daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Photo Forums > Urban Showcase

Urban Showcase Show your selfmade photos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old June 29th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #1
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

Cities of Spain


Welcome to my thread about the cities of Spain. I have visited more cities in Spain than any other country in Europe (even the UK!) as I spend many holidays in Spain and have just finished a period of nine months living in Madrid. Also, in light of photobucket's botch job at updating its site, all my other Spanish threads have become redundant as all the picture links have changed. So, city by city, I will showcase all my photographs here. Of course, some will have been seen before but others I never managed to upload and have been waiting for time to create this sort of thread.

Spain has every reason to be proud of its cities. I was largely very impressed by what I have seen over the years in different parts of the country. I will show here cities from central, southern and eastern Spain. My next mission will be to explore the north.

Enjoy!

Last edited by Bristol Mike; June 29th, 2013 at 06:35 PM.
Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old June 29th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #2
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID, Comunidad de Madrid


MADRID, Comunidad de Madrid

What better place to start than the Spanish capital, where I spent October 2012 - June 2013. Madrid has been the capital of Spain since the 17th century. The name Madrid comes from the arabic "magerit" which means 'place of many streams'. The population of Madrid was 950 000 in 1900 but has grown to what it is now, over 3 million. Situated in the centre of the country, Madrid is 300 km from the sea and is located on a plateau 650 metres above sea level. Consequently, it is the highest capital city in Europe. This also results in its predominantly dry climate, hot to very hot in summer and sometimes quite chilly in winter. Madrid enjoys more cloudless days than many other cities in Europe.

The city is perhaps most well known for its art and its sport. Madrid has three art galleries in close proximity called the Golden Triangle, they consist of the Prado which has four thousand works of art including Botticelli, El Bosco, Velazquez and Goya. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza features works by Renoir and Van Eyck. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia completes the triangle, this gallery houses twentieth century Spanish art including Guernica by Picasso. According to FIFA, Real Madrid FC is the world's most successful football club of the 20th century. Their stadium is called Bernabéu, and is located between Chamartín and Nuevos Ministerios in the North of Madrid. The capacity is 85,000 spectators.

Of course, I was there during arguably Spain's worst economic crisis of the modern era. However, Madrid's transport is highly commendable. Although I did not use it, the bus system seems very reliable and extensive. Equally, the metro is probably the cleanest I have been on anywhere and the train services are equally as good. Madrid has two main railway stations: Chamartín (north) and Atocha (south). The airport of Madrid is called Barajas and is just outside the city.

So enough of that. Let's explore Madrid, neighbourhood by neighbourhood.
__________________
Photo Threads:

2DAY IN BRISTOL * LONDON * TOWNS & CITIES OF ENGLAND & WALES * CITIES OF SPAIN * MADRID

My Instagram

mb92 liked this post

Last edited by Bristol Mike; June 29th, 2013 at 06:47 PM.
Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 29th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #3
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID
Plaza Mayor & Los Austrias

This central area, mainly to the west of Plaza Mayor was the spiritual and physical heart of Madrid when the House of Austria (the Habsburgs) ruled Spain, beginning with the autocratic, imperialist era of Felipe II in 1561, ending with the pathetic decline of Carlos II's reign in 1700.

It's northern boundaries take in the Convento de las Descalzas Reales and the Real Monasterio de la Encarnación above Calle de Arenal, while its western end covers the Vistillas area overlooking Casa del Campo, and its southern fringe encompasses the huge church of San Francisco el Grande. The area's eastern limits are the Palacio de la Cruz and Iglesia de la Cruz, close to Plaza Jacinto Benavente.































Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 29th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #4
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID
La Latina

La Latina is arguably an extension of the Habsburg area of Madrid pictured in the previous post. However, it has a feel of its own and is very popular for nights out and tapas due to the lower prices, further away from the touristy areas of Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Of course, during the day there is plenty more to see, as shown here:





























Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 29th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #5
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID
Palacio Real & Surrounds

The Palacio Real and its surrounding squares and gardens were created at the height of the Bourbon rule, a period of flamboyant tastes inspired by France and Italy. The area extends immediately to the west of Habsburg Madrid, starting with the Teatro Real, continuing across the Plaza de Oriente to the Palacio Real, and then sloping down to the Campo del Moro gardens that sit between the palace and the Rio Manzanares river. It is bordered to the north and south, respectively, by Plaza de España and Almudena cathedral.



































Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 29th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #6
Filandon
Registered User
 
Filandon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alice in den Städten
Posts: 1,657
Likes (Received): 1250

Great work! from now on I will call you Miguel
__________________
---La vida es como las lentejas, la tomas o la dejas---

León, 2.000 years of Spanish Soul

Bristol Mike liked this post
Filandon no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #7
Acosta
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: São Paulo / São José dos Campos
Posts: 2,885
Likes (Received): 1210

Wow I loved those photos!
__________________

Bristol Mike liked this post
Acosta no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 04:37 AM   #8
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Nice work.

Personally, I didn't care much for Madrid, much prefering other Spanish cities. But when I see your beautiful pictures I can't think of why I didn't like it.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 07:09 AM   #9
ashton
is back in the Maldives
 
ashton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cebu
Posts: 1,032
Likes (Received): 205

i'm loving these pictures, miguel! keep them coming.
__________________
no signature

Bristol Mike liked this post
ashton está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #10
christos-greece
Moderator!
 
christos-greece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 176,692
Likes (Received): 244540

Indeed very nice photos from Spain; i am expecting more Mike
__________________
Urban Showcase: Athens Kalamata Trikala Thessaloniki
Cityscapes: Paris Barcelona Dubai, U.A.E. Monte Carlo, Monaco
General photography: Castles of France - Chateau de France and, since May of '08: Greece!

Bristol Mike liked this post
christos-greece no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #11
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

Quote:
Originally Posted by Filandon View Post
Great work! from now on I will call you Miguel
Haha, you're welcome to it. Glad you like the pictures.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Acosta View Post
Wow I loved those photos!
Thanks mate! More to come.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post
Nice work.

Personally, I didn't care much for Madrid, much prefering other Spanish cities. But when I see your beautiful pictures I can't think of why I didn't like it.
Thanks! I suppose people have different tastes. I like Madrid for reasons different to other cities like Barcelona or Valencia for example. It certainly feels more continental than specifically Spanish I think.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ashton View Post
i'm loving these pictures, miguel! keep them coming.
Thanks! More are coming.

Quote:
Originally Posted by christos-greece View Post
Indeed very nice photos from Spain; i am expecting more Mike
Thanks again! Stay tuned for more.
Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #12
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID
Puerta del Sol, Alcalá & Huertas

One of my favourite areas of the city, this district at the core of Madrid has spiritual, political and cultural significance. Its many points of interest range from churches, old convents and the Parliament to literary taverns, theatres and cafe-filled squares.

The area spreads east and southeast from Puerta del Sol, Madrid's answer to Piccadilly Circus or Times Square. In the 15th century it was the city's easternmost gate; today the area;s northern boundaries begin with the long wide Calle Alcalá, which heads up past the Retiro and Ventas bullring, eventually reaching the suburbs of eastern Madrid before continuing to... Alcalá de Henares. The southernmost extent is probably Calle Atocha.

Perhaps the historic and touristic focal point is the French-influenced Plaza Santa Ana, across which run the Carrera de San Jerónimo - home to the Spanish Parliament, and the narrow Calle Huertas, where one can find some of the liveliest bars of the city. Locals call it the street that never sleeps.























































Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #13
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

MADRID
Paseo del Prado

This grand boulevard, forming the southern stretch of the Paseo de Castellana, is a monument to Carlos III's vision of a centre of Enlightenment. It is here that you can find the famous Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and (close-by) Reina Sofia art museums.

Lined with huge trees and stylish buildings it is the most richly attractive paseo of the Prado, Recoletos and Castellana. The avenue tends to become more boring as you head north towards Nuevos Ministerios and beyond. Here, on the eastern edge of the 18th-century town, the enlightened despot Carlos III built a kind of cultural green belt: a cluster of scientific institutions situated around a grand open-air salon where carriages circled around a promenade. The two surviving elements from his original plans are the Observatorio Astronómico and the spelndid Jardín Botánico.

Nevertheless, the basic shape of the planned area remains the same, albeit modified to accomodate modern traffic. Indeed, in the last two decades or so new impetus has been given to Carlos III's vision of a centre of Enlightenment. The addition of two major state-owned fine-art museums, both within a stone's throw of the Museo del Prado, has converted the paseo into one of the world's greatest concentrations of fine art open to the public, and the Atocha roundabout has been re-landscaped to make it more pedestrian-friendly.















































Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #14
ashton
is back in the Maldives
 
ashton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cebu
Posts: 1,032
Likes (Received): 205

^ nice one, miguel!
__________________
no signature

Bristol Mike liked this post
ashton está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #15
M_J_J
Someplace Else
 
