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Old 04-03-2014, 09:58 AM
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Going to Madrid later this month with wife and 14 y.o. niece. Anybody familiar with the town have any suggestions for activities other than the usual museum and palace stuff? I booked an apartment for a week in the center of the city, but we might rent a car so we can drive out to the countryside for a day or two. I'd like to do a little hiking in the local mountains.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:58 AM
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you definitely have to do el prado. unfortunately for me, i was too young to really appreciate my visit there.

if theres any possibility you can make it to Mallorca, I highly recommend it - one of the most gorgeous places on earth.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:56 PM
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Go to a football (soccer) game. You won't regret it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:34 PM
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Go to a football (soccer) game. You won't regret it.
I actually wanted to do that and checked the Real Madrid schedule, but there are no home games scheduled that week.

I'm not even a soccer fan but I thought it would be a great experience.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:40 PM
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I actually wanted to do that and checked the Real Madrid schedule, but there are no home games scheduled that week.

I'm not even a soccer fan but I thought it would be a great experience.
There are four teams in Madrid. Athletico Madrid is in first place in La Liga right now, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano are exciting young teams to watch as well. Chances are one of them are in the city the week you are there.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:54 PM
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Hang on to your wallet! Spain has incredible pick pockets. You'll be fine, just pay attention, it's a very real hazard. Don't carry all of your ID together, try and leave your passports in a secure place if you can. I got picked for cash there before and my Dad has a friend who's been picked in Madrid and Barcelona. They even took cash in his gitch!
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:16 PM
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If you are in a rental car make sure to lock the doors. We were in a traffic jam and two kids on a moped rode up, opened the back door and took our backpack from the backseat. I could care less about all the stuff they took (now that some time has gone by) but they stole the camera that had all of our pictures from our honeymoon trip to France and Spain, still makes me a bit mad now, 15 years later.

I chased after them on foot and almost caught the underpowered moped but it just barely accelerated out of my grasp.

Have a great trip. We loved Spain.

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Old 04-03-2014, 03:48 PM
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If you are renting a car and want to take a ski ride, go to these guys, great people and they run MasterCraft!

http://www.botaski.com/
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remember .. no one goes to dinner before 10:00
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remember .. no one goes to dinner before 10:00
Yep, be prepared to adjust your body clock significantly. You'll be up late to really experience the city and have some authentic dinners.

I LOVE Spain. Madrid is a cool town and easy to get around. Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, good stuff.

Day trip to Toledo is highly recommended - medieval walled city where artisans craft wonderful metal work, and where you can visit a museum of El Greco paintings that is accessible and amazing.
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