25 03, 2021

Game of Thrones: Scenes filmed in Spain

2021-03-26T17:37:04+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Spain|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that a big part of Game of Thrones was filmed in Spain?  If you are a fan of the series Game of Thrones, you should know that a large part of the episodes were filmed in Spain. Are you ready to follow in the footsteps of the Starks, the Lannisters and so on? Spain seduced the directors of the series with its castles, its Arab vestiges and in general the enormous wealth of unparalleled scenery that our country has to offer. Andalucía First we start with the community of [...]

24 03, 2021

El Rastro

2021-03-24T19:26:52+01:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, Madrid Guide|0 Comments

Have you ever heard of the Rastro? The Rastro: a must-see in Madrid. It is the best-known market in Spain and the largest in Europe. You can find everything you want there, from collector's watches to old military uniforms, vintage clothes, comics, and then ending with missives exchanged fifty years ago. Notice for lovers of thrift stores. You will not be disappointed! It takes place every Sunday and on bank holidays in the La Latina district in the heart of Madrid from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Created in 1740, it has welcomed sellors for generations. [...]

2 12, 2020

7 fun ideas to do in Madrid in December 🎄

2020-12-09T16:18:47+01:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, News|0 Comments

Madrid is magical during the Christmas Time. With all the lights, lotteries and fun activities it was the perfect time of the year. There is a lot do explore in Madrid and we are here to give you the ultimate guide! Discover this wonderful city in December. 1. The Christmas Lights It cannot be missed, the beauty of the city is lighted with all kinds of lights. It is displayed with all kinds of colors. Enjoy a nice walk through the neighbourhood of Salamanca and find the most [...]

8 09, 2020

7 museums you can visit without paying!

2020-09-08T17:22:27+02:00Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Museo Sorolla Located in a pleasant mansion surrounded by a bucolic garden, the Sorolla Museum is a house-museum that still preserves much of its decoration, so it is a pleasure to walk through its rooms while enjoying the artist's collections. The museum is open Tuesdays till Saturdays from 09:30 - 20:00. On Sunday and holidays, the museum is open between 10:00 and 15:00  A normal ticket is  €3. Your ticket is free when you visit the museum on Saturday between 14:30-20:00 and Sunday between 10:00-15:00. It is important to book your ticket in advance online, [...]

8 09, 2020

Biggest exhibition of Meninas is coming back to Madrid!

2020-09-08T17:10:47+02:00Categories: Culture, News|0 Comments

The Meninas, based on the painting by Velázques, are coming back to the streets of Madrid! The Meninas Madrid Gallery is an unique and uncommon exhibition. The ‘Meninas Madrid Gallery’ initiative is looking for a way to capture the identiy of the Spanish capital. They have 'opened' a street museum made up of more than 50 Meninas.  It is also a perfect opportunity to stroll around Madrid! Explore new local shops and spot some Meninas;) The painting of Velázques is an unusual family portrait, painted in 1656. The painting has inspired artists and writers for [...]

2 09, 2020

Which worth-seeing place can I visit during Corona

2020-09-02T18:17:33+02:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, News|0 Comments

For now we have made a list of the worth-seeing places for you so you can do what you want to during this time to still discover the city!  Prado Museum The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sightseeings in the world, and it is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. For visiting, these are the following rules: Get your ticket online 24 hours before arriving at the museum. You [...]

3 03, 2020

The Astounding Asturias

2020-12-09T16:51:26+01:00Categories: Culture, Holidays, News, Spain, Trips|0 Comments

Located in the northern part of Spain, Asturias is sure to win you over with everything it has to offer. From lush mountains, sunbaked beaches, picturesque cities, and mouth watering cuisine -- it is a region that has it all. And to top it all off, it’s the region known for producing the best cider in Spain!  Many consider Asturias to be Spain’s hidden gem as it is little-known to outsiders, though it is definitely a place worth getting to know. In this blog, Smart Insiders will give you the scoop on what there [...]

19 02, 2020

Flowers in Full Bloom – Quinta de los Molinos Park Madrid

2020-02-19T18:58:14+01:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, Madrid Guide, News, Spain|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Situated a little further from the center of Madrid, you will find the Quinta de los Molinos park - a perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is home to a variety of luscious trees and plants, although the main attractions are the almond trees in full bloom that signal the coming of spring. The almond trees, resembling the Japanese cherry blossoms, begin to bloom come February and March. With an area of 25 hectares, you are sure to find a [...]

15 03, 2019

Semana Santa: How To Celebrate Holy Week in Spain

2020-06-11T17:11:27+02:00Categories: Culture, Holidays, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is Semana Santa? Holy Week  (Semana Santa) are the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday.  There are some important days leading up to Easter like Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Celebrations in Spain began around the 16th century. People would present scenes from the story of the Passion of Christ by walking in processions. Today, these celebrations certainly happen in the many regions of Spain. What will you see? Nazarenos The Nazarenos are participants in the processionals who wear controversial clothing to the celebration. The robe doesn’t draw much attention [...]

