El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is located in an area of ​​the city called “Madrid de los Austrias”. The name refers to the zone of the city that developed when the Habsburg dynasty reigned in Spain. Carlos I already ordered to build in Madrid diverse palaces and monuments. However the great development took place […]

The Andalusian gazpacho is one of the most famous dishes in Spain, especially since it is a very cold soup ideal for the summer months. Its origin is little known, although it has usually been considered a dish from the interior of Andalusia, where vegetables and olive oil abound. This is why is known as […]

The potato omelette is one of the hallmarks of Spanish cuisine. However, its origin is not entirely clear. Apparently, in 1519 the egg omelette was already known , but it is not until 1817 that the first document that refers to the potato omelette appears. A legend said that the general Tomás de Zumalacárregui, during […]

Very close to El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Its origin is in the sixteenth century, when in that place -known as Plaza del Arrabal – took place the main market of the city. In order to regulate the commercial activity that took place there, a porticoed house was […]

The tripe -callos- is one of the main dishes of Madrid’s cuisine, and one of the favorites of its inhabitants. They are prepared with beef casings and it is difficult to find any establishment in Madrid that does not offer them, either as tapa or as part of a menu. The tradition says that you […]

Next to El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is the beautiful Plaza de Oriente, next to emblematic buildings such as Teatro Real, the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Although it was an old project (it was already talked about in the eighteenth century), the main supporter of the construction of this square was King […]

One of the homemade sweets that we cook in El Anciano Rey de los Vinos are the torrijas. Although they can be consumed at any time of year, in Spain people usually eat them during Easter. However, the history of this sweet its really old. Its origin is at the Roman Empire. In the first […]

Campo del Moro is one of the must-sees in Madrid. It is located behind our neighbor Palacio Real, and is possibly one of the most beautiful gardens in Spain. Its origin is quite curious, and it seems that it is the place where the Almoravid leader Ali Ben Yusuf camped with his troops to try […]

One of the most appreciated drinks of El Anciano Reys is his natural vermouth. There are many visitors who come to our house to try this excellent drink. However, the origin of vermouth is little known. So we are going to travel a little in time and go back to the 5th century BC, when […]

Although the Almudena Cathedral that we know now is a fairly recent construction, it hides a long history. It dates by 711 a.C when, due to the Muslim invasion, the few inhabitants of Madrid, hide in one of the stones of the city walls an image of the Virgin that they called “Santa María de […]