I have always been interested in watching films made in the cities that I've visited to recognize the streets and buildings that I've seen with my own eyes. During my period of fascination with Spanish cinema, I've spent a lot of time watching all sorts of movies, and each time I've seen a street or place that I saw in real life, I got excited. Not a lot of world-wide films have been made in Madrid. We should turn our attention to Spanish movies, but most of them have not gone beyond the borders of the country or have not been translated, and, probably, they will never be. Today I would like to talk about the best movies about Madrid that I have ever seen.
Stories from Kronen (Historias del Kronen, 1995)
The film is about the Spanish version of generation X: twenty-year-old boys who have nowhere to go. Spain, after entering the European Union in the second half of the 80s, begins to flourish; in the 90s, a high standard of living means that adolescents have nothing more to desire: no restrictions, no need for money, no problems. The film's actions take place in the center and north of Madrid, areas where new upper-middle class lives.
A company of friends spends every evening in the Kronen bar. They drink, they fight, they wander around the clubs (and I even managed to visit one of these clubs; it's called Templo de Gato) and abandoned buildings, play guitars, and have relationship. The protagonist is played by Juan Diego Botto, an Argentinian (he is one of my favorite Spanish-speaking actors out there). The film very well conveys the atmosphere of Madrid in the 90s, with its traditional character on the one hand and punk tendencies on the other.
Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos, 1997)
This is the original movie; the remake of it is called Vanilla Sky. In my opinion, Open "Your Eyes" is better than the remake, and although there is no Hollywood gloss in this movie, it is still better in many ways. It is more authentic and emotional. The film's events take place in Madrid, in the mid-90s. Lots of beautiful scenery can be seen in the movie; it was fascinating to be reminded of all of those places. This is a great movie to watch together. If you don't have someone to watch it with, then be sure to check out this dating site!
Caotica Ana, 2007
Young artist Ana arrives in Madrid from Ibiza where she grew up and delves into bohemian life. After the island, the capital seems big, chaotic, and noisy to her. The film is accompanied by touching songs by Antonio Vega, a rock'n'roll legend of the Madrid who died early from cancer.
Dark Blue Almost Black (Azuloscurocasinegro, 2006)
Despite the fact that the film was shot before the large-scale Spanish crisis of 2008-2010, it very accurately conveys the mood of many modern young Spaniards. The main character takes care of his disabled father, works hard as a concierge yet wants a better job and dreams of an expensive suit that is dark blue, almost black. He occasionally spends time on the terrace of a multistory building, from which a view opens onto the sloping Bankia towers and the rooftops of Madrid.
Beautiful Youth (Hermosa Juventud, 2014)
This is a story of twenty-year-old lovers. There are no Gran Via and Castellana, but there are Vallecas and Carabanchel to be seen. The film shows the life of the modern Spanish youth, that being without ambition and aspirations, in poverty and with emptiness inside. It can be a bit boring to some, there are lots of super-realistic scenes because of which it can be called an art-house movie.
The Bourne Ultimatum
One of the few Hollywood films where part of the action takes place in Madrid, on Castellana Boulevard, Atocha Station, Bailen Street, and Santa Cruz Square.
Pedro Almodovar Movies
Madrid is one of the main characters of the movies of the most famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. According to his movies, one can trace how the atmosphere of the city has changed over the past 30 years. The director himself says that he chose his favorite city landscapes, as well as symbolic and sacred places, for filming. Almodovar shows Madrid as a place of contrast and controversies where there are not only historic buildings, palaces, and beautiful scenery but also slums and humble neighborhoods.
Written on 26/01/2019.
Summer in Madrid
1. Come to any of the parks in the city. Most of them have fountains and ponds that cool the environment; and some you can even dip your feet in the water.
2. In the Retiro park you can lie in the cool grass in the shade of the trees. You can also walk in the rowboats on the lake.
3. Drink a beer with lemon on any terrace. Some of them have a system of water vapor which cools the air and the temperature decreases.
4. In the Casa de Campo you can enjoy its lake, picnic areas and shadows of the trees.
5. Take a stroll through Madrid River. The plenty of trees and the river Manzanares make the temperature drops a few degrees from the city center.
6. You can take a dip in any of the many public pools in the city. For example in the pool "La Playa de Madrid", in the district of Moncloa.
7. Come to the largest water park in Madrid, Aquopolis, and enjoy your slides: Aquopolis Madrid (there are 2 installations, one in Villanueva de la Canada and one in San Fernando de Henares). Or cool off in the summer attractions of Madrid's Theme Park or the Warner Park Madrid.
8. And if you still want more cool, very close to the city of Madrid, within the community, there are many forests, dams, campgrounds and recreational areas where you can spend the day or the weekend with much more frigid temperatures.
9. For beach lovers. Madrid has no sea, but thanks to the last lines of AVE, can go from Madrid to Valencia or Alicante in just one hour and a half (2 hours to Alicante). And you will enjoy a fantastic day beach and sea.
Written on 27/07/2016.
Madrid Walking Tour
For anybody with just a few days to spare, Madrid is a great place to visit. This video makes it really simple to get around Madrid and shows how close together most of the tourist places are.
Written on 18/02/2016.
Autumn in Madrid
To enjoy the beauty of autumn in Madrid we recommend, in particular, four parks and gardens: La Casa de Campo Park, El Capricho Park, Los Jardines de Sabatini and, of course, El Retiro.
In addition, following the return of summer vacation are many events that come together in the city, both cultural events like sports: premieres of new plays and miscales, releases new art exhibitions and painting in the Prado, The Reina Sofia and Thyssen, many marathons, half marathon and fun runs, festivals.
Fall is also the auspicious time to enjoy two great gifts of nature, related to the autumnal cookery: chestnuts and mushrooms.
Although you will not find in Madrid chestnut. If is very typical found late autumn roasted chestnuts positions in any of the main streets of the city, they can enjoy a dozen roasted chestnuts for very little money.
With the arrival of the first rains of autumn mushroom season begins. They can be found in El Retiro, in the Casa de Campo, and in other places in the surroundings of Madrid. In the Casa de Campo Park there are many species, some edible and others poisonous. Be careful!
Also, if you do not move regardless of the city and closer to the mountains of Madrid can enjoy its forests, which are converted into recreational areas where many people walk their baskets under the arm for these delicacies.
Mycological Tourism is a growing strongly, more and more fans of this hobby.
The Sierra de Madrid has a varied natural wealth that favors the growth of various species of edible and inedible mushrooms.
Be careful if you go looking for mushrooms! If you do not know very well, do not consume! Remember that there are very poisonous species. There are Mycological Associations that can advise you.Many restaurants of the capital, at this time, offer tipical dishes where the main ingredients are mushrooms and/or chestnuts.
Written on 20/12/2013.