The World's Weirdest Hotels

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Per iniziare al meglio questo 2014 ho deciso di proporvi alcuni tra gli hotel pi?_ particolari e strani al mondo come spunti per il prossimo viaggio!!La selezione ̬ davvero varia e soddisfa tutti, dagli amanti degli animali ai golosi di cioccolato, dagli ecologisti agli appassionati di architettura moderna, dagli spiriti bucolici ai viaggiatori alla ricerca di emozioni forti. E scoprirete cos?? che la location che si sceglie per soggiornare pu?_ diventare motivo del viaggio stesso??_

As the best way to start the 2014 I decided to write a post about the strangest and most unusual hotels in the world to give you new ideas for your next trip! The picking is really varied and satisfies everybody, from animal lovers to chocolate addicted , from ecologists to fans of modern architecture, ??from bucolic spirits to travelers in search of strong emotions . And so you'll find that the place you choose for sleeping can become the reason of the trip ...

ETRUSCAN CHOCOHOTEL, Perugia

Inizio rivolgendomi ai pi?_ golosi, presentandovi l?۪ Etruscan Chocohotel di Perugia, 94 camere situate su tre piani : Piano al Latte, al Gianduia e al Fondente. La camera pi?_ particolare ̬ la Choco Sweet Suite, con cioccolato sparso per ogni angolo della camera! Il ristorante all?۪interno dell albergo offre anche un ChocoMen?_, con il cacao presente come ingrediente dall?۪antipasto al dolce.

I begin in addressing those with a sweet tooth , presenting the Etruscan Chocohotel in Perugia, 94 rooms located on three different floors: the Milk Chocolate, the Gianduja and the Dark Chocolate. The most special bedroom is the Choco Sweet Suite, with chocolate spread to every corner of the room! The restaurant inside the hotel also offers a ChocoMenu with cocoa as an ingredient present in each dish, from appetizers to desserts.

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DOG BARK PARK INN, Idaho (USA)

Agli amanti degli animali, e dei cani in particolare, suggerisco il Dog Bark Park Inn, nell?۪Idaho (USA). Si tratta di un B&B a forma di cucciolo di beagle!! Pi?_ precisamente si soggiorna dentro Toby e Sweet Willy, che altro non sono che due beagle in formato gigante. Nella pancia del cane trovano posto un letto matrimoniale, un bagno e una piccola zona cucina, mentre la testa ospita altri letti aggiuntivi. Sul musetto c'̬ lo spazio lettura. Come prezzi siamo sui 73 euro circa a camera per notte.

To the animal lovers, and dogs in particular, I suggest the Dog Bark Park Inn, in Idaho (USA). It is a B&B with the shape of a beagle puppy ! More precisely, you?۪ll sleep inside Toby and Sweet Willy, nothing but two giant-sized beagle. In the belly of the dog there are placed a double bed, a bathroom and a small kitchen area, while the head has other extra beds. In the nose there is the reading area. Prices are about 73 Euro per room per night.

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THE V8 HOTEL, Stuttgart

Se invece il mondo delle auto ̬ una vostra ossessione non deve mancare una visita al??The V8 Hotel, vicino a Stoccarda , dove tutte le camere hanno un allestimento a tema automobilistico. Date un?۪occhiata alle foto perch̩ l?۪arredamento ̬ davvero stupendo!

If the automotive world is your obsession you should not miss a visit to The V8 Hotel, near Stuttgart , where all the rooms have a car-themed interior decoration . Have a look at the pictures above because the furniture is really gorgeous!

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LUNA SALADA HOTEL, Bolivia

Introducendo il tema ???natura?۝, il primo che vi segnalo ̬ il Luna Salada Hotel??in Bolivia, un hotel costruito all'interno del deserto di Uyuni in??Bolivia, ovvero la pi?_ grande distesa di sale del mondo. L?۪ albergo ̬ fatto tutto di??sale...muri, tavoli, sedie e letti! I prezzi partono da 88 euro a camera per notte.

Introducing the ???nature" topic, the first I indicate you is the Luna Salada Hotel in Bolivia, an hotel built in the Uyuni desert in Bolivia , which is the largest salt expense in the world. L ' hotel is entirely made of salt ...walls, tables, chairs and beds! Prices start from 88 Euro per room per night.

