Objective: to live the Christmas in the Gran Vía of Madrid

We are almost at Christmas, it is true that few sensations are as charming and mysterious as those that make us think of Christmas, a celebration that reaches us all and each and every one of us participates in his or her own way. Along with the traditional combinations of bells, gifts and good wishes, Christmas cheer shines on us in the same way that it does in our country’s main streets, avenues and squares which overnight are filled with lights and decorations.
Although a lot of our cities look beautiful at this time of year, Madrid takes the prize in variety, spectacular sights and design. Large, authentic and avant-garde, Madrid with its decorated streets and its smell of hot chocolate with churros, is a showcase for the best of Christmas taste that is well worth discovering for all those who want to travel and do something over the next few weeks.
Although Christmas in Madrid reaches every nook, every street and every square, it is the Gran Vía that shines with extra style and that offers unique walks where you can find original gifts to give at Christmas. To put it another way; in Madrid Christmas is lived on the Gran Via.
IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Via Madrid

The best lighting in the city

For Madrid locals and for all those who have chosen the capital as a holiday destination, Gran Via is the place to be, like the Rockefeller Center for New Yorkers and the Tuileries for Parisians. This is the place where the Christmas magic is concentrated with spectacular colored lights and carols that transform every corner and every alley into a place of magic and enchantment.

While you can choose any time of day to visit the area, the best time is when it gets dark (about six in the afternoon) when you’ll see why Christmas lighting is so famous in this area.

Gifts for all

In Gran Vía there is everything for everyone, so it’s the place where everyone goes to do their shopping. With traditional shops (those selling fans, leather purses or wooden pipes) and large shops belonging to well-known brands such as H & M, Zara or Primark, Gran Vía is the place to see and be seen, to shop and stroll and the place in Madrid where you can try some other local treats (such as potato ‘tortilla’).

Where to stay in Madrid

For all those who declare themselves unconditional fans of Madrid there is nothing better than opting for one of the hotels located in this part of the city, so to be the most active in these Christmas dates. Although there are really good choices, our recommendation is to opt for the Las Letras Gran Vía hotel, a hotel full of style, famous for its location and with one of the best restaurants on the Gran Via in Madrid.

Near the city’s main gems and with services to suit all tastes (it boasts gyms, free connections and even libraries), the IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Vía Hotel offers unique views of Madrid’s main avenue.

Cultural visit to Madrid’s museums: the perfect guide

Everybody likes some kind of art and culture. Some love it and some just like it a bit. There’s a type of art which is exclusive and highly demanding. We talk about painting and visual arts.

If you like visual arts, you will surely love to visit Madrid and discover the best exhibitions in the most important museums of the capital.

Let’s start the travel!

Enjoy Madrid’s exhibitions in the best museums

There’s always something to see in Madrid, particularly if we talk about visual arts exhibitions. All museums and main gallery arts in Madrid host weekly new amazing events.  Discover below the five main museums in Madrid and know about their histories.

Prado Museum

It was built in 1786 as the Royal Cabinet of Natural History in Spain. Prado’s Museum became quickly one of the biggest museums in the world. What makes this museum special is its wide collection of Goya, Greco, El Bosco, Velazquez and Tiziano, one of the most important art galleries in the world of the 16th and 17th centuries artists.

We can find in the museum two prestigious works, not just because of their beauty, but for their meaning: Degollacion de San Juan Bautista y banquete de Herodes (The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and The Feast of Herod) measuring 952 centimeters in width and 280 centimeters high, the biggest in the museum.

We can also find Alegoria de la donacion del Casino a la reina Isabel de Braganza por el Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Allegory of the donation of the Casino to Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza by the Municipality of Madrid) painted by Vicente Lopez in order to decorate the roof of the Queen’s Casino, which has now disappeared.

Current exhibitions

  • The invited work: since the 19th January we can find in the museum a portrait of Don Pedro de Alcantara Tellez-Giron y Pacheco, Osuna’s 9th Duke. It’s a Goya’s work available until the next 24th April in Madrid.

  • Georges de La Tour exhibition: it is shown since the 23rd February and finishes on 12th June. For many people he’s an unknown painter, but as you analyse his loneliness and darkness on his paintings, you will start admiring one of the most outstanding French painters of the 17th century.

