Madrid, Spain is the capital of the country and a city full of historical architecture and sights. We weren’t alone in our adventures through Madrid either as President Obama was close by the whole time(ok, we never found him but he was there). Since there were so many places we wanted to see, naturally riding a tourist bus around the city for two days was the best route to go!(Tourist buses are one of my top three favorite things to do as a tourist, highly suggest). The bus took us through the entire city, explaining building and stops along the way.
Plaza Mayor is a huge and popular plaza in the center of Spain that was built in the 1600s and is now surrounded by shops and restaurants and constantly full of tourists.
El Retiro Park is a large park in the center of Madrid with a huge pond for fish, ducks, turtles and rowing boats(the baby turtles were the best part).
The Royal Palace of Madrid, which is the official residence of the royal family(though they don’t actually live there, crazy people), was an amazing sight. This is also where Obama spent his day in Madrid, so honestly we were just trying to find him but unfortunately never did….
Across a small plaza from the Royal Palace is the Almudena Cathedral, a beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral that was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Though it’s far from being the oldest in Madrid, it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have seen.
The food of Madrid was similar to that of Barcelona, but they do have one signature dish that we had to try: Calamari sandwiches. If you don’t like calamari, it definitely isn’t for you, but with our love of calamari we had to try it at multiple restaurants and they were amazing! Also would highly suggest taking a trip to Chess Cafe if you ever visit Madrid for the sweetest workers, and cheap yet delicious breakfast food. @ChessCafe WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR FOOD TOO
Biggest shout out ever goes to our main man, Javier, aka our AirBnB owner. The most genuine, sweet, giving man/host we have come into contact with this entire time abroad! If anyone ever needs a place to stay in Madrid or a restaurant to eat at, Javier has four AirBnBs (and said he would always hook us up with the nice one if we visited again) and a restaurant right next to the place we stayed called Favorite 23 Restaurant. Great food, great drinks and amazing company with the employees. WE LOVE YOU JAVIER<3