This all stems from a wonderful weekend in Madrid. I had limited time and wanted to make the most of it. So I picked a list of things to do that suited me, and likely will work for you too. I highly recommend that you don’t miss anything from the list below. If you have more time you can pace yourself out, and grab a few more sangria’s and tapas on the way.
CHOCOLATERIA SAN GINES: This chocolate serves the best churros and the most awesome hot chocolate ever! I walked there from my hotel the InterContinental Madrid (super hotel BTW), soon after I arrived (yeah I couldn’t wait :)). Its super popular, so you might have to wait in a line for your turn, but its worth the wait.
CIRCULO DEBELLAS ARTES: Soon it was apero time, so I headed out with my friend to the rooftop bar at Circulo Debellas Artes. The view and sunset from this place is simply spectacular. The cocktails are good too. This place is right near the most famous Metropolis building.
PUERTA DE ALCALA: We walked next to Puerta de Alcala. This monument is the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch built in Europe and is located in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain. Fun fact: Its older that Arc de Triomphe in Paris and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID: This palace is the largest in palace in Europe and the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid . You can enter by paying a nominal fee.
CATEDRAL DE LA ALMUDENA: This catholic cathedral is stunning inside. It has a crypt that is equally pretty and houses a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena.
MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL: This covered market was originally built in 1916 and is very charming. Its perfect distance from the royal palace and cathedral to deserve a nice Sangria and delicious tapas.
GRAN VIA: This is the main, biggest and coolest shopping street in Madrid. If you are a shopaholic, avoid this one 🙂 Psst – but may be only sneak a quick peak into El Cortes Engles Outlet store at Calle de la Abada, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain.
RETIRO PARK: It was a sunny day, so I took my book and next strolled down to Retiro Park. This park is massive and has so many attractions and things to do in it. I just stuck to awesome tapas, sun and great wine.
PALACIO DE CIBELES: while walking to Retiro Park I crossed the Palacio de Cibeles. This beautiful palacio is the headquarters of the Madrid City Council and the home of CentroCentro.
PLAZA MAYOR: This is one of the most popular squares in Madrid. It was once the centre of Old Madrid.
FLAMENCO DANCE: You can’t leave Madrid without catching a show of Flamenco dancers. The Jungle Jazz Club is a good place to go to, and catch a good dinner at the same time.