I hate to say this, I feel quite bad and hate to be that person, but Madrid was “just another European city” as people would put it. There’s a reason it isn’t on every top list of places you just HAVE to go to. Even as I had to read the map, plan, speak Spanish and direct four sheep-like-girls- I still don’t feel I need to go back and do it again. Sorry Madrid, you were pretty.
We got in in the evening. My friends refused to do a hostel so we stayed in a rented apartment (never my preference) around the center of the city. We went out blindly and found ourselves a mojito bar.
I don’t have much to say on this night other then don’t let a bunch of light weight girls get into BOGO mojitos. It was a long night for all of us.
Actually I do want to say something about the area we went out in. It was kind of tucked back, artistic, and just genuinely really cool. There was lots of graffiti and unique bohemian bars. I lost the picture but we got burgers at a tiny cafe with a massive McDonald’s clown head with a wifi name of “Free Gay Porn”. That I will say, was it’s own scene I haven’t quite seen yet. I don’t know if the area had a name but it was about a 10 minute walk back from the Sol area and my favorite part of Madrid.
We woke up the next day to be the usual tourists, starting with coffee and tapas.
These were the only ones I got down Gran Via Avenue. It’s a super popular street but it just looked like New York City so we avoided it. Also this was my first glimpse into the Dunkin Donuts European takeover known as Dunkin Coffee. For the first time ever I was proud to see corporate America taking over corporate world… The world now runs on Dunkin.
Next was Plaza España including Torre de Madrid and Edificio España (direct translation: Tower of Madrid and Spanish Building- I hope this is some kind of cultural translation mishap and this isn’t really the hype of their brainstormed tourist attraction titles.)
Temple of Debod and the surrounding areas…
The Royal Palace with the Jardines de Sabatini, Plaza de Oriente, San Francisco de Asis, etc…
We also came across the shop of nightmares.
Plaza de la Villa and Mercado de San Miguel.
And this one’s for my Game of Thrones fans. Even though I’m super against the sword being replicated as such with such a tacky direwolf I couldn’t not get a picture when I found it… Winter is coming.
Next was Plaza Mayor.
Puerta del Sol…
“Should I go to Madrid?” Would I recommend it?
Not necessarily. If you’re back packing around it might be cool to see. I mean if the above interests you go for it. It’s neat but not necessary.
“How much time do I need in Madrid?”
One day, one night. No more, no less.
Is Madrid expensive?
Not really. I found it pretty averagely priced. It was cheaper than London and most European cities actually.
“What should I definitely do in Madrid?”
Temple of Debod was probably my favorite along with the little night seen back behind Puerta del Sol (just kind of wonder around?). The palace was pretty and a must. Everything else just seemed to be these plazas with pretty buildings, statues, and tourists.
CityMapper works in Madrid, that’s about all there is to it.