El deporte en Madrid
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Sports in Madrid

Let´s enjoy sports in Madrid but first, what Are Sports? Their Origins

Sports are physical activities including rules and competition used for entertainment. In the history, the sports commonly used to be animal hunting and fights, etc.

In ancient Rome, Gladiators fought in coliseums providing the audience with entertainment.

That, however, was not a very beautiful sport. Life and death situations seem less fun and more disturbing to the mind right? Then there came a new era of games in which there was a competition with a reward instead of just a spared life.

That intrigued more and more people to take part in sports. As the number of people increased, team formation started. These teams would then compete with each other and aim for winning a trophy or some other reward.

Nowadays, every country has its own national sports. Some of them excel in the expertise of one sports more than the others. These sports are one reason countries have a massive exchange of citizens. Many of the famous sports include cricket, football, soccer, badminton, tennis, etc

In all these countries, is a country that stands out. You’ve got it! The home to the bullfights and the evergreen tradition and culture, Spain!

Spain

When it comes to sports Spain is on the list without question. It has housed many, many sports and tournaments since ancient times. This country has much to offer in these physical activities. So what do say we take a look?

Spain has a lot of sports played on the local level, and it has also been a champion of many of the international level matches. You could say that the Español are really competitive people. Some of such sports are:

Sports

When it comes to the sports in Spain, you’re definitely talking about football. If not, you’re missing more than a half of the entire story. Football is not just the country’s national game. The people really take pride in this game, and this game alone dominates all the other sports in Spain.

Other many sports in the country include basketball, skiing, formula one, tennis, handball, golf and of course, the world-famous, Bullfighting!

Football

The entire spotlight in the sports section in Spain is taken by Football. The capital of Spain, Madrid has a history in the nurturing of many legendary players and teams in football.

Madrid hosted the FIFA world cup of 1982. Madrid has the honor of being one of the four cities that contain UEFA Five Star Stadia in Europe.

The most essential teams include Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid with the most number of followers.

Others include Vallecano and Getafe. These teams play in La Liga.

Basketball

After football, Basketball is one of the things Spain can take pride in. The most prominent team here is the Real Madrid Basketball Section. They are winners of a large number of rewards and championships. Another professional club is the Estudiantes.

Skiing

The mountains near Sierra de Guadarrama serve as a site of skiing. In Madrid, there are comfortable resorts dedicated to the sport of skiing.

Two of Madrid’s famous skiing resorts are located there. They are Valdesqui and Navacerrada respectively.

Cycling

Cycling is one of the still living sports in Spain. The city of Madrid has many cycling and biking paths all over, and new are being made. This art is also a competition, and many tournaments are held for the purpose.

Bullfighting

Bullfighting is not just a sport. In Spain, there is an annual race in which many people from all over Spain and the world enter. They run in front of many bulls. The goal is to touch them and move forward. This exciting sport has gained more supporters over the years.

In ancient Spain, it was a popular game in which a bull would be left in an arena, and a person will face it with a red-colored cloth. We still get to see that in many cartoons and movies however in Spain we can again relive watching it in person

Spain has a Bullfighting Arena named Las Ventas. It was built in 1929. It is considered one of the world center bullrings, and it can accommodate over 25,000 people. This bullring also holds concerts and similar events when it is not the bullfighting season.

This arena is in the style of a Neo Mudéjar. It is a special type of architecture found in Spain. It can be described as a Moorish Revival architecture.

Bullfights are, however, during the San Isidro festivals you can enjoy them every day! This festival begins in the middle of May and continues to the early days of June. The fun and liveliness of this country really never comes to an end.

Victories

Spain has a number of victories to brighten its name in many games. Some of the historical highlights are:

  • Their tennis team has had a stunning win of winning 5 times! The championships were of the years 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
  • The 2006 World Basketball Championship was won by the Basketball Team of Spain.
  • The 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket’s trophy also got taken from the Español.
  • Fernando Alonso had a consecutive winning streak for the years 2005 and 2006 in Formula One.

There’s been a saying that Spain is currently enjoying a Golden Age of Sports and we can totally see why.

Stadiums

As a tourist, you have to be in one of those stadiums to actually watch a game right? What’s the fun of watching it on your TV? Well, that can be fun too; however, we all agree that the most fun comes from being there in person. As for stadiums, Spain is full of them! It has a lot of ancient and newly built stadiums and other locations for specific sports, that, of course, includes the Arenas.

The capital of Spain, the one, and only Madrid is home to many teams and sports. Let’s begin with the football stadiums:

The first most popular name you’ll come across when looking for stadiums is Santiago Bernabéu. It is the biggest stadium in Madrid. It is an elite stadium dedicated to FIFA. It can accommodate 81,044 people at a time. It serves as the home ground to the Real Madrid. It has also been a host to many of the international football matches.

The largest stadium in Spain, however, is the Camp Nou. It is located in the city of Barcelona. The leading team of Barcelona is also named Barcelona. The second largest stadium of Madrid is Wanda Metropolitano, home to the Atlético Madrid.

Events

If you’re looking for the upcoming events of Spain, then here’s a list for you:

  1. There is a horse racing competition coming up this summer. It will be starting from 5th of July and last till the 6th of September. The race will take place at Hipódromo de La Zarzuela.
  2. Real Madrid will be participating in the International Champions Cup in which many other great teams will also unite. The team up is due on 11th of August in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Conclusion

So now you know all the fun stuff you could be enjoying in the lovely romance country. If you’re a sports lovers, you’re gonna love it here. The Español really have fun in all games and festivities to the fullest.

