El Oso y el Madroño

Why Madrid?

Why and how Madrid became the capital of Spain dates back to the reign of King Filipe II, 1556 - 1598. Prior to this Madrid...

Centenary Of First Direct Flight From England To Spain

This week marked the centenary of the first non-stop flight from England to Spain with the pioneering pilot that carried out the trip remembered...

Hidden Madrid – Alvaro de Bazán

  Visit the Plaza de la Villa just off the Calle Mayor and you will see a statue of a Spanish noble. But who was...

Hidden Madrid – Tio Pepe

Peter Besas, author of Hidden Madrid tells the story of one of the most iconic symbols of the capital. Since 1936, one of the most...

Madrid Mardi Gras

<p style="text-indent:0px;"/><span class="dropcap dropcap2" style="text-align: right; padding:0px;">L</span>La Alegre Cofriadía del Entierro conferred a silver sardine on the Mayor in her capacity of cofrade de...

Central Madrid Brought To A Sheeping Halt

Central Madrid's congestion took on an animal flavour on Sunday as it´s streets and avenues were taken over by thousands of sheep for the...

Restoration Chapuzo

This is a what was left after a Spanish priest asked a local school teacher to restore a priceless 16th-Century statue of St George and...

Franco Exhumation Set For Thursday 24th October

The minority government led by caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez has announced that the remains of the former Caudillo of Spain, Francisco Franco will...

King Felipe Rides the Madrid Metro

King Felipe has emulated his great-grandfather by taking a ride on the Madrid metro as part of the service's centenary celebrations. Kind Felipe travelled a route...

The Turrón that Almost Didn’t Arrive in Madrid

Peter Besas, Author of Hidden Madrid explains how one Madrid Chistmas past things nearly didn´t go quite as they should..... In the mid-19th century, a...