M_J_J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Warsaw
Posts: 1,712
Likes (Received): 10850

Bristol Mike
__________________
Lądowania na Okęciu / Plane Spotting at Warsaw Chopin Airport
2017-08-30 * 2017-08-31* 2017-09-09

Bristol Mike liked this post
M_J_J no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #16
buho
Moderator
 
buho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Madrid
Posts: 15,140
Likes (Received): 19732

I've never seen this shield in my life!
Great pics Mike, waiting for more!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bristol Mike View Post

MADRID, Comunidad de Madrid
buho no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 2nd, 2013, 09:59 AM   #17
VmR
Registered User
 
VmR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,316
Likes (Received): 542

It s seal of Madrid last name, not Madrid comunidad.



Thanks Bristol, greats and nice pics.
__________________

Bristol Mike liked this post
VmR no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:06 AM   #18
weird
vagamundo
 
weird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Barcelona
Posts: 5,742

It's great to see your evolution towards my country throughout the years. I still remember your first threads when you joining the forum some years ago. It seems that it really caugh your eye somehow. Glad to know it

I lived in Madrid some years and I don't think so that it feels more continental than specifically Spanish. Maybe, what leads people to believe so is the stereotype they have, imagining Spain as a whole as those cities in Andalusia and the Mediterranean coastline. I think that we could define Madrid as a pure Castilian city with cosmopolitan hints through the last centuries, specially with Italian influence (can be spotted in some iconic buildings such as Palacio Real).

Apart from that, the city has improved a lot during the last decade and has brought to the front page some areas that used to be unknown and now they are trendy and populous (for example, Chueca). There are some new projects to revitalize some other areas and I hope they are as succesful as the previous ones were in the city centre.

Speaking about the coat of arms, it's a bear leaning against a strawberry tree. You can find it in many places (the statue in Puerta del Sol, Atletico de Madrid's logo, sewer lids, etc.) Here you are:



Thank you for sharing the pics.
__________________

Bristol Mike liked this post
weird no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #19
Julandronic
for the people
 
Julandronic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Madrid
Posts: 175
Likes (Received): 86

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics, Mike!. In fact "Magerit" is just the arab version of latin "Matrice" wich is its original name.
__________________

Bristol Mike liked this post
Julandronic no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #20
Bristol Mike
Rain + Cold = England
 
Bristol Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol
Posts: 5,305
Likes (Received): 2373

Quote:
Originally Posted by ashton View Post
^ nice one, miguel!
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_J_J View Post
Bristol Mike
Thanks very much guys!

Quote:
Originally Posted by buho View Post
I've never seen this shield in my life!
Great pics Mike, waiting for more!
Quote:
Originally Posted by VmR View Post
It s seal of Madrid last name, not Madrid comunidad.



Thanks Bristol, greats and nice pics.
Haha. Thanks for that, I wasn't sure if it was or wasn't but I've seen it in other places too so it seemed plausible.

Quote:
Originally Posted by weird View Post
It's great to see your evolution towards my country throughout the years. I still remember your first threads when you joining the forum some years ago. It seems that it really caugh your eye somehow. Glad to know it

I lived in Madrid some years and I don't think so that it feels more continental than specifically Spanish. Maybe, what leads people to believe so is the stereotype they have, imagining Spain as a whole as those cities in Andalusia and the Mediterranean coastline. I think that we could define Madrid as a pure Castilian city with cosmopolitan hints through the last centuries, specially with Italian influence (can be spotted in some iconic buildings such as Palacio Real).

Apart from that, the city has improved a lot during the last decade and has brought to the front page some areas that used to be unknown and now they are trendy and populous (for example, Chueca). There are some new projects to revitalize some other areas and I hope they are as succesful as the previous ones were in the city centre.

Speaking about the coat of arms, it's a bear leaning against a strawberry tree. You can find it in many places (the statue in Puerta del Sol, Atletico de Madrid's logo, sewer lids, etc.) Here you are:



Thank you for sharing the pics.
Thank you for your thoughts. I suppose I mean that many other nationalities come to Madrid (much like London). I met people from France, Germany, USA, Malta & Portugal as well as Britain. I would certainly agree with you that it's a typical Castilian city rather than the stereotypical Mediterranean city which everyone else other than Spaniards think is the case in all of Spain. Nevertheless, a thoroughly enjoyable and lively city.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Julandronic View Post
Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics, Mike!. In fact "Magerit" is just the arab version of latin "Matrice" wich is its original name.
Ah right thanks, didn't realise that.
Bristol Mike no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 06:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium