Have you ever planned a trip waaaaay ahead and yet unforeseen circumstances managed to somehow pop up unexpectedly? I’m referring to months of uneventful spells at work and then urgent enquiries miraculously appear the moment you are about to go on leave. How about a family member whose surgery should have been scheduled 3 years ago ended up getting a slot right on the day of one’s flight departure? Life is sometimes a complicated b*#%h! There were so many reasons to cancel a dream vacation that it felt almost surreal when it actually materialized. Nevertheless, we were grateful for the safety of the family member post surgery and for the privilege to travel.
We covered at least 8 cities within 15 days in Spain; from the capital city also known as Madrid to the region of Andalusia in the south of Spain and lastly Barcelona city located in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. The starting point of our journey began in Madrid. For the next 5 days, our memorable passage across Andalusia by bus journeyed through Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Costa Del Sol, Granada and Toledo. After we got back to Madrid, again we went on a day trip to Segovia, also by bus. Finally, we flew to Barcelona from the Madrid Barajas T4 airport via Iberia airline and spent 5 days 4 nights there before heading home.
Madrid is relatively new in terms of history compared to other cities in Andalusia despite being the capital city of Spain. Founded in the 9th century, the population of Madrid is currently 3.2 million people. It is much smaller than other major metropolis such as Paris, London and Berlin. The top 5 touristic attractions not to be missed while in Madrid are as listed above.
Most attractions are easily accessible by Metro. A metro ticket within zone A cost 1.50€ each. A bulk of ten tickets can be purchased at 9.90€. Two person can actually share a single bulk metro ticket of ten by passing the same ticket back and forth. Been there, done that 😉
Better still, if you purchase a Madrid one day pass at the tourist information counter, it’ll only cost around 8.90€ per ticket for unlimited journeys within a day inclusive of train ride from the Madrid-Barajas international airport to the city center. In the event that your day pass fail to work after just several rides, you can actually request the metro officer on duty at any metro station within zone A to issue a new ticket. The magnetic force in a cellphone is so strong that it has the tendency to deactivate a metro ticket when you keep it within the cellphone’s casing compartments.
- Madrid Day Pass: 8.90€
- Royal Palace Entrance: 9€
- Prado Museum Entrance: 14€
- Vodafone Prepaid SIM Card: 15€
- 3 Star Hotel: 70€ per night
- Food: 13€ to 15€ per meal