Sunday, October 27, 2013

STYLISH DESTINATIONS - MADRID

By Eva Fydrych

¡Bienvenidos a Madrid!

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enrage)


MADRID - The elegant capital of Spain is a city of great monuments - from the medieval architecture dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the world famous Prado Museum, to the impressive Palacio Real de Madrid and La Almudena Cathedral.

But Madrid is not just a cultural destination. It is also a lively metropolis with a variety of restaurants and fantastic nightlife. Don't be surprised if you get stuck in a traffic jam at four in the morning, and the people you meet are not necessarily going off to work...

Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. This lovely city is also a great shopping destination. International brands mix with local shops opened until very late (normally from 10 am to 10 pm), where you can find almost everything: clothing, shoes, food, wines, souvenirs...


Photo Diary

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enlarge)

Colorful Barrio de La Latina (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


La Latina is located in the heart of old Madrid. It is a charming district with narrow streets and old buildings, famous for its outdoor flea market "El Rastro", where you can buy a great variety of products - both new and used. El Rastro takes place every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Many bars in this area (especially along the Cava Baja Street) serve fantastic tapas.



Stylish restaurant at CaixaForum Madrid (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Local cinema (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Window display at Calle de Serrano (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


Elegant Salamanca district is located to the northeast of the historical centre of Madrid. It has beautiful architecture, wide streets, luxury shopping malls, and high-end boutiques. Calle de Serrano, the main shopping street in Salamanca, is listed as the third most expensive street in Spain.

Between Calle José Ortega y Gasset and Calle Claudio Coello lies an area in which leading fashion houses and the most prestigious Spanish and foreign designers display their latest creations.



French brand maje (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

H&M at Gran Via (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is the commercial centre of Madrid, with big branches of Spain's most famous clothes shops all along it. Architecturally, Gran Via is one of Madrid's most interesting streets - it is a true showcase of early 20th century architecture.

The construction of Gran Via Avenue started in 1910. This lively street, also known as 'the Spanish Broadway', was mostly dedicated to entertainment, with many cinemas, theatres, musicals, nightclubs and bars. During the ‘60s and ‘70s Gran Via reached the height of its greatness; its numerous establishments of glamour and luxury were the places to be seen in.

Today many of the old theatres and cinemas are being turned into shopping malls. Gran Via is also home to several hotels and the area is well connected in terms of metro stops - there are five along the way.

(Fashion Studio Magazine stayed at Hotel Cortezo, near Plaza Mayor)


Rooftop terrace at Hotel Cortezo (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Fashion boutique (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at at the Museo Reina Sofía (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at at the Museo Reina Sofía (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Window display at Calle de Serrano (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

La Almudena Cathedral (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Calle de Serrano (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Outdoor market (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


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