Pages Navigation Menu

24 Hours in Madrid – Photo Essay

Welcome to Madrid

Welcome to Madrid

After my brush with death in Pamplona with the bulls (of which I still haven’t written about), I had a flight to catch from Madrid, and this time I had pre booked my ticket for the train in advance after learning from my previous mistakes.

This did leave me with 24 hours* to explore Madrid, a city that I had not visited before. And one that I had made no plans what-so-ever for.

I had heard people mention that it is quite a beautiful city, but I honestly had no idea. It has the grandiose palaces and cathedrals I was expecting, but it also has the small narrow streets filled with cafés that are great for sipping a beer while reading a book or just looking at people and contemplating life.

This being Spain, I was of course expecting something like Barcelona, but while they have their similarities, they are very different. I still haven’t decided which I like better. Madrid does feel a more livable city, but it’s hard to judge a city after just 24 hours.

So here are my photos of Madrid, so what do you think; is it pretty?

The Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid

Inside the Almudena Cathedral

Inside the Almudena Cathedral

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Into the park

Into the park

This isn't quite what I think of, when I thin about yellow Spanish sports cars

This isn’t quite what I think of, when I thin about yellow Spanish sports cars

Cool trees offering shade from the hot sun

Cool trees offering shade from the hot sun

Museu de Jamon, a ham museum!

Museu de Jamon, a ham museum!

That's brunch, lunch and snack right there

That’s brunch, lunch and snack right there

Another popular past time, watching people at the street from a cafe

Another popular past time, watching people at the street from a cafe

A mirror like metro entrance

A mirror like metro entrance

Terrace, a beer and a book, you don't really need anything more than that

Terrace, a beer and a book, you don’t really need anything more than that

Scooters, that's very European

Scooters, that’s very European

Police on a horse

Police on a horse

Book store on the street; they've put effort into it

Book store on the street; they’ve put effort into it

And finally, at the airport

And finally, at the airport

Even the small streets are pretty

Even the small streets are pretty

Have you been to Madrid?

 

*Alright, so it was more like 20 hours, but I’m exercising my artistic freedom here

12 Comments

  1. These photos bring back so many great memories. I love Madrid, such a fantastic city.
    Ayngelina recently posted..Helsinki surprised meMy Profile

    • It is a lovely city, need to have more time when I go there next time!

  2. Love of all of the colors in this city and such a cute red scooter.
    jill recently posted..My Kind of BeachMy Profile

    • It is such a vibrant city, and you have to love all the scooters they have :)

  3. I remember this day… 😉 Great photos, Jarmo!
    Oneika the Traveller recently posted..Stepping out in London: Breakfast at Duck & WaffleMy Profile

    • Thanks Oneika, It was a good day! And thanks for showing me around :)

  4. Barcelona seems to get more attention (from tourists, at least), but I think Madrid is just as pretty and interesting.
    Sophie recently posted..World at a Glance: Frank Zappa in VilniusMy Profile

    • Barcelona does seem to be more famous option, but I agree with you, Madrid is as interesting and beautiful.

  5. I loved exploring Madrid. I was going through a crazy running phase and went out on an epic jog through the city with a map and my camera. It’s a great way to fit in a lot of sights in one day, but I had to go back to do the things that involved looking respectable indoors!
    Arianwen recently posted..Paraty: the Brazilian VeniceMy Profile

    • It’s a great a way of seeing a city, although you’ll have to come back later to check out the places you missed while running quickly past! And yes, you do have to look respectable to get into some places, not easy to do covered in sweat! :)

  6. Thanks for following us on Twitter! These are some of the best photos of Madrid that we’ve seen in a very long time, great work!

    If you or visitors to your site are looking for further inspiration on trips to London or other popular city break destinations, feel free to take a look at our free, personalised and fully-customisable city guides.

    Happy travelling!

    Chris @ http://www.citytripplanner.com

    • Glad you liked them, it’s a lovely city!