24 hours in Madrid.

To know me is to know that i have a special place in my heart for Spain. Back in 2013, my parents sent me off on to my first summer adventure overseas and my life has never been the same ever since. You can read about my travel in Madrid, here.

Ill be returning in two weeks with my mom and I can’t wait to take her to my favorite places and experience new places. Some of my favorite places I will share here, Jardines de Sabatini, El Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, and El Palacio Real de Madrid. Not to mention, I’m super excited for churros con chocolate with my coffee!

SABATINI GARDENS: The garden apart of the Royal Palace that became open to the public since 1978. These gardens were dedicated to an Italian archetech, Francesco Sabatini, whom designed different works at the palace in the 18th century. Its a great place to escape the city and have a moment to yourself.

LA PALACIO REAL DE MADRID: If you ever wanted to feel like a queen or king for a moment, palace can make you feel just that. The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of Europe’s largest palaces. The palace has 1,450,000 sq ft of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms.. I mean, what does one do with over three thousand rooms!? You can buy an entry ticket from here, and its worth every euro. After a quick security bag check, you enter the massive courtyard. From the courtyard you enter the palace and feel this sense of awe come upon you. Once upstairs you begin the tour through out the palace. Each room is beautifully decorated with velvet curtains, paintings, gold, marble crystal and royal furniture. Theres security guards every where that prevent you from taking pictures, so save the public shame and keep your phone and camera down. After the last room, you’ll end up in a long hallway, its safe to take pictures here.

EL MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL: Not far from the palace is this market filled with mini restaurant stalls. This is the second time i’ve been to a market like this in Mexico City and it’s by far the best way to get a taste of everything. From olive skewers to steak to fresh fruit smoothies to pastries to sangria. You have everything located under one roof and the prices are low. Like a kid in a candy store, you’ll want to see and eat everything.

PLAZA MAYOR: Another beautful courtyard that holds some of my favortie memories of late nights and great laughs. You can find small vendors and the famous “Oso y El MadroƱo”, (bear and strawberry tree) statue at the Puerta de Sol. Be sure to rub the bears’ heel for good luck!

So there it is, some of my favorite places in Madrid. I’m looking forward to sharing these with my mom in the next week, and see so much more in Seville!

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