Now all that’s left is getting the paperwork done. At Madrid Bike Tours we do that for you.

 

Manzanares Riverside - Ribera del Manzanares
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Community Day in Madrid – Madrid 2nd of May

Community Day in Madrid – Madrid 2nd of May

Madrid 2nd of May also known as Day of Madrid is a public holiday. This day fall right after another public holiday of Labor Day on 1st of May. The holiday which is a sort of festivity for the community of Madrid, is celebrated passionately involving communal meals, parties and even markets are closed that day. People wait anxiously for the whole year for these holidays as they get to gather around and enjoy city parades.

This holiday has historical importance for the people as they remember what happened to prove to be an epitome of their Nationality. To commemorate the sacrifices of brave men and women who were responsible for the uprising of 2nd of May. Which resulted in the independence of Spain after ridding the kingdom from the monarchy of Charles IV, people share meals and talk through the day. The most popular and best way to celebrate and enjoy visiting different historical sites is the places where it all happened.

It can be witnessed in the streets as well as the events around the city how people celebrate it. The fervor and festivity nature of the winners of the Peninsula War highlights its significance.

2nd of May, 1808

March 1808, the year when Napoleanic Troops occupied in Spain, people, mainly farmers and pheasants started gathering in Madrid revolting against Napoleonic troops, their main weapons were their working tools (hoes, tridents, scythes) demanding freedom and exclusion of Napoleonic troops. This did not end well as Napoleonic troops captured all the disrupters and executed them afterward on the executions on May 2nd. Although this revolt proved to be the first step towards organized struggle.

The heroes of this revolt were made an icon through the Goya’s “Executions on May 2nd” paintings and Sorolla’s painting on the revolt. The paintings had powerful imagery and struck real hard to people’s hearts. These influenced greatly to people’s minds at that time when there was no other source of imagery like television or printing. The places where the different conflict occurred are now have become the monuments of huge sacrifices.

Sites to visit

Pradera de San Isidro - Ribera del Manzanares

One of the most interesting places to visit on 2nd of May is Prado Museum. It’s the main National Art Museum of Spain. It has the major collection of all the artwork done by Spanish artists including Goya and Sorolla. The building of the Museum is a totally different aspect. It used to be a Royal Palace and then converted into a museum. It comprises all the royal artwork too, which is mesmerizing in its way.

The Prado Museum, with the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and also, check out the Museo Reina Sofia, forms Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art and undoubtedly the finest place to visit on holiday. Other than Prado Museum there are more places to visit which are equally interesting like 2 de Mayo square. This is the place of Dos de Mayo uprising. The place is full of life now, and you can find different stalls around it on holiday.

Manzanares Riverside:

There are bars and attractive restaurants around 2 de Mayo square. The site that is the monument of the huge struggle against Napoleonic is full of life now, with a play area for kids as well. Another fun place to visit on holiday is Manzanares riverside.

In the 20th century, The Manzanares riverside was a defense line for Republican forces during the siege of the Madrid and the Spanish Civil War. The remains like bunkers can be found in areas outside the city. The Manzanares riverside has been an inspiration for many artists as they came here to fuel their imagination.

Many photographers and painters have depicted the beauty of Manzanares riverside in their pictures and painting. The Riverside had been closed since 1970 due to the construction of famous Madrid highway.

It was in 2000 when the government decided to make tunnels for the traffic, and the riverside was once again opened for tourists. In fact, it was made into a proper park which is pedestrian friendly, with walking, biking, and rollerblading paths.

There are over 17 children play areas, and over 9,000 pine trees have been planted alongside the river. Adults can enjoy the many terraces offering food and drinks, benches and bridges to share romantic moments. There is even a “beach” area where you sit in the sun and feel the sensation of warm sunlight. The Manzanares riverside is truly a glory of Madrid, and a must place to visit.

Manzanares Riverside - Ribera del Manzanares

Historical Background:

The history of Community day can be dated back to the starting decade of the nineteenth century. After the Spanish mutiny against the ignorant King Charles IV, French turned against their ally in the Peninsula war. The war began in 1807 until the troops from Sixth Coalition defeated Napoleonic Troops in 1814.

The war broke out between Napoleon, Ireland and the Kingdom of Portugal, for control of the Peninsula. Therefore, the name is Peninsula war. Suffering several casualties of all kinds, the independence victory was never forgotten. This marked not only a progressive event in the timeline of Spain but the world too.

Royal Palace:

The Royal Palace in this regard earns high significance. The place where the crowd gathered which ignited the uprising. “Death to the French!” being their rhetoric to lose all shackles and fight for everything. The oppressive nature of their conquerors was too much for any human to bear. They knew they had to fight for their dignity, if not for anything else. Many see this as the commencing of nationalism in the masses of Spain.

Final thoughts!

The second of May is a day of remembrance. It is a day when people are reminded of all the oppression faced by them and their anger to act against it. It shares cultural as well as historical importance. Since the uprising was right after the mutiny against the ignorant king. The people developed a sense of devotion to their freedom.

So as we visit Madrid this is a good point to have in mind: what made all these places so special? Manzanares riverside has a whole timeline of details for you to know.