The Gist: Madrid, Spain

Is Madrid on your bucket list? Although it wasn’t officially on our itinerary, I thoroughly enjoyed our hurriedly planned  trip to the beautiful city of Madrid. Hopefully, our itinerary will give you ideas.

Hotel:

AC Hotel La Finca by Marriott, Paseo del Club Deportivo 1, Pozuelo de Alarcon Madrid 28223 Spain

 

Standard Room
 
This hotel is a Marriott brand in Spain. It provides guests with modern rooms. There is a conference center, a bar, and a restaurant. It is located 8 miles from the city center of Madrid, but a train station is only 10-minutes from the hotel. TripAdvisor ranks it #2 of 4 hotels in Pozuelo. Read my Review of AC Hotel La Finca.

Places:

Jardines de Sabatini, Calle de Bailén, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain 

  
Sabatini Gardens is part of the Royal Palace. It was designed in honor of an Italian architect who contributed in designing the Royal Palace. The gardens are neo-classical in style featuring well-sheared hedges, statues, pools, and fountains. 

Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Teresa y San Jose, Plaza de España 14, 28008 Madrid, Spain

 

Photo by M.A.C.
 
The Church of Santa Teresa y San Jose is a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest. It is a religious community residence, a nursing home, and a parish church. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1995.

Plaza de España, Plaza de España 28008 Madrid, Spain

  
This is a large square located in central Madrid which features a statue of famous Spanish novelist Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra. It is a popular tourist destination in Madrid.

La Gran Via, is Madrid’s street that never sleeps. The place is an important shopping area with hotels, movie theaters, restaurants and shopping centers. It is the street with the most nightlife in Europe.

Photo by Rifleman 82 CC BY-SA 3.0

Food:

La Tasca de Ventura, Calle Ventura Rodriguez, 9, 28008 Madrid, Spain

 

Jamon de Buey is a must try!
 
We loved this restaurant. I totally dig its rustic ambience. The personnel were friendly and the food is delicious. The jamón de buey is the best ham we’ve ever had. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Restaurante Zielo de Madrid, Autovia del Levante KM 35.200 Perales de Tajuña 28540 Madrid 

 

Chorizo with egg for breakfast
 
We stopped here for breakfast on our way back to Peñiscola. The food was good and the personnel were accommodating. It’s located next to a gas station which was very convenient since we needed to refuel. 

Transportation:

Madrid Metro is Madrid’s rapid transit system. It’s commuter-friendly and the budget-friendly way to get around the city. We got on the Metro from the station near our hotel to the city center. It was a good experience for us. Read my review here

  
When visiting Madrid, stop by Jardines Sabatini and Plaza de España. The jamón de buey is a must try. 

Viajar con seguridad! 

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