Ola Chicas y Chicos. Hope everyone is having a delightful weekend. Following on from my Madrid Part 1 post yesterday, today I bring you part two. We stayed at the Way Hostel Madrid, which I would recommend to anyone visiting the city. The hostel offered trips to either Toledo or Segovia on certain days. Since we were staying in Madrid for a week, we thought it would be a good opportunity to get out of the city and see some other parts of the region. We booked in for an early morning bus to Toledo  (70km south of Madrid) which was the previous capital city of Spain.

Arriving in Toledo felt like we were in a completely different world in comparison to the hustle and bustle of Madrid. The city was declared a World Heritage site in recognition of its uniqueness in 1987. In the past, the city was host to Christian, Hebrew and Islamic culture which is quite unheard of in Europe. The architecture reflects this, and when walking around the city we passed Mosques, Gothic churches, Roman structures, Synagogues and a Renaissance Palace.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Bell Tower

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Cathedral

Cathedral of Toledo.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Streets

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Overlooking Toledo

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Entranceway into Toledo

The Puerta de Bisagra, city gate into Toledo.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Selfie

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Archway

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Wall

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Architecture

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Narrow Street

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Sunshine

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo Tower

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Toledo

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….hanging in the gift shop.

I’m sorry I couldn’t caption each of the photos I took but I’m not too sure what each of the buildings were. I’m sure you can appreciate their beauty nonetheless.

Mercado de San Miguel – Food Market

The market hall Maercado de San Miguel is one of my favourite foodie experience from Europe. Situated right near Plaza Mayor and about 15 minutes from our hostel, we visited on our first night in Madrid and one morning for breakfast. The hall is filled with a variety of produce from fish, pastries, pasta, sweets, fruits and vegetables. During the day there is more of a market feel with locals buying produce and stopping off for lunch and a stream of toursits passing through to try little bites from each of the different stores. At night the place packs out and the atmosphere shifts to focus on small tapas meals enjoyed alongside a beer, sangria or wine.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Mercado de San Miguel Food Market

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Hanging Jamon

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Seafood at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Beans at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Interior of San Miguel Mercado

Steel tables and stools are situated throughout the hall to stop off at and enjoy your purchases.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Iberico Taco at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Individual Pintxos at San Miguel Mercado

A lot of the stalls sell small tapas/pintxos which you buy per piece. Ana and I grabbed a few to share but we had to get two pieces of the one on the right. Inside the crunchy exterior was a whole lot of pulled pork seasoned perfectly. Not my typical breakfast but it went down so well.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Pintxos at San Miguel Mercado

Inside shot..

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Jamon Pintxos at San Miguel Mercado

Jamon Jamon Jamon!

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake -Cheese & Caesar Pintxos at San Miguel Mercado

The left was Caramelised Onion & Cheese with the piece on the right resembling a Caesar Salad.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - White Wine Sangria at San Miguel Mercado

Although early, Ana orders a glass of the White Wine Sangria to try.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Inside at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Stall at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Yoghurt Stand at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Hand Held Cured Meats at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Olives at San Miguel Mercado

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Fresh Juice at San Miguel Mercado

I picked up a sweet orange juice at the fruit store to enjoy after our savoury breakfast.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Fresh Juice at San Miguel Mercado

Mercado de San Miguel

Plaza San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Ph: +34 915 42 49 36

Web: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Plaza Monumental de Toros de las Ventas Bull Fight

The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is a famous bullring in Madrid and holds bull fights every Sunday between the months of March and December. With a group from the hostel, we all headed down to view this cultural event that has been a national passion in Spain for many years.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Plaza Monumental de Toros de las Ventas Poster

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Bull Fighting Costume

The bull fighter costumes (matador) were beautifully detailed, with the bull fighters themselves being seen as superstars in Madrid.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Bull Fight Procession

The whole event was quite confronting and brutal, definitely not something to watch if you have a weak stomach. I felt really sorry for the horses in the above picture as they were blindfolded so they couldn’t see the bull running at them.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Bull Fighting

Hide me!

Each of the colourful capes distract the bull, whilst the main bullfighter tries to stab it. They keep going until the bull is too weak from the stab wounds and dies on the dirt, at which point horses come out and drag the bull out of the ring. I’m glad I got to experience the whole event (the locals get really into it), but I cant say I would be willing to go and watch it again.

Las Ventas 

Web: http://www.las-ventas.com/

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Street Buskers

Street performers near the Puerto del Sol…their setup was extremely impressive. Im still questioning how?

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Lunch of Jamon and Cheese

We grabbed this meal for lunch one day whilst we waited for our clothes to wash at the local laundromat. The plate consisted of Fresh Red Tomatoes with Jamon, Salty Cheese, Pesto and garnished in Dried Herbs. So flavoursome and the perfect meal with a bit of crispy bread on the side.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Angelika

These last two photos were snapped on the same street whilst walking to dinner one night. My first name….

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Diamant

…and very close to my last name. Coincidental!

I hope I have overloaded you with my love of Madrid and can hopefully convince you to visit one day. After travelling through Greece, Italy and Spain I have found my second, third and fourth homes. Can not wait to go back and explore more.

Enjoy your Saturday night amigos, I’m off to get ready and head out.

xxx