Old Madrid Walk

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Start at the baroque Basil­ica de San Isidro / Toledo, 37 / M: La Latina. Exit left out of the Basil­ica onto Toledo, shuf­fle down and right into Plaza de Ce­bada, which leads to Plaza Puerta de los Moros. Twirl left out of the plaza into Car­retera San Fran­cisco and straight to the Basil­ica San Fran­cisco el Grande, with the largest dome in Spain and a chapel painted by Goya. Exit left from the Basil­ica onto Bailén and scam­per along un­til you reach Mayor on your right ( Pala­cio Real is ahead on your left). Up Mayor you go, stop­ping at Plaza de la Villa (Town Square) on your right. The C.17th Casa de la Villa (old Town Hall), which was also a prison, is here, as is the C.16th Re­nais­sance cas­tle Casa de Cis­neros and the C.15th, Moor­ish Torre de los Lu­janes. Go an­other block up Mayor and you’ll see the iron and glass façade of the over­hauled Mer­cado de San Miguel in lit­tle Plaza de San Miguel on your right / mer­cado­de­san­miguel.es / un­miss­able for epi­cures. Back on Mayor at Plaza Mayor, swing left onto Bor­dadores un­til you come to Monas­te­rio de las Descalzas Reales, with its stag­ger­ing art col­lec­tion, and yes, nuns in habits. Bet you could de­vour a wim­ple by now, but no need; ei­ther race back to the Mer­cado, or exit onto Flora, am­ble up to Plaza Isabel II ( Teatro Real is here) and go right into Cam­po­manes for Chic at #5 (see Rest./Re­laxed).

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