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MONTA??A MAGICA LODGE, Chile

Vi sentirete in super contatto con la natura anche nel Monta̱a M??gica Lodge??in Cile. Si tratta di un albergo costruito all'interno della riserva naturale di??Huilo Huilo, la cui particolarit?? ̬ la forma a montagna. Ma non finisce qui: dalla sommit?? dell'hotel sgorga una finta cascata e le camere sono interamente foderate di legno come se foste all'interno di un albero reale.

You will feel really in touch with nature in the Monta̱a M??gica Lodge in Chile. It is an hotel built inside the natural reserve of Huilo Huilo, whose special feature is the mountain shape. But it does not finish here: a fake waterfall gushes out of the top of the hotel and the rooms are fully lined with wood as if you were in a real tree.

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CORSEWALL LIGHTHOUSE HOTEL, Scotland

Se amate le atmosfere da "Cime tempestose" o avete sempre sognato di fare il guardiano del faro, c'̬ il Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel??nei pressi di Stranraer, in??Scozia. Il faro ̬ stato convertito in un albergo di lusso molto suggestivo. Le camere, poche ma curate nei particolari, si affacciano sul mare, che qui ̬ spesso agitato. Romantico, malinconico e quasi solitario: perfetto per weekend romantici o riflessivi, con un costo che parte da 110 euro a camera per notte.

If you love the " Wuthering Heights "atmosphere or you have always dreamed of doing the lighthouse keeper, this is for you: the Lighthouse Hotel Corsewall near Stranraer, in Scotland. The lighthouse was converted into a very impressive luxury hotel. The rooms are few but with attention to detail, they overlook the sea, which is often agitated. Romantic, melancholic and almost solitary: perfect for a romantic or reflective?? weekend, with a price starting from 110 Euro per room per night.

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HOTEL SILKEN PUERTA AMERICA, Madrid

Per chi invece vuole fare un salto in avanti nel futuro, ecco un hotel ultra moderno e minimal, firmato dai pi?_ grandi architetti e designer: l?۪ Hotel Silken Puerta America??di Madrid. E?۪ un albergo a 5 stelle situato nel quartiere di Salamanca e vi sembrer?? di dormire in un?۪astronave aliena! I prezzi vanno da 112 euro a camera per notte.

For those who want to make a leap forward in the future, here it is an ultra-modern and minimal hotel, designed by the greatest architects and designers: the Hotel Silken Puerta America in Madrid. It?۪s a 5-star hotel located in the Salamanca district and you will feel like sleeping in an alien spaceship! Prices range from 112 Euro per room per night.

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KAROSTAS CIETUMS, Latvia

Concludo la selezione di alberghi con un hotel adatto a chi vuole vivere un?۪esperienza estrema e fuori dal normale. Sto parlando del Karostas Cietums??in Lettonia. Si tratta di un ex carcere comunista di cui una parte ̬ stata trasformata in hotel. Sappiate che chi soggiorna nell'albergo ̬ costretto a indossare tute mimetiche, a dormire su lettini di acciaio, o su materassi stesi sul pavimento e viene ammanettato come un vero carcerato. Che dire... non vi assicuro una vacanza rilassante, di sicuro sar?? particolare oltre che economica (11 euro a persona circa).

I end up the selection with an hotel for those who want to experience an extreme and out of the ordinary stay. I'm talking about Karostas Cietums in Latvia. It is a former communist prison, part of which has been converted into a hotel. Be aware that those who stay in the hotel is forced to wear camouflage uniforms, to sleep on steel cots, or on mattresses laid on the floor and to be handcuffed like a prisoner. Well... I cannot assure you a relaxing holiday, for sure it will be special as well as cheap (about 11 Euro per person).

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Enjoy!!! :-)

BFL

A Christmas In London

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E dopo Parigi e Madrid non poteva mancare una capitale come Londra nella mia rubrica natalizia!
Ogni citt?? ci riserva le sue particolarit?? e l?۪atmosfera magica che si respira a Londra in questo periodo non si pu?_ non descrivere!
Le opportunit?? e gli eventi organizzati appositamente per il Natale sono molti e valgono assolutamente una visita! In questo post vi elenco i ???must do?۝ durante il vostro soggiorno a Londra??_ma prima vi metto sul gusto con alcuni scatti rubati in giro per questa meravigliosa capitale inglese (Oxford Street e Regent Street meritano sempre una visita!).

