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Holy week in Madrid

Thinking about coming to Madrid during the Holy week?

Holy weekFrom Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to the city to attend the numerous processions that take place on the streets of Madrid, and to enjoy the atmosphere created by the trumpets, rolling drums and the hundreds of religious worshippers’ bright and colorful attire.

During Holy Week, the delicate effigies that are kept in the various basilicas and churches throughout the rest of the year are adorned with numerous candles, flowers and elaborate embroidered cloaks. They are then brought out and carried in processions through landmark areas of the city such as Paseo del Prado, Calle de Alcalá and Plaza Mayor.

There are many processions held on Palm Sunday and Holy Wednesday, the most important being the Cristo de la Fe y el Perdón and Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud processions.

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The former starts out from the Basílica Pontificia de San Miguel where an 18th century statue by Luis Salvador Carmona, and the religious statue of “Santa María Inmaculada Madre de la Iglesia“, is carried through the surrounding streets. The latter, organised by the Nuestro Padre de la Salud y María Santísima de las Angustias brotherhood, also known as the Gitanos or Gypsies, parades through the streets surrounding Paseo del Prado and Plaza de Neptuno.

On the Holy Wednesday, around 7.30pm, Madrid’s Archbishop takes part in the Vía Crucis, or Stations of the Resurrection. On the same day, In the old historic part of Madrid, the Madrid of the Austrias, the San Jerónimo el Real church in Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 19 is the starting point for a procession involving the Brotherhood of “Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud y María Santísima de las Angustias“.

Holy week 003On the Holy Thursday the processions with the highest following take place. This takes place at Calle Toledo, 37, at around 7.30 to 8pm at the Colegiata de San Isidro. The religious images of the Virgin Maria Santísima de la Esperanza and Jesús del Gran Poder are brought out of the church by the “costaleros” and through the main door.

In addition, Good Friday sees yet another two parades: Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli, which leaves the Basílica del Cristo de Medinaceli in the Plaza de Jesús at around 7pm and parades central streets including the Puerta de Sol and Plaza Cibeles;  and The “Procesión del Silencio” or Procession of Silence starts from the Church of Santísimo Cristo de la Fé in Calle Atocha 87.

Finally, on the Holy Saturday is held the Virgen Dolorosa and la Procesión de la Soledad that leaves the Corpus Christi Monastery at around 4:30pm.

Bringing Holy Week to a close and in celebration of Easter Sunday, a drum band from Aragón arrives at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. This is the “Tamborada del Domingo de Resurección” that from this emblematic square, a large number of religious worshippers make music, to the sound of drums of various kinds, to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his death.

 

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During this week, not only is Christ’s devotion exalted, but the city also stages other cultural events. Last but not least, the city’s best restaurants and patisseries serve and sell typical Easter foods and goodies. Like other religious celebrations, Holy Week in Madrid is in part about gastronomy and the preparation of typical dishes.

Amongst the period’s most popular dishes are torrijas – a sweet made from bread that is washed in milk and cinnamon, and then fried and sprinkled with sugar. Crunchy, battered little pieces of cod named Soldaditos de Pavía, Madrid-style chickpea stew known as potaje de garbanzos a la madrileña, and cod croquettes or croquetas de bacalao are also highly popular during this time of year.

Come and visit Madrid during such an interesting week, full of activities and places to visit. Let us be part of your experience!

Madrid’s Carnival of 2014

Carnavales+madrid+2014The Madrid Carnival starts on Saturday 1 of March. Even though, all celebrations and costumes party started on Thursday 27th of February. This year the variety and creativity of the costumes and colors is impressive.

This year’s Parade is paying tribute to all the amazing and genius painters. Celebrating ‘El Greco’ and the 400th anniversary of his death, his most famous gentleman, waves us at the carnival poster for these dates.

Right next to ‘El Greco’ we’ll have great genius entertaining us, from the ferocious creature of ‘El Bosco’ and the famous ‘Meninas’ who will be dancing and prancing out of the amazing painting of Velazquez.

