Madrid - Day 1

Madrid - Day 1

We planned to spent our entire Eastern holidays in Malaga. The cheapest way to get there from Dusseldorf was flight to Madrid and then drive to Malaga. But later we decided to stay in Madrid for a few days and see it.
At about 1 PM we landed in Madrid-Barajas, terminal 4 - one of the biggest airport terminals in the world.

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Luggage belts.

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Strange constructions.

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Because we decided to stay in Madrid so late it was cheaper to leave the rental car on a parking lot near to the airport instead of changing the booking. Car pick-up point was in Terminal 1 and there is a free shuttle bus between terminals.
We took the car from parking lot and drove to another parking lot in a hotel nearby, which was only 17 EUR for 2 days. In Madrid parking costs around 25-30 EUR per day. And we couldn't find a cheap hotel in Madrid center with free parking.

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After a bit of rest in the hotel we went for a walk. Our route looked something like this: from hotel to Plaza Major, lunch there. Then visit Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace. Tapas in the evening and new Captain America moview at night.

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Plaza Mayor.

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There were a lot of cafes and restaurants on the square, we chose the one whith most people - Museo del Jamon.

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Tiny dog.

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Street name plates.

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San Miguel Church.

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Scrum Pub for the people who love Agile methodologies.

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Sacramento Church.

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Almudena Cathedral is next to the royal armory.

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Grandiose building.

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Stained-glass windows.

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Next to the cathedral is the royal palace - Palacio Real de Madrid. It is the official residence of the spanish royalty, but Juan Carlos I does not live there at the moment.

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Entree fee is 10 EUR, there are a lot of fancy rooms, rococo-baroque, all the stuff. But it is not allowed to take pictures inside.

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Palace park.

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Royal bench.

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Spaniards are taking a break on the benches.

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Skinny dog is running around.

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Opera house.

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Small fountain.

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Lots of green.

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