Madrid is planning to bid to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games, the city's mayor said, in what would be a third attempt after failed efforts to secure the 2012 and 2016 editions.
The backing of both Ruiz-Gallardon's conservative Partido Popular PP.L and the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol PSOE.L, which rules at national level, means the vote would be a formality.
"Madrid has finished an extremely high percentage of the infrastructure needed for the organisation of the Olympics and Paralympics and can count on the experience of the previous two bids and the recognition of the Olympic family," Gallardon said....
Forget Hollywood, soon you will be able to visit the Spanish Walk of Fame in the capital city of Madrid where Marilyn Monroe's name won't appear but Sarah Montiel's will.. and instead of Paul Newman you will find Antonio Banderas. The project is in honor of the Spanish Film Academy's 25th anniversary and was sponsered by the State Lottery and Bets department.
25 famous Spaniards (one per year celebrated) will receive a star designed by Oscar Mariné made of granite, marble and steel. The current idea is to later expand this by 1 or 2 stars every year.
First honored are:
Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Luis Buñuel, Jose Luis Garci, Pilar Miró, Carlos Saura y Fernando Trueba.
Imperio Argentina, Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Sara Montiel, Emma Penella, Amparo Rivelles, Carmen Sevilla y Concha Velasco.
Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Pepe Isbert, Alfredo Landa, Toni Leblanc, Paco Rabal y Fernando Rey.
This Walk of Fame (Paseo de la Fama) will be: calle de Martín de los Heros in Argüelles district.
PHotoEspaña 2011 will take place in Madrid until July 24.
This fourteenth annual photography festival will offer a program of 70 expositions – 21 in the official Selection, 6 in openPHoto, 11 in other halls, and 32 as part of the off Festival (Festival off) – in 61 locations, among them museums, galleries, art centers, and exhibition spaces.
370 artists and creators, of 55 nationalities, will participate.
PRINCE Charles and his wife Camilla will make their first official visit to Spain as a couple towards the end of March, the leading daily El Pais said on Monday.
The British royals planned to stay for about three days, visiting Madrid and the southern city of Seville, but there were no exact dates yet, the paper said, without identifying a source.
Prince Charles and his wife would meet with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the paper said....
Visitor numbers for 2010 show changing tastes in the Madrid Museum market, with the traditional works in the Prado losing 32,000 visitors despite the opening of a new wing, and the modern art of the Reina Sofía gaining more than 200,000.
The tapas bar — that smoky, noisy and bustling Spanish success story that combined delicious morsels with good wine within a welcoming atmosphere and spawned imitators across the world — is now smoke-free. So are restaurants, discotheques, casinos, airports and even some outdoor spaces....
For the first time in Spain, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid is presenting the work of the Peruvian photographer Mario Testino. The 54 images in the exhibition focus on both his activities as a fashion photographer (including photographs taken for magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, V Magazine, Allure and The Face)...
The routes affected by the industrial action include Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Reus, Girona, Santander, Zaragoza, Seville and Valencia, the Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Palma) and the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura)....
Spanish trade unions launched their first general strike in eight years, in a one-day show of force to protest against labour reforms and government austerity measures imposed as a result of the global crisis.
The strike on Wednesday affected most forms of public transport in Spain’s big cities – including flights and trains – with shouting strikers picketing bus stations in the capital Madrid to prevent them from running....
Over 150 activities make up the ten-hour Noche en Blanco. The entire city is taken over by live music, light projections, street theatre and more. Parks, museums and galleries stay open all night for special tours, exhibitions and interactive projects, where the public work with professionals to produce pieces of art like films or collages... This 2010 white night edition will be held on september 11th...
Spanish league schedule has been released. You can buy on Madrid.com all tickets for Real Madrid home and away matches. Spanish champion Barcelona will open the new league season at Racing Santander on Aug. 28, when runner-up Real Madrid travels to Mallorca.The season schedule was announced Tuesday, with Barcelona hosting Madrid on Nov. 28 before the return match on April 17 (a match not to miss !!! ). Barcelona, coached by Pep Guardiola, has won the championship for the past two seasons with Madrid finishing as runner-up. Jose Mourinho is Madrid's new coach this season.The three promoted teams in the 2nd division are Hercules, Real Sociedad and Levante.
Back to minimum services this Thursday in the subway of Madrid. The strike goes on but 50% of the traffic of the subway of Madrid is assured today and will be on friday. The employees also decided not to block the subway this weekend.
The workers are protesting a 5% salary cuts considered by the regional government.Buses, taxis and suburban trains work but are overcrowded, traffic already complicated Madrid in normal days, is since the beginning of the week completely chaotic.
Complicated situation also for tourists on a journey in Spain. The subway is the best way for a rapid access to the airport of Madrid Barajas. Airline companies like Spanish company Iberia, recommend to their passengers to take their precautions and to imagine other means of transport not to miss their flights.
The employees of the subway of Madrid voted this morning, Wednesday, for an unlimited continuation of the strike but with the return of the minimum services.The minimum service will begin again as of Thursday (July 1st 2001) morning and all the day of Friday. The employees also decided not to block the subway this weekend.
The workers are protesting a 5% salary cuts considered by the regional government.Buses, taxis and suburban trains work but are overcrowded, traffic already complicated Madrid in normal days, is since the beginning of the week completely chaotic. Complicated situation also for tourists on a journey in Spain. The subway is the best way for a rapid access to the airport of Madrid Barajas. Airline companies like Spanish company Iberia, recommend to their passengers to take their precautions and to imagine other means of transport not to miss their flights.
A strike by Metro workers paralyzed traffic for the third day in Madrid on Wednesday.
Workers were due to vote this morning on extending the three-day stoppage, that has affected 2 million commuters and had far more impact than a nationwide civil servants' strike called earlier this month.
The workers are protesting a 5% salary cuts considered by the regional government.
A massive general strike of metro workers in Madrid has hit millions of people.
The action began on Monday and is scheduled to last until Wednesday.Earlier, the strikes promised to keep a small number of trains running but on Tuesday they went back on their promise, bringing the entire metro system to a halt. The workers are protesting a 5% salary cuts considered by the regional government.