Puerta del Sol is in the center of Madrid and is a meeting place for a lot of residents, as well as a popular spot for celebrating New Year's Eve in the city.
El Oso y El Madrono - The Bear and the Strawberry Tree
Madrid's famous statue representing the large amount of bears that used to live around the forests of Madrid.
I love walking through big, old cities like Madrid that have amazing architecture on every corner! The building above is now the Bank de Espana.
One of Madrid's most famous museums, The Prado, known for housing one of the greatest collections of European art. Two of the most famous artists with work exhibited here are Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya. This is a musuem that should not be missed! To avoid long lines, I recommend booking tickets online in advance which allows you to pick a time to enter the museum.
Parque Retiro is a beautiful park not too far from the Prado, and made for a good spot to sit on a bench and relax for a few minutes after our museum visit!
One of my favorite spots in Madrid, we lucked out to be in Parque Retiro on a beautiful, warm day. The lake area is a great place to hang out and many people were in the park enjoying a picnic. I recommend going early if you want to rent a boat on a nice day...the line was way too long by the time we arrived!
Another place I recommend going to very early. We went there twice over the weekend, but the long lines deterred us from going in!
Plaza Mayor, another of Madrid's most well-known squares (yes, that's Winnie the Pooh in the background!)
After dinner, we went to Corral de la Moreria for a wonderful flamenco show! (I posted some video at the end of this blog post.) Flamenco, which is Spain's native music and dance, is a must-see when going to visit the country. The show was amazing and is one of the city's most famous flamenco spots, but note that some tables like ours had a partially obstructed view due to the building posts.
Mercado San Miguel is a great place to eat! Wonder through the aisles to check out all your options before selecting something. There are many items to choose from!
On our last night in Madrid, we ate at Casa Botin, on record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the word's oldest restaurant, founded in 1725. The cellar room downstairs is a great place to eat with a neat ambiance. The restaurant's main dish is the roasted suckling pig, which was delicious!