Take a leisurely afternoon...
Take a leisurely afternoon walk through the Jardin Botanico just outside of the Prado. It is a beautiful garden with a lot of peacful little places to take a breather from a long morning of heavy touring. Stumbling onto a post-May Day parade with gigantic mechanical insects.
Don't wait forever for the bill...
... 'cuz it's not coming, people! ;)
This might not be obvious to all, especially for Americans, so I figure it needed specifying: while in North America, waiters will bring you the bill as soon as you're done eating and tell you to pay whenever you're ready, in Spain, you need to ask for it when you're ready to leave.
Real Madrid... The "Star Team".... I get to watch the Real Madrid-Valencia match... I have to admit that as in tennis, I am new at all this live and direct sport stuff... So 1) I REALLY tought that there would be someone describing the game... There was not.,.. and all the time I tried to guess what was happening... 2) We get some of the WORST seats... I saw Beckham like a little ant... And no comments about trying to determinate if the little ball I was watching was actually the ball or a particle of dust in front of my eyes...
3) It was great!!!! despite of the other two points, I really enjoy the game, the atmosphere was great!!!!... If you are in Madrid and you can get some tickets, GET THEM!! it is worth it!
Panteón de Hombres Ilustres
The Pantheon of Illustrious Men was built between 1.892 and 1.899 by architect Fernando Arbós. Built on the site of the former Royal Basilica of Atocha, it is Byzantine style.
Práxedes Mateo Sagasta (1.825-1.903), politician, engineer and journalist.
Sculptor: Mariano Benlliure (1.904).
Eduardo Dato e Iradier (1,856-1.921), politician.
Sculptor: Mariano Benlliure.
Antonio Cánovas del Castillo (1.828-1.897), politician and writer.
Sculptor: Agustín Querol (1.906).
José Canalejas (1.854-1.912), politician and writer.
Sculptor: Mariano Benlliure.
* How to get there:
Calle Juan Gayarre, 3 (corner Paseo de la Reina Cristina).
- Metro: Atocha-Renfe (line 1) and menéndez Pelayo (line 1).
- Bus: 10, 14, 26,32 and Circular (stop Paseo de la Reina Cristina, 4) and 24, 37, 54, 57 and 141 (stop Avenida Ciudad dde Barcelona, 6).
Other website: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pante3n_de_Hombres_Ilustres
Madrid's "Nomades of the Night",
There are many people who say that Madrid were Europe's capital of Night Life. Certainly this page doesn't offer enough room to treat the subject profoundly, but be sure: here you will find something for your taste - whatever taste you may have ...
Find below a few hints, about which regions are among the preferred ones by Madrid's "Nomades of the Night", and don't be surprised if somewhere, at 4 a.m. or so, you will get involved in a traffic jam. Madrileños, like all Spaniards in general, don't stay in the same local for all the night, they prefer to change all the time, from one to the other. However, at 4 a.m. few people are on their way to work! As you wish