After Paris and Madrid, my Christmas section of the blog cannot miss a city like London!
Every city has its own special features and I cannot avoid describing the magical atmosphere that is present in London during this period!??There are many opportunities and events organized on purpose for Christmas and they absolutely worth a visit! In this post I will list the "must do" during your stay in London...but before I delight you?? with some shots done around this wonderful city (Oxford Street and Regent Street are always wonderful!) .Immagine11470402_10153567114015223_2069089194_n1465165_10153567115610223_1323814068_n1451439_10153567123005223_1357661709_n

WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Wonderland ̬ un bellissimo parco giochi a tema natalizio nel centro di Hyde Park, costituito da numerosissime giostre e bancarelle che vendono golosit?? ed il famoso ???mulled wine?۝. Tra le attrazioni principali ci sono le montagne russe, la ruota panoramica, la centrifuga e la casa stregata!
Passeggiando per il parco troverete anche i cottage svizzeri e la casa dei pretzel, il tutto contornato da stupende luci e decorazioni di natale. Ovviamente non pu?_ mancare la pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio che ̬ sempre divertente sia per adulti che per bambini!! :-)
Qualche info pratica??_l'entrata ̬ gratuita, le giostre si pagano a gettoni, acquistabili in una delle tante casse sparse per il parco. Il parco ̬ aperto fino al 5 Gennaio, tutti i giorni dalle 10 del mattino alle 10 di sera.
Se avete intenzione di andarci a breve, aspettatevi molta gente??_!!
Ai fanatici dei parchi di divertimento consiglio di andare in mattinata o primo pomeriggio per trovare meno coda alle giostre! A chi invece preferisce godersi l?۪atmosfera natalizia senza particolare interesse per le attrazioni, consiglio di andare verso met?? pomeriggio e sorseggiare un bel bicchiere di ???mulled wine?۝.

Winter Wonderland is a beautiful Christmas-themed leisure park in the center of Hyde Park. It consists of many attractions and stalls selling both sweets and the famous " mulled wine ". Among the main attractions there are the roller coaster, the giant wheel, the star-flyer and the haunted house!
Walking through the park you will also find the many swiss cottages and the pretzel chalets, all surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Obviously you cannot miss the ice skating rink which is always funny for both adults and children! :-)
Some practical information...the entrance is free , you can buy the tokens for the attractions in one of the many cash desks around the park. Winter Wonderland is open until January the 5th, every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
If you are planning to go to London soon, you?۪ll find for sure a lot of people there...!
To the amusement park addicted I suggest to go to there ??during the morning or early afternoon in order to find less queue at the rides! To those who prefer to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with no particular interest in the attractions, I recommend going during mid-afternoon and enjoy a nice glass of " mulled wine ".

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SOUTHBANK

Un mercatino di Natale molto carino e particolare per il contesto in cui ̬ lo potete trovare a Southbank, sulla riva sud del Tamigi, dopo la London Eye.
Se avete voglia di camminare un pochino potete poi proseguire lungo la Queen?۪s Way, ovvero la passeggiata lungo il fiume che dalla London Eye porta al Tower Bridge??_la vista da l?? ̬ magica e lo skyline su St Paul's Cathedral vi far?? rimanere senza fiato!!
Lo troverete tutti i giorni fino al 24 Dicembre con i seguenti orari:

Lun/Gio 11.00-21.00
Ven 11.00-22.00
Sab 10.00-22.00
Dom 10.00-21.00

A very nice Christmas market, special for its framework, is the market in Southbank , on the southern part of the Thames, after the London Eye.
If you want to walk a little bit , you can then continue along the Queen's Way, the esplanade along the river that from the London Eye takes you to the Tower Bridge ... the view from there is fascinating and the skyline of St Paul's Cathedral will take your breath away!
You will find it daily until December the 24th with the following timetable :

Mon / Thurs 11:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.
Fri 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sun 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

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SOUTH KENSINGTON

Vi consiglio poi una tappa a South Kensington, davanti al Natural Museum. L?? hanno allestito una magnifica pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio, accompagnata da una giostra girevole e numerose bancarelle che vendono dolcetti natalizi!
Avete tempo fino al 6 gennaio, e gli orari sono:
Sab/Merc 10.00-22.00
Gio/Dom 10.00-23.00

