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Living the local life in Madrid via travel bloggers


London City Airport’s “No Filter” project has been championing original travel photography by asking travel bloggers and expats to share their favourite unedited images of European cities.

With its striking architecture and friendly Spanish nightlife, Madrid was the perfect city to kick things off. With Instagram and all other photo filters banned, these images capture the true essence of Madrid.

For a luxury stay in Madrid, we recommend:

Oyster and Champagne Bar: The Glass Bar serves up champagne and oysters to Madrid’s elite circles. Perfect for a decadent evening out, Glass Bar’s elegant décor sets the scene for a very special night.

El Capricho Park: One of Madrid’s lesser known parks, El Capricho is only open at weekends and holidays. This mysterious 18th-century style garden is perfect for a peaceful walk where you can just forget the rest of the world.

Only You Boutique Hotel: Created as a lifestyle hotel in an original 19th-century townhouse and just minutes away from many of Madrid’s main sites including Retiro Park, The Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia, the luxury new Madrid hotel is a great base for exploring the Spanish capital.

Take a whirlwind tour of Madrid, and get some great tips for taking your own unedited images, with these photos from the people who took part in the project.


Puerta del Sol via Beyond Blighty: “As the sun sets, there is an area of the Puerta del Sol, between the fountain, the statue of a bear and a Madroño tree, that is the meeting spot of choice for residents and tourists alike.”


Circulo de Bellas Artes via Peachy Sangria: “Rooftops are perfect for taking photos of the same subject from different angles. You´ll be surprised by what you will find when you change perspective.”


A street in Barrio de las Letras via Fish Out of Water: “Music, wine and tapas! When it’s warm everything is brought out on to the streets in Madrid…and everybody gets involved! This photo was taken in the streets around the Barrio de las Letras, which literally translated means the Neighbourhood of Letters. Many of the streets are named after famous Spanish writers such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega and Francisico Quevedo. It’s one of the nicest areas to go and eat, drink and be merry especially on or near the Plaza Santa Ana or the street Calle Huertas.”


El Rastro Market via The Well-Travelled Postcard: “This photo shows newspapers of Franco’s death in El Rastro market: take photos of interesting objects that tell a powerful story, and then the aesthetic qualities aren’t nearly so important.”


Parque del Buen Retiro via Seek New Travel: “You should usually shoot your subject slightly off-centre to make your shot more visually engaging, but of course, if your subject is a beautifully manicured garden, then symmetry is your friend. Who could resist these perfect repeating patterns in the rose gardens of the expansive Parque del Buen Retiro?”


La Mallorquina Wrapper via The Town Mouse: “These little chocolate-filled pastries make up part of my story in Madrid. When I first moved to Spain, I was all alone, wandering around the center aimlessly. As a little pick-me-up, I would indulge in aneopolitana from the famous La Mallorquina in Puerta del Sol, not knowing they were famous.”


Arganzuela Bridge in Madrid Rio Park via Samantha Strate: “One of my favourite places in Madrid is right in my neighbourhood. I live next to the Manzanares river and the Atlético Stadium. There is a path for runners, bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers.”


Plaza Mayor via Peachy Sangria: “Take advantage of natural lighting, even if it’s cloudy. The flash feature on smart phones can make subjects look over processed.”


Lolina Café via The Town Mouse: “The people and the nightlife are truly Madrid’s greatest attraction, more so than the bear statue in Sol or the Palacio de Cibeles. So take your camera to the streets, piddle around in the Malasaña neighbourhood, and enjoy the Spanish chatter pouring from the glowing bars.”


Palacio de Cristal via Seek New Travel:“Keep in mind that taking a photo into the sun is usually not a good idea, unless of course you’re getting some cool rays or a shadow effect on your main subject! Like this light coming through the soft leaves in front of the gorgeous Palacio de Cristal.”

Images courtesy of the No Filter Madrid project

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August 29, 2014 | Madrid Spain Travel Western Europe | View comments

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