We recently spent 48 hours in Madrid where neither my husband or I had ever been. After 2 1/2
weeks traveling around Portugal, we were feeling a little bored and were looking for an interesting city with great museums, good public transportation, since we were going to be carless, and some great food. So Madrid it was.
While we were still in Portugal, we booked a hotel online in the Salamanca area of Madrid which is where all the high end shopping is and it is pretty easy to get around the city by walking, bus or subway. We arrived on a Friday evening and left on a Monday afternoon.
The first night we ate dinner at a local place we found by walking around the neighborhood. The food was great and a refreshing change from the food we had eaten for 2 1/2 weeks in Portugal. Mainly because of the variety of options we had to choose from which was one of our big disappointments about Portugal.
The next morning after a breakfast of coffee and Omelette Espanha (the Spanish egg & potato omelette) at a Tapas Bar, we went to the Museo de Prado which is the largest museum in Madrid.
After the Museum we went to a very crowded outdoor flea market and along the way went in and out of Antique stores. Which is something we love to do whenever we visit a foreign country because we have found some wonderful indigenous items for gifts or furnishings for our house.
The next day we visited the Museo del Sofia where the famous Guernica by Picasso is and afterwards, we visited the fantastic Mercado San Miguel, a gourmet market where you can walk around and look at all the beautiful food stalls and eat the most amazing Tapas for around 1 euro each.
The next morning we flew home after a three week trip through Portugal and a short weekend detour to Madrid which made the difference for us from feeling bored with Portugal to feeling refreshed, well fed and cultured from our time in Madrid.