Madrid 101

So I have been living in Madrid for some time now (Jose has lived here all his life) and I feel like the city has so much to offer that I have yet to discover Maybe that´s the reason why I don´t like it … maybe I have to get to know it better.

There is a list that is available online (follow this link to go check it out, or just keep reading) titled “101 Things to do in Madrid Before You Die”. Jose and I have been trying to do it for a while, but with our busy schedules and the fact that we used to live on the outskirts of the city, it was a bit hard for us to get out and start. Now that we live in the city and Jose has more weekends off, we can now start.

The Goal:

Jose and I (and whoever would like to join us) want to complete the WHOLE list before the year is over. We might even add a couple of bullets to the list along the way.

We are also going to document our journey with a picture for every bullet on the list (and not so-on the list).

Wish us luck.

The List:

  1. See the Puerta de Atocha (main train station) gardens
  2. See the monument dedicated to the victims of the 11-M terrorist attack
  3. See the statue of the Ángel Caído (Fallen Angel)
  4. See the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace)
  5. Ride a Bike through Retiro park
  6. Rent a rowing boat in Retiro’s lake
  7. Have your photograph taken in front of the Oso y el Madroño (Madrid’s coat of arms)
  8. Walk through Cecilio Rodríguez’s gardens (in el Retiro)
  9. See the Cibeles fountain
  10. See Madrid from the top of the Circulo de Bellas Artes building
  11. Walk along the Gran Vía (Madrid’s main artery)
  12. Enjoy one of the many musicals on the Gran Vía
  13. Go shopping on Preciados street
  14. See the Puerta de Alcalá
  15. Enjoy something sweet at the famous “La Mallorquina”
  16. Eat 12 grapes for good luck on new years eve at the Puerta del Sol
  17. Eat a “squid sandwich” at the Plaza Mayor
  18. See Eloy Gonzalo’s statue at Plaza del Cascorro
  19. Take a walk through Madrid’s Rastro (market) on any Sunday morning
  20. Eat a good ration of patatas bravas at the famous “Las Bravas”
  21. Visit Don Quijote and Sancho Panza at the Plaza de España
  22. See the sunset from the mirador of the Templo de Debod
  23. See Picasso’s “Guernica” in the Reina Sofía Museum
  24. Enjoy the amazing works of art in the Museo del Prado
  25. See the amazing collection of Bonsai trees inside the Real Jardín Botánico
  26. Go and taste some delicious tapas at the recently refurbished San Miguel market
  27. Visit the Palacio Real and the Plaza de Oriente
  28. Stroll through Sabatini’s gardens
  29. Eat at the legendary Subterranean Chinese Restaurant (under Plaza de España)
  30. See Km. 0 (where all roads in Spain stem from)
  31. Visit the Sorolla Museum
  32. Admire the Plaza de la Villa (where the old Town Hall used to be)
  33. Visit the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen)
  34. Touch the Bernabeu field (Real Madrid’s football stadium)
  35. Enjoy some good jazz at the Café Central
  36. Go and meet loads of famous people at the Museo de Cera
  37. See all of Madrid from the Tetas de Vallecas (a set of hills on the outskirts)
  38. Walk through the gardens of the Palacio de Aranjuez
  39. Visit the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
  40. See the four towers from the Chamartin station
  41. Enjoy a good indian meal in Lavapies
  42. Start the day with a good ration of Churros at Chocolatería San Ginés
  43. Start a snowball fight with a stranger
  44. See the shiny dome of the Metropolis building
  45. Admire Madrid’s skyline from the Teleférico (cablecar)
  46. Enjoy the Thyssen Museum’s hidden gems
  47. Discover part of our history in the Museo de America
  48. Ride the Tren de la Fresa which leaves from the Museo del Ferrocarril
  49. Find an original gift in the Mercado de Fuencarral
  50. Go for a walk in the Tierno Galván park
  51. Spend the day at el Escorial
  52. See the Palacio Real from the Campo del Moro
  53. Admire the murals of the Casa de la Panadería (in the Plaza Mayor)
  54. Visit the Almudena cathedral
  55. Visit Las Ventas (the bullring)
  56. Go out drinking in Chueca and Malasaña
  57. See the Puerta de Toledo
  58. See the Gran Vía at night
  59. Read quietly on a bench at Plaza de Colón
  60. Take a photograph of the Kio Towers laid on the ground
  61. Admire Caixa Forum’s vertical garden
  62. Visit the Capilla del Obispo at la Plaza de la Paja
  63. Enjoy some cañas (beers) on a terrace in la Latina
  64. Enjoy a juicy roast chicken at Casa Mingo
  65. Ride the Abismo at the Parque de Atracciones
  66. Roar at the lions guarding the Congreso de los Diputados
  67. See Goya’s frescoes in the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida
  68. Se the Plaza de Neptuno
  69. Go window shopping on Serrano street (buy something, if you can)
  70. Have your picture taken with the Gran Vía behind you
  71. Visit the snowy Sierra de Madrid
  72. See Madrid from the Cerro de los Ángeles (666 metres above sea level)
  73. Enjoy a movie in one of the few cinemas left on the Gran Vía
  74. Discover the history of the Metro at Andén Cero
  75. See Plaza de Oriente from Opera’s balcony
  76. Spend the day with your childhood heroes at Parque Warner
  77. Visit the house where Cervantes was born (Alcalá de Henares)
  78. Cycle round the Anillo Verde Ciclista
  79. See the starry sky from the Planetario at Tierno Galván
  80. Visit San Francisco el Grande
  81. On a clear day, climb up the Faro de la Moncloa
  82. See the newborn Panda bears at the Zoo
  83. Go Zombie hunting at 8 am on Metro’s famous Linea 6
  84. Go for a walk in the Casa de Campo
  85. Look for a flat to rent with more than 30 squared metres
  86. Get lost in Madrid
  87. Run a marathon
  88. Eat a good plate of Cocido Madrileño
  89. Take the kids to see the puppet shows at el Retiro
  90. Help out one of the many charities outside of the FNAC
  91. Catch up with old friends and go for a coffee
  92. Organize a Urban Picnic in the Plaza de España
  93. Discover the Plaza Dos de Mayo. Birthplace of the Movida
  94. Build a snowman in Retiro park
  95. Enjoy one of the many concerts at the Palacio de Deportes
  96. Visit the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
  97. Go skiing at Snowzone in Xanadú. Whenever you like
  98. Find the best Mojito in Madrid
  99. Enjoy the abundant Urban Art
  100. Enjoy a picnic in El Retiro
  101. Live a Noche en Blanco

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