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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.

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Valentine’s Day

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Wherever you go around this world, if you ask someone what he or she can associate with February 14, most likely the answer that you can get is that: it is the day made for lovers, for friends and family to show how much they appreciated each other.
Wondering what to give that special someone for Valentine’s Day? You may just find your answer here: a romantic trip to Spain to make it an unforgettable celebration. In Madrid you will find it all: evocative landscapes, lovers’ legends, and wonderful sunsets.

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Saint Valentine’s Day or el Día de San Valentin for Spanish speakers is a day that you will surely love if you’re in Madrid. Beside the traditional way of expressing their affections, Madrid offers other activities that lovers, friends and family can enjoy. From the first week of February until the end of this month, shops in this city transform into a festive look with Valentine’s Day as their theme.

Here we offer you some Valentine’s plans you can make to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Madrid!

  • Go for a paseo:

Take a leisurely walk (un paseo) from Palacio de Oriente through its gardens. Then continue to the Retiro Park, rent one of the rowing boats and navigate in it through its fabulous artificial lake, surrounded of beautiful trees and monuments.… there really is nothing more romantic.

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  • Have a romantic dinner:

Have a Spanish meal in one of the many restaurants serving delicious food in the centre of Madrid (La Latina, Fuencarral, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía) or from the top floor of El Corte Ingles in Callao, where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of Madrid.

  • Flamenco is a dance of passion, love and strength: an ideal show for a Valentine’s night out. There are several bars that showcase flamenco and after the show you can always extend the evening by hopping around the center or by going for a cocktail. See a flamenco show:
  • Go watch a movie or take the city tour bus.

Come enjoy this Valentine’s Day with us in one of our beautiful apartments. This year we have a special surprise for all the couples who decide to enjoy a romantic weekend with us. We have a selection of special and romantic apartments this year:

  • VDay 004Splendid Plaza Mayor
  • R4D Gran Via 1
  • Huertas Design
  • Plaza Mayor Deluxe
  • Joyful Chueca
  • Touching Prado
  • Brilliant Sol
  • Splendid Puerta de Atocha
  • Atico Santa Ana
  • Fancy Princesa

By visiting our website you can see the special selection that we made for you. You cannot miss the oportunity to enjoy everything Madrid has to offer. Let us be part of your experience and enjoy your stay in this incredible city.

R4D Gran Via apartments, our novelty this month

We are proud to present the R4D Gran Via apartments. These 5 brand new apartments are the novelty of our Madrid office.

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Located right in one of the most valued areas of Madrid: the Gran Via street, just a few steps away the famous Plaza España and its interesting Templo de Debod, the Palacio de Oriente and the Callao Plaza, where all the movie premieres take place.

 

You will be able to get to the most well-known and important places of Madrid by walk; Mayor street with its spectacular San Miguel’s market, the famous Puerta del Sol with its well-known km0, the Madrid of the Austrians (or the Habsburgs), different museums and the beautiful Retiro Park.R4D Gran Via 4 001

These apartments have a mixture of vintage and modern decoration, with a really comfortable setup, where you can relax and rest after a long day of work or sightseeing in this amazing city.

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The apartments are located in an area well connected to all of the important points of Madrid; you can either take the metro (subway) at one of the few stations nearby or one of the different buses that concur in this area.

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Rent4Days has a lot of apartments, each with different characteristics and in different areas of the city that will adjust to your every need.

Come and enjoy your vacation, work or study trip with us, we want to be part of your experience.

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.

Carminho por João Botelho – LuxFrágil

The director João Botelho and the singer Carminho are preparing for an unprecedented show this Friday at the disco Lux in Lisbon, where Fado seek the truth.
On 27 May, at 10 pm, Fado takes its most urban and contemporary side in a show made to think the only elements that compose it – the Fado of Carminho, the scenic and cinematic vision of João Botelho and the cosmopolitan space that welcomes .

New Year at Madrid: 12 chimes and grapes at midnight in PUERTA DEL SOL

Madrid is a great location to spend New Year’s Eve. Different events take place all around the city at streets, restaurants, bars and clubs. Booking an apartment with Rent4days is a great way of beginning your holidays at the Spanish capital.

Madrid New Year’s party is one of the more important events of the year. At Puerta Del Sol, the clock installed in the roof of the offices of the City Hall, mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year. It is broadcast across the country and whiles each of the twelve chime rings out, a whole grape should be eaten before the next chime peals.

This tradition is followed at every home in Spain. In Madrid people get togheter at Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala, Cibeles, Plaza Colon, in restaurants and bar. Grapes can be purchased at supermarkets, but be careful because the prices can increase! However, if you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a restaurant or bar, they will provide you with free grapes.

During the next days you can visit some of the traditional places of the Spanish capital, like the magnificent Gran Vía, Plaza España and the splendid Palacio Real with its Sabatini’s Gardens.

You can also visit the Golden Triangle Art Museum, which includes The Prado Museum, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, along the Prado Boulevard.

A holiday break at Madrid is an excellent way to finish 2010. In our apartments you can feel at home. So don’t forget to check out our great and comfortable apartments at www.rent4days.com and book them online.

This autumn take a look of the Impressionist gardens at Madrid.

Exposición jardines Impresionsitas Thyssen Bornemisza MuseumThe “Impressionist Gardens” is the title of the exhibition that has been launched recently at the Thyssen – Bornesmisza Museum in Madrid. More than 130 paintings from the world’s top museums and artists made a trip to Madrid and were put together in the Thyssen gallery and the Caja Madrid Foundation from November 16th 2010 to February 13, 2011.

This great exhibition takes a look at how gardens were represented in paintings throughout the second half of the 19th century. The exhibition includes impressionist paintings of Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Caillebotte and Berthe Morisot.  In addition, some great works of the forerunners artist such as Delacroix and Corot are exhibited. Recognized masterpieces of the following generation artists (Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Klimt, Munch and Nolde), are also displayed.

Some of these fantastic paintings are important loans from museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the National Gallery of Art of Washington, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Other ones are loans of galleries such as the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, and the Tate, London, as well as private collections.

The exhibition opens at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with four different sections:  the first one is devoted to the forerunners of the Impressionist gardens; the second, to the public parks, such as the Parc Monceau, the Bois de Boulogne and Trocadero, and small, private gardens that were often created by artists to get inspired. The third one is dedicated to the decorative garden (a place of leisure) and the productive garden (a place of work). The last section analyzes Pissarro’s interest in the subject of the vegetable garden.

The exhibition continues at the Caja Madrid Foundation, where the evolution of the garden as a subject of art in the late work of the French Impressionists is analyze, through the paintings of Monet, Pissarro and Caillebotte and of the Post-impressionist artist including Van Gogh, Klimt, Vuillard, Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec. In the second floor, the exhibition focuses on European and North American naturalist painting of the turn of the century. A separate gallery shows the work of Spanish painters such as Sorolla, Regoyos, Pla, Meifrèn and Anglada-Camarasa. In the last room it is possible to appreciate the transformation of the garden from Post-impressionism to the early 20th-century avant-garde movements such as Fauvism, Cubism and German Expressionism, with painting of Cézanne, Munch, Nolde, Dufy, Braque, Malevich and Ernst.

This wonderful exhibition is curated by Clare Willsdon, reader in the History of Art at the University of Glasgow, Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, and Guillermo Solana, Chief Curator of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

If you are planning to visit this great exhibition in Madrid, don´t forget to visit our webpage www.rent4days.com and book one of the apartments close to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum.