Tapas have become a hallmark not only of Madrid, but of all of Spain. It seems that the word “tapa” has been included in all the languages ​​of the world, since it is rare to find a visitor who does not know it. Even the famous writer Quevedo referred to them – under the curious […]

Battered and fried squids are one of the most popular dishes of Madrid’s gastronomy. Whether it’s a tapa, a ration, a “bocata” (a kind of sandwich) … these mollusks are already part of the soul of the city. But it was not always like that. Despite Madrid is far from the coast, from the 16th […]

The Royal Palace that we can see from our El Anciano Rey de los Vinos was built on the ashes of the old Royal Alcázar. The construction lasted 26 years but, finally, could be inhabited. In fact, it was not quite finished, but enough to sleep there. The only matter was to  decide who was […]

El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is a neighbor of two of the most imposing buildings in Madrid: the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. We will deal with the latter now, because there are many legends that surround it. The Palace was built on the remains of the old Muslim fortress that was erected […]

El Anciano Rey de los Vinos, founded in 1909, is one of the oldest taverns of Madrid that are still fully operational. The history of these establishments is long and begins in the eleventh century, with the advance of the Christian kingdoms and the occupation of the territory where today stands Madrid. The first taverns […]

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We are talking about a hundred-year-old tavern and a very traditional Spanish one situated in a privileged area because the terrace overlooks the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral which are just opposite the street. The building was erected around 1886. In those days, there was another tavern called “Casa Pedro Martínez” on 19 Bailen […]