Guidebook for Madrid

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Guidebook for Madrid

Food Scene

The Market of San Miguel (Spanish: Mercado de San Miguel) was originally built in 1916, and renovated and reopened it in 2009. San Miguel Market is super popular and right next door to Plaza Mayor. The market is not a traditional grocery market but a gourmet tapas market, with over 30 different vendors selling a wide variety of freshly prepared tapas, hams, olives, baked goods and other foods. Beer, wine and champagne are also available. Don't miss it!!!
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Mercado de San Miguel
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The Market of San Miguel (Spanish: Mercado de San Miguel) was originally built in 1916, and renovated and reopened it in 2009. San Miguel Market is super popular and right next door to Plaza Mayor. The market is not a traditional grocery market but a gourmet tapas market, with over 30 different vendors selling a wide variety of freshly prepared tapas, hams, olives, baked goods and other foods. Beer, wine and champagne are also available. Don't miss it!!!
This is a fantastic spot for Tapas, Wine, and Cheese! It's a gourmet deli and restaurant, and we highly recommend the mixed cheese platters. And if you've never had it, try the Ramon Bilbao wine. On Wednesday evenings, make sure to get there early to grab a table and watch a fantastic two person music performance of traditional and gypsy music from across Europe. The Wednesday night show is our absolute top secret recommendation from all of Madrid! Do not miss it!!!
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Casa González
12 C/ León
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This is a fantastic spot for Tapas, Wine, and Cheese! It's a gourmet deli and restaurant, and we highly recommend the mixed cheese platters. And if you've never had it, try the Ramon Bilbao wine. On Wednesday evenings, make sure to get there early to grab a table and watch a fantastic two person music performance of traditional and gypsy music from across Europe. The Wednesday night show is our absolute top secret recommendation from all of Madrid! Do not miss it!!!
One of the best lunch specials in Madrid! A beautiful traditional Spanish setting and fantastic seafood and meat dishes.
Venta El Buscón
One of the best lunch specials in Madrid! A beautiful traditional Spanish setting and fantastic seafood and meat dishes.
Along with the nearby Taberna Alhambra, check out these wonderful lunch specials. Try the Langostines and Paella!
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Alhambra
9 Calle de la Victoria
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Along with the nearby Taberna Alhambra, check out these wonderful lunch specials. Try the Langostines and Paella!

Parks & Nature

A huge and beautiful park in the center of one of the world's busiest cities. Wonderful manicured gardens, lawns for picnicking, and a lake where you can rent paddle-boats. A great place to run, bike, or just relax and even tan in the sun.
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El Retiro Park
7 Plaza de la Independencia
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A huge and beautiful park in the center of one of the world's busiest cities. Wonderful manicured gardens, lawns for picnicking, and a lake where you can rent paddle-boats. A great place to run, bike, or just relax and even tan in the sun.
This beautiful park includes an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and reassembled in Madrid after being donated to Spain through the work of UNESCO.
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Temple of Debod
1 Calle Ferraz
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This beautiful park includes an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and reassembled in Madrid after being donated to Spain through the work of UNESCO.

Essentials

Located right next to the apartment, this store is open 7 days a week and has just about anything you might need from a grocery store.
Carrefour Express
4 Calle del León
Located right next to the apartment, this store is open 7 days a week and has just about anything you might need from a grocery store.
We do have a washing machine in the apartment, but if you want to have someone else do the wash for you, just go downstairs!
launderette Cervantes
6 Calle del León
We do have a washing machine in the apartment, but if you want to have someone else do the wash for you, just go downstairs!

