How we are going to get there
Fly in to Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport and land at 8:40am on Tuesday 25 August 2015.
Where we can stay
Suggestions on Virtual Tourist
- Rooms on the Gran Via
- Puerta del Sol area (near plaza Mayor)
- Hospedaje de Romero. Prices for 25-28th $170EUR, twin with private bathroom. If you book now you only pay around 9EUR you pay the rest when you get there.
- Accor Hotel – ibis Madrid Centro. Prices for 25-28th $280AUD, double bed and shower. We’d get up to 30% discount if we booked more than 30 days in advance. It showed $185 AUD when I did it 10/1 – but no cancel no change rate.
What we can see and do
I should probably point out here that we are only planning to stay for 3 days so won’t get to do half of this list more than likely – great excuse to go back though!
- Royal Palace – open 10 am till 8pm and will cost about 10 Euros
- Prado Museum – about 25 Euros. Goes down to 7 Euros if you go between 6pm-8pm
- Mercado San Miguel – Big market with tonnes of food stalls all under one roof. Has great reviews.
- El Rastro (Europe’s biggest flea market!). Held every Sunday and public holiday, so pretty sure we won’t get to go to this cause we land on a Tuesday. Damn!
- A day trip to Chinchon – buses leave every half hour or hour and only take 45 minutes and OMG the food looks soooo good!
- August 26: Tomatino Festival (tomato-throwing melee/party), Buñol, near Valencia (3 ½ hours from Madrid) probably too far but would be a blast.
- A day trip to Toledo – it seems to be all about the food (YAH!) but this is a link to a budget option.
- Madrid’s best Tapas bars: 10 Coolest Tapas Bars
- Walking tours:
Other stuff that may (or may not) come in handy