¡Welcome to the capitol of España!
I recently spent 24 hours in this beautiful city. In an effort to outrun my jetlag, I walked over 10 miles around the city center, and barely made a dent in all there was to see. I was unaware of Madrid’s scale until that day. It’s the 3rd biggest city in the EU after all, following London–as long as they’re still in the EU–and Berlin.
The Mercado de San Miguel, pictured below, is a really great place to grab tapas and people watch. The structure was originally built in 1916, but in the 2000s it was purchased by a group of investors who opened it to the public. Now it serves as a gathering place where you can dine on on creepiest looking fish and wash it all down with Spanish wine.
Take special note of the monument below designed by Surrealist Spanish painter Salivor Dalí. The entire square was designed by the artist and dedicated to science and technology. It depicts Isasc Newton standing before a dolmen, a mythological tomb constructed of vertical megaliths upholding a horizontal capstone.
This Spanish Monastery, created in 1680 was eventually turned into a public park in the 19th century. The area is now surrounded by the modern day city, but the ponds and tree lined pathways are a peaceful retreat in the middle of the metropolis.
The tiny details this city has to offer are one of a kind. I loved that Madrid doesn’t feel trapped in time like so many ancient tourist destinations do. Life goes on, along with the times and the current fashions. I hope to visit again some day.