We have four full days in Madrid in November. Here are our basic plans - any suggestions welcome.
We are staying in Chamberi In the Hotel Orfila. The night we arrive is my wife’s birthday and we are dining in La Trainera ( my wife loves shellfish, we have been before and loved it)..
The next day we visit the Thyssen ( my wife loves art, been before and loved it) in the morning and then a general stroll round Gran Via and Chueca with some tapas here and there
The next day (Sunday) we were thinking of devoting to another of wife’s passions, shopping. The current plan is to stroll round barrio Salamanca and take in Museo Lazaro Galdiano. The main question I have here is will most shops in that area be open on a Sunday. Much as my wife likes El Corte Ingles, I am not sure even she would want to spend half the day there!. On Sunday night we indulge one of my passions, the lamb at Asador de Aranda.
Monday is devoted to a part of the city we have stayed in before, around Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real and La Latina. We had hoped to go to San Francisco El Grande but I see it is closed on a Monday. Any alternatives most welcome. Cochinillo Asado on the menu ( we had thought Botin but as you may have seen in another post we are slowly being persuaded to think again)
Tuesday is Prado day! Can you eat, reasonably well, within the Museo? I can take about two hours of looking at paintings before my eyes get tired and need a break and obviously would prefer to pay the entrance fee only once, or is there such a thing as a day pass? Cannot see such a thing on the website. Our final night sees another of my wife’s favourite things, Paella de Marisco at El Barraca on Calle Reina. Can anyone recommend a nice place for a drink round there? We had looked at.a place called Angelita (?) on the same street but it seems to be more of a restaurant than a wine bar.
We will probably visit Madrid again (for a third time) , maybe as part of a grander tour around Northern Spain as we have visited the South before, so places like Segovia and El Escorial are for next time. Feel free to ridicule, sorry I mean provide useful advice to, our plans but as you can see my wife likes art, churches, eating and shopping, not necessarily in that order!