Welcome to Palace 2019

Visit to Little Known Palaces of Madrid

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Welcome to Palace 2019: there is a new version of this activity. And the registration begins on March 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm Spanish Time. For us on the East Coast (New York City) will be 11.00AM and for those who are on the West Coast (San Francisco) will be 07.00 AM. They are visits to palaces that are NOT usually open to the public for different reasons.

Registration for free guided visits to Palacios de Madrid will be via web and in previous editions have been exhausted in just hours.

Welcome to Palace 2019 Palacio del duque de Fernán Núñez
Welcome to Palace 2019

It is the sixth edition that is valid between April 2019 and January 2020 and the organization corresponds to the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage.

You can access more than 20 palaces that are cultural heritage and can not be visited if not through this program . There are also options apart from the guided tours such as live concerts and live performances.

All the information of the program Welcome to Palacio 2019-2020, places, places, activities dates etc. You can check here on the official website.

Reservations at: http://www.bienvenidosapalacio2019.es

Bienvenidos a Palacio 2019 - Palacio del duque de Fernán Núñez-

Welcome to Palace 2019: Some Palaces 2018

  • Palace of the Duke of Fernán Núñez (Santa Isabel 44, Atocha), currently headquarters of the Foundation of Spanish Railways.
  • Godoy Palace
  • General Quarter of the Spanish Army: Buenavista Palace (Barquillo 49, Chueca)
  • Viana Palace (Duque de Rivas 1, Tirso de Molina), headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the
  • Palace of the Marquis of Fontalba, headquarters of the Attorney General’s Office State.
  • list complete in the OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Front of Royal Palae Of Aranjuez -one day in madrid
Welcome to Palace 2019 – Front of Royal Palae Of Aranjuez

Madrid Useful information

How to get there: From USA to  Madrid ( Spain) 

New York ► Madrid – Barajas Airport

Air France Air France 8 h  Direct 
KLM KLM 8 h  Direct 
Delta Delta 8 h  Direct 
Tap Air Portugal Tap Air Portugal 7 h 55 m Direct 
United United 7 h 50 m Direct 
Lufthansa Lufthansa 7 h 50 m Direct 
Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines 7 h 50 m Direct 

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Arde Lucus 2019 – Roman Festival in Spain

Ancient Rome Festival in Spain: Arde Lucus 2019: 

On June 14, 15 and 16, 2019

Arde Lucus is a festival celebrated in Lugo – Spain. That is celebrated between the end of May and the month of June. Relive the life of the Roman Empire in the old Spanish city of Lugo. This service started in
2001 and fu to commemorate the founding of the city.

 Arde Lucus 2019

In the year 2017 it has been declared a National Tourist Interest Festival by the Spanish State and in its last two editions more than one million participants were reached, of which a third were foreigners

Lucus Augusti

This festival that tries to evoke the ancient Roman city Lucus Augusti of the second century (now Lugo in Spanish territory), began to celebrate as we mentioned in 2001. It should be noted that the old (and magnificent) Roman defensive walls. Over the years, the number of visitors increased to 460,000 participants in 2009, leaving an income of around 10 million euros in the city.

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 This celebration is one of the two most important in Europe in terms of the evocation of the Roman Empire. The other is the French city of Nimes, with its spectacular Roman amphitheater, which we will talk about later.

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Few Places That Hate Tourists – Tourismphobia

Tourists Go Home !!

This is a job where information is collected about the problem of tourism impact in some places. In some cities rational precautions are taken: But in others (very few) an alarming syndrome develops. The turismo-phobia.  The turism-phobia. Here is the information that could gather, more personal experiences having personally visited four of those places.

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Ada Colau shortly after taking office as mayor in 2015: “We do not want the city to become a cheap souvenir shop”. He put Venice as an example. The freezing of licenses for all the new hotels and apartments for holiday rentals, the fines for AirBnb, the projects for new tourist taxes and the studies to limit the number of visitors are the reasons that this blog uses to include in this list. 

