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Real v Atletico UEFA Champions Final

Tickets for the Real v Atletico UEFA Champions League Final are somewhat hard to find. The demand for tickets for the UEFA final in Lisbon is sky-high as these bitter rivals clash. The unthinkable has happened: Atleti stand in the way of their oldest rivals. Can the red and whites thwart  their rich neighbours as they attempt to conquer their mythical tenth European Champions Trophy ?

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Can Madrid win a record tenth UEFA Champions Trophy

It has taken them a little bit longer than they might have wanted. It’s been 12 years since Real Madrid appeared in a Champions League Final. It was Zidane’s astonishing winner at Hampden Park Glasgow in May 2012 that took Real to their 9th success and the club would never have imagined it would take them another 12 years, almost a generation, and multiple managers and galacticos, many billion of euros to get back. This has been a serious blow to the hubris of Real’s owners, people like President Florentino Perez, who like to maintain the line that Real Madrid are the number one aristocrats of World Club Football.

Watch the Real v Atletico UEFA Champions Final  – match of the century

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Real’s hubris is widely resented in the European game and all over Spain, but If there is one team, and one set of fans, who would desperately LOVE to deprive Real Madrid of a 10th European glory it is undoubtedly Atletico Madrid. In one fell swoop a victory for Diego Simeone’s team in Lisbon would wipe the slate clean for the Atleticos: no more fearing the jinx of bad luck, the moniker of “eternal losers”.

More about Real v Atletico UEFA Champions tickets ?

James Bogie is a sports writer and blogger based in Madrid.

Pierre’s Madrid Cycle Trip

IMG 9595 Pierres Madrid Cycle TripPierre’s group had a ball cycling in Madrid in splendid May.

For a scenic Madrid cycle day out, Pierre chose the May Day and May 2nd holidays to visit Madrid and tour the museums and sites. The group wanted something slightly energetic (and healthy) after some clubbing and restaurants the night before. They  visited the top museums like Thyssen and Prado and we also laid on guided tour of tantalising Toledo, only 35 mins from Madrid by luxury coach. What Pierre’s group particularly enjoyed, however, was a fantastic bicycle trip that we prepared for them.

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The trip took in the historic sites of Old Madrid on one of those cosmic blue-sky days when Madrid seems to be nearer the moon than anwhere else on the planet. Appropriately enough for a group that had been schooled on Velazquez and Goya during the day at the city’s best museums, it was this quality of blue in the Madrid sky that attracted the world’s greatest painters and produced so much fine art. Funnily enough Madrid’s dramatic blue skyscape is a big challenge to photographers, who choose to work at a time of day when the light softens (just before twilight) – oh, the same time of day that all Madrileños are heading out to the tapas bars…fans of Madrid cycle style will be well pleased!

A Madrid cycle trip to take in all the sights

The Madrid cycle and tour fraternity would recommend the following itinerary, especially for  a large mixed group like Pierre’s (some were keen cyclists and some non cyclists):

Plaza Mayor (16th Century) – Palacio Real (Madrid’s stunning royal palace) – Views of Casa de Campo Park from the Egyptian Temple (we’ll let you work that one out!) – Puerta del Sol – Paseo del Prado

This is a fantastic catch-all trip, immensely rewarding, and healthy!

Fantastic Cocktails in Madrid

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Laura’s Hen Night begins with shaking and mixing cocktails: and trotter or two!

You always know you are in Madrid when a cocktail session turns into a party ay 6pm and there is a pigs leg protruding across the bar. Laura’s April Madrid hen group, undaunted, found the whole thing to their taste and had a real laugh. A masterclass of Cocktails in Madrid is just what you need to kick start that special Madrid hen do. Ask us how it can be done. Ham or no ham!

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This is one of our Hen groups’ favourite activities and Shona’s group was no exception. They started their session eery evening before going on to a dinner with Flamenco show and a night of truly awesome clubbing! We pride ourselves on our fantastic local guides. They are the heart and soul of the Spain Event, the professionals who are there to facilitate your good time. This night our guide Cecilia said:

Shona and Laura were awesome they really took to that cocktails shaker, whirling and dancing like they were possessed. They were: of a spirit to party party and party again. I am not sure what was bubblier: the gin fizz of the hens themselves…This was great fun for me and we managed to choreograph that pig’s leg in quite nicely.   Ceci

Let us provide Mojitos in Madrid and Sangria in Spain, and all without pulling a pig’s leg! We’ll take you to some of the most happening places all over Madrid and make sure your hen night goes with a fizz and the cracking of ice! Try a cocktail mixing class (and general sesh) – it’s a massive hit with hen do’s in am mof our locations: hen weekends in Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza, Magaluf, Palma, Costa del Sol and the Algarve. You will be stirred !

 

La Liga Fixtures and Tickets

Diego Costa II 150x150 La Liga Fixtures and TicketsThe finale to the Spanish Football season has thrown up some fascinating la liga fixtures.  Will the unthinkable happen and will we see Atletico Madrid win La Liga for the first time in 16 years ? How will Real Madrid feel if their Madrid neighbours are the ones to put the knife in the ailing FC Barcelona ? Can Messi and his blaugrana stars rally to seriously contend for La Liga ? Will Barcelona’s last match at home to Atletico provide them with an opportunity to deprive their great rivals Madrid by losingCan Pepe and Sergio Ramos stay on the pitch long enough to shore up Real Madrid’s defence ?  Whoever you fancy to take the Spanish League Championship, there is no doubt that this year’s league competition has been the most nail-biting and exciting for a long time. The La Liga fixtures are given below.  It’s all to play for and we recommend you do not miss the denouement as Atletico, Madrid and Barça fire off their final shots in the Liga campaign. La Liga tickets are available through reputable agents. Ask us about how to obtain match tickets for la Liga.

La Liga fixtures and tickets – don’t miss the excitement !

Check out La Liga fixtures remaining in 2014 here, and ask us about Barcelona, Real and Atletico tickets. We can supply all transport, hotels, restaurant recommendations and bookings for your stay in Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia.

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Tuesday  22nd April – Atletico Madrid v Chelsea Tickets  – Champions League Semi Final

Stadium: Vicente Calderon, Madrid

Kick Off: 2045

Wednesday 23rd April – Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Tickets  – Champions League Semi Final

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Kick Off: 2045

Saturday 26th April – Real Madrid v Osasuna Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Kick Off: 2000

Sunday 27th April – Valencia v Atletico Madrid Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

Kick Off: 1700

Saturday 3rd May – Barcelona v Getafe Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Kick Off: 1600

Sunday 4th May – Levante v Atletico Madrid Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, VALENCIA

Kick Off: 1700

Sunday 4th May – Real Madrid v Valencia Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Kick Off: 2100

Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th May – Atletico Madrid v Malaga Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Vicente Calderon, Madrid

Kick Off: Date and time TBC.

Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th May – Real Madrid v Espanyol Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Kick Off: Date and time TBC.

Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th May – Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Tickets – La Liga

Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Kick Off: Date and time TBC.

Madrid Golfing Weekends

Golf for groups in Madrid not the easiest activity to book if you are celebrating a stag or hen weekend in Madrid or even a company or friends golf outing. Madrid has many quality golf courses but even in recession-hit Spain these tend to be snooty reducts of exclusive members who may have the same set of clubs as Sergio Garcia, but look more like Sergio Ramos on the tee. Our team’s Madrid golf bore, James Bogie, lays up short and aims to get down in two from off the green (…and writes about golf in Madrid!)

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Get a grip on Madrid Golfing – The return of the Bogey Men

To avoid running into these attitudes and ending up with no tee booking, we strongly recommend letting The Spain Event look at the type of outing you require and book a short 9 hole golf match for your group. We’ll find just what you are looking for. We supply clubs and transport and make it easy so that mixed ability groups can compete and enjoy a Madrid golfing weekend in the sun. There is nothing worse than getting together a squad of golfers on tour just to find that two or three duffers are going to slow the whole game down, and potentially bring the ire of the posh local members all decked out like Mr Lu and Lee Trevino.

How can I find out more about Madrid golfing ?

James Bogie is a sports writer and blogger based in Madrid.

Our stag do Madrid

Read the conclusions of our distinguished customers  after choosing The Spain Event to book their original stag do in Madrid. This comes straight from the horse’s mouth (not the other end!). We appreciate all feedback from customers and will always try to keep in touch even after your stag weekend.

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Chiraag, Stag Do Madrid, March 2014

“Tony, I would like to thank you and your team for a wonderful weekend. Everything went to plan and was perfect. People are quick to criticise however never quick to say thank you and well done. A special thank you to our club guide Fernando. Had a wonderful time with him. And was kind enough to run around for us. Thank you once again and we will sure be using and recommending your services once again. Many Thanks” Chiraag

Tore Stoen, Madrid Stag Package, 27th February – 1st March, 2014

“Hi Guys, Thanks for your help during the weekend, super service!” Tore

 

Real Madrid, Atletico Barcelona tickets – just the ticket !

Got tickets for any of the big matches in Spain this season ? Real, Atletico Madrid Barcelona ? We didn’t think so..but read on and James Bogie explains what the fuss is all  about, and gives you some tips and pointers on how it is actually possible to buy tickets for these matches… if you do it the Spanish way and contact the right “socio” or season ticket holder.. This article helps you understand what these matches, and these institutions are all about.

