After our wonderful week in Palma and saying goodbye to Henry and Luann, we headed off to 3 nights in Madrid. This is unique to our trip so far in that it was our shortest day in a city and our first stay at a hostel this trip.
We took a morning flight from Palma direct into Madrid. After landing we bought our metro cards and hopped on the train to head to the Way Hostel, our home for the next 3 nights. The hostel turned out to be in a great location, walking distance from a lot of sights, and close to a Metro stop that would get you anywhere else. The hostel was full the nights we were there which lead to a fun atmosphere at night. Met some new friends each night thanks to the reasonably priced beer they served, 1 Euro for a can, 2 Euro for a bottle of craft.
After dropping our bags off, we headed off in search of lunch and stumbled into a Venezuelan restaurant, Cacao Restobar. Some tasty tasty Arepas there!
After lunch we explored the city some more and then got in line at the famous Prado museum. The Prado is free after 6pm which gives you about 2 hours to explore before closing. We got in line around 5:40pm and were in the museum by 6:15pm. I loved loved loved the Black Paintings by Goya there. Chrissy kept pointing out famous painting after famous painting. It is such a cool awesome museum, highly recommended to check out if you are in Madrid.
That night we ended up just hanging out at the hostel chatting with other travelers.
The next day we joined a free walking tour of Madrid. This was a great intro to the City as we visited the main tourist spots and got a great background on the City.
After the tour we joined some of our tour mates for lunch at Rosi La Loca where we had a tasty lunch. Ed had a delicious Iberian sirloin.
After lunch we continued exploring and found ourselves in the giant amazing park: Parque del Buen Retiro. This is a huge park, over 350 acres and over 15,000 trees! It is a very cool park with several famous ponds, fountains, buildings.
It is also know to have one of the few public art displays that features the Devil, the Fuente del Angel Caido or Fountain of the Fallen Angel. The fountain depicts the angel on his fall from heaven.
That night Ed was excited to check our a beer bar with an amazing name: Craft Against the Machine. This was an excellent beer bar with a very knowledgeable bar tender. It was a great way to end our second night in Madrid.
Our last full day in Madrid we scheduled to join a street art tour. This ended up being one of our favorite tours we have taken. Our guide was very passionate and knowledgeable and we were lucky there was only one other couple in our group. This allowed us to ask tons of questions and the guided even extended the 3 hour tour into over 4 hours to keep showing us more art. Here’s a few of the many many cool street art pieces in Madrid.
After our street art tour, we took the train up out of the old part of town into a very cool neighborhood on the north side of Madrid. There we had an late lunch at Sale De Despiece. Ed arranged for us to have a tasting menu in their private room, a converted meat locker. This was a great meal where many of the dishes were at your table. Below is one course, the caprese bruschetta. The chef comes out and combines all the ingredients tableside.
After our late lunch (Spainards usually have lunch as their main meal and was definitely our case this day), we explored the neighborhood of Chamberi. We found the main market and enjoyed looking around. Eventually we made our way to a very small brewery. This was fun because on a Thursday early evening the brewery was hosting a kids birthday party.
The next morning we had a quick but tasty breakfast at a place near our hostel and hopped on a train to San Sebastian! Our great 7 days there will be our next post.