Future exhibitions

Strength and beauty, Miguel Blay in Museo del Prado

Strength and beauty, Miguel Blay in Museo del Prado

  • Strength and beauty: it will be shown from the 19th April until the 2nd October in Museo del Prado. A varied exhibition dedicated to one of the most outstanding Spanish sculptors, Miguel Blay. Realism, modernism, symbolism and 150 anniversary of the sculptor are celebrated in Museo del Prado.

  • Copied by the sun: in collaboration with Glasgow University or Centro de Estudios Europa Hispanica, Museo del Prado hosts an spectacular exhibition: calotypes and talbotypes made in 1847 by Nicolaas Henneman and Stirling Maxwell. This was the first Photography exhibition in the History of Art. The original book, called Annals of the Artists of Spain was also the first in history which had photographic evidence of Spanish artists like Goya. Enjoy this exhibition from the 18th May to the 4th September.

  • Exhibition of the Centenary: the 500 anniversary of El Bosco death is commemorated and in honour of this great artist Museo del Prado together with more than 20 of the biggest museums in the world will host his work in six themed sections. Paintings exhibited in Prado and others brought from different places in the planet. It will be exhibited from May 31 to September 11.

Museo del Prado: what you should know

Museo del Prado is located in Ruiz de Alarcon Street, 23. At the end of this article, we give you some tips to reach it and enjoy it.

Museo del Prado opens from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday and  bank holidays from 10am to 7pm. It only closes 3 days a year: January 1, May 1 and December 25. For those who want to visit Museo del Prado for free, you can do it from Monday to Saturday from 6 to 8 pm and Sunday and bank holidays from 5 to 7 pm.

Museo Reina Sofia

It’s located in a quiet and charming square over what previously was the General Hospital of Madrid. Museo Reina Sofia hosts works of the 20th century and contemporary art works. Together with Museo del Prado and Thyssen Bornemisza conforms the Art’s Triangle in Madrid (more information below).

Interesting fact: art by floods

One of the main attractions of Museo Reina Sofia is the collections of famous artists like  Picasso, Dali and Miro.

The museum hosts 20.000 works and exhibits fewer than 7% of them. Admiring the famous Guernica is an amazing experience in the museum. We also suggest you to see El Hombre Invisible de Dali (Dali’s invisible man).

Another piece of art that makes this museum popular, is the pair of crystal lifts on the façade of the main building. Its style with crystal details makes this building a piece of art itself.

Sabatini Building,  Reina Sofia Museum

Sabatini Building, Reina Sofia Museum

Interesting fact: Sabatini Building

Sabatini is an Italian architect who designed the famous Puerta de Alcala, an icon for architecture in Spain. The original building plans of the museum were dismissed, as it had less than a quarter of the estimated budget. For this reason, the façade of the building is simple and almost empty.

About the exhibitions

  • Ulises Carrion: the exhibition of this Mexican artists has been shown since March 16 and will be exhibited until October 10 at the 3rd floor of Sabatini Building. He has been recognized as the promoter of the art and the publisher; founder of Other Books And So.

  • Remy Zaugg exhibition: the exhibition is called Cuestiones de percepción (perception issues) and is exhibited from March 31 to August 28 at Palacio de Velazquez in Parque del Retiro, Madrid and invites all monographic art lovers to this exhibition in honour of the swiss artist. It awakens your senses through perception and the use of language. This exhibition is free.

  • Wilfredo Lam: the exhibition starts on the 5th April and finishes on the 15th August. It shows the work of the famous Cuban artist. A mix of traditional modernism and Caribbean and African symbols reflect vanguardist movement started by Wilfredo Lam which is shown in a belligerent and committed painting.

  • Erlea Maneros Zabala: this artist from Bilbao reflects in this exhibition its fine abstract art, focusing on distribution and image contexts. This exhibition will run from the 19th April to the 29th August at Sabatini Building in Museo Reina Sofia.

Museo Nacional Reina Sofia: times and information

At Santa Isabel Street in Madrid we find Museo Reina Sofia main headquarters. It integrates both Sabatini and Nouvel buildings. The museum’s other headquarters are in Parque del Retiro and it is integrated by Palacio de Velazquez and Palacio de Cristal.

Opening times comprise from 7 to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 1.30pm to 7 pm on Sunday.

