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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 7y

Just booked my 4 day trip to madrid! well 3 day, as my flight home on the 20th leaves in the morning :(

but, while im about to do my own research, what have all you other well respected travellers seen and done in madrid, and whats your opinion of it??

What should I be seeing?

2. Posted by Clorin (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

I love parc del Retiro. And I like Prado museum and Reina Sofia museum. You can visit Plaza Mayor (it is beautiful!!! ;) ) and plaza puerta del sol.
Ah, if you like eggs and potatoes, you must () eat a "tortilla de patatas"... Mmmmm, very good!

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Maybe I start with the museums. You can get a pass for the three most famous museums in the city: The Prado, The Thyssen-Bornemisza and El museo de la reina Sophia. All three of them are outstanding, but if i had to choose I would probably skip the Reina Sophia as it has lots of abstract art on display I couldn't really relate to. Than on the other hand Picasso's "guernica" is there. I guess you have to go and see them all, but try and limit yourself on some parts of the exhibitions. In the Prado I can recommend the Goya and Velásquez on display.

The bars, cafés. Concerning bars I would defintely recommend el barrio Lavapies and here are some of my favourite places:

La Aguja - cute little bar on Calle Ave Maria 25, they still play records and you get free tapas with every caña (little beer).

El Chiscon - Calle Lavapies 45. This is the place to go to meet the alternative people of Madrid. Don't forget to order a mini (not so little beer)!

Canela - Calle Ave Maria 49. A good place to go for some "almost" authentic Flamenco music.

Speaking of which, if you want to have dinner and see a proper show without paying a fortune for it, go to El Clan http://www.osclan.com/. It's a bit further away from the more touristy places, still a great place.

Another good area to go out at night is Malasaña, bars and cafés around Plaza Dos de Mayo y Calle de San Andrés are always packed and full of atmosphere.

The shopping. If you're in Madrid on a Sunday, the Rastro is a must. This is one of the biggest street markets I have ever been to and I ended up buying heaps of clothes, jewellery, presents, etc. Just be aware of pickpockets and leave the camera in the hostel.

Hope this helps a bit and enjoy Madrid!

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2007, at 9:20 AM by steff ]

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1371 posts) 7y

I love Madrid, and I will be back there on the 19th of May, and flying to Granada one day later. (I have a friend living in Madrid, that I visit her on the way to Andalusia, and on the way back home, a week later, for the weekend).

It's a shame you are leavin' on Sundaymorning, because on Sunday, you can enter the Prado and the Reina Sofia for free.

You must reserve one day to go to Toledo. You can get a train at Atocha station, that will take you to Toledo in about 30 minutes. The old city is really beautiful. It is one of the places, where you can see buildings from the three major religions (Jewish, Islamic and Christian.) The Alcazar and the Cathedral are worth a visit, but the same is true for the synagoge. Toledo is also good to just wander around in.

The museums in Madrid are worth a visit. Reina Sofia has more modern art, and the Prado, and the Thyssen have a more general collection, although the prado, has some beautiful bronze statues in their collection, that you won't see a lot in Europe, as most bronze statues, at some point in History were melted down, for militairy purposes. The Retiro is already mentioned, You should see Atocha station, if you are going to Toledo, you will see it, and when you go to the Reina Sofia, you will pass it. You can also see the Palace, and the Cathedral on the side of it. Walk through the barrio of Latina. Around 10.30/11.00 in the morning it is good to go for a hot chocolate and eat some churros. (mmmmmm).

One point in regard to public transport. When you arrive at the airport, you can get to the Metro. The Metro Station is under Terminal 2. Get yourself a 10 trips card (10 viajas) should cost 6,15 unless they changed the prices since last september. This allows you to enter the Metro 10 times (it doesn't matter if you take the metro for 1 station, or to the other end of town, and make 4 changes. It still will cost you 1 viaja). These cards are tiny, so don't loose them.

If you feel like meeting up on the 19th (I am arriving in the morning), so somewhere in the afternoon, and that is a stretchable thing in Spain or evening, would be possible.), then give me a pm.

5. Posted by travels (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Quoting Herr Bert

I love Madrid, and I will be back there on the 19th of May, and flying to Granada one day later. (I have a friend living in Madrid, that I visit her on the way to Andalusia, and on the way back home, a week later, for the weekend).

It's a shame you are leavin' on Sundaymorning, because on Sunday, you can enter the Prado and the Reina Sofia for free.

You must reserve one day to go to Toledo. You can get a train at Atocha station, that will take you to Toledo in about 30 minutes. The old city is really beautiful. It is one of the places, where you can see buildings from the three major religions (Jewish, Islamic and Christian.) The Alcazar and the Cathedral are worth a visit, but the same is true for the synagoge. Toledo is also good to just wander around in.

The museums in Madrid are worth a visit. Reina Sofia has more modern art, and the Prado, and the Thyssen have a more general collection, although the prado, has some beautiful bronze statues in their collection, that you won't see a lot in Europe, as most bronze statues, at some point in History were melted down, for militairy purposes. The Retiro is already mentioned, You should see Atocha station, if you are going to Toledo, you will see it, and when you go to the Reina Sofia, you will pass it. You can also see the Palace, and the Cathedral on the side of it. Walk through the barrio of Latina. Around 10.30/11.00 in the morning it is good to go for a hot chocolate and eat some churros. (mmmmmm).

One point in regard to public transport. When you arrive at the airport, you can get to the Metro. The Metro Station is under Terminal 2. Get yourself a 10 trips card (10 viajas) should cost 6,15 unless they changed the prices since last september. This allows you to enter the Metro 10 times (it doesn't matter if you take the metro for 1 station, or to the other end of town, and make 4 changes. It still will cost you 1 viaja). These cards are tiny, so don't loose them.

If you feel like meeting up on the 19th (I am arriving in the morning), so somewhere in the afternoon, and that is a stretchable thing in Spain or evening, would be possible.), then give me a pm.

Sound really like you have done Madrid! Unfortunately I did not have the chance to revisit Madrid for the past 10 years, but reading your comments and others on this travel blog wants to make me go immediatly. Just such a pain that I was unlucky with saving a bit of money in last couple of month, so any particular suggestions about -snip cheap hotels in Madrid or Spain in general would be good. I know that in Madrid, as I arrived there 10 years ago I did not even have a reservation. But I am not that crazy anymore I think, I got older for sure:) A bit of grey hair. :) Looking forward to my next trip to Madrid

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6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Hello Jax:)

The only thing I like to do in Madrid is hang out.
I find that good enough entertainment, in foreign cities, when there is nothing there, that I particularly want to see.
However, the next time I visit Madrid, I would like to go to nearby Toledo, for a couple of nights. I heard it is georgous.

Mel