What I love about Madrid is when people are out on the streets it’s fiesta in the air. Walking the streets in the evening families and friends are enjoying eachothers company on a restaurant. Even in February there are more people outside the bars then inside. In Madrid there are many attractions, restaurants and café’s reachable by foot. It’s a beautiful town to stroll around on the cobbled streets. One reason to love the capital is the architecture. Nicely carved fasades with balconies and wooden jalousies covering the big windows on sunny days. Small neighboorhood cafés were locals hanging outside having a conversation makes it a town filled with life.
One of my first missions in every town is to visit a café with quality coffee. I found a 3rd way of coffee Toma Café in the area of Universidad. A 3rd way of coffee are people producing high quality coffee like it is wine.
The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum is the main spanish art museum. There are masterpieces from artists like Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya. The museum specializing in European painters.
Free walking tour Madrid
If you want to get to know a new town I happily recommend a free walking tour. The tour guides are always energetic and have a wide knowledge about the town’s history. Alex was my tour guide and he gave the group more then two hours of fun entertainment.
Close to plaza Mayor there is a typical spanish restaurant called El Madrono. We had a drink made from the fruit of the madrono tree served in a wafer cups lined with chocolate eatable after drinking. It was good fun when all of us said cheers the spanish way!
– Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro.
(Up, down, towards the center, and down the hatch.)
I was happy to enter the oldest continously running restaurant in the world, since 1725 – restaurante Sobrino de Botin. The painter Goya worked here as a waiter. The special dish is roast pig.
Toledo – Unesco World Heritage Site
The historic city of Toledo is a Unesco world heritage site for it´s extensive cultural and monumental heritage. It’s located in the center of Spain about 40 minutes with the train south of Madrid. The city is charming with 2000 years of history. It´s easy and fun to get lost in the narrow alleys. A popular souvenier in the city is bladed weapon like swords. It made me think about the movie Lord Of The Rings.
Chocolatería San Ginés
If you love chocolate go to San Gines Chocolateria. This is the most popular place for a warm cup of chocolate served with porros or churros. Dip it in your cup, bite it and enjoy.
Like a walk in the El Retiro Park
A beautiful place to escape the city is the El Retiro Park. It’s a lovely place to stroll and looking at people. I sat next to the Retiro pond looking at the youngsters in rowing boats having fun splashing water at eachother. There was a girl playing mystical music on an old spanish string guitarr. The combination music and sun made me feel happy.
The Palacio de Cristal is made almost entirely of glass with a metal structure. It’s built in 1887 and used for art exhibits. When I was there a sunny Saturday afternoon the line was long. Only 50 people at the time are let in.