Spending 24 hours in Madrid, Spain wasn’t enough to see and do everything. Although it wasn’t we still had ample time to really get an idea of this beautiful city and enjoy it. On our way back from Marrakech, Morocco we stopped here to check out what Madrid had to offer before heading back to the States. So if you are just passing through or have a limited time this is a great starting point.
Upon arrival to Madrid we took a taxi to our Airbnb, which was located in the heart of one of the most busiest streets in Madrid, Gran Via. The apartment was nice and spacious and we were able to relax and unwind from our travels. Not to mention my friend was sick from Marrakech and still slightly recovering. We had a great time just resting up.
We did walk around Gran Via a bit looking for a store. I always like to get water and snacks when I travel. So after some walking around we found a little store got some goodies and headed back. It was great as New Yorkers to see the hustle and bustle of Gran Via. Theaters, restaurants, and stores lined the street on either side.
The next morning we walked up and down and picked a place to have some breakfast. We noticed afterwards that the hop on hop off bus stopped right across the street from our apartment. We bought our tickets and waited for it. Hop on hop off buses are really great when you are short on time. They also give you background on the city, an understanding of the layout and where things are, as well as being transportation from one place to another.
We rode around on the bus till we got to Museo del Prado. The tickets were 15 euros each. The museum is huge. I honestly believe you could be in there all day long and maybe not see it all. I am not huge into art museums, but it was pretty cool going around and checking out the museum.
For you Game of Thrones fans, I was walking around and when I turned I saw a Lanister doppelgänger. It was pretty funny when I asked several people who this paining reminded them of and they guessed right off the bat. Can you tell who it is?
Afterwards we left and waited for the bus to take us over to Parque de Retiro. As soon as we walked in there were a ton of people around trying to sell shoes, bags, selfie sticks, and more. They try to entice you to buy something, but didn’t bother us all too much. We ignored them and kept walking.
It was cold outside obviously because it was winter, but it was a warmer winter day. We saw a little restaurant and decided to stop for a snack. We sat outside at a table and ordered some crepes, ice cream and waffles, and a chocolate milkshake. Everything was delicious, but the service was absolutely terrible.
After we ate we kept walking a little deeper into the park. There was a really nice fountain and a lot of street performers. We came upon a lake with people rowing boats. That looked like fun. There were a ton of people out walking around and enjoying the day. We walked a little bit more, before we went back to catch the hop on hop off bus.
I wanted to see a few more things, but it was getting late and the bus was going to stop running soon. The traffic down Gran Via didn’t help the situation either. Despite having to call it quits early, it was nice to get a little smattering of Madrid still. We did some souvenir shopping before going back to our apartment to relax a bit.
Doing some research and talking to our hosts I found out that the oldest restaurant in the world is located in Madrid. We really wanted to check it out, but reservations are highly recommended. If I get back to Madrid, I will definitely have to try to check it out.
Instead we went to a tapas place not too far from the apartment. There was a hot side and a cold side of the menu. The prices were a bit steep per piece and of course all in Spanish. My friend who speaks fluent Spanish didn’t even know what everything on the menu was. It was cool to try different things. We ordered lamb, sliders, shrimp, burgers, and more. Of course we had a pitcher of sangria to go with it.
The shrimp and sliders were my favorite. After we ate we headed back to the apartment to re-pack our bags and relax since we had an early rise to the airport the next morning. We had a great time seeing a bit of Madrid. Spain is always a beauty and I am glad we got to experience another city there. I was told Madrid is often overlooked, but I definitely think it is worth a stop to explore this beautiful city.
Have you ever been to Madrid?