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This is the program you need to follow if you don’t want to miss any detail of the carnival:

On Saturday March 1st, it’s the beginning of all the fun that the carnival brings to Madrid with all the costumes, colors, spark and creativity of all the organizers and participants of the carnival show during the opening.

  • The parade will start at 19:30 from the Retiro Park (entrance of the O’Donnell Street) until the Cibeles fountain. Starting with the performance and route of the theater company Morboria, representing the times of the Austrians or the Habsburgsjust like if they came out of one of ‘El Greco’ paintings.
  • At 21:00 the Sinfonity group (the first electronic guitar symphonic orchestra of the world) will have a piro-musical concert with fireworks under the direction of Ricardo Caballer.

 On Sunday March 2nd

  • carnavalAt 12:00 would be the seventh encounter of the Murgas and Chiringotas. Presentent by Praxedes ‘Murguero Mayor de Madrid’ at the Plaza de la Villa.
  • 18:00 the funeral of the Sadirne. The Alegre brotherhood at the San Antonio de la Florida Plaza, pasing through the Manzanares Bridge ending at the Plaza de las Moreras of Casa de Campo. Place where the Sardine will be next to a bonfire where it will burn the bad acts and thoughts until next year.

Come and enjoy the festivities with us. And if you don’t feel like following the activities, just enjoy the party and the festivities of this wonderful city while it dresses and lots of color.

Enjoy your stay in the amazing city of Madrid.  images

Cirque du Soleil returns to Madrid with Alegria show

The world famous Canadian circus comes back to Madrid with its show “Alegría” to fill the atmosphere with joy and excitement just before Christmas celebration. The event will take place in Sports Palace (Palacio de Deportes) from 18th to 21st of December.

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Circus of the Sun is a Canadian circus with talented artists gathered from all over the world, aged from 10 to 45 years old. It is renowned for its bright, lively, and unforgettable performances, inspired by the beauty and power of human body. Translated from Spanish as “Joy”, it is described as “an operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth”.

Legendary Alegría premiered back in 1994 in Montreal, and since then became one of the most popular touring shows of Cirque du Soleil. Some interesting facts about the show include:

1. An album with soundtracks to the show, released in 1994, became a bestseller throughout the history of Cirque du Soleil. Over 500 000 copies have been sold.

2. Over 100 000 paper confetti are used for the creation of blizzard in one of the clown acts.

Snowstorm act3. The sad clown from Snowstorm act is deaf-mute.

4. A DVD production of the show was filmed in 2001, in Sydney, Australia. The director used 14 cameras and some filming techniques to make viewer’s experience more exciting.

5. Bird masks, used in the show to impersonate aged aristocrats, are handmade. It takes about 120 hours to make one.

alegriacds6. In Alegría around 4000 pieces of clothing are used. They all take up a space of 1.5 trucks.

7. The dress of White Singer weights 10 kilos.

white singer alegria8. All artists of the show do their own make-up.

If you are still unsure whether Alegría is worth seeing, here are some media reviews:

  • A night of adventure, joy and peerless beauty “ Winnipeg Free Press
  • Alegria a soaring triumph“ Times Colonist
  • “Alegria, a sensory delight” The Knoxville News-Sentinel
  • “Alegria is awe-inspiring– with lots of heart” Salt Lake City Tribune

With a great variety of comfortable apartments, offered by Rent4Days, your stay in Madrid will be ever more joyful.

Bruno Mars’s Concert in Madrid

The Hawaiian artist is coming to Madrid with ‘The Moonshine Jungle Tour’ (2013).

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This will be a concert full of surprises and tracks from the album ’Unorthodox Jukebox’, this American superstar is one of the most hip and trendy artist right now, his music is a mixture of reggae, soul, rock, R&B and pop, with and old school style and flavor to it. He is making us enjoy the old time music with his unique style and his mantra ‘Music brings people together’.

