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Día de los Reyes Magos en Madrid

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
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Christmas is a magical time of year almost anywhere you go, but in many places after New Year's the magic starts to fade. In Spain, its just getting started! Since they have Día de los Reyes Magos, or The Day of Three Kings. This year I finally stayed in Spain during my teaching holiday to experience it for myself. I went to Madrid after New Year's and I was able to witness the chaos of the shopping and preparation for the holiday! It was just as crazy as Black Friday in the United States! The streets were packed and their was a palpable tension in the air. I like to amble along the bumpy sidewalks in Spanish streets but in the center of Madrid it was almost impossible to relax and move slowly! During my stay I took a day trip to a smaller town outside the city called Aranjuez, and breathed a sigh of relief when I felt the Spanish tranquility that I am so accustomed to. The Christmas lights in the city were beautiful but I wasn't able to see the holiday parade! Unfortunately it rained and I wasn't up for standing in the street in the rain! Next time, I can only hope for better weather!
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Culture and experiences

Catedral de la Almudena
Catedral de la Almudena
Just next to the Palace you can tour this Cathedral and get some amazing views of the city from the top!
Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid
Beautiful from the outside and at certain hours you can watch the changing of the guard
Museo Nacional del Prado
Incredible place to visit and see some famous works of art, free during certain hours so check the website

Hotels

Hostal MH Fuencarral
Cute room with a great location to explore Chueca and the center of the city

Points of interest

Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
The place to go to see what is going on in the city, with tons of tourists and access to most metro lines
Puerta De Atocha
Puerta De Atocha
A place you have to visit if you are in the city, at Christmas it was beautifully decorated with lights
Retiro
Beautiful outdoor part with art exhibitions and plenty of space to walk or spread out if its a nice sunny day!

Restaurants

Taberna Maceiras
Amazing food, ambiance, and service with specialties from Galicia including wine in a bowl
Asturias Restaurant
Great place to experience food from a different region of Spain with a good ambiance
Museo del Jamón
A typical Spanish restaurant chain where you can find decent menu prices that include drinks and dessert.

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