The night bus ride into Madrid from Lisbon was comfortable. After arriving to the station, we made our way to the metro for a short ride to stop Seville to drop off our luggage at Hostel Delfina. The hostel was not what one would think of as the typical hostel. A hostel can also be a b&b, a guesthouse, or pension. Situated in a stylish neighborhood in the heart of Madrid, the Hostel Delfina is a beautiful apartment. The host was accommodating despite having to come to the door so early in the am.
We set out to see the sites and meet up with another free tour in Plaza Mayor. http://www.madridtourist.info/plaza_mayor.html First we ate Prosciutto and cheese on a French baguette at Museo del Jamon. With Enrique as our guide, 2000 years of history was summed up in just under three hours as we made our way around various sites. After a short stop by our place to check in, we walked through El Retiro Park; just a short walk from the metro station. We walked with the locals as they soaked up the sun after a day at work. https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-del-retiro Many were in paddle boats or were sitting on grass with their family and friends. Dinner was tapas in the la Latina neighborhood.
After a full day of site seeing and good food we went back to Hostel Delfina to enjoy the room and prepare for the next day.
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