In Parque del Retiro headquarters tickets are free. So, if you want to visit museums in Madrid for free, this is an excellent option.

National Archeological Museum

Closed for almost eight years due to its complete restoration, the National Archeological Museum opened in 2014. Although it preserves the main attributes and historical characteristics from its foundation in 1867, the National Archeological Museum has become a modern museum of the 21st century and you could be one of the first to admire it.

Relevant information: La Dama de Elche

After its opening, we can find some iconic sculptures in Spain: La Dama de Elche. A work made in the 5th century Before Christ, which invites to visit the museum. We must also stand out Ibiza or Galera Ladies and the popular Bulls of Costitx in Majorca.

La Dama de Elche is so important for the National Archeological Museum as Mona Lisa for Louvre Museum in Paris.

Relevant information: interior café and library

If you are a coffee lover, you will be glad to visit the Archeological Museum. The café even if it is part of the museum, it’s in the main hall and you don’t need to buy an entrance to the museum to enter, have a sit and enjoy a coffee while you admire artworks.

The library in the Archeological Museum has more than 120.000 books, mostly archaeology and history books. It’s the perfect place to learn about these topics.

Archeological Museum exhibitions

Most of the museum exhibitions are permanent. For this reason. if you are in Madrid and would like to visit an art’s exhibition, you can always go to the Archeological Museum and admire great pieces of art.

This month the museum offers guided visits and themed tours through the area of Proto-history, Medieval world and its inner yard dedicated to Arabic culture.

Times and other interesting facts

The National Archeological Museum is at Serrano Street. You can easily access it by bus, metro or train. It only closes on Monday and opens from 9.30am to 8pm the rest of the days, except Sunday and bank days closing at 3pm. You can enjoy a free entrance to the museum on Saturday from 2pm and on Sunday morning. The general entrance to the museum costs just 3€.

Thyssen Museum in Madrid

It’s one of the most important art galleries in Spain located in Paseo del Prado, really close to other two big museums in the city: Prado and Reina Sofia.

It hosts historical paintings which belonged to Thyssen-Bornemisza family for over 70 years.

Short summary: what the museum tries to express

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

It has a privileged location in Madrid and its interior design differs a lot from other museums. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum shows exclusivity, luxury, high-class and elegance.

In this museum we can find lots of important artworks from the 20th century, works of pop art, Russian constructivism, German expressionism…  in other places they would be “classified material” because of their historic value. We recommend you to see works like Piazza Navona, Roma by Vanvitelli, a reflection of perspectivism and Reflejo con dos niños, a self-portrait of Lucian Freud, in which you see the artist crushed into the roof and the pendant light.

Relevant information: its amazing walls

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is different from other traditional museums. It has not the typical white walls as background for several pictures and works. It has warm walls in wood or clay colour. This decision was made by baroness Thyssen, Carmen Cervera, baron Thyssen’s widow.

Interesting exhibitions at Thyssen-Bornemisza

  • Andrew and Jamie at the studio: the American realism is perfectly reflected by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, who potentiated this artistic movement last century. More than 60 works are exhibited from March 1 to June 19. Some works are shown to all audiences for the first time. Come and discover Wyeth’s amazing works!

  • Realism in Madrid: exhibition opened on the 9th February and finishing on the 22nd May. It hosts almost 100 works of artists from Madrid, who work on their art works since the 50’s. It reflects realism and daily routines, as well as common places and the most representative scenes of Madrid.

When and how to see Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum collection

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is in Paseo del Prado integrated in the Art’s Triangle together with Museo del Prado and Museo Nacional Reina Sofia. If you want to visit permanent collections, you can go on Monday as the entrance is free from 12pm to 4pm. You can also go from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm paying a reduced fare for 13€.

Accommodation: in the heart of Madrid, in the Museums’ Triangle

Madrid centre is one of the most exclusive areas in the city. It’s the perfect place to stay, as we find most of the best museums in this popular area.

For this reason, we recommend Catalonia Las Cortes hotels in Santa Ana Square and the Art’s Triangle. Below, there’s more information about the hotel.

Main hotel attributes

If you want to have a quiet and nice experience during your visit to the museums in Madrid, you should find the easiest access. The location of Catalonia Las Cortes, at the heart of Prado Street in Madrid and in front of the charming Santa Ana Square offer you four advantages you should know.

