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Let’s start the day with a hearty breakfast at our “Café y Tapas” cafetería. A great day is waiting!
Our tour starts by leaving the hotel and turning right, walk down José Abascal street until we reach Plaza del Dr. Marañón. Here we take a left into Paseo de la Castellana until we find some beautiful gardens and the Natural Science Museum. This is a unique institution because, in addition to carrying out cutting edge scientific research, it manages a large collection of specimens and a programme of exhibitions and educational activities for the general public. (Opening times: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Saturdays, from 10am to 8pm -except July and August when it opens from 10am to 3pm. Sundays and bank holidays, from 10am to 2.·0pm).
We continue our tour by returning to Paseo de la Castellana and walking to Plaza del Dr. Marañón. Along José Abascal Street there are plenty of places to stop and eat. Don’t forget to ask our receptionists who will be delighted to offer their recommendations!
Carry on up a little while until we reach the crossroads of José Abascal and Santa Engracia. Go down the latter and enjoy a coffee in one of the terraces you find there. Continue down the street until you reach Pintor Sorolla square (Iglesia). Here, take the first turning on the left (General Martínez Campos) until you reach number 37 where you will find the Sorolla Museum. This is the home / studio that Joaquín Sorolla Bastida had built between 1910 and 1911 and today it houses one of the most important collections of the artist’s work in the world. (Opening times: From Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 8pm. Sundays and bank holidays, from 10am to 3pm).
Do you want to see something different? Then we can turn into Santa Engracia street and go down to Plaza de Chamberí. There you can visit the so-called "ghost station" of Madrid for free. It is the Chamberí Station, a closed metro station and turned into a museum on March 25, 2008 which is on Line 1, between the Iglesia and Bilbao stations.
We deserve a break! So we turn again into Santa Engracia street and turn left to find the gardens of Olavide. Always full of atmosphere, there's no better place to end the day with some tapas at any of their lovely restaurants!