City Tour of Madrid on Foot

Day 0: Introduction: Perfecting My Trip to Europe Using United Miles

Day 1: LAX-YVR on Air Canada, Vancouver, and YVR-LHR on Air Canada

Day 2: BD Number One Lounge at Heathrow and London to Lisbon on TAP Portugal

Day 3: A Day of Sightseeing in Lisbon

Day 4: An Unexpected Extra Day + New Years in Lisbon

Day 5: 12-Hour Bus Trip from Lisbon to Algeciras, Spain via Seville

Day 6: Monkeying Around in British Gibraltar + Ferry to Tangier, Morocco + Overnight Train to Marrakech

Day 7: My Five Star Hotel Room in Marrakech

Day 8: Bartering for Mont Blanc Pens + RAK-MAD on Royal Air Maroc

Day 9: City Tour of Madrid on Foot

Day 10: Escape to the Madrid Airport Hilton

Day 11: MAD-FRA-CPH on Lufthansa

Day 12: CPH-IAD on SAS, IAD-PHX-BUR on US Airways


Day 9: City Tour of Madrid on Foot - 05 Jan 2010

This was my first trip to Madrid and I neglected to think about what I wanted to see there until I arrived. Like Lisbon, I decided to explore the city by foot and see, well, whatever I saw.

Palacio Real

La Casa de Campo

Catedral de la Almudena

Plaza Mayor

Puerta del Sol

Bear Statue at Puerta del Sol

Real Jardin Botanico

Atocha RENFE (Train Station)

Ministry of Agriculture

Palacio de Telecomunicaciones

Puerta de Alcalá

Monument to Alphonso XII

Crystal Palace

Prado Art Museum -- free admission after 6:00p.

Gran Vía

Puerta del Sol

By the end of the day, I was content that I had explored the highlights of Madrid. After suffering though a meal at FresCo, a low-quality salad/pizza buffet chain (but less than EU10), I returned to my hostel continued my law school reading. 


bta March 18, 2010 at 03:33 pm

Thanks Matthew, I have really enjoyed reading your blog.

I was in Madrid last November for a leisure day after a business trip to Barcelona. I saw many of the same sights you did. I think we have similar ideas of how to enjoy a day trip such as this.

Gray March 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

Keep it up, Matthew. Love the whimsical approach to exploring a city.

Cheers from BKK,


@bta + Gray: Thanks for the compliments. I appreciate them.

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