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    Eine Route durch mediterrane Städte

    Das Mittelmeer ist bedeutend mehr als man sich manchmal vorstellt. Neben den Baleareninseln und der Levante-Küste bietet das Mittelmeer Urlaubsparadiese, die (ganz) besonders zu empfehlen sind.  Damit meinen wir z. B. die Küste Málagas: Hier gibt es neben großen Stränden mit Massentourismus versteckte Buchten und Naturschutzgebiete, in denen man die Ungestörtheit und Privatsphäre einer bevorzugten Küste genießen kann.

     

    Angenehm warmes Wasser, sanfte Wellen, feiner Sand und seichtes Meer. Das Mittelmeer gehört zu den Meeren, die zum Baden bestimmt zu sein scheinen. Aus diesem Grund sind am Mittelmeer Städte entstanden, die sich nach und nach in wichtige Städte nicht nur für Spanien, sondern für Europa und die ganze Welt entwickelt haben. Barcelona ist eine dieser Städte: Ihre Küste kennzeichnet sich durch eine große orografische Vielfalt, sodass man an der kilometerlangen Küste Täler, Berge, Ebenen, Deltas und herrliche Steilküsten finden kann.

     

    Die Stadt Barcelona hebt sich zweifellos als einzigartiger kultureller Pol innerhalb des europäischen Kontinents hervor. Als Bezugspunkt für Design und Mode wird sie auch von Besuchern aus aller Welt für ein paar Tage Entspannung, Sonne und Strand gewählt, ohne dabei auf das lebendige Stadtleben verzichten zu müssen. Die besten Strände liegen zwar nicht unbedingt in der Nähe der Stadt, sondern in den Dörfern der berühmten Küste Barcelona. Aber die Innenstadt ist mit ihrem bereiten Angebot an Anregungen für alle Altersstufen immer ein perfektes Reiseziel.

     

    Eine weitere mediterrane Stadt, der man mindestens zwei Tage zur Besichtigung widmen sollte, ist Valencia. Die Stadt am Turia-Fluss ist ein Beispiel für Dynamik und Energie in Kombination mit der klassischen Eleganz einer Hauptstadt, die durch unzählige Einflüsse geformt wurde. Ihre Geschäftsstraßen, abendlichen Unterhaltungsviertel, traditionellen Märkte und Plätze ergänzen ein beneidenswertes Angebot an Sonne und Stadt in Stadtnähe, mit Stränden, die jedes Jahr stolz ihre blaue Fahne zeigen.

     

    Folgt man der Mittelmeerküste, kommt man durch Orte wie Alicante, Murcia, Castellón und an der gesamten Küste Almerías mit einem der schönsten Naturschutzgebiete Andalusiens, dem Cabo de Gata Níjar Naturschutzgebiet vorbei. Die Strände in dieser Gegend sind sehr vielseitig: Einige sind kleine Buchten, die das Meer in die Felsen geformt hat und andere sind extrem lange Sandstrände, die in der Hochsaison im Sommer voller Leben sind.

     

    Die Route der mediterranen Städte endet jedoch nicht hier, sondern geht bis Málaga weiter. Dort, an der großen Costa del Sol findet man den krönenden Abschluss der Route und kann ein Meer mit einzigartigen Kulturen erleben. Málaga ist eine brodelnde Stadt: Auf ihren Straßen ist immer Getöse und ihre unterschiedlichen Anregungen umfassen Aktivitäten die nicht nur am Meer, sondern auch in Theatern, Kinos, auf Plätzen und in den Geschäftsstraßen stattfinden.

     

    Malaga – mit weltberühmten Orten wie Marbella – strahlt die Essenz Andalusiens in allen Winkeln aus und steht für ein familienfreundliches, ruhiges Mittelmeer mit besonderer Feinheit.

     

    Wenn man einen Nachteil der Küste Malagas nennen müsste, wäre es der übermäßige Besucherstrom, was an vielen Orten des Mittelmeers wie Mallorca, La Manga del Mar Menor oder Ibiza auch der Fall ist. Trotz allem gibt es noch Gegenden, an denen man ein paar ruhige Tage mit guten Preisen verbringen kann:  an den Stränden von Artola, San Pedro de Alcántara, El Faro, Saladillo oder El Padrón.