Shopping

A large indoor/outdoor market with over 50 stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish... any type of produce you might want! Get there between 10AM and 2PM to catch the most open stalls.
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Best of Britain
5 Calle de Santa Isabel
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A large indoor/outdoor market with over 50 stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish... any type of produce you might want! Get there between 10AM and 2PM to catch the most open stalls.
This is Madrid's grand department store, located in many floors of many buildings in the area north of Peurta del Sol. You can find anything from clothing to electronics to furniture, food, and hardware supplies!
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El Corte Inglés Seguros Correduría
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This is Madrid's grand department store, located in many floors of many buildings in the area north of Peurta del Sol. You can find anything from clothing to electronics to furniture, food, and hardware supplies!
This street market is only open on Sundays, composed of dozens of stands selling cheap clothing, accessories, souvenirs, home goods, and other items. All along the street, there are restaurants and cafes to grab food, and numerous antique and furniture stores for browsing.
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El Rastro
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This street market is only open on Sundays, composed of dozens of stands selling cheap clothing, accessories, souvenirs, home goods, and other items. All along the street, there are restaurants and cafes to grab food, and numerous antique and furniture stores for browsing.

Arts & Culture

Considered by some to be the greatest Fine Art museum in the world, make sure to catch El Greco's "Saturn Devouring His Son", the ROOM full of Bosch!!!!, all the Goyas and Velazquez's, and what we think is the "better" version of the Mona Lisa done by a member of Leonardo's workshop. You'll see. ;)
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Museo Nacional del Prado
s/n Paseo del Prado
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Considered by some to be the greatest Fine Art museum in the world, make sure to catch El Greco's "Saturn Devouring His Son", the ROOM full of Bosch!!!!, all the Goyas and Velazquez's, and what we think is the "better" version of the Mona Lisa done by a member of Leonardo's workshop. You'll see. ;)
You can't come to Madrid and not see Picaso's Guernica! And while there, get your fill of Dali as well. Not to be missed for fans of modern art.
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Arzábal - Museo Reina Sofía
52 C. de Sta. Isabel
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You can't come to Madrid and not see Picaso's Guernica! And while there, get your fill of Dali as well. Not to be missed for fans of modern art.
Not all a museum, since part of it is still being used as the Royal Palace by the royal family, this magnificent structure contains loads of history in the form of stunning architecture and amazing art. Don't miss it!
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Royal Palace of Madrid
s/n Calle de Bailén
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Not all a museum, since part of it is still being used as the Royal Palace by the royal family, this magnificent structure contains loads of history in the form of stunning architecture and amazing art. Don't miss it!
Located in a beautiful theatre, the Madrid Opera is world renowned (and pricy!) But if you're a big fan of opera, don't miss it!
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Ópera
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Located in a beautiful theatre, the Madrid Opera is world renowned (and pricy!) But if you're a big fan of opera, don't miss it!

Getting Around

Puerta del Sol is the central transportation hub for the metro system of Madrid. Every metro train \connects through there, either directly or indirectly.
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Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol is the central transportation hub for the metro system of Madrid. Every metro train \connects through there, either directly or indirectly.
Atocha Station is where you find rail connections to Barcelona, Sevilla, and other cities throughout Spain. Many of these connections are with high-speed (300 kilometers per hour) rail. It also has an express bus connection to the airport.
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Madrid - Atocha Cercanias
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Atocha Station is where you find rail connections to Barcelona, Sevilla, and other cities throughout Spain. Many of these connections are with high-speed (300 kilometers per hour) rail. It also has an express bus connection to the airport.

Sightseeing

This iconic square built in the early 1600's still hosts the occasional royal event, with 237 balconies looking in. It's full of restaurants and cafes, and has some beautiful large frescos. What they don't use it for anymore is bullfighting and public executions!
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Plaza Mayor
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This iconic square built in the early 1600's still hosts the occasional royal event, with 237 balconies looking in. It's full of restaurants and cafes, and has some beautiful large frescos. What they don't use it for anymore is bullfighting and public executions!
Take the elevator up to the rooftop lounge and see stunning views of Mardid. We recommend heading up there to catch the sunset. Food and drinks are available if you'd like to snack and relax.
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Círculo de Bellas Artes
42 Calle de Alcalá
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Take the elevator up to the rooftop lounge and see stunning views of Mardid. We recommend heading up there to catch the sunset. Food and drinks are available if you'd like to snack and relax.