The fast AVE train from Barcelona delivered us in Madrid in under three hours. There were unfortunately some avian casualties noted on the nose of the train after the 700km journey.
The Prado Museum is free on Sunday evenings so we visited to view some Spanish art along with Bosch’s ‘Garden of Delights’ and Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas.’ Outside the museum there had been a painting competition during the day – the courtyard was full of easels displaying locally-themed works in many styles.
We sampled the vegetarian cuisine at Restaurante Integral Artemisa – eggplant lasagne, vegetarian paella, catalan-style spinach and yummo fried zucchini balls. The second night we ate very cheaply at Puerto Rico Restaurante – two courses and drinks for two for €15.