     

    Am gesamten Mittelmeer ist es mitten im Sommer und ohne Buchung sehr schwierig, Hotels zu finden, sodass die Gefahr besteht, in zweitklassigen Hotels und Appartements übernachten zu müssen. Am besten geht man bei der Kategorie nicht unter 3 / 4 Sterne und setzt auf schon konsolidierte Hotelketten, die einem ein Mindestmaß an Qualität bieten. Außerdem sollte man sich ein Hotel entsprechend der Art der Reise aussuchen: für Reisen mit der Familie oder Freunden, romantische Reisen usw.

     

    Melià, Barceló, Iberostar oder auch Hotelketten wie Vincci sind in allen wichtigen mediterranen Städten präsent und bieten besondere Hotels wie z. B. Petit Palace Plaza Málaga, Petit Palace Germanías oder Petit Palace Barcelona, die alle zur Petit Palace Boutique-Hotelkette gehören.

    Para viajar con niños… ¿Madrid o Barcelona?

    Viajar en familia a las grandes capitales españolas puede ser una opción de vacaciones cómoda y económica pero para ello es necesario tener en cuenta qué nos va a aportar cada ciudad y qué es lo que buscamos para pasar esos días lejos de casa. Los mejores ejemplos son Madrid y Barcelona. Ambas están llenas de posibilidades pero, al mismo tiempo, en ambas estas propuestas de ocio y descanso pueden ser muy diversas.

    Barcelona siempre tiene el plus de la playa, por ejemplo, lo que la convierte en un destino muy interesante para ir con los niños ya que ellos agradecen unos días de libertad bajo el sol. Toda la costa de Barcelona está plagada de pueblecitos y de zonas de baño ideales incluso para los más pequeños, con servicios perfectamente adaptados a sus necesidades y con alternativas complementarias de entretenimiento.

    Destaca, por supuesto, el parque de atracciones de Portaventura, en Salou, a poco más de una hora en coche o los pueblos cercanos como Calella o Pineda de Mar, con un ambiente tranquilo y familiar. La propia Barcelona capital se nos presenta como una ciudad amable, cálida, con su playa y con mucha oferta infantil de actividades: el Macba (centro de arte contemporáneo en el centro de la ciudad) suele programar talleres y exposiciones interesantes que permiten acercar el arte moderno a los más pequeños; nunca falla el CosmoCaixa, el Zoo de Barcelona, el Poble Espanyol, el Museo Blau, el Parc Güell o el Aquarium en el Port Vell.

    Los alrededores del centro de Barcelona son una opción muy socorrida: los toboganes de Montjuïc y el Tibidabo; el gran parque Diagonal Mar… O, un poco más lejos, encontramos Mataró, donde  hay un gran parque con tirolinas que hace las delicias de los más pequeños.

    Para los mayores, Barcelona es la ciudad perfecta: selecta, con esa calma mediterránea, innovadora y divertida. Sus plazas y terrazas son ideales para tomarse algo a cualquier hora, las zonas de marcha son múltiples y variadas y los lugares de interés histórico son innumerables: la ruta del modernismo, la Catedral, la Sagrada Familia, las Ramblas… Toda la Ciutat Vella, en general, es un espacio en el que perderse y agotar la batería de la cámara haciendo fotografías.

    Gastronómicamente también es un destino al alza: además de sus famosos restaurantes con Estrella Michelín, cuenta con una oferta enorme de restaurantes con cocinas de todos los países, especialidades orgánicas y veganas, platos innovadores y, por supuesto, la cocina tradicional catalana, que es una de las más ricas y variadas de nuestro país.

    Madrid, por su parte, es una ciudad sin playa pero con una vida vibrante. Su clásica hospitalidad y sus espacios verdes hacen de ella una urbe amable y acogedora a la hora de plantearse unas vacaciones con niños. Eso sí: implica más actividad y menos relax que Barcelona porque para vivir Madrid hay que patear sus calles, entrar en sus tiendas, salir de vermú y tapeo, visitar museos, ir a algún concierto…

    La oferta es más cultural, siendo sus puntos fuertes los teatros, cines, salas de ópera y conciertos, las plazas donde siempre uno se sorprende con actividades nuevas para todas las edades y sus parajes incomparables, desde el Retiro a la Casa de Campo. No hay que olvidar tampoco su sierra: sí, aquí los amantes de la montaña frente a la playa serán muy, pero que muy felices.

