Our summer vacation can be considered as a-spur-of-moment decision since from the time of planning/booking to the time of going was less than three weeks. We love Madrid in May with beautiful and sunny weather. The sun doesn’t set until 9pm and that gives us abundance of time to enjoy sightseeing.
It’s just wonderful to have our breakfast at one of the cafes at Plaza Mayor…orange juice and cappuccino with beautiful view and abundance of sunshine.
Our favorite place in Madrid is Market San Miguel: fresh seafood, delicious tapas, and good beer/cocktails. Lots of vendors selling fresh produce, fish, pasta, meat and even cookbooks in a beautiful and pleasant atmosphere. There are also a number of cafés and mini-restaurants which offer specialty food, from tapas to foreign food at Mercado de San Miguel.
Important note on this following plato: IT’S AWESOME!!! We came back to Market San Miguel 3 times and all 3 times we ordered this dish. I don’t like squid or octopus in general, but this grilled squid is so so good that even I can be persuaded. It tastes great with beer, olives, and lemon slices.
The Parque del Buen Retiro is the most popular park in Madrid. It can get crowded during weekends when many Madrilenian families go for a stroll in the park and street musicians, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers, jugglers and street performers animate the crowd.
Gran Via is the most crowded and busiest street in Madrid; that’s why we chose to take pictures here only at night!
Possibly the most beautiful of the many grand squares in Madrid is the Plaza de Cibeles.
Puerta de Alcalá-Alcala Gate is exceptionally beautiful at night.
Thanks everyone for reading!
May 24, 2013