If you are traveling to Madrid, a flamenco show is a must! Audience members from around the world are enchanted by this alluring art form where the dancers, musicians and singers on stage display soulful feelings and tremendous passion. In this lively city located in the beautiful country of Spain, there are an abundance of flamenco shows to choose from that include dinner, tapas, and/or drinks. Since the hostel I stayed at is a part of a referral program with a local flamenco show, my friend Jackie and I ended up going to Tablao Restaurante Las Carboneras.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Madrid is from November to June
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Museo Nacional del Prado
First, the most recognized art museum in Madrid is Museo Nacional del Prado. In comparison in size to the Lourve Museum in Paris, the Prado contains a massive collection: around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents. It’s one of the best collections of European art. Pieces date from the 12th to early 19th century, a number made by artists who were assigned to create works specifically for the Spanish royal crown. It can feel a bit daunting to try get through a lot of the Prado in one visit. I got there on a Monday afternoon, still recovering a bit from my early-morning flight, and, due to my jet lag, I decided to stick to about two floors. Or perhaps focus on a certain artist or join in a tour. Francisco de Goya has a high representation, as well as Diego Velázquez, Titian, and El Greco, among others. Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German and French masterpieces are also well featured. If all else fails, one painting I recommend seeing is Velázquez’s Las Meninas.
-Drama to catch the flight back homeAnd guess what! We’re back! ????That’s probably the shortest way to sum this trip up! This trip truly made us live the AWARA life. Nothing could be more defining of how travel changes life. Many of us keep thinking that TRAVEL AS A SOLUTION is nothing but delusion, only because of exorbitant expenses that we associate with travel. Let me tell you, we’re no millionaires to take this exotic trip. We’ve been through our struggles and hardships while making ends meet even on this trip. Each one of us has our own story. Someone saved, someone borrowed, someone sacrificed another item on their wish list and someone just considered this to be a great investment.So here it is, I am back in Mumbai.It’s barely been a day since I am back. And I’ve spent all day aimlessly in bed, binge watching TV shows for distraction, dealing with this as if I am going through a break up.It was time to smell some coffee and find solace in writing. So even if this great trip has just concluded- the madness, the secrets, the pictures and even the details of this will be relived by me through this lovely little space I love- Awara Diaries.Stay hooked, ‘cuz you’re going to love what you’re going to read! ????Love,
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
In addition to these museums, consider checking out the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, once a baron’s private collection, and a great navy museum called Museo Naval, run by the Spanish Navy. (Bring your passport with you for this one, as it’s in a government building. An ID is required for admission).
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
For those who like modern art, the second museum is this “triangle” is also worth a visit. Across from the train station, Estación de Atocha, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is located in a former hospital and holds works by 20th century masters. It’s similar to what you would see at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. One of its most significant pieces is Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” which Picasso painted in protest of the Spanish Civil War. Major works by fellow Spanish artists, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, are also here. The museum is also open late on Friday nights, with free admission.
Plaza del Sol
Plaza del Sol is a well-trafficked pedestrian area, quite lively in both day and particularly at night. Likewise there are shops and restaurants, in this older section of Madrid. On New Year’s Eve, people gather here to conduct the tradition of eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight for good luck for the incoming year.
Mercado San Miguel
For 18 euros each, we enjoyed an hour-long show with a glass of sangria. At the restaurant, we ended up paying an additional 17 euros for tapas, the infamous small plates of food found throughout Spain. This restaurant does serve dinner at the rate of 55 euros through the hostel’s partnership. I absolutely loved the sangria. In regards to the tapas, they were okay. If Jackie and I had planned ahead, I would have preferred to eat at the bustling Mercado del San Miguel, a food hall that is located nearby.
Restaurante Botín S.L.
Traditionally, the Spanish eat dinner late, so it’s possible you might have to wait until 8 p.m. or so for your restaurant reservation. One place I went to Reservante Botin, a restaurant that has been in existence for almost 300 years (it’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records). Down the street from the Mercado, and in existence since 1725, Botin’s specialty dish is a roast suckling pig that is quite tasty.
With dining, if you want to try a mix of everything, from tapas to seafood and even something sweeter, pay a visit to The Mercado de San Miguel. Located near Calle Mayor, this older building houses a nice mixture of delicatessens, restaurants and bars. For a few Euros, you can purchase different small plates and appetizers to try. During my visit, I dined on everything from stuffed olives to croquettes to fried calamari and even sampled a few pastries. My entire bill for the evening averaged out at most to 15 Euros.