Madrid – Walking Through

We wrapped up our international travel with a trip to Madrid, a brand new city to us. The capitol of Spain and home to 6.5 million people, I was expecting something similar to New York City. What we found was so much better!

A modern city that has held onto history with beautiful architecture. All of it easy to navigate on foot. It is a beautiful and clean city. Much more welcoming and accomadating for a couple of US citizens who were challenged by the local language.

We stayed in the Malasana District, the center of the hipster culture. We booked a 4th-floor walkup Airbnb for our 3-night stay. We averaged walking about 6 miles a day, topped up by a tight climb up to our nest.

Our host and friends had given us a list of great recommendations – so we spent most of our time walking around taking photos and eating. I think we need to go back just to hit a few more sidewalk cafes. 

The Buen Retiro Park is a large and popular 350 acres park at the edge of the city center. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and amazing topiary. One could easily wander around for an entire day enjoying the grounds. The Palacio de Cristal is especially beautiful.

San Miguel Market is a popular market in Madrid among tourists located in the center of Madrid. The market is not a traditional grocery market but a gourmet tapas market, with over 30 different vendors selling a wide variety of freshly prepared tapas, hams, olives, baked goods, and other foods.

Madrid is an amazing city and we can’t wait to go back and spend more time wandering around. We were blessed with great weather and loved the Malasana neighborhood. If there was anything we missed, let me know and we will add it to the list for the next visit.

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