What else can I tell you on Madrid!

Indeed, this if you have been reading my posts , is the city I lived (1970’s) and enjoyed the times the most as it was early teens years fun and youthful wandering around the city ,and experiencing the first rays of love. The city that , so lucky, have been able to come back many times ,sometimes 3 times per year and every year since…2003. The city that only upon entering the youthfulness come back to me like a ray of force, the force is with me ::)

I came upon  Madrid several occasions on my last vacation trip to Spain last month of August; it was hot as much as 41C or 106F! ,but so what, it did not feel anything ,really. We just had bottle water with us and we cruise walking all over, some spots new to my family and all memorable places to me. I like to share many of these with you on this post. What else can I tell you on Madrid………………!

We came by our car into the heart of the city this time and parked at the parking Descalzas Reales next to the grand Monastery of the Descalzas Reales; a must to see while your first time in Madrid. https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/monasterio-de-las-descalzas-reales

near see the wonderful architecture of the Casa de las Alhajas in Plaza San Martin, if you want a great family event in a historical place ,get on calle Maestro Victoria and do some shopping in El Corte Inglés dept store !! more on Alhajas here: http://www.lasalhajas.es/

Right around here at Calle Maestro Victoria see the quaint architecturally beautiful building of the Casa del Libro or bookstore of Madrid, the one to go with branches in the city and elsewhere in Spain. More here: https://www.casadellibro.com/nosotros/nuestras-tiendas-madrid/9

Do not forget or fear walking in Madrid is full of surprises, great architecture and the best movida lively street scene in Europe! See Calle Princesa, there is another El Corte Inglés dept store here; come back to Calle Arenal (Pasadizo de San Ginés) to eat your churros at Chocolateria San Ginés as my family has done for generations there.  Another memorable place keep coming back to see even if not enough time to go back in is the wild discotheque or teatro Joy Eslava on Calle Arenal. To think that this was a simple community theater where plays were done and dances held for teens and now has become of the leading dance places in Madrid and Spain very chic is unbelievable.  More here: http://joy-eslava.com/

See the wonderful building of the Air Force building (Ejercito del Aire) by Moncloa up Calle Princesa and marvel at it’s architecture and the little airplane in front! More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/cuartel-general-ejercito-aire

Why not walk on the marvelous beautiful Gran Via a  marvel of construction since the 1930’s. And a stop at Plaza de España simply for its great monument to Miguel Cervantes Saavedra the author of Don Quijote is a must. Walk from there to Cuesta de Santo Domingo , Plaza de Santo Domingo, and the see as in Plaza de España the great metro/subway/tube entrances!

You should check out past the Faro de Moncloa (post coming up) the wonderful Museo de América, a museum on all Spain relates to Latin America and our cultures, a must for any but especially for those of Hispanic descend. More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/museo-de-america

See the wonderful architecture of a little square Plaza de Santa Cruz, great buildings and good ambiance around it, and continue to the eternal Plaza Mayor! Nothing can be said enough of this major square of Madrid! Here at plaza mayor see some of the businesses of generations of Madrileños and my family favorites, I came here as a teen and later many times even to buy hats for my grandfather!  Such eternals as Casa Yustas, La Favorita, El Gran Bazar, and the restaurant first took my girlfriend now wife in Madrid, Las Cuevas de Luis Candela past the Arco de Cuchilleros! More on the restaurant here: http://www.lascuevasdeluiscandelas.com/index_en.html

Move on to another very popular and the center of Spain, at Puerta del Sol; unique place and a must; here you have the Casa de Diego another generational store. And the Magroño honey eating bear the symbol of Madrid. Nearby is the Real Madrid store we like to go at Calle de el Carmen. more here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium/stores/el-carmen-store?pid=1390165211192

For the nights and arts , the Teatro Real (Royal Theater) , celebrating 200 years in 2017, and the Real Cinema (Royal Cinema) now inactive, at plaza Isabel II , both good to see and the theater is a must;and many memories for me especially in the Real Cinema, even if now only sporadic plays are shown and no movies. More info on theater here : https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/teatro-real  and cinema here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22521

Cannot be in Madrid without stopping by the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of the team: Real Madrid FC, simply the best ever. and the la Esquina del Bernabeu with its shops and restaurants. And of course, a drink at least at the Real Café Bernabeu is a must. The separate site for the café is here: http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/restaurante/restaurante.html   Not to mention the store at the stadium. The stadium here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

Ah yes of course, we ate something other than drinking water lol!!! We have some delicious refreshing Horchata at a kiosk in the Plaza Mayor. This is a drink originally from the Valencia area consisting of water, sugar,and chufas ( a plant  tigernuts) and generally mix in with cinnamon or lemon and of course plenty of ice. And for a more formal light lunch in the heat we went to 100 Montaditos resto on Calle Princesa,7  , small sandwiches with omelette chorizos hams etc potato chips and plenty of cold beers!!! http://spain.100montaditos.com/encuentranos/

In all, another wonderful memorable trip to my Madrid, never tired of seeing you, and remember that we lovers of the city know very well that From Madrid to Heaven, and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!!! Enjoy the Capital city, and your Sunday wherever you are. Cheers!

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2 Comments to “What else can I tell you on Madrid!”

  1. I last went to Madrid in October 2008 for a big cousin reunion (about 50 of us). It is indeed a very exciting and fun city and I felt really at home there.

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