Apr 22 2015

Madrid in May – Head Outdoors and See The City By Foot!

Now that the weather is good why not head outside and explore some of the city by foot or even by bike. Madrid is a beautiful city with a lot of different things to see so below we have listed a few different options and walks that you can do. 

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Retiro Park is a beautiful and old park in the heart of Madrid. Here you can go for a walk, eat ice creams at the cafes, have a picnic, and then rent out a rowing boat and row around the lake to burn off some of those calories! It is also home to the Crystal Palace and a public exhibition centre just to the left of the boating lake entrance, which houses art exhibitions which are always excellent and free. The atmosphere is very relaxed and made even happier by the talented buskers that fill the park.

 

Stroll Along the Banks of The  Manzanares

At long last the M-30has been completed and it is possible to take a leisurely and very pleasant walk along the banks of the Manzanares. The pathway is filled with many different places to stop including leisure areas with swings, ziplines and slides as well as other places to relax. There are also many fountains and streams for kids to play with in summer and bars with extensive terrace seating. For anyone who likes walking this is a definite must do route that will be enjoyed by all. There are also many bike/scooter rental places in Madrid so if you don’t fancy the walk or you would like to be able to get around quicker and easier then you should consider renting a bike. Here is a bike rental link in Madrid prices start from as little as €4.

 

The Temple of Debod

 

In Madrid lies the only authentic Ancient Egyptian piece of architecture in the whole of Spain. The Temple of Debod was actually transported piece by piece from Egypt to Spain as a mark of gratitude from the Egyptian government. In 1960 due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam there were many ancient Egyptian landmarks and pieces of history that were under threat of being made permanently underwater. UNESCO made an international appeal to help save these sites and Spain along with some other countries fought hard to help preserve some and so in 1968 Egypt donated the temple to Spain.

The temple was rebuilt in one of Madrid's parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972

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.

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Image taken from www.todanoticia.com

 

If you are going to Madrid and you havent yet found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of Apartments all over Madrid. Below featured is the Fuencarral Boutique Apartment which sleeps 4 people.

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