Madrid in 6 days and 5 nights (March)

Old Jan 8th, 2011, 09:36 AM
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Madrid in 6 days and 5 nights (March)

So this will be my first time to go to Europe and I'm going with my wife after our honeymoon was delayed 10 months. We're traveling in the middle of March and we're interested in getting the most out of this vacation as possible. We'll be there Monday morning through Saturday night. We're not really adventure seekers but we enjoy history, sightseeing, shows, shopping, and dining at unique places. From what I've read I think we would be really interested in a day trip to Segovia and maybe another to Toledo. I don't think we'll have time for more than two day trips but I wanted to get advice on where to go, what to see and do, and where to eat. Any advice is helpful since all of our previous vactions out of the US have been to tropical places (Cancun, Jamaica, Bahamas). We were interested in a change but don't really know what to expect.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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if you go to "search" and type Madrid. ( including a thread on restaurants), you'll find a ton of info
What you wish to see and do depends on your interest.
Trips to Toledo and Segovia are a good choice.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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The best advice I can give you is to go to www.maribelsguides.com and download her Madrid guides. I believe she also offers separate guides to Toledo and Segovia. These guides have all sort of information , from best restaurants/ hotels by area for every budget , to information about all the top (and minor) attractions and must sees. I ahve been to Madrid many times and still rely on her fabulous guides.

I agree that two day trips are enough and IMO Toledo and Segovia are the best.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 11:08 AM
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I've previously posted these suggestions for Madrid:

Have breakfast or lunch 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 life on bustling Calle Alcalá. 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

Watch the sunset over the Guadarrama mountains from the terrace at El Ventorrillo 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

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€. Good food also.

Experience world class flamenco at one of the best tablaos. Madrid is arguably 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 recommend Casa Patas and Cardamomo, both close to Plaza Santa Ana.
http://www.casapatas.com/
http://www.cardamomo.es/

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/

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

Asturian Casa Mingo for the best grilled chicken and cider: http://www.casamingo.es/
Watch the video, and you're sold:
http://11870.com/pro/casa-mingo/videos/bc313f19

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.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...ri-Madrid.html

I never leave Madrid without having had the squid in its own ink and the famous cod at Casa Revuelta, also in the same district.
http://11870.com/pro/casa-revuelta

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
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR...ma-Madrid.html

First class dining at El Mentidero de la Villa:
http://www.mentiderodelavilla.es/
http://11870.com/pro/el-mentidero-la-villa

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 a couple of years ago.
(And of course Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums)

The Chueca and Malasaña area, north of Gran Vía, is Madrid's most lively shopping district that "combine both originality and the avant-garde. Specifically, the section made up of little streets perpendicular to Fuencarral and Hortaleza streets is a shoppers’ paradise".
http://www.softguides.com/madrid_gui...ne.html#chueca

This site is great about Madrid. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for your posts, I am planning a trip to Spain and they are quite helpful. Especially the one with Maribels Guide.
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