Below is an itinerary for a late March 2020 Madrid trip for my wife and me. I’ve spent months honing it and it’s at the point where I’m pretty happy with it, given our limit of four available days (five nights). Madrid is the first stop in our trip, followed by five nights in Paris (itinerary in France section) and twelve nights in London and southern England (itinerary posted in England section). I’ve also included in this segment the two days we will be in Boston prior to departing for Madrid. I’m hoping to get some recommendations for good Boston seafood shacks and/or good Jewish delis.
FWIW, my primary resources to date have been the RS Spain, Paris, and London guides, supplemented with info from these RS forums and Internet searches. Kudos and thanks to Rick for his advice!
All recommendations and comments are welcome, specifically regarding:
--Where to eat: I’ve pretty much identified too many places to eat already, but further recommendations are ALWAYS welcomed. Don’t worry about cost; I can sort that out. Our interest is mainly in “traditional” Madrid and Spanish foods. Regarding any recommendations, we won’t likely get too far out of the Puerto del Sol area.
--A question: is the roast suckling pig at Sobrino del Botín worth the expense and tourist crush?
--Any major goofs I’ve made in the itinerary. F’rinstance, would it be a good thing to swap the days for the Prado vs. the Palacio Real?
--Any brief “must-sees” since we’re “in (whatever) neighborhood”.
Thanks in advance for any comments and recommendations!
Sunday (March 22): Arrive Boston 16:20, stay in Coolidge Corner area.
Monday (23): Harvard Museum of Natural History at opening (9:00), then JFK Library
Tuesday (24): “Downtown” Boston, Boston Harbor, harbor cruise, depart Boston Logan for Madrid about midnight
Wednesday (25): Arrive Madrid (layover in Barcelona from 11:30-15:15) at 16:40: Stay in immediate Puerto del Sol area (hotel already booked). Dinner at El Corte Inglés “Gourmet Experience”--because it’s close to PDS and has a view.
Thursday (26): Morning Puerto del Sol and Plaza Mayor walks (plus churros and squid sandwiches!), city bus #27/minibus Lavapies tour, and CaixaForum—at least from the outside for the “green wall”. This is an intentionally slow day in case jet lag is an issue.
Friday (27): Royal Palace first thing in the AM, then the Reina Sofía. Evening DevourMadrid food/flamenco tour.
Saturday (28): Winebus tour of a winery and Segovia—our big splurge in Madrid.
Sunday (29): Museo Nacional Del Prado first thing in the AM, then Retiro park and/or the Royal Botanical Gardens
Monday (30): Depart Madrid about noon for Paris