Spain: Madrid – A walk in the city centre (part II)

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Today I tell you about a walk we did on the final day of our Madrid citytrip. I will show you the neighbourhood around Retiro Park.  Are you with me?!

We started off our final day in Madrid with a visit to Atocha station. In this large railway station, there are lockers to leave your luggage. This was very handy for us, as we only had to leave the city by 6 pm. Leaving our luggage in a locker meant that we could wander around the city on our final day, without dragging our suitcases with us!

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After dropping our luggage in a locker, we wandered around the tropical garden of the station for a couple of minutes… yip, Atocha station has a tropical garden which is definitely worth spending some time in! Then we headed towards the Parque del Buen Retiro, but more on that later!

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The walk

Leaving Parque del Buen Retiro (north of the park, Calle de O’Donnell), we immediately saw the Casa Arabe. We walked down the Calle de Alcala, passed the Parroquia de San Manuel y San Benito and headed into the Calle de Lagasca to go to a tapas restaurant to have lunch.

Then we walked towards the Puerta de Alcala and Plaza Cibeles.

Afterwards we walked down the Paseo del Prado, passing the famous museum. In the Caixa Forum we had a final stop, having a drink before heading towards Atocha station to catch a bus to the airport.

The pictures

Atocha station: the tropical garden

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Atocha station: the building

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Near Atocha Station

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Casa Arabe

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Parroquia de San Manuel y San Benito

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Calle de Lagasca: Pincho Elcano

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Near Calle de Alcala

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Puerta de Alcala

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Passing the gates (one of…) of Parque del Buen Retiro

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Between Puerta de Alcala and Plaza Cibeles

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Plaza Cibeles

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Paseo del Prado

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Checking the map!

 

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Prado

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Caixa Forum with vertical garden and cafetaria on the top floor

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We certainly enjoyed our last walk in Madrid! It showed us a posh part of the city. We didn’t do any museums as we didn’t have the time, but I’m sure Madrid has a lot to offer concerning culture and art.

Love, Kathleen

 

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