1. Privileged location: in the Art’s Triangle

It’s located in El Prado Street in the centre of Madrid. Particularly, it’s in front of Santa Ana Square. This area is also known as Las Letras neighbourhood and also the Art’s Triangle. It’s called like this because it hosts the three biggest museums in Madrid: Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Nacional Reina Sofia.

Its privileged location allows you to visit the main museums in Madrid just by walking through this area and enjoying the exhibitions.

2. Classic style construction and rooms

room of Catalonia Las Cortes

room of Catalonia Las Cortes

Formerly, the building were now the hotel is located was a palace. Its original construction dates from the 17th century. For this reason, the hotel chain decided to preserve and restore it completely.

The hotel still hosts paintings, metallic and wood pieces and many more items as old as the palace, giving each room a particular historical atmosphere, so you will enjoy the museum and the cultural exhibition for sure. If you look at the photos of Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel you will admire its charm and architectural tradition.

3. Free snacks and international cuisine

  • Free snacks: Piscolabis, that’s how free snacks are called in Catalonia Las Cortes hotel. This is not an exclusive service and it does not comprise any extra fee. On the contrary, it’s available without any additional fee for the hotel guests.

  • International cuisine: we can find a great restaurant inside the hotel, specialized in international cuisine managed by the chef Jesus Trujillano. The menu and the customer service will whet your appetite.

4. Pets are welcome upon customer request!

Finally, the last attribute of Las Cortes hotel by Catalonia Hotels that we must stand out is the possibility of bringing your pet to the hotel. The guest must just confirm that he will bring his pet at the time of booking his room. And that’s it! The hotel will prepare everything for your pet to be comfortable and also enjoy culture and Madrid’s museums,  of course, in its own way.

What to see in Madrid in 1 day

You may have done a layover in Madrid many times without taking advantage of the situation and visiting the city. The capital offers so many options and possibilities that you may feel overwhelemd and decide to relax in a terrace having a drink. It is not a bad plan, specially because Madrid’s terraces and bars feature a fabulous ambiance. But just in case you fancy visiting the city, we have a challenge for you: discovering Madrid in one day. Indispensible plans and places to visit in 24 hours… Read and you will see.

A morning in El Retiro

Book a hotel near El Retiro or a hotel in the area of Las Letras and get lost in the Triangle of Art: Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen, Caixaforum… And conclude the morning lying down in El Retiro or walking along its paths. Visit the Palacio de Cristal (where you will always find interesting exhibitions), make a picnic or have a snack under the trees or in one of its terraces and take a deep breath.

You may also stop for eating at the El Trapo restaurant of the Iberostar Las Letras, one of the newest gastronomic spaces in Madrid led by the chef Paco Morales, and where to savour typical dishes from the capital elaborated with care and with the special touch of this master chef. It is located in one of the hotels in Gran Vía, near the Parliament building, which will allow you to discover the centre of Madrid during the afternoon.

El Retiro, Madrid

Shopping and tapas

Booking a room in the centre of Madrid is the best option for you to enjoy two of the most popular activities in the city: making a shopping tour around Gran Via, Fuencarral, Callao and Preciados and making a tapas and beer route around La Latina, going through San Miguel Market, near Plaza Mayor square.

And for concluding your day in Madrid, we recommend you to visit Santa Ana square, sit in one of its terraces and start a tour around the wine cellars, where you will find the most famous taverns and vermouth bars in Madrid. You will find a lively ambience all days of the week, although the best day is Sunday morning, when you will be able to visit the Rastro (Madrid’s street market), get many of the bric-a-bracs you will find there and immerse in the authentic Madrid.

Golf, spa… What are you planning for your next holidays?

There are all types of travellers. You might have even found people with whom travelling is impossible. Yes, not everybody is good at everything… And enjoying a trip, which seems a piece of cake, may be hard if the chosen company is not the adequate one. The same happens when we plan our trip according to our budget: it is true that we have to adjust to it, but if we are planning a holiday, it has to include our preferred activities. There are prices for all pockets, the important thing is to adapt to your needs. And make a good search.

Golf holidays?

Yes, golf packages might be expensive. Most of the people consider this sport an activity reserved for elite travellers with a medium-high budget, but there are more and more interesting opportunities to get, specially during low season, golf getaways at an adjusted budget. Do not give up: if you want to enjoy your holidays practising your swing, check out the official website of these accommodations of the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts chain:

  • Iberostar Royal Andalus.- It is a golf hotel in Chiclana with all type of 4-star services and located in front of La Barrosa beach, one of the most beautiful sandy areas of the coast of Cadiz.

  • Iberostar Isla Canela.- This golf hotel in Isla Canela is a luxury accommodation designed for golf lovers, as it is located in one of the best golf courts of Andalusia.

  • Grand Hotel Salomé.-If you are looking for a destination with a permanent good weather and a relaxing atmosphere, this spa hotel in Tenerife with golf course is your best option. However, it is a 5-star hotel, so its prices will always be higher than those of the other ones.

Relax and wellness?

If you are thinking of a holiday of relax, calmness, good gastronomy and wellness, nothing better than a good spa hotel at the seafront, located in a natural setting and with all the possible services within your reach. Yes, it may look like a dream now that you are reading about it from your office chair, on an ordinary busy work day, but it is more attainable than you think. Check out the availability of dates and packages in the following hotels:

  • Fergus Style Palacio Mojácar.- It is a 4-star hotel located in the village of Mojácar, near the beach and with a good quality price ratio.

  • Cabogata Garden and Cabogata Mar Garden.- Two similar hotels which combine a complete sport and wellness offer with special treatments and a perfect setting for the practice of all types of sports, the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

Business trip to Palma

Sweet things never made anyone bitter. Anyone has gone to Palma de Majorca in a business trip without having enjoyed it.  The capital of Majorca is one of those place where you go, return, and return again without getting tired. More and more modern and cosmopolitan every day, it is an ideal destinations for business or for organising an event in style knowing that all guests will return to their house with an unforgettable memory.

Hotels in the centre of Palma are working hard and now few are those who do not meet the guests’ expectations. Most of them have opted for high level accommodation, so there are many 5-star hotels in the old quarter and a considerable number of 3 and 4 star hotels with the same or even higher quality than the luxury hotels.

Without focusing on the beach areas, where big resorts in Playa de Palma, Palmanova or Playa de Muro still stand out, the accommodation in Palma is one the best ones in Spain, especially for business trips.

Hotels for events in Majorca

Hotels for events in Majorca

Congresses, conferences and corporate events are in fashion and this is undoubtedly one of the strongest segments and has been (and will keep) growing steadily. Celebrating an event in the biggest city of Majorca is easier every day: you don’t need many things to satisfy guests, since the destination is provided with all they can need, from luxury restaurants to an incredible heritage, museums and alternative leisure plans for all tastes.

Among the most attractive business hotels in the centre of Palma, it is worth mentioning Palladium Hotel: charming accommodation next to Jaime III, (the most commercial high standing street in the city) with rooms in Paseo de Mallorca, one step away from Es Baluard and the Palma marina. On the other side, the emblematic Saratoga Hotel offers interesting services such as lounge bar, gourmet gastronomy and the famous jazz sessions organised every week, all the year round.

In the promenade, in front of the sea, we find a charming hotel: Costa Azul.  It has been recently refurbished and offers an experience full of authenticity and Mediterranean spirit, very unusual in Palma.  Just some minutes away, we find the emblematic hotels Tryp Bellver, Palas Atenea and Melià Victoria, all of them very related to the MICE sector and business travellers.

Away from the centre of the city but offering good services and the possibility of organising large events in Majorca, is Iberostar Son Antem.  Resort in the middle of the Majorcan countryside, situated between Playa de Palma, the Majorca Airport and the centre of city (15 minute drive), with one of the most complete wellness centres in the capital and two golf courses surrounding it.  Managed since a couple of years by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts chain, it is also one of the hotels with more activities and plans offered to the Majorcan society, with popular events among locals and resident foreigners.  Its Sunday brunch is a must.

According to the institutions of the city, a final boost to the business tourism in Palma will be given by the future congress centre which is being built in the closest area to the urban Palma beach, Can Pere Antoni, right in the beginning of Portitxol – Molinar neighbourhood.  Nevertheless, this construction site, clearly affected by the economic crisis, has not a due date and is half done, waiting for investors that can finish it.

