Fantastic day biking around Madrid | Madrid, Spain | The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza España.
From my last stops, I move on along Gran Via and La Castellana, to Paseo del Prado, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Atocha Train Station and Chueca. Make sure to park your bike every 28 minutes to avoid any extra charges. From I moved on back to Jardines de Sabatini, and from there all the way down Cuesta de San Vicente to the newest landmark of development Madrid RIO, along Rio Manzanares. I mean, who knew Madrid was crossed by a river ? Did you know that Madrid comes from Arabic roots “al-majrit” meaning “the water channel”. A promenade along the Rio Manzanares extending for over 4 miles, right next to the district of Casa de Campo.
Back to Plaza Mayor, to enjoy a local lunch at one of my favorite restaurants at EBOLI. Great way to relax, stretch my legs and enjoy some local delights.
Next and final stop after biking along Cibeles, Palacio de Cibeles and Puerta de Alcala, was Parque del Retiro, beginning by my favorite entrance the Felipe IV gate. From there to Palacio de Crystal “Crystal Palace”, the statue of the Fallen Angel and the monument to Alfonso XII. BTW.!!! Did you know that the Statue of the Fallen Angel or the Dark Angel, was thought to be for many years the only of its kind depicting Lucifer. The truth is, that there are two others around the world, one in Italy and the other one in New York. Funny enough, the exact altitude where the statue is located is 666 mts. over sea level. The number of the beast. Coincidence ?
From there, only blocks away, back to my hotel the Hotel Ritz by Belmond, to relax and get ready for drinks at Velazquez Bar followed by dinner at Goya Restaurant. Indeed, don’t you agree with me, it has been a marvelous day. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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