About the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
During the fiesta concerts are held, people dance on the streets and there are numerous sports events taking place throughout the city. On the night of May 1st take in and be enthralled by the enormous fireworks display held in the “Jardines de las Vistillas” (Vistillas Gardens). During the afternoon of May 2nd discover the annual military display in the Plaza de Oriente, which commemorates the victory of Madrid over the invasion of Napoleons troupes. The fiesta is a time when the city's residents show their pride at being “Madrileños”. There is a strong celebratory atmosphere and anyone can join in with the fiesta and abundance of events offered.
Helpful information about the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
The Fiesta Dos de Mayo is celebrated in of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 14 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport. To get from city centre to the fiesta by public transport take the Metro to station San Bernardo (Brown Line, L4) or; Tribunal (Dark Blue Line, L10). For the fireworks at “Vistillas Gardens”, station Opera (Red Line, L2) or (Green Line, L5).
Making the most of the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
On May 2, 1808, the people of Madrid rose up against Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, in order to free themselves of French rule and thus began the 6-year War of Independence. Madrid celebrates this beloved uprising around the Plaza de 2 de Mayo in Malasaña, an important battle site. Today the park is celebrated with song, games, sport and dance in the true style of Madrid.
Where to stay in Madrid when visiting the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
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Things to do during the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
Visit the charming Mercado de San Miguel, an early twentieth-century covered market with 33 vendors selling fresh produce and sample one of the delightful cafés and mini-restaurants which offer specialty food. Not forgetting Sobrino de Botin, an atmospheric Spanish tavern listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest eatery.
More information about the Fiesta Dos de Mayo
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