    A la sierra de Madrid se puede llegar incluso estando alojado en el centro de forma muy cómoda, con un divertido viaje en tren, para pasar una jornada entera en plena naturaleza, picnic incluido. Los peques disfrutarán practicando un poco de senderismo por paisajes preciosos y los mayores tendréis ese campo de desconexión perfecto para dar puerta a la rutina, las prisas y los agobios.

    También en Madrid hay parques de atracciones y aquaparks en las afueras, Faunia, el ZooAquarium, el Forestal Park, el Madrid Snowzone y, dentro de la ciudad, se pueden visitar lugares como el Museo del Ratoncito Pérez, el Museo de Ciencias Naturales, el Museo del Ferrocarril o el famoso Museo de Cera, en el Triángulo del Arte.

    Los espectáculos de cine y los musicales son un buen motivo para elegir Madrid: tiene la cartelera más potente de España y cuenta con títulos que siguen llenando salas año tras año como El Rey León. Para asistir a una de sus funciones será necesario que elijas tus fechas de viaje con antelación y lo cuadres con la disponibilidad de entradas. Las puedes comprar por internet y así tener todo a mano cuando ya estés en Madrid.

    Pero la capital de España es en sí misma un auténtico parque de atracciones para niños y mayores. Sus bonitas calles, la experiencia de viajar en metro, recorrer en bus turístico las grandes avenidas como la Gran Vía o el Prado, ver la estación de Atocha con todos sus trenes o visitar el estadio del Real Madrid. Para comer, los peques tendrán todo tipo de propuestas de cocina internacional y para los más gourmets, restaurantes de élite repartidos por los barrios de moda de la ciudad.

    En cuestión de alojamiento, hay muchas cadenas hoteleras que han pensado en las necesidades de los que viajan con niños y que han creado hoteles urbanos muy exclusivos, cómodos, modernos y sobre todo amplios y prácticos. Algunas de esas firmas son, por ejemplo, los NH, Vincci Hotels, Barceló, Melià y Petit Palace. Todas cuentan con un buen abanico de hoteles urbanos para familias en Barcelona y Madrid, como el Petit Palace Museum en Barcelona o el Petit Palace Plaza del Carmen en Madrid. Estos dos, por ejemplo, destacan por sus habitaciones especiales para alojarse con niños de todas las edades: ofrecen amplias camas, literas, ordenadores con Internet gratis y regalos de bienvenida infantiles.

    It is already officially Summer in Mallorca

    Officially, it is already summer in Mallorca. It doesn’t matter that it is May and the change of season is only tapping at the door. Here on the island of calm, everything is ready to be roasted by the sun, to have the nights prolonged until dawn and to be able to toast under the palm trees at whatever time of day. So if you are an early bird, don’t wait any longer and come to begin your summer in this magical corner of the Mediterranean.

    Full terraces

    The centre of Palma has been bubbling with people for more than a month and the terraces are the most sought after spots so finding a space is almost impossible. Yes, it’s already summer. It’s time for drinks and laughter in the sun. And the best areas to take advantage of this are Santa Catalina (near the Paseo Marítimo), the old town (Barrio Sa Gerreria and Misió) and the Mercat area and Unió Street. The new terraces and restaurants of the Plaza de España and Blanquerna Street, which became a pedestrian street a few years ago, is nowadays a popular after work meeting place.

    Luxury Beaches

    Es Trenc, Playa de Muro, Costa de la Calma, Magaluf, Palmanova, Santa Ponsa, Cala Llombards … Whichever area you choose you will find the beaches incredibly clean, with turquoise waters and without the typical summer crowds. The best spots are, as always, the most hidden: the bays of Son Verí, very close to Palma and Arenal; S’Aucanada, in Alcudia; Sa Calobra (go now or never, because in full summer it is hellish); there is Caló des Moro; Formentor; Cala San Vicent; Camp de Mar….

    Street markets

    For walking around the island’s flea markets and finding true gems there is nothing better than these months prior to the high season. All the stalls show newly stocked merchandise; there is a greater variety of items and prices are lower. The traditional markets also look spectacular, with seasonal products and a select environment, without big queues and having to wait. Take advantage of traditional tapas in their taverns or even in their restaurants where they’ll cook what you buy straight away without going by the hotel.

    Parties

    It is time for openings and inaugurations, outdoor parties, fiestas and some festivals like ‘Mallorca Live’ that opens the season with a breathtaking poster: promising pleasure in Mallorca at bargain prices. It is also the time to open up the beach bars with their paellas, the night-time sessions of the coolest beach clubs and the most international discos.

