Part 6: Madrid and Faunia

On the Thursday we travelled from Malaga to Madrid on the AVE. Our first night was spent in the hotel ME Madrid which we got through one of those ‘secret’ hotel things – £95 for 4 star in Madrid city centre seemed acceptable so we took the gamble and it worked out beautifully. The hotel looked onto a beautiful square which was lined with restaurants of one form or another. On arrival we dropped our bags into our lovely room (it was an interior room, but it was pretty awesome) and headed out for a bit of pre-dinner drinks before meeting the sister.

Whilst having a beer at outside, I was messing about with my Panasonic Leica 45mm 2.8 Macro lens and got this amusing shot of an absolutely tiny spider getting a bit irate at Becca putting her finger near it… always amazing to see what your eyes cant.

Attacking (tiny) spider taken with Panasonic Leica Elmarit 45mm 2.8 Macro
Attacking (tiny) spider taken with Panasonic Leica Elmarit 45mm 2.8 Macro

We did a lot of fun stuff in Madrid but the personal highlight was the day we spent at Faunia, which is a sizeable wildlife park on the outskirts of Madrid. It might not have been the most impressive entrance but once you were in it was pretty amazing. They had a number of interesting animals and we even took the chance to get in the water with some Manatee’s which was pretty random but also pretty awesome. No pics of them as we were in the water, but here are a whole series of others from our trip.

Beautiful Emperor Penguins

As well as an amazing range of birds and animals they also had an impressive array of lizards, reptiles and fish including some of the most dangerous frogs in the world which were incredible to look at. Wouldnt want to mess with them though…

Also this Scarlet Macaw was quite the character…

Beautiful Scarlet Macaw Parrot

So i would highly recommend Faunia if you are in the area, the rest of our time was spent wandering around Madrid. We werent there long but think we got in all the major sights, here are a few others from our final days of the trip.

I have to say Spain is an amazing place to explore. Seems almost too easy because its so close but its an amazing country and there are so many unique things about the different areas. Next I really should pay Barcelona a visit…

Should you be interested, there are a number of other posts in this series of our time in Spain;

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