Atletico Madrid Barcelona UEFA Champions Tickets – Real Madrid and FC Barcelona

bernabeu campo 150x150 Real Madrid, Atletico Barcelona tickets   just the ticket !With Real Madrid FC and FC Barcelona fighting it out with Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish Liga the excitement is building to fever pitch. And to add even more excitement,  FC Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid in the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League. There is now only one point separating the top three after Barcelona’s stunning 3-4 victory at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Ahead of this year’s fixture, the world’s sexiest and most appealling football match, El Clasico, Real Madrid Barcelona, will be played out in front of 95,000 “loco” fans, on 23rd March at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. And judging from the stats it could go either way!

With injury doubts over Messi and Neymar for FC Barcelona, some moves expected in the transfer window before the match, and now the departure of Barcelona President Sandro Rosell under a cloud, the game has attained its usual almost unbearable frisson of heart-stopping excitement and tension. Barcelona’s recent lull (dropping seven points with a two defeats and a draw) has made the game even more important to both sides for their points tally.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, Quarter Finals of UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, April 1st

Date: April 1st 2014.

Time: 2045 kick off

Stadium: Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona, April 1st

Date: April 9th, 2014.

Time: 2045 kick off

Stadium: Vicente Calderon, Madrid.

A more tantalising UEFA quarter final could not be imagined. Atletico are the sensation of the season with Arda and Costa supplying world class touches and goals. They have also found the consistency they used to lack recently under “El Chilo” Simeone, and have proven UEFA credentials with UEFA final appearances in the last 4 years.

Tickets for the Barcelona Atletico UEFA matches.

So how can you actually get a ticket?  Use a reputable site to find and or locals rep in Spain who can source these (as a type of advance concierge service). They will contact the owner source the ticket, deliver to you just before the match and arrange to receive the card back after the match. This is a reliable site to buy tickets for Real, Artletico Madrid and Barcelona.

How to buy tickets for Real Madrid Atletico Barcelona.

It will be no surprise to learn that all tickets are already sold out for this match.  Socios (season ticket holders) and supporters clubs will of course take up their full allocations as ever. So, although the face value of tickets for Real Madrid Barcelona is from 70 euros up to 250 euros approximately, be ready to pay 5-10 times that much.  The trick then is to find someone, like a Real Madrid supporter (or someone in  his family) who may be indisposed on the day of the match (or away harvesting olives or oranges on his family’ s finca  somewhere near Toledo or Jaen..) who will hand over his member’s card or supporters club seat to little old you (for a consideration).

Is this permitted by Real Madrid? The good news about football in Spain is that clubs belong to their members, i.e. this guy has the final say over whose bum will be on his seat without interference. It is therefore common for members to invite others to use their seats. Communal Spain works like  this in many facets of life, and the system keeps everyone happy. You have to be in the right group at the right time and once you’re in, you are in.  The good news is that it is all done with considerable good humour and a friendly spirit. So although someone else may have the first claim or “ownership” to a seat, they can  still let you have it !

What are the best sites to buy Barcelona Atletico Madrid tickets ?

Use a reputable site to find and or locals rep in Spain who can source these (as a type of advance concierge service). They will contact the owner source the ticket, deliver to you just before the match and arrange to receive the card back after the match. This is a reliable site to buy tickets for Real, Artletico Madrid and Barcelona.

How can I find out more?

James Bogie is a sports writer and blogger based in Madrid.

His email is: james@thespainevent.com.

 

Madrid Weather – hot summers and cold winters

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Madrid Airport. Let’s take a typical February Friday. An airport transfer and the stag group is just arriving for their weekend in Madrid. It’s 1645, it -2ºC,  and the Bristol/Gatwick/Manchester flight has just arrived. I am wearing wooly underwear, a parka, scarf and one of those golfers’ hand warmers. Paco, the bus driver is tending some still burning logs under the fuel tank of his well-appointed coach. Paco is like a fire-breathing dragon as both condensing breath and smoke billow from his mouth and nostrils. 

I hit the terminal, Sala 2, Arrivals.  A squad of happy-go-lucky, and clearly half-cut stags emerges, shambolically. The subgroup who do not head straight outside tearing open duty-free Marlboro cartons (which appears to comprise a long-serving best man/organiser, a father-of-the-bride type and a sober one) see my sign and moves towards me.  I stretch out my arm to offer a handshake. And laugh. Then I realise it’s not a joke being played on the stag.  They are ALL wearing shorts and vests…. 

Madrid weather – freeze in winter and boil in summer!

Madrid weather  can be extreme. The city’s continental Mediterranean climates means it’s dry except in winter. You’ll have none of the humidity or mosquito problems you may experience in other Spanish coastal regions (the tap water also tastes fine…)  Very hot, desert hot and dry, in summer (it can reach 40ºC and above from mid June till mid September) but as cold or colder, than the UK in winter (December, January, February).