10 Things to do in Tenerife

The island of Tenerife is the most extensive and most populated of the Canary Islands, and perhaps the most desirable island by tourists from the northern hemisphere. Well known for its exceptional climate throughout the year, this island in the Atlantic Ocean has many proposals for you to enjoy a real and authentic holiday.

The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and at the same time it is also the co capital of the Canary Islands, together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Canary Islands are popularly known as the islands of eternal spring. The reason being that the average temperature throughout the year is well above 18ºC.

Fine dining in Tenerife

Fine dining in Tenerife

Bellow you find a list of 10 things to do in Tenerife:

1. Visit the Teide National Park: A World Heritage site and the highest mountain in Spain with an altitude of 3718m

2. Visit the beach of El Medano: It has some special natural protected areas, such as Montaña Roja and Montaña Pelada.

3. Acantilados de los Gigantes: Stunning scenery of the south coast of Tenerife, where the cliffs can reach a height of 500 meters.

4. Manor Houses in Orotava and La Laguna: With typical balconies and patios with amazing wood features.

5. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Its popularity has reached international levels and has been declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.

6. Lucha Canaria and Palo Canario: Both are local sports, which are very popular among the locals.

7. Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing and Kite surfing: Definitely, one of the greatest pleasures in Tenerife is to enjoy the sea and its waters. Known throughout the world for its favourable climate conditions, you can’t visit Tenerife without enjoying some sort of water sport.

8. Hiking: The island has an extensive path and trail network that lets you enjoy a large variety of excursions. It is also very popular the practise of canyoning and rock climbing.

9. Golf: On the island, there are currently 9 golf courses for all levels. Perhaps it is more popular among tourists, but you can’t miss the opportunity to play golf in a volcanic environment.

10. Gastronomy: The Grand Hotel Mencey has some of the best restaurants in Tenerife, highlighting the restaurant Los Menceyes.

The Plaza Mayor of Madrid: Life and History of a city

The life of cities, as happens in villages, passes by between its cafes and squares. In Madrid, if there is a unique and representative place of its spirit, it is, without a doubt, the Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor Madrid Statue

In it, you can find the oldest hotel in Spain that still retains the same name, the Hotel La Posada del Peine. This hotel is, every December, the protagonist of one of the most charming markets across the country and, year after year, it is responsible to see all those who visitors walk around the city. The square offers its shade under its arches and opens the doors to the thousands of  proposals that surround it, keeping at as the crossroads that it once was.

The square, located at the junction of the old Atocha and Toledo passage ways, was originally a large market that was held on the outskirts of the medieval village, in what was known as the Arrabal. Times have changed a lot since then and, after witnessing big and small stories, the Plaza Mayor in Madrid is no longer a suburb and has become the absolute centre and reference of social life in the city.

Plaza Mayor Madrid Map

Construction work was begun by Juan de Herrera and completed by Juan Gomez de Mora, owes the height of the buildings that surround it to Juan de Villanueva, who, after the last of the fires that wiped the Plaza, decided to reduce from 5 to 3 the floors of the houses . Also, he opted to unite the corners and create the beautiful arches that welcome anyone who approaches it.

Around the Plaza Mayor you can find the main tourist attractions of Madrid: steps away from what is know as the Madrid of the Austrias, the Royal Palace, the Opera area and the great theatres, the bustling Gran Vía, through to the well-known Puerta del Sol, the innovative market of San Miguel, the Upper and Lower cellars where to get lost between tapa and tapa… Visiting the Plaza Mayor of Madrid is starting the real journey through this city full of charm, cosmopolitan capital and tireless spirit.

To enjoy a trip to Madrid, it is possible to book in some iconic hotels in the Plaza Mayor or Puerta del Sol:

· Hotel Petit Palace Posada del Peine

· Hotel Petit Palace Puerta del Sol

· Hotel Petit Palace Mayor Plaza

· Hotel Petit Palace Londres

· Hotel Petit Palace Arenal

Morro Jable, the fishing village of Jandia

Morro Jable is one of the most colourful and lively towns in Jandia. Full of charm and with many of its traditional buildings intact, it offers visitors the chance to immerse in the most authentic of the islands peninsula, despite the large number of tourists that visit it every year.

