Talking with my friends I realised I was the one who had not yet visited Madrid. "How so?" - They said ... Yes, last Summer I visited Sevilla with my family and two years ago I went to Barcelona with my cousins; but in fact I had never visited one of the main cities of Spain ! - "Big mistake" - They told me! Initially I hadn't realised what all the fuss was about, but when I get something into my head, I hardly forget it. Therefore, that evening I searched for more information about the city and tried to structure a plan that would allow us to visit Madrid in a short period of time without going bankrupt. After the search I discovered that there is a CP super cheap train, costing €24.20, and more than that, we save one day of journey and lodgings since it travels at night! Perfect!
Problem solved! My friends and I finally started out to Ronaldo's city! It was the first time we had travelled so many hours by train together, but it turned out to be a very nice journey, because we had cabin compartment with bunk beds, a sink and electrical outlets to connect our gadgets. The hours went by very quickly and, as we had the time, we did a survey of the places that we couldn't miss! As "temporary Madrileñas", our first day in the city began with a quite traditional breakfast, Madrid style, tasting the delicious chocolate with "churros"! And since we were nearby, we took the opportunity to take some pictures at Puerta del Sol, a great landmark, and we ended up going for a walk at Plaza Mayor - considered the "heart of Madrid". Contrary to what we were expecting, we met some friendly Madrileños who told us the history of the city and "put us on the right path" for a wonderful fried squid sandwich - "calamares"; there is nothing more typical!
We ended the day on Gran Via (where we were staying) that has a very cosmopolitan life day and night, full of shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful people!
If I ended this day with a full heart, the next day was even more spectacular! We got up early, went for a morning stroll through the beautiful Retiro Park and visited the well-known Prado Museum ... I was fascinated with all its pieces (is it a mandatory visit!). My day could not have been more rewarding, as we visited the main sights of the city: Puerta de Alcalá, Plaza de Cibeles and the wonderful Debod Temple at sunset. I do not know how, but we still managed to have the strength for a quick pub crawl before going to sleep.
On the last day we decided to visit the Real Madrid stadium, to see the pitch where the world's best practises! (Actually my father had insisted a lot that I take him a picture).
Even for a few days, I've marvelled at the cultural richness and the city environment, I felt at home, as if it wasn't the first time I visited. It was the best trip of my life, exciting from the first to the last minute. Check here for information about the Lusitânia Comboio Hotel.
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