Traveling to Madrid, Spain in September? As Madrid bids farewell to the summer season, over 150 acts by more than 200 institutions have been organized for the fifth edition of the annual La Noche En Blanco. The theme for this fifth edition is “Game On!” which aims to reinvent the relationship people have with cities by altering different spaces with the Spanish Capital.
Basurama, a group of young Madrid architects who have spent a decade developing projects committed to sustainability and the environment, have been invited to be this year’s curators. They have studied the artistic possibilities of waste, society’s consumption and the relationship between city and city dwellers.
Basurama, in collaboration with over 10 artists and groups of their choice, will transform the main streets and squares of Madrid: from Gran Vía to Cibeles, through Plaza de España, Paseo del Prado and El Retiro Park.
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A brimming cultural agenda
As well as attending activities as part of this large cultural event, visitors can also round off their city stay by enjoying the other tourist and leisure attractions on offer in the capital.
On September 9 – two days before La noche en blanco – Madrid will be holding Fashion’s Night Out. The event is sponsored by Vogue Magazine and will see shops at Milla de Oro open until midnight. This month, the Madrid Milla de Oro shopping centre will unveil its new image thanks to the redesign of one of its main streets, Calle Serrano, and surrounding areas.
Exquisite cuisine, music and theatre shows, museum exhibitions along the Art Walk (Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums) are just some of the other activities you will find on offer in the unique cultural destination that is Madrid.
Quality hotels on offer
During the weekend of La noche en blanco, visitors can stay at any one of the many hotel establishments available in the capital. Madrid offers an excellent range of accommodation, comprising 242 hotels and 609 hostels (a total of 851 establishments capable of accommodating 76,289 people), with a great price/quality ratio.
A wide range that includes classical establishments with recognised international prestige, such as the Hotel Ritz (Plaza Lealtad, 5) and the Palace (Plaza Cortes, 7); or designer and avant-garde hotels, decorated by famous architects and interior designers who integrate new technology with perfection, such as Hotel Urban (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34) and the Vincci SoMa (Goya, 79).
To make searching for accommodation easier, visitors can use the website esMADRID.com’s hotel search engine, where they can find all the details they need about these establishments. Room reservations can also be made with the guarantee of the AEHM (Hotel Business Association Madrid). This tool allows visitors to find the accommodation that best suits their needs. With 851 quality hotels that can accommodate over 76,000 people, you’ll bound to find something that fits your liking.
Photos: Spanish Tourism Board
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