Although they say u need more than a week to explore Madrid I tried to squeeze what I could in a weekend. Hop on ave-renfe & let the adventure begin. After a 2.5 train ride from Barcelona, I did not waste time. Got on the hop on hop off bus, it’s the perfect way to see the city. & got off Gran Via to have lunch. Day 01: Eats: Bocaito, stumbled upon this amazing family owned restaurant where heaps of famous people have eaten. I have to say, this was the best paella negra I’ve had. Served with garlic aioli, no wonder Brad Pitt loves it here. 🐽🐷(A few items on the menu: callos, huevos asparagus with truffle, amazing bite size foie gras, & 3 chili spicy appetizer-if ur a chili lover this is a must try)
Drop by a few of these: Puerta Del Sol (very touristy) Puerta de alcala, Museo Del Prado, Temple of debod. The architecture is beautiful in this city. Watch the sunset at the: ROYAL PALACE (if u get lucky u might find the prince) haha I have a thing for rooftop bars and art. This next stop I found a mixture: go all the way up the CIRCULO DE BELLA’s ARTE’s. Have a happy hour drink before you go off to dinner. 🍸🍹
Mercado de San Miguel!! What’s for dinner ? ? Everything & anything, if u didn’t want to sit down and just eat and keep doing it this it the place to be. (A little pricier and a bit overrated if u ask me-but it’s worth checking out)This super colorful vibrant market tickles every inch of your palette. Day 02: Sunday! Get out of Madrid & see the outskirts. AVILA & SEGOVIA. Where castles and old churches in history lie.
AVILA: the santa Theresa church. & the largest medieval city wall. Architecture: gothic & Romanesque. SEGOVIA: spains castile & leon region. A small town with rich architectural legacy. & food! (Where suckling pig : lechon! Originated) also Known for the roman acqueduct of more than 160 arches & the former royal palace. The Alcazar of Segovia: castle! Lunch: @ el secreto de San Clemente. Must try the suckling pig 🐷 & the calamari.
Enjoy the wonderful views of Segovia on a bright sunny day! So now I understand why they say u need more than a week here. This trip was way too short, and there’s so much more to see in this side of Spain. But until then.
Back to BCN for now. ✌🏼