12 03, 2019

Sahara Desert Adventure: Experience Morocco

2020-06-03T16:06:54+02:00Categories: Culture, Morocco, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Travel with Smart Insiders to Morocco! Who's ready to take a trip of a lifetime to Morocco? You will be visiting some of the best known cities in Morocco such as: Marrakech Ait Ben Haddou  Fez Chefchaouen (the Blue City) Casablanca Where each city is filled with its own unique character, you will be astonished in discovering Morocco’s rich culture and heritage. All the enchanting cities listed above are calling for you! Let’s go! Sign Up When is it? Date: March / April In April, the people of [...]

4 03, 2019

Spain Festivals: Top Parties in Spain 💃🏻

2020-09-01T15:21:10+02:00Categories: Culture, Events|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Festival season is here! Here's what you don't wanna miss. With spring comes many festivals that will be going on all around Spain. Certainly you will find traditional dress, food, music, and more. Most importantly each community celebrates in their own unique way and Smart Insiders wants to help you decide which festival to attend. Fallas Festival: Valencia Fallas Festival is one of the most unique festivals celebrated in Spain. Happening from March 15th to the 19th in Valencia, there is a world filled with flowers, colorful statues (ninots), and music. Above all it is a [...]

19 02, 2019

Fallas Festival in Valencia is Fire 🔥

2020-02-07T16:06:27+01:00Categories: Culture, Trips|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Fallas? Welcome to the world of Fallas! Fallas Festival is one of the most unique festivals celebrated in Spain. Happening from March 14 to 19 in Valencia, the city is filled with tall colorful statues (ninots), people dancing on the streets to the beat of the drum, traditional foods and an abundance of fun! It is a celebration of the end of winter and the start of spring. These stunning ninots are made over many months and will be set on fire in an annual ritual called La Cremá [...]

12 02, 2019

Carnival de Cádiz: Get in on the celebration! 🎊

2020-02-17T13:38:15+01:00Categories: Culture, Trips|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is Carnival? Are you ready to participate in one of Spain’s biggest and most celebrated festivals? A huge street party filled with live music, dances, floats and costumes - The Carnival of Cadiz is one you shouldn’t miss! Though the entire Spain celebrates, Carnival de Cadiz is one of a kind because it’s the city that celebrates the longest. People in this city definitely know how to party. This large city settled on Andalucia’s Atlantic coast has been hosting this festival since the 16th century, taking influence from the carnival in Venice, a major [...]

31 01, 2019

Top Tapas Guide: Tips Before Tasting

2020-05-21T16:03:38+02:00Categories: Culture, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smart Insider's Tapa Guide Welcome to the land of tapas! While you might not be completely familiar, a tapa is a small snack or appetizer eaten with a drink or two at lunchtime or in the early evening before dinner. As a result, it’s customary in Spanish culture to not have a drink without eating something. Due to this, you will find waiters bringing food to your table that you didn't order. No worries! This is normal. If you’re new to Spain this is a great way to try a variety of local Spanish [...]

22 12, 2018

December Celebrations Madrid: End 2018 with a bang! 🎉

2019-08-30T12:34:54+02:00Categories: Culture, News, Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Let's toast to 2018! These are the events you can't miss... In Madrid from Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) until Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) the celebration and holiday activities continue. There are many cultural traditions that are available to you during this time. 2019 is around the corner and SmartInsiders is back to to tell you how to get the most out of your last moments in 2018. The Cristal Palace  Want to experience a huge party on the Madrid Río? On December 30th, an awesome chandelier will be hung next [...]

6 12, 2018

December Events: All the holiday feels in Madrid.🎄

2019-12-03T10:33:59+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Christmas season is here! Maybe you are staying in Madrid for the holidays or just have a few weeks before going home. Either way, you certainly have some time for the plethora of December events happening around the city. If you are one of the fortunate ones who have a long weekend coming up, December 6th to the 9th, there will be time to wander around and experience some of the great festive attractions. Therefore, Smart Insiders wanted to provide our readers with a special December events [...]

24 11, 2018

Europe Holiday Trip: You’re Eurotrippin’ if You Miss This!

2020-02-17T13:47:37+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Trips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Europe Trip:  Find yourself staying in Madrid during the holy week break and wanting to travel Europe?  Take advantage of your time off by catching up on your country count! Smart Insiders has organized a trip around Europe from April 3 to 11. Imagine hitting 4 different countries and up to 10 cities, including a special surprise city in just one week!  Where are you going? You will have the opportunity to travel and discover France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany! Within those four countries, you will visit various different cities with [...]

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