I was excited to visit Madrid to experience its lively nightlife and to capitalize on the sales. Besides this I did not know what to expect.
Sports is very big in Madrid with the bull fighting and the Real Madrid soccer team. During a guided tour of the city we passed by the Plaza de Toros and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Real Madrid Stadium). Unfortunately, we did not have time to go in and take pictures but next time I guess.
In the center of the city is Plaza de Cibeles where City Hall is located. The plaza is iconic because of its intersection and fountain.
It is very evident that Columbus was highly celebrated in Spain. There is a monument of him in Barcelona and also a square dedicated to him in Madrid. As I mentioned in my one of my previous post Columbus was Italian but was funded by Spain.
The main shopping district is the Gran Via which is referred to as the Spanish Broadway. Many of the stores are upscale and designer brands.
The central plaza or Plaza Mayor is always filled with lived street performances.
A trip to Madrid would not be complete without visiting the famous Plaza de Espana which contains sculptures of Novelist Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Cervantes’s novel, Don Quixote, is a classic and is considered to be the first modern European novel. I am ashamed to say that I am familiar with the story but is yet to read the novel. It is on my currently #5 on my to read list.
Close to the Plaza de Espana is the Royal Palace and its gardens. The palace was the home to royalty during Spain’s imperialistic period.
Madrid is very clean and green. There are plenty of trees, gardens and park spaces. From its appearance it seems to be doing better financially than Barcelona. The plight of the recession was more obvious in Barcelona as many buildings were abandoned. I wish I had more time to explore the city and shop.