Madrid: 4 hours 5 stops

After a 4 hour delay flight from Austin to NYC and rescheduled connecting flights from NYC to Paris to Madrid, we arrived in Madrid yesterday around 5 in the afternoon. We were originally scheduled to arrive in Madrid at 8 in the morning, so we lost a whole day. Good thing the Spaniards start their days late, we are still hours ahead of their ordinary dinner time. Here’s my revised Day 1 itinerary for Madrid, 7pm to 11pm – March 2017.

We took a cab from Madrid-Barajas Int’l Airport to the city center for €30 flat fee. It was very necessary after our flight troubles. After checking in at the hotel, we went to Zara (Calle Gran Vía, 34, 28013 Madrid) because lucky us, our luggage got stuck in transition, and David was wearing only t-shirt and shorts—a bad combination in the windy spring of Madrid. Once we got a new outfit for the evening, we started to wander around. Read on for our exciting evening with (1) Puerta del Sol, (2) La Mallorquina, (3) Plaza Mayor, (4) Mercado de San Miguel, and the sweet ending of (5) Chocolateria San Ginés.

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So I plan on creating these visual maps for you about my travels, I am using GoogleMap as a start. It’s nice that it shows how long the overall walk is, but I wish there was less distraction of other shops and sites. Let me know what you think, do you prefer the GoogleMap image or would you like a more custom one?

Stop 1: Puerta del Sol ~ a public square in Madrid with a large statue of King Charles III of Spain; we wandered our way here as we were looking for Plaza Mayor, which is a little northeast from here.

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Stop 2: La Mallorquina (Calle Mayor, 2, 28013 Madrid) ~ a three-centuries old pastry shop bustling with locals, so you know it is a must-try!

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We were on our way to Plaza Mayor, and saw people coming out of the shop with delicious treats in their hands.
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Stop 3: Plaza Mayor ~ the central plaza in Madrid, built during Philip III’s reign.

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Stop 4: Mercado de San Miguel (Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid) ~ “a market of tapas” is what we were told, or what I’d call, a Must in Madrid.

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Note that they are open Monday to Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to midnight, and Thursday to Saturday 10am to 2am. mad7
We arrived around 7:30pm on a Monday and it was pretty busy and crowded. mad15

Stay tuned for post with a list of tapas we tried! But here’s a glimpse!
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Stop 5: Chocolateria San Gines (Pasadizo de San Gines, 5, 28013 Madrid) ~ a café founded in 1894 where you go for chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and churros).

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Honestly, I don’t even like churros, but I liked their churros and I liked dipping it in the hot chocolate!
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For €4 you get a cup of hot chocolate and 6 churros. Spanish hot chocolate, thick and dark, not for drinking more for dunking.

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Have you been to Madrid? What are your favorite spots in Madrid? If you are currently planning a trip, I hope this has been helpful, and I really hope you take the time to stop by Mercado de San Miguel, you will not regret it I promise!

Keep an eye out for my Day 2 itinerary!

meraki,

JJ

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