Seniors Travel to Madrid

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. Go Madrid is a Madrid, Spain, city guide with all the tourist information you need for your stay, created to inform you about the best Madrid hotels, hostels, rental apartments, museums, flamenco, tapas, monuments, bullfights and many more tourist sights & attractions.  It’s a great city with lots of things to do that will draw the interests of all seniors.

My wife and I spent two days here before we took our Avis rental car and headed off to the north to visit Avila, Salamanca, Caceres, Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba and Toledo prior to taking off for home. Each of these were World Heritage Sites. I had planned our week-long trip with a rental car to visit these sites plus many along the way. Madrid was a very modern city and fun and easy to walk where we wanted to go and visit.

The largest and most beautiful of all Madrid’s parks is the Retiro and one in English. It has 130 hectares of woodland which form a green, tree-clad (more than 15.000 trees) island in the middle of an asphalt sea. One may enter it through any of the fine gateways. Retiro stands for retreat, hence the name of the park and palace. At the time the park was well outside the city walls, but now Madrid has completely enclosed the Retiro park. The 320acre large royal park opened to the public in 1868. It is partially laid out in a formal French style, while other parts are more natural.

Me, I love to walk into five-star hotels just to check out the lobby and the ambiance of the interior. We took in several in Madrid and had tea in a couple You can enjoy lots of snacks in the street as well. I also enjoy just walking into open doors along the street, courtyards, visiting with locals and just sitting and watching folks pass by in the street.

We had the option of staying in a hotel with just one star or one with three stars. We choose the former. What a fortunate choice. We ended up right across the street from the famous Plaza Mayor loaded with lots of shops and evening “strollers.” We discovered that Madrileños, enjoy “strolling” arm in arm in the evenings, so we “strolled” too. The Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the center of Madrid is very popular with tourists and locals alike. The symmetrical rectangular square features a uniform architecture, very similar to the contemporary Place des Vosges in Paris, my favorite place. We even were fortunate enough to happen by a dancer doing the Since its creation.  

TripAdvisor is a great way to finish off this blog as it is loaded with information on Madrid. Enjoy your surfing. Seniors.    jeb



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