Vintage ads on a Madrid street.
I swear every building in Madrid is this pretty or prettier. I kind of feel like no one talks about Spanish architecture like they do places like Paris or Prague, but it’s all domes and balconies!
First sunset in Madrid from our Airbnb terrace!
The view from the balcony of our Madrid Airbnb. We LOVED our location right on the Puerta del Sol, the busiest square in Madrid. Everything was within walking distance for us, and something was always happening in the square, from protests against bullfighting to concerts to groups fighting over Catalan independence.
Obviously the first thing we did in Madrid was find ALL of the tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel. It’s kind of an overwhelming experience: hundreds of Spaniards crammed into a labyrinth of stands selling small bites and large drinks. There are no lines and no order to anything; you just have to catch someone’s eye behind the counter and start pointing to all of the things you want to try. The tables in the center of the market were a throng, but we found that the outer edges of the building had quiet areas like this where we could sip our wine and people-watch.