February 2016 in Madrid – Some great things to do in the Spanish Capital

Restaurant Madrid February 2015

Visiting Madrid in February gives you the possibility to enjoy the great city without the big summer crowds. 


Restaurante Sobrino de Botín 

(Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain)

Was founded in 1725 and holds the title of oldest restaurant still running in the world. The restaurant has been mentioned in virtually every guide and many famous people have been known to frequent it such as the King and other politicians. Furthermore, artist Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The restaurant was founded by a French man Jean Botin and his spouse, and was originally called Casa Botín. It was inherited by a nephew of theirs called Candido Remis, thus explaining the change of name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day.

The Sobrino and its speciality of cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) are mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Sun Also Rises. Its other signature dish is sopa de ajo (an egg, poached in chicken broth, and laced with sherry and garlic): a favorite pick-me-up with Madrileño revellers.

This really is a great place to visit, the service is quick, the atmosphere is unique and the food is fantastic. We would recommend booking at least a day in advance though because the restaurant is filled every day.

Restaurant Madrid February 2015

Madrid Zoo

From the smallest insect to the biggest mammal, all the species of the planet live together in the Madrid Zoo. More than 6,000 animals belonging to more than 500 species are found there: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. This wonderful zoo is almost 20 hectares and includes a dolphin tank, aquarium, and an aviary, where the best examples of fauna from the five continents are brought together.

Madrid Zoo February 2016


Single Entry: 16.90 € (adults) – 13.70 € (3 to 7 year children and adults over 65)

Free (younger than 3 yrs)  

Family (three or more children previously authorized): 13.45 € (adults) – 9.20 € (children)


If you are planning to come to Madrid and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a whole range of different apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the lovely Madrid Gran Via 1B apartment which comfortably sleeps 2.

Gran VIa Madrid February 2016

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