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Spain, the country all of Europe envies for its eternal warmth and sunshine. Welcome to Madrid! As you get off the plane, the first thing you should do is get your transport card: ask for an “abono touristo T” for 1 day (€12.00) – that covers all your journeys in Madrid, including commuting to and from the airport.
Domingo en Madrid
Being in Madrid on a Sunday has some advantages, so try to do so if you can. The first one is that you can go to the “Rastro”, open until 2 PM. The “Rastro” is a flea market where you can find pretty much everything and anything, very often for half-nothing. Since we are talking about prices, Spain is a lot cheaper than most countries in Europe, so it would be a good idea to do some shopping if you had been planning to while on the continent.
As far as accommodation is concerned, the cheapest place I know is Hostal Welcome, in the southeast of Madrid, where you can stay for only €13.00 per night. If you have a gap to fill in your stomach, head for the La Latina district in the west part of Madrid. The area is famous for its tapas bars, even though tapas are mostly on a pay as you eat basis, some bars still give away free tapas with drinks, i.e. tortillas, olives, chorizos, among others. Another delicacy is the “chocolate con churros” – stick-shaped doughnuts to dip in chocolate sauce. A must-try.
Another benefit of being in Spain on a Sunday is that you get free access to some museums, including the famous Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. You can expect worldwide known paintings and pieces of art in both of them as they shelter work from Dali, Picasso or Goya.
In the streets of Madrid
The best souvenir you can bring yourself back from Spain is a nice suntan. Time to spend a few hours outside and enjoy some sunbeams! While doing so, take a look around you. Gran Vía is the main street of Madrid and has a lot of shops for shopping amateurs. The Palacio Real, the royal residence is a jewel of architecture, well worth seeing. Right across stands the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena de Madrid, one of Spain’s most significant religious building. You should also take a look at the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple reconstituted near the heart of Madrid, slightly northwest. If you want to see the very centre of the city, then look out for the Puerta del Sol, the kilometre zero of all roads in Spain.
Are you feeling like a road trip across the Iberian Peninsula? That’s good, because you have a 6-hour drive ahead of you to reach your next destination: Lisbon! Book your car share now for about €40.00.
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Total spent, inc. travel: €65.00 (meals & drinks: €10.00)
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