I have been to Madrid before but it's a great city to spend time in.
First stop - Atocha Railway Station, the main station in Madrid with it's beautiful tropical gardens and wrought iron work.
Then it was on to El Retiro, the main park in Madrid for second breakfast out there in the sun. First meal outside for 2014!
Beautiful blossom on a stunning spring day.
We walked from El Retiro, past some of Madrid's most amazing buildings to the Plaza Mayor. I loved this building, all art deco in style.
The beautiful Metropolis building completed in 1910 and restored in 1995.
Then it was on to the Plaza Mayor, the most famous of Madrid's squares. The current square was built in 1790, surrounded by 3-storey buildings with over 230 balconies looking over the square. It remains a thriving, if somewhat touristy, heart in the city.
One of the 9 entrances to the Plaza Mayor.
Lunch followed at a favourite spot in Madrid, the beautifully restored Mercado de San Miguel. You can find out more about it here on my post from 2011. The food looked as amazing as ever.
Bacalao and a selection of empanadas.
Post-lunch drink - Sangria!