Last March, Shawn and I took our first trip together to Madrid. We drove two hours to Detroit, got on a plane to Reykjavik, Iceland, took another plane to London, spent the night in a hotel at the airport, and hopped on one more plane in the morning to Madrid. It was a lot, but the beautiful weather, amazing architecture and good food was worth it. Aside from our many nights out singing karaoke and eating tacos, here are the main highlights of our trip.
Mercado de San Miguel
Mercado de San Miguel was our first stop in Madrid. The building is made entirely out of iron and glass, which made it somewhat hard to find because it looked so different than the other buildings surrounding. The market had everything from fresh meats and cheeses to small desserts, coffee and sangria.
Plaza Mayor is the main historic square in Madrid. Many of the beautiful buildings that surround the square are three-story houses, but there are places to shop and eat as well. In the center of the square stands a statue of King Philip III on a horse. Plaza Mayor hosts Christmas markets every year as well as stamp and coin collecting markets every Sunday, and has been a place for soccer games and bull fighting over the years.
Retiro Park was my favorite place we went while in Madrid. You can walk around the park for miles, take picnics, and there’s even a couple small cafes. There are bikes and boats for rental. We rented a rowing boat with my cousin and spent an hour out on the water. There are playgrounds, a sports center, and a public library. If we didn’t have so many other places to see, I would’ve loved to spend a whole day here.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens were beautiful, but I would love to go back when more of the flowers are in bloom. Even in March, there was still a lot to see. We strolled around the 20 acres of gardens and found a small cafe. The building in the background of my first picture is a small art museum where we found some really interesting and unique art.
Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
We had a full tour of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, the home stadium of Atlético Madrid. We went in the team’s dressing room, the press room, the Walk of Legends tribute, and walked on the field. After the tour, we shopped in the gift store and went to a bar at the stadium for some food and drinks.
Templo de Debod
The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple that was sent to Madrid when it became in danger of being destroyed in Egypt. The temple sits on a hill looking over Madrid’s biggest park, Casa de Campo. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset and see the beautiful views of the Royal Palace.