Town Morro Jable

Originally, Morro Jable was a small town of just 200 people engaged in fishing and sea related jobs and craftsmanship. Access to it was very difficult as the road connections to this part of the peninsula where not properly developed until the 80‘s.

It has 35 km of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura: beaches to relax, to surf, to play with children… It also has a port from where you can still watch the local fishermen work or walk along the coast.

Shops, restaurants of all kinds, bars and terraces crowd the centre of Morro Jable and make it a bustling place to buy a nice souvenir of Jandia or simply sit and enjoy a glass of wine and some papas arrugas (wrinkled potatoes).

There are a large number of hotels but it has not spoilt the beauty of the coast. Quite the opposite, Morro Jable and Playa de Jandia are an example of the integration of landscapes that allow the coexistence of tourist economic development with the preservation of the environment.

Beach Morro Jable

The tourist in the area is mainly German and choosing accommodation is simple: there are hotels of all categories and for all types of travellers. Some of the most prominent are found in Playa de Jandia and managed by Spanish hotel chains, as is the case with Iberostar Hotels & Resorts:

· Hotel Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park

JANDÍA, FROM ISLAND TO PENINSULA

Jandia was originally a small island with no connection to Fuerteventura, a slice of paradise lost in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Today, and after thousands of years of sea currents that contributed to the accumulation of sand between the southern tip of Fuerteventura and Jandia, the island is an incredible natural peninsula where each year many tourists find the perfect place to  find peace and tranquility.

Fuerteventura beaches

Blessed with the perpetual spring weather that characterises the Canary Islands, Jandia offers something different, a unique setting in which luxurious tourist services are perfectly combined with spectacular landscapes and beautiful fishing villages that keep alive the culture and tradition of the this small peninsula.

From Costa Calma to Morro Jable, there is a succession of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters and invite you to let yourself go, forget about time and obligations, immersed in a a sea of relaxation and delicious sea breeze.

Nature Jandía

To enjoy a holiday in this beautiful peninsula, it’s best to book a hotel on the beach, with services tailored to your needs: if you’re travelling as a couple, you will find adult only hotels in Jandia, if, on the contrary, you are travelling with children, an all inclusive hotel in Playa de Jandia with Spa can be the best choice for all.

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has 3 of the major hotels in the area of Fuerteventura, designed for couples and families:

· Hotel Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park

A shopping escapade to Barcelona

Escaping from daily routine for a weekend to Barcelona and spending a couple of days relaxing and shopping in the city may be one of the best options to disconnect without having to organise a long or expensive trip. Barcelona is well connected with the major cities of Spain, by train and plane, and the wide range of accommodation on offer makes finding a budget hotel in the centre relatively simple.

Barcelona

The city of Barcelona is one of the best places to organise a shopping break, with your couple or with friends: it is the capital of cutting edge design, fashion and art, Barcelona has everything for everyone.

The most interesting shopping areas of Barcelona stretch through different parts of the centre, and where the small streets of El Borne stand out,  where you can find shops selling unique items, perfect to surprise someone!

Shopping Barcelona

Style, good taste and prices of all kinds. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and eclectic even in its fashion offer. So, for the most classic and exclusive brand lovers, a tour of the Paseo de Gracia, enjoying its boutiques and cafes, is one of those essential events.

If you want to use the trip to renew the closet with a Mediterranean flair, the shopping areas for clothes and fashion accessories to visit are Porta de l’Angel, leaving Plaça Catalunya, the street Pelayo to Plaça Universitat or the area of Diagonal or Portaferrisa, both with the world’s major clothing chain stores, ranging from Zara to Benetton.

But among all, if there is a charming shopping area in Barcelona the focus must be on the narrow streets of the Borne: Argenteria or Princessa streets are impregnated with a special atmosphere, dotted with small unique boutiques in which to find unique pieces of clothing, second-hand records or decorative design objects.

To choose accommodation, it is always best to book into a hotel in the centre of Barcelona, a boutique hotel in Las Ramblas or a charming hotel in La Boqueria, next to the famous market and with all the atmosphere that oozes from this area of Barcelona. Another interesting option, especially if the trip is an organised group travel, is to go for an apartment in the city centre of Barcelona for the entire weekend.