We just returned from a fantastic trip to Madrid and Barcelona and wanted to share a few memories from our trip…enjoy!
Plaza Mayor — Loaded with tons of shops and restaurants, this was our first stop once we got to the city. It was the perfect spot to begin our trip!
Mercado de San Miguel — This beautifully restored Beaux-Arts building is just a block away from the Plaza Mayor and it’s a foodie’s dream. You can get dozens of different types of tapas along with your favorite glass of sherry (or vino)! The perfect spot for our first cocktail break!
From the Mercado we headed over to the Palacio Real and on our way, we saw incredibly beautiful buildings and winding streets.
Libreria San Gines — One of our favorite stops throughout the trip was this outside bookstore…Alberto just loved browsing through the stacks and finding old Spanish-language books he grew up reading.
Madrid has done an outstanding job preserving its medieval heritage. During the trip, we frequently found ourselves at this particular square, the Casa Villa (Old Town Hall). It was a tranquil spot to recharge, even though it was right in the middle of the city.
Atocha — One of the must stunning buildings in Madrid, this train station houses a huge tropical garden filled with birds, fish and hundreds of turtles…yes, TURTLES! We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse on our way to Barcelona!
Palau de la Musica Catalana — Once in Barcelona we headed over to the Ramblas for a quick lunch some more book shopping (Alberto’s idea, of course). After lunch, we ended up at a truly remarkable building, the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Our picture doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a gorgeous building, inside and out!
La Sagrada Familia — Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece is absolutely stunning. It’s still being built, after almost 130 years! Words, nor pictures, could describe how breathtaking this Basilica really is…you’ll have to visit!
La Sagrada Familia means Holy Family in Spanish, one of the most ornate entrances of the building is the Nativity Facade, which features several scenes from the birth of Christ.
Back in Madrid, we had a day to shop! The perfect place to start was at the Puerta de Alcala in the Salamanca district of the city. From here we hit our favorite stores…Loewe, Bally, El Ganso, Camper, Pasteleria Majorca (for a cocktail break!) and our all time favorite, El Corte Ingles!