The books all say you should check out the Plaza Mayor and so you must! Try to do your discovering in the early morning hours as the restauranteurs and shopkeepers are just considering opening up for the day, so you have the area more or less to yourself. Walk around and think that hmmmm, you missed out on the public executions by a mere three or four centuries...
Tipping in Madrid!
Tipping in Spain!
Iýve seen many people coming to Spain giving exaggerated tips, even 12 Euros for a meal of 90. Thatýs too much.
In Spain We tip for the quality of service weýve received, the best service, the best tip, but there are some things you have to know.
When you are on a bar, having something to drink, if the service is good (they attend you on time, friendly and they put you a tapa for free I would just round the tip or give a euro. On a restaurant depends also on how they serve you, for a nice service maybe a euro per person is ok, for a good service a euro and a half or two is all right and a for a bad and unfriendly service if you live nothing will be the best thing to do.
If you flag down a taxi, just round the ride, but never give more than a Euro or two, as a foreigner you donýt know if they are being right or if they ripped you off so be prudent and donýt tip if you suspect the driver took you on a tour instead of driving you directly and quick. Taxi drivers are In Madrid and almost every where in this world the best thieves so Why tipping them if 90 percent of time when you travel they took your money?
Any way Do what you consider is right and a tip will always be welcome when somebody gives you a service.
Valley of The Fallen
The Valley of the Fallen or as the locals say Santa Cruz del Valle los Caidos is a worthwhile visit. It was commissioned by General Franco as an attempt of reconsiliation after the Spanish Civil war. The site consists of a huge 500 foot cross on top of a rock with a basillica carved within the rock below.
Main Shopping Centre
Centro Comercial La Vaguada is Madrid’s biggest shopping centre, with over 350 outlets, including a Corte Inglés and a large supermarket, as well as a traditional fresh food market. It also has an entertainments floor with a cinema, disco, bowling alley and mini-fairground. It’s a long way from the centre but there is a fast metro link.
This is the only microbrewery in Madrid and is located in the heart of Plaza Santa Ana. There serve and brew a variety of ales and lager so if you can't find any beer that you do not like - well there's something wrong with you :)
On the ground floor, there is a typical bar and tapas scene.
Down in the basement cellar level you can even serve your own beer from the taps at your table. How convenient!
During the warmer months, there are outdoor seating looking out into the plaza.