Hola Amigos. Today I have a photo post to share of our week in Spain’s capital city..Madrid. Many photos were taken so I have split this over two posts. When I was travelling in 2010 I fell in love with Barcelona and it’s craziness, so it was a must that we visit another Spanish city on this trip. Madrid ended up being just as vibrant, with the whole city having an energetic vibe whatever time of day. The food is exceptional and if you are on a tight budget you will have no problem finding a decent meal. Culturally there is plenty to see and explore and socially there is an abundance of nightlife to keep you occupied any night of the week. If you are looking for cheap accommodation definitely check out Way Hostel Madrid. The hostel is centrally located, staff are awesome and there are plenty of activities/social events to explore the city and meet other travelers from all over the world.
Plaza Mayor, a popular square in central Madrid surrounded on all four sides by residential housing.
Outside the Philip IV monument in Plaza de Oriente.
The Royal Chapel.
Royal Palace of Madrid.
Inside the Palace…I snapped one photo before being scolded by security. No photos in the palace!
Estado Puro - Plaza Cánovas del Castillo
Walking past Estado Puro on our first day in Madrid, we ensured that we would make it back one day for lunch. The menu focuses on traditional tapas with a modern twist.
Piperrada - Roasted Vegetables with Tuna Belly Steak.
Tiger Mussel Croquettes sold per piece.
My favourite, the Mozzarella, Iberian Ham and Porcini Mushroom on Toast.
Iberian Pork Shoulder with Chimichurri Sauce…You will notice that meat was a big part of our diet whilst in Madrid.
Modern take on Patatas Bravas. Roasted potatoes filled with spicy sauce and a dollop of mayonnaise.
Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid
Ph: +34 91 330 2400
Chocolateria San Gines - Pasadizo San Ginés
Then Chocolateria San Gines is definitely on your to do list. The place has been open for over a hundred years….
They serve thick drinkable/dunkable Chocolate in cups….
With long sticks of fried dough (Churros).
Who wouldn’t want to involve themselves with this!
Chocolateria San Gines
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013, Madrid.
Ph: +34 91 365 6546
Our days were spent with glasses of Sangria….anytime and everyday is the perfect moment to stop off for a drink.
Museo del Jamon
The Museo del Jamon (Museum of Ham) became another popular hang out during our time in the city. The chain of cantina like delis are spread throughout the city and offer stand-at-the-counter type meals filled with many types of Jamon, Cheese, Tapas and Cerveza (beer).
Rockemlon and Jamon…a must order!
Salami and Cheese.
Did I mention that the place is extremely cheap…this Bocadillo (roll served with some sort of meat) above and a Cerveza would only set you back about two euros!!
Mini Bocadillo’s with Salami.
You will most likely come across one of the Museo’s whilst exploring the streets of Madrid, with a few situated just off the Puerta del Sol (central square of Madrid, photos below). Definitely stop in and have a bite to eat at any time of the day or grab some Jamon from the deli to take away and enjoy at your own leisure.
Museo del Jamon
Locations are throughout Madrid. Check out their website below:
Puerta del Sol is one of the most happening places as it signifies the central point of the city, with all major streets leading off from it. If you are looking for accommodation and need to know what to be near…this is your spot.
I leave you with a night time shot of Plaza Mayor (day time shots at the beginning of this post)..Such a beautiful place to live.
After having a taste of Barcelona and Madrid I will definitely be visiting Spain again….next trip it’s straight to San Sebastian, the foodie capital. I will post part two Madrid in the next few days and share photos from our day trip to Toledo, the Mercado San Miguel (food markets) and my first & last experience at a bull fight.
Have a good weekend Amigos!