The good news is that even in winter you can have wonderful Madrid weather: crystal clear blue skies and sunshine, supplying not only a feel-good factor, but also a warm-up for the air, and maybe even a sun tan. On a classic Madrid sunny winter day the temperature can vary as much as 20 degrees in one day meaning that in February you can be sitting in the sun in  at-shirt after lunch (the wine and cognac may also have helped to warm you up) but wrapped up in a turtle neck, neoprene , gloves and hat at night  (preferably bought on Calle Serrano..)

Our tips on what to wear in Madrid

  • November, December, January, February:  Same as you would in the UK
  • March, April, May: Light jacket, sweater, you will probably get away with just shirt sleeves for some of the time.
  • June, July, August: As little as possible, but a big sunhat, bottle of water and shades. Lots of suncream. It’s scorching!
  • September, October: Light jacket, sweater, you will probably get away with just shirt sleeves for some of the time.
  •  All year: sun glasses !

By John Palmerston (“Jamston” in the office), who works as a guide for stag and hen groups with The Spain Event in Madrid.

Our Top 5 Stag Pranks

Mud for blog 150x150 Our Top 5 Stag PranksWe’ve seen all sorts of ingenuity going in to the noble art of singling one man out and making him look like a total plonker.  The extreme embarrassment of your stag through targeted stag pranks can bring on riotous moments of laughter and expose the flashman-style cruel streak not only in the best man (and father in law?) but in all of your group.  Stag pranks come in all  shapes and sizes, involve varying degrees of malevolence and can often involve carefully sourced professional services and….eh… the British Consulate.

Some stag joke ideas … and some candid feedback!

This article takes no moral position, it is both a word of warning as well as recommendation. We polled some of our guides around our office to find out what they thought based on almost 20 years of experience guiding stag groups around Spain.

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Below is what they compiled as their top 5 five stag pranks.  We have also added some comments made by the poor unsuspecting stags in the heat of the moment (names have been changed … for obvious reasons):

Mud wrestling (in chocolate or oil)

“It was a frankly awful predicament” -John, from Walsall. 

This can cause extreme hilarity with the watching group and may in fact be not too unpleasant for the victim. It may be most excruciating for the father-in-law (because he doesn’t get to go…?). This consists of what appears to be a paddling pool full of goo (chocolate ? oil ?) in which, two rather scantily clad young ladies (usually) begin a wrestling match which tends to end with the poor stag in the middle in a sorts of fleshy, gooey and very naked sandwich. Definitely embarrassing, but not too harrowing !

Dwarfs in Spain

“I wouldn’t ever want to go through that again…” -Simon, from London

No, we don’t mean the FC Barcelona midfield and attack.  This stag prank rates low on the morally acceptable league table, but that may not a principal consideration for the stag do you are planning.  A diminutive but willing friend is found, and his or her presence is felt (for much longer than the stag may appreciate). This can range from handcuffing the little chap to the stag for a few hours, to finding a lady dwarf who will do a little striptease for your boy. Lovely. And terribly embarrassing.

False drugs bust

“The entire edifice I had constructed, my  future married life, appeared to be crumbling in front of my eyes…” -Clive, Leeds.

It’s not normally good to have  a brush with the local carabinieri (or Policia Local in Spain), so if you admire the long arm of the law, you may look at hiring a stunt policeman. This stag joke involves having a (fake) badge-carrying local copper (probably undercover) apprehend the dear stag, and give him a fairly embarrassing frisking (strip-searching can be arranged). If you can keep a straight face (and especially if you have planted some dodgy substances on the stag) this can be highly effective, and rates high on the harrowing count.

The Ugly Stripper

“My life was hell for 17 minutes” – Ravi from Yorkshire

The stag may suspect that a strip show will be laid on for him to enjoy at some stag of the weekend. So imagine his surprise, and disappointment, when the performer turns out to be obese, hirsute or…a just a bloke in drag.  This stag prank will indeed provide surprise, and some duress to your victim, and hopefully not a taste of what is to come in married life.

The hard as nails football fan

“I was at ground zero…” -Stewart from Reading

Some stags have been known to show up wearing Barcelona shirts at Real Madrid matches…and vice versa. Definitely not recommended!

Tips on booking stag pranks in Spain

In general we recommend you remember you are abroad and certain stunts could lead to misunderstanding, and may be best carried out in relatively private circumstances (like the backroom of a bar ?)  Most of all make sure no one tweets the photos (deleting from the phones before returning home is probably  a good idea!).  If you’d like more information or guidance on this dubious subject, get in touch: