Madrid with Teenagers

Nov 13th, 2007, 08:25 PM
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Hi fairoaksjim. I stayed in Madrid for three months a few years back during the summer and have returned several times since then. I would highly recommend taking daytrips - especially to Toledo and Segovia.
Also, I remember that there was an MTV concert at Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. I got to see Shakira perform, which was great. I am not sure if there are any concerts now, but you can check out El Corte Ingles for tickets for concerts or other events.
El Corte Ingles had tickets to lots of events: exhibitions, flamenco shows, etc.
I also loved watching Spanish films. (But there weren't English subtitles).
Also, the kids can check out Time Out Madrid to see what interests them.
There is another similar guide sold at newsstands (in Spanish). Can't remember the name.
I don't know how you feel about them clubbing/dancing, but I loved Kapital and Joy-esclava. I was in my mid-20s, though, so I don't know if this is cool with you.
This is going to be great trip. And yes, the Guernica was like nothing I could have imagined.
Wish I could go back to Spain and to that carefree time.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 08:31 PM
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I also loved Toledo because you could see El Greco's work as well as the inspiration for his work. Everything is so..."vertical" and long in some of the paintings, and you get the sense with the Catedral at a height. I wish you a great trip!
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Nov 13th, 2007, 10:54 PM
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*Restaurant: unpretencious "Casa Mingo" at Paseo de la Florida (roast chicken and apple cider).
*Shopping: street wear at calle Fuencarral in between Gran Via and Tribunal. Don't miss Mercado de Fuencarral 45 (a funky mall).
*Tapas: patatas bravas (spicey potatoes) at "Las Bravas", calle Espoz y Mina, 13.
*Park: boat rowing in Parque del Retiro.
*Nature park: "Faunia". Info:
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Nov 14th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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when we were in Toledo in Oct. El Greco museum was closed for reno .
Not to worry, many of his works are in Prado.
We usually don't care for visiting palaces but one in Madrid is something else. The are around the Palace is also very lovely at night .
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Nov 14th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Last summer I was in Madrid with a friend and her 17 year old daughter and 21 year old son. Everyone loved the atmosphere at night at the Plaza Santa Ana, but I don't know whether it will be similar in November, when it isn't so warm. Lots of tapas bars and filled with people late into the night.

Both kids loved our evening of flamenco at Casa Patas. I was back there this summer with my husband and loved it again. Even my husband, who was going just to humor me, loved it.

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Nov 14th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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I don't have teens but I went to Madrid a lot when I WAS a teen and also returned two years ago to visit a friend. I think they will find plenty to intrigue them.

Great tips above; I didn't go back to the Rastro on this last trip, but I still have the cool antique-y cross I bought there when I went with my brothers...

Another vote for spending time at the Retiro; among other things, the statue of the Fallen Angel is quite interesting. You can rent boats, and I saw people roller blading.

Guernica is amazing, and the Reina Sofia has a lot of other good modern/cubist art. Bosch and his bizarre visions of life & death at the Prado definitely caught my attention when I was a teen.

The night life is non-stop; just what is going on in the various Plazas (Santa Ana, Sol, etc) is entertaining enough. Students and young people are everywhere so the atmosphere is fun and vibrant.

On this last trip we ended up in one of the cave-like old bars near the Plaza Santa Ana, where we listened to three guys singing and playing flamenco in between smoking cigarettes and drinking (in other words, very informal and wonderful).

Then and now I love Segovia; the aquaduct is incredible as is the Alcazar (castle) straight out of a fairy tale. Toledo is an easy day trip.

Allow them time to shop; on my 2005 trip, I bought lots of inexpensive and very cute tank tops, T-shirts, etc. at numerous fun shops.
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Nov 15th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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Atletico de Madrid is in the same category as Real Madrid. Both are in Spanish League 1st division. Their stadium is called Vicente Calderón and it is situated next to the Manzanares river,on the Latina quarter. It's a very nice stadium, 5 stars according a european classification of stadiums to hold european football big events. (Real stadium is also 5 stars but they got it yesterday ! ). I think your kids would enjoy it. Will you be in Madrid November 25 ? They have a match that will probably not be crowded so maybe you have a change to have tickets.
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Nov 16th, 2007, 08:27 PM
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Thanks for the info on Atletico. How long will it take to get ther from the Prado area? We will be there on the 25. I Have to work but the family can go

Since you live there do you have any restaurant suggestions? Viva España. Gracias.
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Nov 17th, 2007, 03:37 AM
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Thank you, fairoaksjim, for posting the question, and to everyone for replying!

I have this one bookmarked for future use. Many thanks!
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Nov 17th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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I live in Spain, not in Madrid , fairoaksjim I live in Castellon , near Valencia. I know a bit of the Atletico Stadium because I lived near there in my childhood for some years , but too many years ago to know about restaurants !!

I don't know how long it will take to arrive from the Prado depends, it is about 2 miles distance.
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Nov 17th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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We leave tomorrow. So will post on what unexpected joys this trip brings. Thanks for all your help…everyone!
fair oaks jim

I am thankful for the friends on Fodors. Happy Thanksgiving…even if you are in other parts of the world.
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Nov 17th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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The nearest Metro stations to the Vicente Calderon are Marques de Vadillo and Piramides, with Puerta de Toledo further away. I´d say around half an hour from the Prado area. From Sol (seeing that you will be staying at the Hostal Persal), you can get the 50 bus, that stops very near to the Stadium.

The match will be on at 17:00, so you should arrive there with plenty of time in order to be able to get tickets. The prices I have seen in internet are way, way too expensive for that match ( around 150$ ).

I have been to the Calderon a couple of times for rock concerts, and I find it OK but not really great. A bit old and worn-out.

And regarding museums, check the new Prado wing and the XIX spanish painting exhibition. Quite good, specially given that it is free from 18:00 to 20:00 every day, Tuesday to Saturday.

For shopping, I´d say the Chueca area ( Fuencarral, Hortaleza, Augusto Figueroa and Almirante streets ). If the girls like necklaces and earrings and so on, check Dayaday in Almirante, really cheap and modern. Korres has just opened a place in Fuencarral, near the Mango shop, with all the goodies from Greece. Hortaleza has some amazing shops, such as Saga or Franka. And walk a bit up, and around the corner from Cerveceria Santa Barbara, in Alonso Martinez, you will find one of my favourite places, Cacao Sampaka, lots and lots of chocolate.

Rgds, Cova
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Nov 17th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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if you are interested in american style food for thanksgivng give the american women´s club a call. my friend, nancy, will probably answer the phone!


there usually is a meal somewhere or some local restaurants cater to the americans on thursday and even on teh weekend.

you can get free timed entrance tickets to the prado on their website. if you happen to be there friday, 23rd, at 11.45am.. i will be in line.

have a nice trip.

one of my favorite restaurants for any meal.. snack.. strudel/coffee, mango tartin with ice cream, great salads..and interesting vegetarian food also..reasonable prices.

El Séptimo
C/ Diego De León 7
28006 Madrid
915 622 940

this is not far from the american embassy and calle serrano. reservations recommended.

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bookmarking - thanks to everyone for great tips for teens...
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Jan 31st, 2008, 02:37 AM
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I stayed at the Persal last May. The staff is very nice but not very knowledable. Free unimaginative breakfast.

Chronologically I am no where near a teenager but I am often the worst behaved person in the room, so I act like one.

If they do not have self-inflcited ennui common to younger people than they should be treated as adults. We toured Sicily with my neice and her friend who were barely twenty and I think our interest, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure made their trip equally enjoyable.

Give them guide books and let them surf the Net to see what they would like to do.

There are the cvuevas near the Plaza Mayor. Try the Meson de la Guitarra. Loud with kids singing have a great time. Try about 10 PM.

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