Growing up in such a musical family this Grammy award winner was destined to be a successful superstar. Jon Caramanica from de The New York Times called him “one of the most versatile and accessible pop singers, with a soft and soulful voice that can adapt to any musical genre or style”.

Bruno Mars 002Mars rose to stardom with his first studio recording ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ (2010), a work that showed that he had the makings of a superstar. Apart from writing music and singing, this artist stands out for his brilliant dance style and his parallel career as a producer.

Following his worldwide success with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars created the critically-acclaimed ballad “It Will Rain” for the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The success of “It Will Rain” marked the 11th top 10 single for Mars.

Do not miss the opportunity to be at his concert on November 15th. And while you’re here you can visit and explore this amazing city and enjoy its gastronomic, shopping, night life, business and cultural offers.

We hope to see you in Madrid.

Red Bull X- Fighters World Tour 2013 in Madrid

This next 19th of July Madrid will be hosting the amazing Red Bull X- Fighters World Tour 2013, the best of the motocross freestyle (FMX), this will be the final stop before the big final in Pretoria, South-Africa.

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There will be 12 specialists fighting for title at the Madrid bullring Las Ventas. Tom Pagès is leading the general classification, followed by the Australian Rob Adelberg and the Spaniard Dany Torres.

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This great event will take place one more time in this marvelous city. Come and enjoy this wonderful experience with us, in Rent4Days we will help you find the best apartment for you according to your preferences, likes and needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the sevillian Daniel Torres competes one more time for this title.

The Merce in Barcelona – The citys biggest event of the year!

Spectacular fireworks, top bands like The Kooks, dancing, open air shows and a party that lasts for 3 entire days? Right, it is that time of the year again!

In early fall arguably the biggest highlight of the year for every citizen and tourist in Barcelona awaits while the Mercè festival takes off. Between the 21st and the 24th of September, National Day of Catalonia, the streets come to live for the festival in honor of the “Lady of Mercy”. You wouldn’t want to miss the entertainment that is representative for all the cities liveliness and joy.

“La Mercè” of Barcelona is a festival organized to honor Mare de Deu de la Merce, who is the saint patron of Barcelona.

In 1687, Barcelona suffered a plague of locusts. To help fight these insects, Barcelona prayed to the Virgin. At the end of the invasion she has been named patron of the city of Barcelona, and was recognized as such by the Pope in 1868. Since then, every year around the 24th of September, the festival of the Mercè is celebrated. This festival annually hosts a number of cultural events, folk and leisure.

Each year, the Mercè is illustrated by a piece of art, and it is the artist Jaume Plensa that has been chosen by the Mayor of Barcelona to carry out this project this year. This year’s festivities will begin with the famous Prego speech, given by a personality of the cultural world and held in the great gallery of the city hall of Barcelona. Lluis Torner Mercy, professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and founder and director of a scientific institution will holdthe Prego.

Rent4Days Barcelona apartments recommends following the festivities continuing your way through the street Montalegre in the Ciutat Vella and stare in awe at the “giants of Barcelona”.These amazing statues represent the popular archetypes of the city residents or the local historical figures. Then you may walk back to the Jaume I square to witness the incredible human pyramids made by the people of Barcelona. 

If you want to be more than just a bystander in this festival, you may want to participate to the popular 10km running race. More than 16,000 persons have already registered to experience this intense moment of effort and social spirit.

This festival is the ideal moment to discover more about the people of Barcelona as everyone will be down in the streets spreading the leisure joy and good will and the will to enjoy day and night together with fellow visitors. Do not hesitate to speak to foreign people you will meet, they will be glad to answer your questions about Barcelona or the festival. It’s your yearly chance to see the Catalan people of Barcelona at their best and just have a great time.

For the young and little ones a special program full of fun activities has been organized. It is based on the theme of the sky and the stars by the CosmoCaixa Museum. Shows around the cosmos will be organized along with observation of the stars and the sun and great explanation on the scientific but also wonderful and mysterious topic! 

