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 - Palacio Real & Plaza del Sol -

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Madrid is certainly a fascinating sprawling metropolis, it’s very much worth exploring all the neighborhoods; each with something unique to offer. In order to get a good taste of the city, I would recommend visiting for a minimum of 4 or 5 days.

I would also recommend the following activity for a great day of sight seeing: start your moning with a big breakfast to help fuel a long walk, put on your sturdiest walking shoes and off you go...Hop on the metro and first stop “OPERA”, upon exiting, you’ll find yourself in Plaza Isabel II, very beautiful...

From the nearby Plaza de Oriente, you can already make out the stupendous Royal Palace...certainly worth a stop to snap a few photos between the well manicured flora of the gardens.

Skirting the palace you can also see the cathedral. Following Calle Mayor, you will end up in Parco Atenas: make sure to have a nice break near the kiosk...pleasant music, and palm trees; no better place to grab a coffee and feel swept away on a vacation far away from chaotic city life. The sun makes everything that much more spectacular!

After walking the Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, and once you’ve reached the Principe Pio station, continue towards the Jardins de Sabatini (one of my favorite sights).

If after all that walking you find yourself starving, i suggest you head to Calle Carlos III and find: “Entrepanes – Café de Oriente”.
For an alternative, on Calle Arenal, there’s always “Jamones Ferpal”, very typical madrilena cuisine.

Finally, a few steps away, you’ll find Plaza del Sol...enjoy!