Earlier this year, I have visited Madrid, Spain. I had quite a long layover at the airport so I decided to see a little bit of what the city has to offer.
The best way to get to the city from the airport is to buy the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass. The ticket for “Zone A” costs 8,00 € and will get you anywhere you want throughout the whole day. You can find more information about that on http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/travel-pass.html The metro line No. 8 will take you directly to the city from Terminals 2 and 4.
After I had walked around the city for a while, an old, interesting looking building on Plaza San Miguel caught my attention. I went in there and it turned out to be a food market! They seem to sell everything in there, fresh fish, fruit, pastries, dairy, Spanish tapas… It is awesome!
When at some point your feet start hurting from running around, just sit down and enjoy a nice cup of Café con leche or order “Chocolate con churros” (try it, you’ll fall in love instantly!). In case they’re out of churros already, which can happen by the time it becomes afternoon, go to Chocolateria San Gines (it’s located in the street Pasadizo des San Gines, only about 2 streets away from Plaza San Miguel). They’re supposed to have the best Chocolate con Churros in Madrid and they even sell it to go, I’ve tried it 🙂 But it’s worth to take the time and enjoy the ambience of the nice little chocolateria.
http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/ (Their homepage has a blog as well!)