The expression “Agua Va” comes from medieval times, before the days of toilets and proper house water systems. In those days, the general population did their business in buckets or chamber pots, and every morning they would throw their waste out onto the street. This could be through the front door, or even from their…

Fun fact: the shortest, tiniest street in Madrid is called… Madrid Street! Every single building in Plaza de la Villa is made of stone and brick. These houses used to be owned by the richest people in the city, and when I say the city, I mean the capital of Spain, so the richest people in the…

Gran Vía is probably the most famous street in Madrid. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, the whole street was rebuilt. The Metropolis building (see photo) with gold on the top (which by the way, is real gold), and also the Rolex building have Parisian architectural features. The reason…

When you go to las Vistillas, if you stand in the right spot, you’ll have an excellent view of the city and the Segovia Bridge to your right. You can see how impressive the Almudena cathedral looks from the back. There’s no competition with the Royal Family House on this side, so as you can…

In the year 1561, Philip II made a brave move to gain appeal by changing the capital from Toledo to Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city located 70 km away from Madrid, but doesn’t really have room for geographical expansion. However, Madrid at the time was just a military outpost, so it didn’t have the…