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Walking Bilbao in Two Days

The Modern City of Bilbao 

Walking Bilbao: It is a county located in the north of Spain The town of Bilbao is the capital with more than 340,000 inhabitants and is the most populated city of the autonomous community that extends along the estuary of Bilbao or the Nervión. The city is surrounded by two mountain ranges with an altitude that does not exceed 500 meters. It was founded at the end of the 13th century. This is a guide to tour Bilbao in two days

We arrived from Madrid by air to the Bilbao airport. To go to the city center, if you do not choose the taxi, the bus is the best option. We take the Bizkaibus A3247, which costs 1.45 Euros and you can buy it in the same Bus. The bus takes about 30 minutes to go from the airport to Bilbao Termibus. 

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☼ Madrid in Three Days – Third Day

What to do the third day in Madrid?

We can choose between staying in the city to visit a special place that we liked or to visit a nearby city

These are the options


One day in Madrid

  • Museum of Prado – Museo del Prado : For those who like Art, it will take all day. (and more if you prefer)
  • Queen Sofia Museum – Museo Reina Sofia : The same as the previous
  • Retiro Park  and Bullring – Parque del Retiro y Plaza de Toros.  It can include a bicycle ride (they are rented at the park entrance). Then visit the bullring that is very close to the park. ( all day). ( Book Hotels in Madrid)

Near cities


City of Toledo Landscape - One day in madrid

If we decide to see lesta medieval city in a day we can visit the most important monuments, historical buildings and museums that welcomes inside.

It was an important medieval city that is surrounded by a wall. Toledo has a main entrance that is known as the Puerta de Bisagra and another secondary one that is called Puerta del Cristo de la Luz. Through this door the road is crossed to the Puente de Alcántara and the Puente de San Martín.  These are the main attractions

Alcazar of Toledo

Built by the Emperor Charles V on the main hill of the city and facing the Tagus River, the Alcázar de Toledo is an important castle (with an imposing moat) built with the architecture of a palace and at the same time a fortified square. Currently you can visit the Army Museum there. the tickets are bought at the entrance of the castle, € 5 (free Sunday morning).

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Cathedral of Toledo

The Cathedral of Toledo, is a construction of Gothic style and its size is the second largest Cathedral in the country. Its construction began in 1226 under the reign of Ferdinand III (the Saint) and was completed in the fifteenth century when in 1493 the vaults of the central nave were closed in the time of the Catholic Monarchs. The entrance ticket is 12.5 euros and you can buy it yourself

Synagogue of El Transito

The synagogue was built between 1357 and 1363. According to the inscriptions that appear in the building itself, it was built by order of Samuel Ha-Levi, member of the Jewish community. this person was adviser of the Kingdom of Castile during the reign of Pedro I of Castile.  Tickets: € 3 (free Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning) .

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Army Museum of Toledo

The Army Museum is located in two different buildings. The Alcázar de Toledo is one and the new one. Both buildings are linked by the remains found in the archaeological excavations carried out for the expansion of the museum. Tickets € 5 (free Sunday morning). 

The building was the protagonist of important historical facts (the War of Succession, the War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939). The Castle was besieged. burned and bombed being partially destroyed. After the civil war began its reconstruction, completed in the early 1980s


How to get from Madrid

  1. By Car AP-41: Madrid-Toledo Toll Motorway
  2. By Car A-42: Toledo motorway
  3. By Train – Atocha Station ( see map)AVE Madrid- Toledo (High Speed ​​Train) In only 25 min. from the Atocha train station



Royal Palace San Lorenzo del Escorial landscape-* One day in Madrid

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a complex that includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library, a school and a monastery. It is located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 29 miles (48km) from the City of Madrid. It was built between 1563 and 1584 and in the Pantheon there are the tombs of the kings of Spain since 1500. Tickets: € 10

Royal Palace San Lorenzo del Escorial Front-* One day in Madrid

How to get from Madrid

  1. By Car AP6 Madrid- Tordesillas Motorway. Deviation en route A600 destination Escorial
  2. By Train – Atocha Station ( see map) . Local Train ( Tren de Cercanias ) Line C3  direction ESCORIAL  – 65 min
  3. By Tour – Viator


In the city of Aranjuez you can visit The Royal Palace of Aranjuez. This palace is one of the residences of the Spanish Monarchy. It is located in the City of Aranjuez about  30 miles (50 km) from the Community of Madrid. Tickets  9

