Madrid? a great city, sunny and majestic.
The first things you notice? what the heck ?? lots of greenery, lots of statues and lots of fountains.
The second ? what the heck ?? so much youth? and lots of people always around!
First tip: look for a hotel near Puerta Del Sol, what? undoubtedly the center of Madrid, where you can stroll in the evening, where you will find the best places to eat or have an aperitif and starting from there you will be close to the main attractions.
We stayed at the Hotel Francisco I in Calle Arenal, a pedestrian boulevard 2 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol and in 5 minutes we were at the Royal Palace.
Indeed our first stop? former Royal Palace, known as the official residence of the Spanish royal family, which however does not reside here but in the Zarzuela Palace, passing through Plaza de Oriente and strolling to the Catedral de la Almudena.
We were unable to visit the Royal Palace why? in the days we were there we was closed.
We went back and passed through Plaza de Espana to arrive at the Templo de Debod, a temple of ancient Egypt currently located in Madrid.
Let's go back to the Royal Palace and take Calle Mayor to get to Plaza Mayor, an obligatory stop and a very beautiful and scenic square, passing through the Mercado de San Miguel to have lunch (not to be missed, beautiful and all very good!).
Our first day ends with a walk in Puerta del Sol, ap? rest and a dinner at the Jamon Museum with a nice platter of cold cuts and cheeses.
On the second day we used the metro to visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid), the Atl? Tico Madrid stadium (Vincente Cald? Ron) and my obligatory stop: Hard Rock Caf ?! Hard Rock Madrid T-Shirt Outlet!
These visits took us practically all day, we went back and took a walk to Gran Via, one of the main streets of the city, where there is? pi? people in the evening and during the day, shopping for all its shops.
The choice of dinner? fall on a Japanese restaurant, Udon in Puerta del Sol, where among other things we ate outside, at the tables on the street (in November!).
The third and last day begins under the banner of culture: in fact we head to the Prado Museum, being able to visit it calmly and without too many people being early.
We finish the morning walking in Parque del Retiro and after leaving there a quick but obligatory visit to the Atocha station, where the part of the old station now houses a tropical garden of four thousand square meters.
? a real exotic indoor forest: the temperature in this singular area? constant on 24 degrees centigrade, and? equipped with dozens of lush plants and some species of animals, such as turtles.
Lunch break in a bar found just outside the station, El Brillante trying a Madrid must: Bocadillo de Calamares!
The Atocha Metro was right next to us and we used it to go and see the last square of our interest.
Plaza Monumental de Toros de la Ventas.
Why? whether you are an animalist or not, this square and the bullfighting arena there are part of the history of Madrid and Spain.
For us the holiday is almost over at this point.
Back in Puerta del Sol we took care of the Souvenir shopping and after a change in the hotel we went to have dinner at the El Neru restaurant (Super recommended!) To eat Rabo de Toro and Fabada, the most popular dishes. typical of Madrid.
Last walk to Gran Via and say goodbye to this beautiful and big city. Adi? S!