess I can get away with only posting a few (poor) photos.
January 2016 is the beginning of my Madrid adventure.