down the Calle (street) de Alcala toward
the center of Madrid.
is a city of activity and peaceful walks.
During the day the city bustles with
energy, but come evening the central city
becomes a frenzy of human activity as
Madridians take their nightly excursions.
Around the Puerta del Sol the
streets become packed with people until well
into the early morning.
most cities I visited in Spain, Madrid is
virtually littered with plazas. Plazas
are places for friends and family to
gather. In Madrid, they also provide the
landmarks for essential navigation. Need
to find the Royal Palace? Go to the
Plaza de Oriente. Are you
taking the Metro? Likely you
will pass through the Sol (like
in Puerta del Sol) metro stop.
Many plazas are tourist attractions in
their own rights. Who could visit Spain
without a stop in Madrids famous Plaza Mayor?
Museo de Jamón (the museum of ham)
stores are scattered about the city.
around the ham store, enjoy the smells
and then settle on a seat at the stores
café to enjoy a Spain ham or sausage.
While it may be tempting to sling a leg
of Iberica Ham over your shoulder for the
return home, you had better check with
your own countrys customs first. On
entering the U.S.A., I have seen returning
vacationers almost in tears as their $400
leg of ham was thrown into the hazardous
Visit the world famous Prado Museum
Check out the Royal Palace