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- The historical centre: El Rastro is a huge street market that is set every Sunday morning. Cava Baja is the place to go if you want to have "Tapas" for lunch after visiting El Rastro, the way we all of us do.
The Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor are within walking distance and all a ‘must’ if you come to Madrid. Go day or night to eat cheap menu or tapas, tipical spainsh food very good in the Restaurants "La Barca del Patio" en Plaza de Cascorro 19 and "El Patio Andaluz" in next street Maldonadas 5 of the same owens, this is the street where Carlos and me have our penthouse and enjoy this restaurant so much, close to metro La Latina to come and after walking in 2 minutes to Mayor Square, closed some days in the mid-week. Go to lunch one day the tipìcal Cocido Madrileño to "La Bola Restaurant" in La Bola street. Go to the older Guiness Restaurant " Casa Botin" to eat the famous Cochinillo, a few expensive but all the people go in street Cuchilleros 17 close to Mayor Square. Dinner tipical spanish food like the tipical Tortilla de Patatas, late in friday to "Meson de la Guitarra" in Cava de San Milguel street, close Mayor Square and you can hear "La Tuna", traditional spanish music and close there are other similar Mesones close like the famous Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas with waiters dressed in ancient costumes Spanish bandits. Also up on this street is the beatiful and famous "Mercado de San Miguel" with tipical Tapas and all the people there. Close to Cava Baja zone of Tapas to go to lunch tapas in Sunday after Rastro street market also there are some restaurantes to luch or dinner like the famous and expensive Restaurant Casa Lucio with famous people always and the good resturants Meson de la Villa with tipical spanih food. Close to Royal Palace in the Oriente Square is the terraze Cafe Oriente very nice to lunch or dinner in summer. Other famous is Taberna La Dolores in Square Jesus 4, with tipical Tapas. Never eat into Mayor Square, the restauratns are not good and expensive, but it is nice to take a coffee, beverage, ice creams... enjoy the veiws, it ´s a beautiful place to relax in the terrazes. The famous Restaurant Lhardy in st Carrera de San Jeronimo 8 it is expensive but worth it transports you to the traditional past. Finally you must dine in a Tablao there Flamenco show and typical food, there are some but the more famous is Cafe de Chinitas in st Torijas 7, online reservations.
Puerta del Sol Square is close, It is a nice area for shopping too but, pls, BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS – they are experts in tourists!(also in others places like public transports).
- Museums: El Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen, are all within walking distance. Other are - Museum of America, Natural Science,...
- Tourist bus, day and night (nice in Xmas): Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, El Retiro Park, Descalzas Reales Convent, Liria Palace, Debod Temple, Las Ventas Bullring, Bernabeu Stadium,...
- Attractions: Xanado – a shopping centre with an indoor ski slope, Attraction Park, Zoo, Aquarium, Warner Park (metro line direct in 7 minutes to tren to the park), ..
- URBAN BEACH: freshening but not for bathingin, In Arganzuela Park into Madrid Rio zone with places for sports also.
AROUND MADRID: If you like to sky, you can go to Navacerrada, only 50 KM away from Madrid. And if you want to visit other cities, the following are within 40 km and 200 km:
- DAY-TRIP: Segovia, early in the moorning, to visit the Aqueduct, the Alcazar and the historical centre and be sure to have lunch in the very well-known restaurant "Casa Candido", where the best offer is suckling pork. The Palace of La Granja is on the way from Madrid if you have time to visit before. After go to El Escorial, with a huge Palace and a very nice stone village. From there you can have a quick look at Avila in the afternoon,, if only to enjoy the magnificent wall around the medieval city, wonderfulat night also. The best will be go in car if you want to visit all the places, if you´ll go only one there are bus and train.
- DAY-TRIP: Aranjuez, early in the morning, with three splendid Palaces, and a very charming park. On your way back to Madrid, you can also stop at the medieval village of Chinchón and lunch in the Mayor Square. Cuenca is also a nice city and you wpuld go after, where you can see the famous "Casas Colgantes" - one is even a restaurant . You can also visit the "Ciudad Encantada" before and the Stone Monastery. The city of Alcala de Henares is also interesting on your way back to Madrid and dinin in tipical famous mesones for universitary students.The best will be go in car and visit all.
- DAY-TRIP: Toledo, a ‘must’ and so close! Don’t forget to wait til night time to enjoy the overwhelming view from the Parador of Toledo under the lights. The best will be go in train, only 20 minutes from Atocha Station, near our flat, also there are a lot of bus in Mendez Alvaro Station Sur. You would sleep in the old city and go to others cities in the sud of Spain from here. If you will go with car,go y¡to parking in Transito neigborhood, close to Greco´home, you can make a tour around the city and came back easy
- DAY-TRIP: Salamanca, with so many monuments to visit that you might like to stay overnight and from here you will go to other cities in Spain.
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