Royal Palace and Gardens
After aimlessly walking around that first morning, looking in vain for what my guidebook called a "brand new hostel" that seemed to me not to exist, my spirits were bolstered when I stumbled onto the Royal Palace with its lovely gardens and sunshine pouring in. The boulevard above (Bailen) became a wide, clean, pedestrian-only sanctuary. I took my time strolling the length of it down towards the church, where, the next night, I would stumble into an evening service in progress.
Big is Beautiful
See the biggest flag in all of Spain fly freely in the Spanish Sunshine.
Local Holidays for Flag waving include:
National Day 12th. October
San Isidro Day 15th. May
Constitution Day 6th. December
King's Day San Juan 24th. June
A market place to everyone´s taste
Madrid´s most traditional items can be bought, sold and enjoyed in the plaza de Cascorro and its surrounding streets.
The medieval market known as "el Rastro" is not only one of the oldest ones of Madrid, but it is also one of the most modern market places of the city. Sellers and buyers, "madrileños" and tourists mingle here, turning this market place into one of the most popular places of the city, and highly recommended by all travel guides. To fully appreciate its essence, the best thing to do is to walk its streets,blend in with the crowd,learn the art of bargaining, and to let its ambiance enthrall you.
Located around the Ribera de Curtidores, this market encompasses a large, almost triangular block marked by Calle de Toledo, Calle Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo, and spreads into various streets in the area, such as San Cayetano, Fray Ceferino González, Carlos Arniches, Mira el Río or Plaza de General Vara del Rey and Plaza de Campillo del Mundo Nuevo.
Shop with thousands of your new closest friends
What a madhouse! And these are the people outside the shops at Puerta del Sol. I think part of the reason is that most of the shops, Corte Englis included, are not open most Sunday's. Even with the strong Euro, I did find some deals. Actually, I liked the cafeteria downstairs in Corte Englis.
Flamenco at Corral de la Moreria
The Corral de la Moreria has a well deserved reputation for quality flamenco and good food. The flamenco was excellent, however, the layout of tables and stage left a lot to be desired. It was as if they took a restaurant and put a small stage in one corner. We enjoyed the show and it seemed reasonably priced for both dinner and show. The quality of the dancing and music was top notch. During the night we attended a world renown older woman with an incredible stage presence did part of the show. You should get there at least 30 minutes earlier than the show start time so you not only can get a better table, but time to get served before the show starts.