Home' A Plus Magazine : Nov 2012 Contents Where to eat
• Botín Serving old world culinary charm
since 1725. Calle de Cuchilleros 17.
• Cerveceria La Campana Best bocadillo
de calamares (squid sandwich) in town.
Calle Botoneras 6. 364-29-84.
• El Brillante Hectic café with unforgettable
pinchos morunos (spiced lamb). Plaza del
Emperador Carlos V 8. 539-28-06.
• La Venenci Iconic 1950s bar with
sherry and tapas. Calle de Echegaray
• Marisquería Ribeira do Miño
Galician-style seafood. Calle Santa
Brígida 1. 521-98-54.
• Puerta 57 Tapas inside the Real
Madrid stadium. Calle de Padre
Damián 4. 457-33-61.
Where to stay
• Hotel Intur Palacio de San Martin
Cheerful comfort in great location.
Plaza de San Martín 5. 701-50-00.
• Hotel Urban Trendy high-concept
luxury with fab rooftop bar. Carrera de
San Jerónimo 34. 787-77-70.
• InterContinental Madrid
Sophisticated business elegance.
Paseo de la Castellana 49. 700-73-00.
• ME Madrid Reina Victoria
Renovated 1920s landmark. Calle de
Santa Ana 14. 701-60-00.
What to see
• Mercado de San Miguel Cast-iron
temple to retail gastronomy. Plaza de
San Miguel. 542-49-36.
• Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofía Home of Guernica and
other great artworks. Calle de Santa
Isabel 52. 774-10-00.
• Museo Nacional del Prado
Impressive collection of masterpieces.
Paseo del Prado 1. 330-28-00.
• Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Glorious art collection in historic
building. Paseo del Prado 8. 276-05-11.
• Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Terraces, greenhouses and a
herbarium amid eight hectares. Plaza
de Murillo 2. 420-30-17.
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Previouspage: Locals and tourists throng Puerta
del Sol, Madrid's historic central square
This page (from top): The Manzanares River;
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas; Plaza Mayor; Museo
Nacional del Prado
Further south is Museo Nacional Centro de
Arte Reina Sofía, Spain's national museum of
20th century art, which turned 20 years old in
September. It is home to Guernica (1937), Pablo
Picasso's expression of the brutality of the Span-
ish Civil War.
All three museums can be accessed using
a single Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) ticket that
enables visitors to bypass the sometimes for-
midable queues. Other world-class museums
in the area include the CaixaForum modern
art museum and the Museo Nacional de Artes
The western side of Puerta del Sol is not
without its charm. Just to the southwest lies
the even larger Plaza Mayor, which echoes with
Spanish history: everything from bullfights to
executions have been held there. Today there
are street performers, open-air markets and res-
taurants and cafés of varied quality.
Further west lies Palacio Real, the official
home of King Juan Carlos and his family. It is
open to the public when the king is not in resi-
dence and also houses The Royal Armoury,
which this month features a collection of weap-
ons and armour from members of royalty and
the nobility in the 13th century.
For a more modern attraction, visit Madrid
Río, an area of parkland featuring sports, leisure
and cultural facilities opened in 2011, along an
old motorway beside the Manzanares River.
There are worthwhile sights outside the
central area. To the north is Plaza de Toros de
Las Ventas, site of a museum of the history of
bullfighting. Not far away from there is Esta-
dio Santiago Bernabéu, where the venerated
Real Madrid football team plays. Forthcom-
ing Primera Liga home matches will usually be
held on Sundays.
All that activity will work up an appetite and,
fortunately, Madrid caters to wide-ranging tastes.
Try traditional Madrileño dishes such as be-
sugo (baked sea bream), callos (ox tripe) and
cocido (chickpea stew) as well as sweet treats
like huesos de santo (made with egg yolks and
marzipan) and torrijas (bread pudding). Ma-
drid's classic street snack is bocadillo de cala-
mares, a fried squid sandwich.
Don't forget that Spaniards eat dinner late --
even at midnight or beyond -- and many Madrid
clubs and bars are open until the early hours, so
business visitors shouldn't schedule too many
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