Madrid Journals

Easter in Madrid

A March 2012 trip to Madrid by artslover

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: My husband, adult son and I spent eight nights in Madrid most of which was during Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week leading up to Easter Sunday. I note some of the pros and cons we found with visiting Madrid during Easter.

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

Attraction | "World class art museum"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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If you love art, the Prado Museum is a must visit. It is particularly strong on Spanish artists, Velazquez, Zubaran, El Greco, Goya, to name a few, but it also is a must visit for its great Titian works.

The museum is encyclopedic in its permanent collection. The organization is generally by countries and historically. A long day at the museum will allow you to cover the highlights. Your admission permits you to leave, like we did in order to find lunch, and return without paying an additional entry fee.

The gift shop was also worth a visit for some nice souvenirs.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

La Barraca

Restaurant | "Amazing paella"

La Barraca Photo, Madrid, Spain
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I spent a long time researching on the internet for a good place for paella in Madrid which was also open on a Sunday. Sadly, many restaurants are closed on Sunday in Madrid. But happily, we found a good one. The restaurant was very busy but with the many different rooms, the ambiance with its homey decorations helped avoid the feeling of being in a crowded restaurant but more like a family gathering.There were a number of choices for paella. We chose the mixed, with a bit of seafood, chicken and sausage. The presentation is great as the server brings out the large pan, called something like a soccarat, and dishes it onto each individual's plate making sure you get something of all th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

La Barraca
Reina Street, 29
Madrid, Spain 28004
+34 91 5327154

Context Travel Madrid

Attraction | "Introduction to Madrid walking seminar"

Context Travel Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Context Travel does the best walking tours we have ever enjoyed. The orientation to Madrid was no exception.Our docent, Almu, has a PhD in art history and after working abroad, had returned to her native Madrid. She put the city's landscape, architecture, cuisine and culture within the broad chronology of Spanish history.We walked all over the historic centre of Madrid learning about its history since it became the capital of Spain in the mid-sixteenth century. We learned about the Spanish monarchy from the French occupation and Civil War to the dictatorship in the 20th century. As we walked we also discussed Spanish cuisine, local craftsmanship, and the cultural li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Context Travel Madrid
Various Locations
Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas

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Attraction | "Bullfight at Toros de las Ventas"

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Photo, Madrid, Spain
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We went to a bullfight. This is what happened:First, the bull is let into the ring. Then, the top bullfighter called the Matador, watches his chief assistant wave a bright yellow and magenta (or pink) cape in front of the bull to make it charge. He watches this in order to determine the bull's qualities and mood, before taking over himself.Then a trumpet is sounded and several fighters called Picadores, lancers on horse back, weaken the bull by placing spears into it. The poor horses look to me to be the victims in this; some were lifted off their feet by the bull's horns. Hopefully, the padding around them was enough to prevent injury. Then three banderilleros run at the bull and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
Calle De Alcalá, 237
Madrid, Spain
913 56 22 00

Pros and cons of an Easter visit

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First, Easter is Spain is a big event. That might be expected because so many Spanish are at least nominally Catholic, but we have spent Easter in Italy which is also largely inhabited by Catholics and the public display, even in Rome, is nothing like Spain.On Palm Sunday, we saw many families walking with their huge palm branches, we guess, headed to or from church. And we saw tables of palm branches lining the streets.Most notable are the processions of penitents from various churches. They bring out their historic, precious icons, usually the Virgin Mary or Jesus (in various scenes leading to his crucifixion) or both May and Jesus, and paraded on a route going to and from th...Read More