Everybody knows bowling, that sport where experts knock pins down and newbies roll balls into the gutter. But do people know its origins?
Some, like anthropologist Sir Flinders Petrie, say that bowling originated in Egypt, around the year 3200 B.C. Others say that bowling actually came from Germany, as a part of a religious ritual, in 300 A.D.
Wherever it originated, bowling started spreading throughout the world and is today both a game plaid for leisure or as a competitive sport.
If you are visiting or moving to Madrid and are hankering to hit the lanes, here are some of the bowling alleys you can go to.
With over 30 years of experience, Bowling Chamartín is here to offer customers a good time. They have 20 bowling lanes, pool tables and darts available for a well-spent afternoon. You can hire Bowling Chamartín’s services for birthdays, adult parties and company events.
The bowling alley is open every day of the week, from 12 pm to 12 am during the week, 10 am to 2 am on Saturdays, and 10 am to 12 am on Sundays.
Be sure to let them know if you have a university card, because students pay as low as 2,20€ per game!
You can find Bowling Chamartín at Estación de Madrid Chamartín.
La Ermita Bowling is a cool, retro-looking bowling alley with two different locations in Madrid. At La Ermita Bowling you can not only play a couple of rounds of bowling, but you can also play a variety of recreational machines, and even watch live shows. Be sure to check out La Ermita Bowling’s program to find out when out they will be hosting concerts, magic shows, monologues and other fun shows.
You can find La Ermita Bowling at Ermita del Santo, 48 and at Carrer de Sepúlveda, 3.
Ilusiona is a company that specializes in leisure activities for children, adults and families. They have five bowling alleys in Madrid: Bolera Xanadú (Calle Puerto Navacerrada, Madrid Xanadu Centro Comercial), Bolera Equinoccio (Calle de la Fresa 2, Centro Comercial Equinoccio), Bolera Diversia (Avenida de Bruselas, 21, Centro de Ocio Heron Diversia), Bolera Plenilunio (Calle Aracne, Centro Comercial Plenilunio), and Bolera Islazul (Calle Calderilla, 1, Centro Comercial Islazul).
In business for over 10 years, Bowling Park is one of the largest bowling alleys in Madrid, with a total of 24 lanes. For those who like to compete, but not at an expert level, Bowling Park sometimes organizes friendly tournaments.
You can find Bowling Park/Bolera Corredor at Carretera Ajalvir, inside Centro Comercial Parque Corredor.