Later in the evening you should not miss the dragons and other beasts of fire, which will impress you with the burning intensity of the show they offer. These fire-breathing statues amaze with the strength and the number of sparks they let escape, and how close some of the brave bystanders are dancing around them. Montjuic holds the biggest firework show of the year supported by classical music and a light-and-water show to end the festivities on a high note. This is one of the greatest fireworks in Europe and certainly unforgettable for everyone who gets the chance to be there.

If you are more in a musical mood, go directly to the popular Barcelona Brewery Estrella Damm to rock out in the free, open-air, live concert with top bands. Last year more than 15,000 people filled the streets in front of the old Estrella Damm brewery to watch such famous bands. This year, the Kooks, Love of Lesbian and La Laia have been invited for the pleasure of your ears. On sunday then the legendary Fatboy Slim is discjokeying in Europes favorite indie disco, the Razzmatazz! There is no space for boredom during the days and nights of the Merce. Every moment offers multiple spectacles all around the city to satisfy each individuals preferences, whether you enjoy high class cultural events, music and dancing, fireworks and spectacles or drinks and parties, you will find it in the Merce 2012 in Barcelona.

The unmissable event of this festival remains the light show offered by the City of Montreal, will offer a tribute to the genius of Gaudi, illuminating his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Their dazzling show of lights will be inspired by the creator, whom used to say that creation continues incessantly through the media of man, and that man does not create … but discovers. This ode will illuminate for 3 consecutive nights the front of the icon of the Catalan Capital.

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Come to Rock in Río summer music festival in Madrid !

It feels like summer in Madrid with Rock in Rio music festival. From Rio de Janeiro since 1985, it has become an international event, nowadays is taking place in Lisbon since 2004 and in Madrid since 2008.

This year is back in Madrid for the third time in history, to Arganda del Rey the City of Rock, in an open air space of 200.000 m2, accompanied with excellent sunny weather and people with great music taste.

The stages are surrounded by different stands where you can enjoy of food, drinks, official articles of the event and fun dance classes like zumba, in which anyone attracted can participate without any extra charge. There will be two stages; el “Escenario Mundo” where all the different artists from all music genders as international will perform, while in the “Electronica” we will enjoy the bests DJ’s of the world.

One of the new things this Rock In Rio-Madrid 2012 will be the Street Dance, a dance contest.

So go ahead and book your apartment in Madrid with Rent4Days and get great deals for apartments in Madrid!

Definitely  this year, the festival promises an excellent and unique experience to be enjoyed with friends and family, because besides the artists found on the cartel will come to amuse us, but there is free transport from Madrid to the City of Rock that go out from Santiago Bernabeu and the metro station Arganda del Rey.

If you would like to attend to this event and live an unforgettable musical experience, we have a great selection of apartments for you.

We particularly recommend you the Golden Pool studio which is ideal for summer with its swimming pool or the magnificent Luxurious Design apartment located in the heart of the capital.

Madrid – Apartment of the Month : Gran Vía Penthouse

Living Room, Gran Vía Penthouse

In our new series of articles “apartment of the month”, Rent4Days will show you every four weeks which apartment has been most popular.

The winner of this month is the cozy Gran Via Penthouse. In this stylish and spacious apartment you will be comfortable in a central location of Madrid.

You cannot resist the charm of this Madrid apartment. The large rooms with unique design transform this apartment a very special place to share with friends or family. The fully equipped penthouse is divided into 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, a spacious living room and a furnished kitchen. In addition the 90 sqm space of this flat you also have a very pleasant 23 sqm terrace, with a beautiful view perfect for taking early morning breakfasts outside.

Living Room, Gran Vía Penthouse

The area where the flat is located is a very famous district known for his history and his architecture. You will be stay in the center of Madrid, close to the Gran Via and the Callao place, one of the best districts of Madrid. This apartment is well connected to public transport and is surrounded by lot of local shops.

 

Details :Terrace, Gran Vía

  • 90 sqm
  • 23 sqm terrace
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Wifi
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning

 

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