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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

Barcelona apartment of the month – Loft Poblenou Beach

Our Barcelona apartment of the month is … /drum rolls/ … LOFT POBLENOU BEACH! Loft Poblenou Beach is a stylish loft, located in a former factory, currently enabled for housing.

It has a big exterior living room that opens up to a quiet area with no traffic sound. American kitchen and complete bathroom with spacious shower. This apartment is ideal for 4 people. Loft is located right next to the beach, in a well-connected area. of Poble Nou Quarter. Only 5 minutes away from the beach!

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A perfect getaway apartment for rent for one perfect vacation.  This apartment will make your stay comfortable, hurry up to reserve it for upcoming summer vacation!

We want to be a part of your experience in Barcelona and will provide excellent service for your carefree vacation.

In order to find out more about this wonderful loft, please follow the link: Loft Poblenou Beach Rent4Days

LLUM BCN 2014 – Light festival in Barcelona

For three days in February, Barcelona´s iconic buildings will serve as canvas for light artists. You will have an opportunity to witness this amazing show on  the 7th, 8th and 9th of February, 2014 in Gothic Quarter. First Llum BCN light show took place in 2012, as a part of Festes de Santa Eulalia festival. Fantastic light works are gaining their popularity with every year, attracting more and more people. light show BCN light show barcelona (1) Llum BCN

Here´s where you would need to come and enjoy the show:

Playground of the Centre Cívic Pati Llimona
(APDI)
Autors: Gonzalo Goyanes, Ismael Marín i M. Florencia Salvatierra

Playground of l’Ateneu Barcelonès
Elisava. Escola Upper of Disseny i Enginyeria of Barcelona
Tutors: Ana Mir (Tutor; Emiliana Design). Consultor Of production: Jordi Crossbow (Director of the Postgrado in Il·luminació Arquitectònica)
Students. Team of disseño: Alexandra of Requesens, Pau Garcia, Dani Llugany and Eva Vera

Pati Verger Of the Museu Marès
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Authors:
Areti Markopoulou, Silvia Brandi, Luis Fraguada, Guillem Camprodon, Anastasia Pisto_dou, Alexander Dubor, Rodrigo Aguirre and Pablo Martínez.

House of Salvador Espriu
Authors: Daniel Bravo, Playmodes , Rosa Delor Muns, The Invisible

Building of the Parlament: mapping “Passat amb futur”.
Park of the Citadel: Roig, a proposal of the Estudi Arola and the APDI.

 

You wouldn´t want to miss Llum BCN 2014!

Ryanair starts operating in Lisbon on the 26 of November

The low cost airline will start operating in Lisbon in November, announced this afternoon the executive vice president of the company, Michael Cawley, stating that this “is the best ad in Portuguese aviation since the ANA was acquired by Vinci “.

“We are the fastest growing company in Europe and also the largest company in Europe. In Portugal, we are the largest in Faro and Oporto. We have increased passenger traffic at both airports over the last ten years and intend to do the same in Lisbon, “he told a press conference.

To begin, Ryanair will deliver in Lisbon four routes: two weekly flights to London Stansted four times a week to Brussels to Paris four times and three times per week to Frankfurt, for the “best airports [every city] because have the lowest prices and the best service, “as the culprit.

Tickets for these routes are being sold at 25.99 euros and can be booked before midnight on September 19 for travel in November and December.

If this new operation goes well, the airline expects “power increase traffic at the airport between 30% and 40%, another 4 to 5 million passengers.” Only jobs could be created over 400 aeroporot in Lisbon, defended Michael Cawley.

“We expect much success in Lisbon and a new growth in the future,” Cawley said, explaining that “we expect more flights in Lisbon, Porto and Faro have 30, four in Lisbon are just for starters.”

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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.

20th Alternative Festival of Independent Cinema in Barcelona

For all the art lovers and curious minds out there, Barcelona is hosting the annual alternative film-making festival, with a fitting name –  L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. This year the event returned, celebrating its 20th anniversary, bringing to the viewers more interesting masterpieces from yet to become famous artists. Those interested, will be able to dive into the world of alternative cinema from 18th to 24th of November at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).

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In search for a great potential, L’Alternativa hosts screenings of contemporary film artworks of little known directors from all over the world. By taking part in L`Alternativa Official, they would compete for a prize of €7000, shared between feature films and short films. There are 28 movies this year that would participate in the competition.  In addition, festival contains some other great sections as well.

 

L’Alternativa Parallel, which comprises three sections:

 

1. 20 Years of L’Alternativa, featuring 22 films, previously shown at some point of its 20 years of existence.

2. Panorama with 14 movies showing the quality of Spanish film-making.

3. Small Experiments, creatively presenting audiovisual art to children, making the festival a family friendly event.

 

L’Alternativa Activities, which includes

 

1. Film School workshops, which gathers those, willing to enhance their audiovisual education and exchange experience on film-making techniques and languages.

2. L’Alternativa Professionals as suggested by the name gathers professionals from across the globe. This year they would take a part in the seminar, named “Coproduction: the key to independent film-making”.

 

Last but not least, L’Alternativa Hall, in search of great talents  presents screenings free of charge.

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Don’t miss your chance to experience the best pieces of alternative film-making industry, take a glimpse into the world of creative minds, and to be one of the first to discover great talents. Rent4Days offers you a great variety of comfortable apartments for rent close to the festival.