After being exhilarated by the Italian capital and being slightly disappointed by the French capital, it was the turn of the Spanish capital – Madrid. Though in all honesty we did not have high hopes from the city as it doesn’t feature in any of the Europe’s must see itineraries and if we didn’t have to catch our return flight from Madrid then we would have skipped it. The one day we spent in Madrid conformed to our prior expectations as we found the city to be good without being great.
THE FINAL DAY IN EUROPE
We started our final day in Europe with the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid). It took us a combination of bus, metro and a short walk to reach the palace. The Royal Palace of Madrid was a huge white building overlooking a large central courtyard known as Plaza de la Armería. This palace which was constructed between 1738 and 1755 is incidentally the largest royal palace in Europe. Just opposite the palace complex was another imposing structure – Cathedral de la Almudena.