    Hotels

    The entire hotel floor is practically open with all the new features ready so that those who come to stay enjoy them to the full. Now is a good time to book a superior room with special services without having to pay astronomical prices for it. For example, it is a good time for you to show off about staying in one of the most modern hotels on the island. The Sol Hotels chain, for example, has some very interesting offers for its Sol House and Sol Beach House, two of the chains’ newest and most select establishments, both of which are located on the coast of Calvià, next to the beaches of Magaluf and Palmanova .

     

    This spring sign up for Sprunch

    If you have never tried Sprunch, you should make your reservation. Sprunch ?! Yes, yes, sprunch is the fashion concept this spring, of which you will hear a lot of talk: a different, fresh and delicious way of taking care of yourself, combining the benefits of water with the best of the Mediterranean diet and fusion cuisine.

    The world is changing so fast that being fashionable costs more and more. Every month there is a new revolutionary concept that will change our lives, little by little and without knowing how, it becomes a necessity. It’s marketing my friends … And imagination, that does not stop. Less in the hotel sector where innovation in the combination and specialisation of services has made a change more than anything.

    In the present situation, two of the main factors that can make the difference when choosing accommodation for a spring break: the health and wellness service of the hotel in question and the gastronomy service.

    Imagine a morning of spa and, after relaxing a couple of hours floating in the Jacuzzi, a super breakfast – special lunch in a luxury restaurant, enjoying the sun on your terrace … Imagine that you can also stay in a 5 star hotel In one of the great tourist capitals of Spain. Imagine that it is, above, a historic hotel that has figures of celebrities such as Liz Taylor on it … Imagine that making this dream come true is just a click away. And that’s called Sprunch.

    Sprunch !? Yes, this is the new concept with which IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has wanted to enhance the appeal of its exclusive 5 star hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey: an opportunity to enjoy one of the best spas in the Canarian capital And one of the most complete brunches in Tenerife.

    To give yourself a Spring Sprunch, you must pre-book your cooking class (one of the largest and most modern culinary spaces on the Canary Islands, on which the hotel’s gastronomy service depends ) using the Mencey’s official website or by telephone at 922 60 99 24.

    The Sprunch costs 54 euros per person and includes the entire water circuit in the Spa Sensations (for 90 minutes) and a special gourmet brunch from 12.00 to 13.00h with healthy dishes such as Wagyu tataky, creamy eggs, canarian table cheeses, Salads, breads and sweets for those who want to treat themselves.

    Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin: 3 city breaks to enjoy in December

    In Europe, most places are buzzing with activity during the Christmas season. However, the best activities and events are held in Europe’s biggest cities, taking place just before the beginning of the family festivities. Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona are amongst some of the top places to enjoy this end-of-year long weekend.

    December is the ideal month for city breaks. It’s now, in the middle of winter, when you would most benefit from visiting these big cities whilst they have the best activities going on, leaving beach holidays to wait till spring.  Of course, you can celebrate Christmas anywhere but there’s specialness in celebrating it in a big city, particularly in Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin where each one celebrates the last days of the year in their own, unique way with a grand finale at the end.

    With Christmas markets, colourful and bright shop windows, parades, concerts and special shows forming part of the cities’ festive program, you‘re sure to find a wide range of possibilities to pass the time with family, friends or your partner away from your normal routine.

    Despite the cold and rainy weather, which is inevitable during this time of year, how you plan your trip will help you make the most of it, regardless of the weather. With that being said, winter breaks require a lot more organisation and foresight than summer ones. For example:

    • Plan well the days you want to go and make sure they coincide with a special event happening within, or on the outskirts of, your chosen city; that you are certain it is taking place during the days you’re there. After all, you want to make sure your experience is different and unforgettable.
    • Make sure to buy special tourist transport passes as it’ll certainly be worth it if you’re planning on travelling within the city, especially if you take the metro in either Madrid or Berlin.
    • Try to spread activities you’d like to do over a few days without trying to do too much. Then if after you have time, you can always see where the wind takes you.
    • Buy your tickets in advance for museums, concerts or other shows. Most can be purchased online whereas some hotels offer stay and event packages at a good price.
    • You should aim to get a good grasp of public transport networks and connections in case it rains as, should that happen, you won’t have as much of a chance to see and visit the city sights as you normally would.
    • When booking accommodation, opt for hotels near to Berlin or Madrid city centre as all important sights are easily marked so that you can move quickly and more comfortably through the city centre. Barcelona is more flexible because its interesting historical sights are further away.