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How to get from Madrid

  1. By Car AP6 Madrid- Tordesillas Motorway. Deviation en route A600 destination Escorial
  2. By Train – Atocha Station ( see map) . Local Train ( Tren de Cercanias ) Line C3 direction ARANJUEZ   – 70 min


One day in Madrid – End

☼ Madrid in Three Days – Third Day
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☼ Madrid in Three days: Second day

Walking Madrid Second Day

On the second day we started walking along the Main Street – Calle Mayor  (we passed the chocolate shop San Gines for those who have not yet had breakfast) until the Mercado de San Miguel ( see Map). This is one of the oldest markets in Madrid and is awarded as it was in its golden age.

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Cathedral of Almudena  

At the end of the main street we find the Cathedral of Almudena, which is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Madrid. It began to be built in 1879 and officially ended in 1993. It can be visited every day and it is traveled in approximately one hour

Next to the Almudena Cathedral is the Royal Palace of Madrid. At this time, it is not the residence of the King of Spain, but only acts of protocol. It began to contribute in 1738 and was completed in 1764. It has 3418 rooms and is larger than the Palace of Versailles on the outskirts of Paris –France

Royal Palace of Madrid

In 2016, the Royal Palace received more than 1.4 million visitors, being one of the most visited monuments in Spain. It can be visited with or without a guided tour, every day from October to March: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. From April to September: Every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Price  Adults: € 10. (Guided tour € 14). Duration of the visit approx 1 hour.


Plaza de Oriente

Leaving the Royal Palace and crossing the Plaza de Oriente is the sober building of the Royal Theater (Teatro Real) built between 1818 and 1850 and restored in 1991. It is a very interesting building and can be visited with guided tour given time. Next to the Royal Palace you can visit the royal gardens, called Jardines de Sabatini and Jardines de Campo del Moro. this walk can last approximately one hour.


Leaving the Jardines de Sabatini, and walking north along Bailen Street, a few blocks away we reach Plaza España, where the monuments to Cervantes, Don Qujote and Sancho Panza are located


Temple of Debod


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The Temple of Debod was inaugurated on July 20, 1972 after two years of reconstruction. It was a complicated process since, in addition to not having good plans, in the dismantling and transport some stones were lost. The temple has two floors, in the upper you will find a very interesting model where you will see all the temples that were in the country of Nubia. Admission is free

 If you have some time, a few meters ahead (see map) is located in the Parque del Oeste and is one of the largest rose gardens in Europe. Also in the same park there is a cable car where you can appreciate magnificent views of the city. End  walking Madrid Second day

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☼ Discovering Madrid in Three Days: First Day

Three days in Madrid: First day

We arrived at the Adolfo Suarez Airport ( Madrid)  in a fligth of IBERIA, and took the Metro of Madrid (you can also take the commuter train with combinations) and arrived at the Sol station. We arrived at the hotel (3 blocks away) and then we prepared to walk the city.

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Three days madrid Plaza Mayorchocolateria san gines - Three days madrid
In Madrid There is a very old chocolate shop near there. A classic in Madrid. The Chocolateria San Gines. There you can order the classic chocolate with churros. a delight

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◙ Collectible Coins: American Revolutionary Coins Countermarked in Philippines

American Revolutionary Coins Countermarked in Philippines 

A collaboration of Marty Martinez

The circulation of the Philippines at the time of Spanish domination consisted of coin minted in other regions, mainly Potosi, Peru and Mexico, with the same denominations as in the rest of the colonies.

From the independence of the American colonies, there was a retraction in the circulating in this zone. For this reason should have appealed to a very curious policy: the reselling of currencies. Potosí, Peru and Mexico were alternated several times by Independents and Spaniards between 1810 and 1828.

As a result, the independentist minted their own currencies (Potosi: Bolivia and Argentina), Lima (Peru) and Mexico. Apparently when the Spaniards occupied these places again, they also appropriated the new mints, some of which were sent to the Philippines by the Pacific route.  Thus, circulated from 1828 Peruvian independence coins, Mexican and Bolivian in Philippine, with the Spanish denominations.

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