Madrid in 3 days: A Vibrant Capital full of street art
We took the morning train from Barcelona to Madrid. We arrived 2.5 hours later at 10:00 am. The tickets cost 223 euros for the 2 of us. We arrived as the city was waking up and breakfast was being served. After dropping our bags, we made our way down hilly streets to explore this bustling yet quaint capital.
Madrid is such a lively capital city. There are many tourists abound but the locals are busily strolling about as well. Michael and I could see ourselves living here. It is funny how a city strikes you in one way or the other and Madrid was love at first sight!
We walked so much taking in this city and did not need to take public transport, though it was readily available!
Madrid in 3 Days: What to see
This square is situated at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, the old part of the city. While there, we watched a bachelorette processional drunkenly gallop across the cobblestone plaza. Address: Plaza Mayor, 28012
El Rastro flea market:
On Sunday, you must visit this open-air market. It is the largest one in Europe! “El Rastro” is held from 9am to 3 pm in the historic center and attracts tourists and locals alike. Unfortunately, it was cleaned up by the time we found the street. Address: Calle Ribera de Curtidores, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Luckily for us, we found this indoor market full of beer and food kiosks. Madrid really is a haven for markets. Address: Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
You can visit from Monday to Sunday:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: from 10:00 am to 2:00 am
Another one we found, also closed on Sunday, is called Mercado de la Cebado. This second market spans two floors where you can purchase meat, produce, fish, cosmetics, flowers, eyeglasses, upholstery… well, everything you may need… There’s a third floor for storage and a car park too. Address: Plaza de la Cebada, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Later, we headed to the Spanish Plaza for scenic views of the skyline and Palacio Real. We relaxed under the shade trees at the Temple Debod. Simple, shaded, and beautiful! We grabbed the metro and headed back towards “home”. Our metro pass was 12.20 euros and had 10 rides available (5 per person) and was good throughout Spain’s metro lines. Address: Calle Mercurio, 8, 28341 Valdemoro, Madrid, Spain
Buen Retiro Park:
This is one of the largest parks of Madrid with 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees. The Park has many gardens: Vivaces garden, Cecilio Rodríguez gardens (classicist gardens with Andalusian airs), the gardens of the architect Herrero Palacios, la Rosaleda (collection of roses). Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Alpargatus Shoe Store:
I finally bought shoes in Europe! I never splurge because I am so damn frugal, but I love the shoes over here. I bought a pair of sandals, handmade in Madrid. They are a beautiful taupe color and rope-soled. They rub blisters now, but I know they will be a great shoe once broken in! Address: Preciados Places SL, Paseo del Prado, 14 Madrid, 28014, Spain.
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Madrid in 3 days: Where to eat
Spanish celebrities come from all over to dine on this decadent dessert! Churros con chocolate. The place was built in 1890 to be an inn but in 1894 it became the café it is today. Chocolate treats such as truffles, cookies, and chocolate covered orange peels. The café is like Café Du Monde in New Orleans with its green tiles and white marble décor. At the writing of this post, there have been 5,432,655 cups of chocolate sold and 5,362,387 churros sold. Address: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Europe’s oldest restaurant according to the Guinness book of world records! Casa Botin has been in the heart of Old Madrid since 1590. Originally a coach house, Casa Botin became a restaurant in 1725 and has remained one ever since. While we didn’t get to eat here, we witnessed its charms from the sidewalk! Address: 17 Calle de Cuchilleros
This authentic Cuban restaurant was right by our apartment! The plantains were perfect and the Cuban sandwich, we split, decadent! Address: Calle de las Huertas, 6628014 Madrid, Spain
Madrid in 3 days: Street Art
My favorite thing to do in a new city, other than eat, is admire old doors and street art. Madrid has something to see on every corner. Here are photos of some of our favorites:
If you loved this taste of Spain, check out our post on Barcelona!
Be Well and Travel Often!