IN IMAGES: Mick Jagger tours Madrid as a tourist

The Rolling Stones frontman isn't complaining about getting 'no satisfaction' in the Spanish capital as he shares with his fans photos of himself "enjoying lots of what Madrid has to offer".

IN IMAGES: Mick Jagger tours Madrid as a tourist
Mick Jagger in Retiro Park in Madrid. Photo: Mick Jagger / Instagram

British rock legends The Rolling Stones (known simply as Los Rolling in Spain) on Wednesday open their European tour with a concert in Madrid to mark six decades since the band was formed.

Frontman Mick Jagger, 78, and fellow band members Keith Richards, also 78 and Ronnie Wood, who turns 75 today, arrived in the Spanish capital last week and have since been enjoying the city like tourists, visiting some of Madrid’s most famous sights. 

They have been enjoying the week in luxurious style, staying at the recently-opened Rosewood Villa Magna hotel in the well-heeled Barrio de Salamanca. 

“Sympathy for the Devil in Madrid. The Stones are in town! Countdown to the first show is on!” they wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of the Fallen Angel fountain in Madrid’s famed Retiro Park, referencing one of their best-known songs.
Jagger also posted several pictures to both Twitter and Instagram with a caption saying “Enjoying lots of what Madrid has to offer, from fallen angels to Flamenco!”

Mick Jagger in Retiro Park in Madrid. Photo: @mickjagger / Instagram
In the first picture, he poses in front of the Fallen Angel statue found in Retiro Park. In Spanish, it’s called La Fuente del Ángel Caído and can be found at the southern end of the park, not far from the gate of the same name. 
The statue was sculpted by Ricardo Bellver in 1878 for the Paris World Fair and was later bought by Madrid City Council, who commissioned the architect Francisco Jareño to design the pedestal it stands on. It was officially inaugurated in 1885.
Mick Jagger in Madrid

Mick Jagger in Madrid. Photo: @mickjagger / Instagram
In the second picture, Jagger poses outside the Taberna de Ángel Sierra in Chueca neighbourhood, a historic tavern which is known for being one of the oldest in Madrid at over 102 years old.
This emblematic bar is known for its iconic decoration –  its elegantly-carved wooden bar, its century-old bottles lining the walls, its antic wine barrels, and original vermouth taps.

Mick Jagger in Madrid’s Retiro Park. Source: @mickjagger / Instagram
Jagger spent more time in Madrid’s best city park, posting another photo of himself posing under arches of colourful flowers. He was most likely enjoying Retiro’s Rosaleda rose garden. El Retiro is one of Madrid’s largest city parks, covering over 125 hectares and home to more than 15,000 trees. In July 2021, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the nearby Paseo del Prado.

Mick Jagger posing with Picasso’s Guernica in Madrid’s Reina Sofia. Photo: @mickjagger / Instagram
Jagger is also seen posing with one of the Reina Sofía Museum’s most celebrated artworks – Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The painting commemorates the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. 
Along with El Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Reina Sofía is part of Madrid’s so-called Golden Triangle, home to its very best museums. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is home to a vast collection by some of Spain’s greatest contemporary artists such as Salvador Dalí, Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró. 
Jagger’s last slide is actually a video of a flamenco rendition of one of The Rolling Stones’ most beloved songs – Paint It Black (skip to final slide to watch). 
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Now you know where to go in Madrid to tour the capital like a Rolling Stone  👅!

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EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Two major changes that were due to come into force in 2022 for travellers entering the EU - an enhanced passport scanning system and the introduction of a €7 visa for tourists - have been delayed for a year.

EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Although both the EES and ETIAS schemes are still due to be introduced in the European Commission has pushed back the start dates for both until 2023.

It comes amid a chaotic summer for travel in Europe, with airports struggling with staff shortages and strikes while some crossings from the UK to France have been hit by long delays as extra post-Brexit checks are performed during the peak holiday season. 

The two separate changes to travel in the EU and Schengen zone were originally due to come into effect in 2020, but were delayed because of the pandemic. Now the EES system is expected to come into effect in May 2023, while ETIAS will come into effect in November 2023. 

The EES – Entry and Exit System – is essentially enhanced passport scanning at the EU’s borders and means passports will not only be checked for ID and security, but also for entry and exit dates, in effect tightening up enforcement of the ’90 day rule’ that limits the amount of time non-EU citizens can spend in the Bloc without having a visa.

It will not affect non-EU citizens who live in an EU country with a residency permit or visa.

There have been concerns that the longer checks will make transiting the EU’s external borders slower, a particular problem at the UK port of Dover, where the infrastructure is already struggling to cope with enhanced post-Brexit checks of people travelling to France.

You can read a full explanation of EES, what it is and who is affects HERE.

The ETIAS system will apply to all non-EU visitors to an EU country – eg tourists, second-home owners, those making family visits and people doing short-term work.

It will involve visitors registering in advance for a visa and paying a €7 fee. The visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips – essentially the system is very similar to the ESTA visa required for visitors to the USA. 

Residents of an EU country who have a residency card or visa will not need one.

You can read the full details on ETIAS, how it works and who it affects HERE.

Both systems will apply only to people who do not have citizenship of an EU country – for example Brits, Americans, Australians and Canadians – and will be used only at external EU/Schengen borders, so it won’t be required when travelling between France and Germany, for example.