When in London, I highly recommend you a stop in South Kensington , opposite the Natural Museum. In this period you?۪ll find a very beautiful ice skating rink, accompanied by a rotating carousel and various stalls selling Christmas sweets!
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Madrid, Christmas Atmosphere

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Dalla Francia alla Spagna, ecco per voi un post dedicato ad un?۪altra capitale che durante il periodo natalizio regala un?۪atmosfera magnifica grazie ai suoi mercatini ed ai suoi famosi alberi di Natale presenti nelle piazze!Qui di seguito l?۪elenco delle cose da non perdere:

Plaza Mayor Il mercatino di Plaza Mayor ̬ il principale della citt??. Vengono allestite 104 casette in legno che offrono prodotti tradizionali del Natale, decorazioni, statuine del presepe e dolcetti natalizi. Viene anche montata una giostra luminosissima con i cavalli che contribuisce a creare una magica atmosfera!

Dal 1 al 31 Dicembre

Lun-Ven 10.00/21.30 Sab-Dom 10.00/22.30

Plaza de Callao Ogni anno viene allestito un mercato natalizio coperto, la pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio ed un bellissimo e luminosissimo albero di Natale!

Dal 18 Novembre al 9 Gennaio

Tutti i giorni 10.00/22.00

Plaza de??Espa̱a Plaza de Espa̱a??̬ famosa per la presenza della ???Feria de Mercado de Artesan??a de la CAM?۝, un?۪esposizione di prodotti artigianali. Vi consiglio di fermarmi ai banchetti di bigiotteria, alcuni hanno pezzi davvero originali!

Dal 15 Dicembre al 5 Gennaio

Tutti i giorni 10.00/22.00 24 e 31 Dicembre chiude alle 15.00

From France to Spain, here for you a post dedicated to another European city which, during the Christmas season, offers a wonderful atmosphere thanks to its markets and its famous Christmas trees in the squares ! Here follows the list of the ???Must Do?۝:

Plaza Mayor The market in the Plaza Mayor is the most famous and big. It is composed of 104 small wooden chalets that offer traditional Christmas products such as decorations, nativity figurines and Christmas cookies . You can also find a bright carousel with horses that helps to create a magical atmosphere!

From the 1st to the 31st?? of December

Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m./9.30 p.m. Sat-Sun 10.00 a.m./10.30 p.m.

Plaza de Callao Every year there are an indoor Christmas market, an ice skating rink and a huge Christmas tree!

From the 18th of?? November to the 9th of January

Every day 10.00 a.m./10.00 p.m.

Plaza de Espa̱a Plaza de Espa̱a is famous for the presence of the " Feria de Mercado de Artesania de la CAM ", an handicrafts exhibition. I highly recommend you to visit the jewelry stalls , some bracelets and earrings can be really nice and original presents!

From the 15th of December to the 5th of January

Every day 10.00 a.m./10.00 p.m. On the 24th and 31st of December it closes at 3:00 p.m.

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L?۪albero di natale pi?_ famoso ̬ quello presente in Plaza del Sol, dove non allestiscono infatti alcun mercatino. Proprio nel centro della piazza di erge questo cono verde di luci magnifico che ha la particolarit?? di essere cavo dentro e quindi ci si pu?_ entrare! Un?۪altra particolarit?? del periodo natalizio ̬ la Cavalcata dei Re Magi, nella notte tra il 5 e il 6 gennaio. Rappresenta l'arrivo dei tre Re Magi, provenienti dall'oriente, in citt??. Durante questa tradizionale sfilata i Re, accompagnati da cammelli e numerose carrozze, percorrono la citt?? distribuendo ai bambini caramelle e dolciumi. Le carrozze percorrono la citt?? da Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz fino al Municipio, situato nella Plaza de Cibeles. Per quanto riguarda i presepi, non perdete quello della Villa de Madrid, quello napoletano esposto nel Museo Municipale ed il presepe tradizionale ??nel Museo di San Isidro.

The most famous Christmas tree of Madrid is in Plaza del Sol, where in fact they do not put any market. Right in the center of the square rises this magnificent green cone of lights that has the particularity to be hollow inside and then you can enter in! Another feature of the Christmas season is the Cavalcade of the Magi, in the night between the 5th and 6th of January. It represents the arrival of the Three Kings, coming from the East, in the city. During this traditional parade, the Kings, accompanied by camels and numerous carriages, go across the town distributing candies and sweets to the children. The carriages run through the city from Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz to the City Hall, located in Plaza de Cibeles. Concerning the cribs, do not miss the one in Villa de Madrid, the Neapolitan one exhibited in the Municipal Museum and the traditional nativity scene in the Museum of San Isidro.

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Enjoy and have a nice Christmas trip! :-)

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Madrid - Vamos A Bailar? -

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Of course, I must also write about Madrid’s nightlife; how can I leave out "la movida" and the nightclubs? Where to go dancing in Madrid!?

Always a difficult question with such a vast array of options catering to almost any taste in music. Especially given that most nightclubs are so much fun!

The following is list of the best:

KAPITAL

Kapital is among the most famous and iconic nightclubs in madrid. Build on 7 floors, the first three overlook the main dancefloor, above that there is a rock’n’roll floor, followed by a floor playing latin-american music. On the roof, there is a wonderful terrace, perfect for a drink under the stars. On the second floor, there’s even a room for karaoke, and among the many bars, one even dedicated solely to Bacardi. Cover charge is between 10 and 15 euros with one or two cocktails included, depending on the night. The music is quite mainstream, but the choreographed performances, dancers, light shows, and acrobats swinging accross the ceiling are what make it truly special. This is without a doubt, my favorite party destination. Dress to impress, the doormen can be quite picky, and for boys, avoid shorts at all costs!

GABANA

The Gabana is currently one of the most “in” nightclubs in Madrid. It’s right in the center, in the Salamanca neighborhood. The doormen are very very picky, I suggest making a table reservation or making friends with someone who works there. As a nightclub, it is much smaller than Kapital, but still, you are guaranteed a fantastic night.

FABRIK

This nightclub is definitely a household name, it can easily accommodate 10 thousand people. It is often the venue of choice for very famous DJs. This is the perfect place if you lost electronica, house, and techno. The only catch here: it’s situated a little far from the city center, the best way to get there is by car or taxi.

 

 

 

 

 

JOY

Joy plays many genres of music and is centrally located on Calle del Arenal, a few steps away from the Opera metro station. Very popular for Erasmus university parties.

FORTUNY

Fortuny is a very posh club. It caters to an older clientele than the previous nightclubs mentioned. This is the place to be if you are looking for somewhere to be seen.

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Similar to Fortuny, this club is also quite exclusive, enjoy a meal here and then dance the night away.

SALA MARCO ALDANY

The Sala Arena, also known as the Sala Marco Aldany, hosts many smaller spaces where DJ’s frequently host concerts. It is located right in Plaza de Espana. There is always something different depending on the night from pop to techno. More often than not, you’ll hear some alternative or punk rock. The Smashing Pumpkins and Lagwagon, among others, have played shows here.

Madrid - A Secret & Colorful Corner -

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After having recommended hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, and sights to see in Madrid, I would like to to share one last thing; my favorite corner of Madrid, Plaza de la Cebada. One of the most historic plazas in the city, it is well known for it’s famous covered market. The market takes up nearly the whole plaza! This plaza is in the heart of the Latin quarter, in fact, easily reachable from La Latina station.  Next to the plaza, you’ll find many small bars offering tapas with some wine to wash them down. You’ll also find the famous La Latina theatre- they still host daily shows! While these are all interesting attractions, the reason I love this plaza is completely different. Very few people are aware, but there’s an amazing small courtyard surrounded by some rather dilapidated walls behind the market. At first glance, it might not seem like much, but once inside you’ll see that it is truly fantastic! The walls are full of colors and graffiti art. A band generally plays in a small outdoor amphitheater, adding even more ambiance to the whole scene. Everything is absolutly authentic. There are even some shopfronts that frequently host a wide variety of artists.  Before heading into La Latina Sunday market, stop a while to take some sun on a colorful bench . Between the improvised music and the mix of colors, you can’t help but feel some Spanish Allegria!

Madrid - Fuencarral & Chueca -

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Fuencarral street is one of the main thoroughfares of Madrid, filled with shops and bars. Chueca, on the understand is known as the LGBT-friendly neighborhood of Marid. In my opinion it’s a very colorful and interesting part of town; don’t miss a visit here!