    The 3 cities we invite you to visit this December are very similar in likes of atmosphere for much goes on in the streets, bar terraces, pubs and clubs. There is day and night entertainment with activities for children and an endless array of nightlife for young people. These dynamic and somewhat eccentric cities with their unique Christmas celebrations make for lead winter destinations

    Madrid

    No matter if you have already visited Madrid at wintertime, the likelihood is, if you have been, you’re desperate to head back. Not many places around the world offer you a Christmas quite like the Spanish capital and not many offer you quite a diverse choice when it comes to picking what to do. Its traditional winter gastronomy is a marvel: from its stew to its classic tapas, to its calamari sandwiches in the Plaza Mayor. Its museums and exhibition halls usually prepare samples that are already showing now with the arrival of winter. The atmosphere in the streets is never-ending making shops like Preciados hard to navigate during the festive season opening hours. Theatres are packed with new releases and evening shows are gaining renewed interest for all kinds of projects, especially comedy. The city is simply beautiful at this time.

    Now that Madrid offers more pedestrian pathways and public bike lanes, you have more opportunity to appreciate Madrid by going for a stroll or bike ride, activities that have become very popular as of recently. Popular bike routes are those found on Gran Via or in the Barrio de Poetas neighbourhood (search for hotels as points of reference like Catalonia Las Cortes, Vincci Mint and Iberostar Las Letras) and areas like Madrid Rio or La Latina. When it comes to the weather, inevitably it’s colder in Madrid during December than in the Mediterranean but rain isn’t necessarily excessive or constant.

    Berlin

    A gem for some of the most revolutionary and innovative culture in Europe, Berlin is a place to emerge yourself in culture, discover how the city has come to terms with; and moved on from; its past and discover a modern and forward-thinking Germany.  Berlin is also a paradise for beer lovers and electronic music fans; urban art and rebellious and ecologically-friendly fashion. It’s a city that you must visit at least once in your life and return to if you have the chance.

    To fully appreciate and understand the city it’s essential to visitPrenzlauer, Kreuzberg y Wedding, Berlin’s fashion districts.

    It’s best to book a hotel in the city centre so you’re not limited to just one district and can go anywhere you like during your stay. Berlin offers good or high quality hotels at some of the most satisfactory prices in all of Europe. The trendiest areas are Kreuzberg, Mitte (where you’ll find the Catalonia Berlin Mitte, near to the famous Alexanderplatz) and now also Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding. You’ll find galleries bustling with exhibitions from up-and-coming artists, spontaneous parties taking place in any of the old occupied buildings, performances in the street or in public gardens; trendy shops and supermarkets spilling with local and artisanal produce. Now that it’s trendy to eat more sustainable, ecological or vegan foods, it makes Berlin the perfect place to discover other ways of living

    Barcelona

    Barcelona is the capital of Mediterranean Spain, the face of international tourism and one of the most modernist cities on the continent. It’s easy to fall in love with this city with its numerous plans, routes and perspectives by which to see it. It doesn’t matter how many times a year you visit it, it will always ending up surprising you, not just because with every new season the city changes, but because the variety of activities on offer differ from one month to the next (if not every week!) Museums and design galleries are amongst the biggest attractions during winter as it’s all-out artistic season meaning an infinite array of showcases from every discipline along with new names ready to handle international recognition.

    Apart from art and design, there’s the everyday Barcelona where you can experience life as normal residents of the city: emerge yourselves in their daily routines, go shopping, have a drink in the local pub after work, enjoy the weekend nightlife, take a Sunday stroll and pass through the many parks found in the city. The gentle climate makes it very easy to take a leisurely walk all year round, especially in December when the air is fresher and you can sit in the sun whilst wearing a jacket, have a drink and chat till the sun goes down (bearing in mind that this happens at approximately half past 5 these months, with night fully settling in after this time.)

    Accommodation is a bit more expensive than in other cities of Spain but, in general, most are of high quality at a good price. There are hotels in Barcelona city centre that are worth booking just for their design and wide spaces, for example, see the Barceló Raval which boasts one of the trendiest rooftop terraces and where, day in day out, the crème de la crème of Barcelona are falling over themselves to get in. Others, like the Catalonia SagradaFamilia, are more modest when it comes to luxury but are hard to dismiss as they offer a more functional, practical and comfortable way to enjoy your stay with 4-star high-quality services, competitive rates and a rewarding location, just next to the stunning SagradaFamilia.

