Thursday Door – Madrid, Spain
Lynton and I joined the Trafalgar Tour on a 10-day trip in Spain several years ago. We can purchase a land tour only or land and flights. Their tours usually fly out of New York. We live in Southern California, so we cooked our own flights and met the tour at the first stop in Madrid, then went to Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona.
Lynton and I arrived in Madrid and stayed at the same hotel where the tour met. All the tour members met and introduced themselves to each other the evening before the tour began. The next day, after breakfast, the tour guide took us on a quick tour around the city. We only spent a couple of hours in Madrid because it was not our major sightseeing city. We got off the tour bus long enough to take a few photos. After making a few stops, we were on our way to Toledo.
I took the following photos and got the information from the websites about these places.
The Las Ventas Bullring
Madrid’s main bullring is called La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas del Espíritu Santo, or simply, Las Ventas. The bullfight season runs from March to October. The best time to see bullfights in Madrid is during the months of May and June. The world-famous San Isidro bullfight festival takes place during these months and brings together the best fighters, bulls, and aficionados. Outside San Isidro, fights are normally held every Sunday, starting at 7 o’clock in the evening. https://www.gomadrid.com/activity/madrid-bullfights.html
Teatro Real (Royal Theatre)
Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) or simply El Real, as it is known colloquially, is a major opera house in Madrid. Founded in 1818 and inaugurated on 19 November 1850, it closed in 1925 and reopened in 1966. Beginning in 1988 it underwent major refurbishing and renovation works and finally reopened in 1997 with a capacity of 1,746 seats. Today the Teatro Real opera is one of the great theaters of Europe hosting large productions involving leading international figures in opera singing, musical direction, stage direction, and dance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Real
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)
Madrid’s Royal Palace is a beautiful baroque structure with some 3,000 rooms, making it one of Europe’s largest castles. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the Palacio Real still serves as the king and queen’s official residence, a venue for state ceremonies, and a place for tourists to get a peek into the royal history of Spain. https://www.viator.com/Madrid-attractions/Royal-Palace-Palacio-Real