Atocha Railway Station, Madrid
Built in the 19th century, Estación de Atocha was Madrid's first cast iron building. The elegant red façade is crowned with two winged mythical creatures (half lion, half dragon). The interior is home to an impressive indoor tropical garden. Trains depart from Atocha to destinations south of Madrid, such as Sevilla and Córdoba, in addition to Toledo. It is worth stopping by to admire the architecture and the tropical garden even if a trip is not contemplated.
Getting through the subways was quite an adventure. Especially worrying about gypsies all the time! The Madrid subway system is designed really well, color coded, and easy to navigate. For us, it was a struggle though, we were exhausted after a looooong plane ride, and carrying around heavy bags, to boot!
Then at the Atocha train station it took forever to find where to buy tickets. The station is huge!
And listening to and understanding spoken Spanish is much harder than reading it! Most definitely a baptism by fire - bautizo por fuego - en la estación del tren en Madrid.
I am exhausted - haven't slept yet, hope to soon. The car is quiet except for a little 2 year old girl next to me who loves to talk. But she is so cute and has a sweet, innocent voice, so I don't mind.
I'm in a separate car than Dave and Pat. Note to first time travelers in Spain - you can't just sit wherever you want! They are really picky about assigned seats. Unfortunately I'm in a different car, or "coche." It's crazy here! And who would have thought that "plaza" means "seat"? I suppose it has the connotation of "place," as in, "place to sit."
The Spanish countryside is beautiful! We are passing olive groves and green fields. I'm going to stop writing and look out the window.
Estacion de Atocha:Madrid's first railroad service,from Atocha to Aranjuez, was inaugurated in 1851.Fourty years later Atohca station was replaced by a new building that was given a modern extention in the 1980s.The older part of the station, bulit of glass and wrought iron, now houses a pleasant indoor palm garden. There is a restaurant also next to this palm garden .We had a lunch there,they have delicious deserts.(chocolate sufle!!!mmmm)
The Atocha train station is one of the two mayor stations of Madrid. From here you can go everywhere. Even if you dont want to take a train it is recommended to visit the station. Especially for its spectacular tropical garden.
This is a clasic and an important point of reference of the city, a blend of old and new.
What impressed me most in my first visit was the indoor tropical garden.
Built in 1889-91 by Alberto de Palacio Elissagne and the help of Gustave Eiffel. It got a face lift in the early ninety'swhit the construction of AVE (Te fast speed train that serves the Region of Catalunya).
Atocha, train station, close to the Reina Sofia and Del Prado musseums and El Retiro Park.
Special tips for sundays: in the morning go to the flea market: El Rastro, and before 2:30 (they close at that time) try to visit any of this two musseums that are free on this day.
Atocha is not only the mayor train hub of southern Madrid, but also a delicious visit by itself. The station has three different sections: the commuting trains one, the long distance and the oldest and most beautiful: the tropical garden. Right now is under restoration, but when it works at "full capacity" the humidifiers create a REAL tropical atmosphere there. It’s an spectacular visit… but be aware that the human body tends to sweat copiously when facing such humid atmospheres ;-)
If you are going somewhere to the south or east of Madrid, this is the station for you. The high speed AVE train which connects Madrid with Sevilla departs from here. I went to Toledo from Atocha, which also serves Cordoba, Malaga, Valencia and Castelon among others. For more information of train travel in Spain, go to: www.renfe.es/ingles/index.html
One of the two main train stations in Madrid (the other one is Chamartin). Located in front of the Reina Sofia Museum. Trains for the south (Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Huelva...).
Come with enough time to admire the interior tropical garden (see photo) at the old station building. They've got many kinds of tropical plants as well as turtles and fishes.
Atocha Railway Station is situated just in the centre of historical part of Madrid. Only 5 minutes walk to Prado Museum.
After events in March 2005 this station Is wellknow all over the world.
Atocha Train Station is ideal for travelling to Portugal and Madrid suburbs. From Here we took a return train ticket to go to Toledo.
This photo is of the old section of the station....now turned botanical garden!
A lovely thing to find in this very large and very busy train station!