On Calle de Augusto Figueroa, you’ll find the famous Mercado di San Anton: a marvelous covered market. Here you can purchase tapas and other Spanish specialties. On the top floor, there is also a great terrace and restaurant.

Keep in mind that Lateral, one of best tapas restaurants in Madrid is on Fuencarral 43.

 

 

Madrid - La Latina -

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BY DAY

This is one of the most hip and lively neighborhoods of Madrid, however, during most days, there aren’t many interesting things to see. The Rastro, or Sunday market, is definitely the exception. It is easily the most famous weekend market in the city! Here you will find streets packed with people and vendors...lose yourself in the small alleys hunting for anything from vintage accessories, jewelry, souvenirs, posters, but above all great used furnishings!


BY NIGHT

The Latin Quarter (metro la Latina) is easily the night life spot in the city...hundred of little bars and restaurants; a little something for everyone. Below are two of my favorite places, but trust me, you will have no trouble following your nose to find any number of great little supper spots.

Cava Baja is the main road with tonnes of little bars and restaurants wedged together:

  • At 17 Cava Baja, you’ll find “Orixe”. Here you can sit either on a bench outside or within the restaurant (much more comfortable) and enjoy a tapas menu at 14€ including wine or beer. They take care to most stylish tapas I’ve ever seen, high points for presentation.
     
  • At 12 Cava Baja, “Posada del Leon de Oro”, is another very pleasant tapas restaurant.
     
  • La “Sureña”, at number 15 Cava Baja, is a very popular and well known bar specializing in beer. It can be super chaotic during peak hours. Definitely popular among the local Madrilenos.

Prepare yourself for waves of people- normally people have cocktails and tapas at around 8-9 pmand then head for dinner at around 10 pm. Sometimes you’ll catch people heading for dinner at midnight; especially on weekends!

Madrid - A Breathtaking Sunset -

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The most beautiful sport to watch the sunset in Madrid is at Parque del Oeste, in between Plaza de España and Moncola neighborhood.

I recommend climbing on the little hill in the middle of the park where the DEBOT TEMPLE, a second century Egyptian temple is perched.

From up there, you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular susnets in the city as the colors and lights hit the water and filter through the gaps in the temple structure.

Madrid - Restaurants & Food -

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Some many things to do and we haven’t even made it to the food! I’m sure by now you must be starving. I’ll start with the best place to fill your stomach with some typical Spanish “tapas” in very chic location.

  1. The “Lateral”, arguably the best tapas Madrid has to offer. There are a few locations scattered throughout the city, be sure to find the one closest to you via their website. They are open for lunch and dinner- no excuse not to try at least one time!
    I would suggest you order: the pinchos (a type of Spanish bruschetta with various toppings), patatas bravas, tortilla española, alcachofas fritas con jamon, and las croquetas.
     
  2. On Calle San Gines, you’ll find the “Pasteleria San Gines”, the most famous place in Madrid for chocolates and churros. No trip to Madrid is complete without trying one of their churros (especially delicious in the early morning after a wild night out). Be careful because churros can be found everywhere, but are generally of poor quality. Never the case at Pasteleria San Gines.
     
  3. The paella at “La Barraca”. Paella is a touchy subject given that it is a typically Valencia dish and therefore at its best in its place of origin by the sea. “La Baracca” on Calle de la Reina 29- parallel to the Gran Via, is one of the only Paellas I’ve had that is up to scratch. Here you can choose between various sea foods, chicken, Valencia style, or whatever combination you feel like having on that particular day. The restaurant itself is a historic location, don’t expect anything modern or flashy, you are here for their excellent paella after all.
     
  4. La Pulpería de Victoria”. If you want to sample the famous pulpo a la gallega, head to Calle Victoria 2 (metro Puerta del Sol). Make sure to try very tasty pulpo a feira con cachelos.
     
  5. Juana la Loca” is a bar in the Latin quarter, one of my favorite areas. Here you can stop in for a quick lunch and try their famous “pinchos” (the most famous being those with the potato tortilla and those with "solomillo", a type of tender meat filet, and those with a quail egg).

The Latin Quarter is no doubt my favorite neighborhood, i’ll be sharing all my suggestions in a dedicated post coming soon!