Friday, 05 October 2007
Nightlife in Spain
When I visited Barcelona for the first time I was completely amazed by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, Spain's most famous Architect. Although I had just stepped off the train from France and it was about 8.00am I felt as if I had been to an all-night rave.The spirals twist and turn and the walls of his buildings curve seductively like a Spanish Dancer, and even though I had not yet reached Las Ramblas where the nightlife rocks, I felt quite light-headed. The Hotels in Barcelona range from budget accommodation at around 45Euros.
Take a trip to the Parc Güell, "Antoni Gaudí's most colourful creation and his famous unfinished work, the Sagrada Familia. Visit the Gothic Quarter and the famous Picasso Museum.
It is at night though that Las Ramblas really rocks. There is a huge variety of bars and pubs, covering pretty much every theme and appealing to all tastes and budgets.
Watch out for the local hang outs, bars packed with local Spanish people playing cards.
Bar owners in Hoteles en Barcelona tend to put a lot of effort into making their establishment as unique as their budget (and creativity) allows. Try the Gothic and Born districts, check out the Raval and Gracia.
The Mojito Club’s impressive decor and large dance floor provide the perfect atmosphere and space for salsa dancing and all flavours of Latin beats, including danzoon, salsa, meringue, regaeton and more!
Special events include impressive performances from internationally renowned dancers and theme parties. In the Baja Beach Club you can virtually breathe the mediterranean spirit.
Book for your Hotels in Madrid in May at festival time when celebrations surrounding the month-long Fiestas de San Isidro honoring the patron saint of Madrid begin. Traditional Castizo dress is worn, and the typical barquillos (rolled wafers), bu�uelos (fritters) and rosquillas (doughnuts) are for sale. This time of year also ushers in the famous Feria Taurina or bullfighting fair which also carries the name of the patron saint of Madrid and lasts from the middle of May to the middle of June at the Plaza Monumental Las Ventas bullring. Concerts, open-air dances and outdoor celebrations are also held.
Madrid's nightlife is spectacular. Try the Viva Madrid or the Los Gabrieles, or the dusty old tabernas around Los Austrias, or party all night with the young, funky crowd at the Malasaña and bar-hop until 2am in the monster seven-floor Kapital
The nightlife goes on to the dawn at the eclectic Lavapiés, popular with the bohemian crowd. For traditional flamenco performances, Casa Patas is a highly prized, if pricey, establishment. For glitzy monster discos, explore the triangle between Sol, Callao and Gran Via. Joy Eslava is the oldest of them all.
Chueca is the centre of Madrid’s gay scene, but it’s also the place to be for the seriously hip crowd. Though its hub is the Plaza de Chueca, itself thronging with terrazas in summer, close by are mixed bars such as Stars Café or Liquid.
Posted by Viv King at 00:19