    Getaways and short breaks

    Big, lively cities are great destinations for when you only have a few days to enjoy. In December, the normal thing to do is take advantage of the long weekend to go on a city break, for whilst some people are lucky enough to enjoy a whole week off, others tend to make sure their free days lead into the weekend so that, overall, they can enjoy a long 3-4 days getaway.

    To fully take advantage of your break away and avoid added stress that already comes from family and work burdens at this time of year, it’s vital to choose a destination that’s only a 3 hours max plane ride away that is as direct as possible in order to avoid having to spend half your break in an airport terminal.

    Following on, to make the most of the few days you have, you should book breakfast with your accommodation. This is so that you can wake up early and take your time to try the delicacies of your chosen destination before even having left the hotel, leaving you to organize the day on your own terms, snacking on food from the Christmas markets (mulled wine, sweets, ʺempanadasʺ-Spanish pasties, sandwiches, etc…) and treating yourself to an early dinner at one of the recommended restaurants to dine at in the city.

    On a final note and making it a rule of 3, don’t skimp on transport. If you want to see everything, and not destroy or get your shoes soaked by doing so, sometimes it’s worth taking a taxi as public transport isn’t always dependable, especially at night, so always carry a bit of extra cash around for taxis just in case.

    Madrid’s IN: cool low price accommodation

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    In terms of new modern accommodation, the Spanish capital is one of the most innovatively designed cities with spaces designed for modern travelers. Hotels full of special services, designed for you to get the most out of Madrid during your stay, either for a weekend of leisure or business.

    Fads are like a virus and often, though we do not want to follow them we aren’t able to stop them getting into our heads. In the travel sector, fashions have also made their mark: right now Airbnb is the way to go, designing an apartment or a hotel worthy of appearing on the cover of a magazine AD, all available at bargain prices. Cool accommodation at low prices. What more do you need?

    Madrid gives you everything in this regard. The capital of the country along with Barcelona is one of the European cities that brings together well designed hotels in the historic center. Some of these hotels are specialized for business travelers (as in the case of Petit Palace Embassy Serrano, however it also welcomes guests who come to Madrid to enjoy the culture and the most exclusive shopping) but the vast majority are designed for the general public: travelers who want a place to rest in the heart of Madrid, a base camp at a good price, in which to relax and also enjoy the small luxuries.

    Summary

    The area of Madrid where you will find the most fashionable hotels are Gran Via, Chueca and Callao, and the streets that make up the so-called Golden Triangle.

    Although the key for hotels is to be special and unique accommodation, all have a number of features in common that make them a potential choice when it comes to looking for a place to stay in Madrid that is out of the ordinary.

    • There are hotels in symbolic landmark buildings, completely refurbished retaining part or all of the original charm.

    • Incredible locations. Gran Vía, Calle Serrano, Barrio de Las Letras, Callao, Puerta del Sol ..

    • They have innovative spaces that provide more than just accommodation: chill out rooftop terraces, bars with live music, concert halls, meeting rooms …

    • They offer extra services: free bike rides, Internet access free of charge, computers and tablets for free during the stay, special breakfast or brunch gourmet menus, private parties …

    What makes them different from others is often the focus of the hotel, its concept: business hotels, urban hotels, gastronomic hotels or hotels with special themes. Its design is also an element that gives them character and one is never remotely similar to the other, except in the field of interior design, where fashions are often the same. Currently, for example, the majority of hotels of this type combine the simplest Nordic style with vintage objects and touches, some with details that border on the baroque or industrial. From one extreme to the other.

    What to try…

    One of the most economical and practical (is located within walking distance of the Congress of Deputies) is the Catalonia Las Cortes, an example of a leading hotel in the most democratic capital. Their rates are on par with classic 3 and 4 star hotels but it offers elegant spaces, carefully selected services designed for the modern traveler and details that make a difference. There are many hotels throughout the Gran Vía in this style, specifically in the area from Cibeles to Callao.

    Another fashionable option is the VincciSoho Hotel, which has charismatically designed spaces which are the hallmark of the house. This hotel in particular is one of the most striking of the chain with 4 stars: it’s style is elegant, it’s design is avant-garde and it has ultra-modern facilities. Another of its distinctive features is it’s strive for excellence in it’s services: the breakfast buffet in this hotel is one of the best in Madrid and its terrace bar has become an inevitable meeting point within the capital.