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5 days in Spain...Barcelona or Madrid or both?

5 days in Spain...Barcelona or Madrid or both?

Sep 6th, 2010, 01:15 AM
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Some Madrid suggestions:

Have breakfast at Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes in down town Calle Alcalá, 42. One of the city's most emblematic cafés. Grab a window table and watch Madrid wake up on bustling Calle Alcalá. Later in the day, you should take the lift up to the roof topp terrace (the azotea) for the most spectacular views of the city. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/cargarApl...ntificador=179
pictures/videos: http://11870.com/pro/circulo-bellas-artes

The Reina Sofia contemporary art museum. The second floor with Picasso, Dalí, lots of other painitings, posters, films, photos etc., dealing with a couple of the greatest civilizational breakdowns of the 20th century, The Spanish Civil War and WWII, completely blew my mind off last year.

(And of course Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums)

A stroll in beautiful Retiro Park. http://www.aviewoncities.com/madrid/parquedelretiro.htm

Sunday shopping at the Rastro market: http://www.madrid-guide-spain.com/el-rastro.html

Watch the sunset over the Guadarrama mountains from the terrace at El Ventorillo in the Vistillas park. Great pollo al ajillo, some say the best in town. Map, video and some pictures: http://11870.com/pro/restaurante-ventorrillo

Have lunch or some tapas at Casa Granada, on the 6th floor of an apartment building just off Plaza Tirso de Molina. Hard to find and a great terrace. http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Vide...ada-Video.html

Medina Mayrit, an Arab bath-house just off Plaza Mayor in Calle Atotcha, 14. (Mayrit is the old Arab name (from the 9th century) of Madrid, meaning running water and referring to the water sources beneath the city). http://www.medinamayrit.com/

Café Central, just off bustling Plaza Santa Ana, is a fabulous jazz venue with live performances from the best artists every night at 10. Entrance 11€.

Experience world class flamenco at one of the best tablaos. Madrid is arguable the flamenco capital of the world. Although the art form comes from the South (Andalucía), everybody has to conquer Madrid to get to the top. On their way there, or as an opportunity to try out new things and get an up close audience, many of them work the top tablaos. I highly recommend Casa Patas and Cardamomo, both close to Plaza Santa Ana.

Txirimiri in Calle del Humilladero, 6 gives you an idea of why the Basque kitchen is considered among the best in the world. In the midst of one of the best tapas/restaurant districts in town, in and around Calle Cava Baja in La Latina.

I never leave Madrid without having had the squid in its own ink and the fabolous cod at Casa Revuelta, also in the same district.

You should also try the excellent salmorejo, a somewhat thicker variant of the tomato/vegetable soup gazpacho, in Según Emma just behind the newly reopened gourmet-oriented San Miguel food market. http://11870.com/pro/segun-emma

Fine dining at El Mentidero de la Villa:

This site is great about Madrid. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do
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Sep 6th, 2010, 07:04 AM
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I lived in Spain many years ago and I am returning soon.
Kimhe, you are a wealth of knowledge! Thank you for all of the valuable information (and flamenco tips) that you always give.
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Thanks Kimhe! Awesome tips!
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