Ah day 2 of Madrid. I woke up feeling refreshed after a catching up on sleep (jk I woke up shivering after the air vent was blowing freezing air on me) but still, I was ready to take on Madrid!
We started off the day by taking the subway (the metro) to see the Real Madrid Stadium. My dad is a big soccer fan so this was a spot that couldn’t be missed. We didn’t do a tour but decided to walk around on our own. The entrance tickets cost about 30 euro per person, which I thought was kind of expensive, but you really do get to see a lot. For this price you get to see the view from two different areas of the bleachers including the floor seats (or whatever they are called in soccer). You also visit the museum, player’s locker rooms, the press room and finally end at the shop where you can purchase items for sale. One thing I do recommend is getting there when they first open which I believe is 10am. We purchased the tickets there with no line but by the time we were leaving at around 1pm, there was a HUGE line (probably about an hour wait).
Next we took the subway back toward our hotel area and walked over to see The Temple of Debod. This is an Ancient Egyptian temple moved from Aswan and reset in Madrid’s Cuartel de la Montaña Park. The park itself is stunning as well. It is set a top a hill and provides wonderful views.
As you know I have a love for Art Museums and top of my list was the Museo Nacional del Prado. I read online that during the week they have “free evenings” from 6-8pm. Great! I thought, this is when we will go. The walk from the subway was a short but beautiful one and I took some great pictures and everything was great… until we got there. You know that scene in Eurotrip where they decide to go to the Louvre and then are greeted with a GIANT line (no? here you go, check it out). Well that’s what happened. Being from NYC and knowing how big our lines get for free admission I was quite disappointed in myself. Needless to say, we didn’t wait in the two hour line.
And so our journey continued! Nearby was a beautiful Cathedral which we explored, the Puerta De Jeronimos and beyond that the most beautiful park I have ever seen. It reminded me of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles but even bigger! This was the Parque de El Retiro and you HAVE to see. Just see my pictures below if you’re not sold yet!
make a wish.
Day 2 led to all different spots in the city and we kind of went with the flow and grabbed food whenever we were hungry and what was nearby.
Most Important!! You have to go to this ice-cream spot. OMG was it amazing! It is called the Heladeria Palazzo located at Calle del Carmen, 27, 28013 Madrid, Spain. I am providing the address because I was THAT obsessed with it. I won’t tell you how many flavors I tried over the course of my 3.5 days (okay, it was 4 flavors but I was on vacation!). I had the strawberry, mint, yogurt, and pistachio flavors and none disappointed (mmm dreaming about this now).
For lunch I tried the paella that was made at San Miguel Market which was very good but I’m glad I only got a small portion because I’m not used to eating heavier foods and I was very full after.
Hope you enjoyed the second day of my Madrid adventure. Only one more left and it’s a good one! Stay Tuned! xx Vee