"Loved the Energy of Madrid" Madrid by Donna_in_India
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This was my first trip to Madrid (to Spain actually) and although meant to be a kind of stopover between other points was especially enjoyable. Within a few hours of landing in Madrid and walking around, I knew that I was going to wish we had more time there.
Puerto del Sol is the physical and emotional heart of the city with lots of energy and action in the area.
Late April weather was really nice (warmer than usual for that time of year) and there weren?t many crowds. The metro and bus systems are good and easy to use (although the metro was dirty), but we still managed to do a lot of walking.
The people were friendly and the tapas were delicious. Lots of choice for accommodations ? even the budget ones are decent (although usually small).
I was even thrilled to be able to use some of my high school Spanish and my Spanish skills aside, most people took me to be Spanish.
The only thing that was not good was the bullfighting. This seems to be a very controversial topic so all I will say that it was not for me. I was so sorry I did not heed another VTers advice not to go.
I?ve included a travelogue which is from my day-to-day journal of our time in Madrid along with my tips. Hope you enjoy them.
We headed to the Palacio Real. It is huge - 2800 rooms (you only see about 50). The rooms that are open to the public... more travel advice
I wished I had listened to the traveler who warned me against going to to a bullfight. I had never been to one before... more travel advice
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