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Discover where some of our icons come from in the underground

Autumn starts… the cold arrives and a dish of Madrid-style tripe becomes all the more appetising. This dish is thought to date back to the 15th century and was a typical dish among the working classes, who bought offal leftovers. It is difficult to choose a particular area of Madrid, but we would opt for 🚇 La Latina (L5).

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Who doesn’t like a squid sandwich? It seems the tradition arose from not eating meat on certain dates and because squid was brought already battered so that it would last longer. It is a typical snack in Plaza Mayor, but many places lay claim to it. Metro 🚇 Sol (L1, L2, L3) and Ópera (L2, L5 and Ramal)

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It would be unforgiveable not to mention one of the most typical dishes of Madrid – Madrilenian stew! This is the star dish in many restaurants and bars that serve a fixed menu and there is a whole ritual of courses. First you have the soup, then the vegetables and chickpeas, and lastly, the meat. The most famous can be found in  🚇 Tirso de Molina and Portazgo (L1)
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And to end the section on food, something sweet: I am sure that you are familiar with violet candy 🌸, but did you know that the first candy of this type has been sold in Plaza de Canalejas since 1915? The Gil family has been using this typical flower from the mountains outside Madrid for a century now. Metro Sol (L1, L2, L3)

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At Km. 0 in Puerta del Sol, you can find one of the strangest tourist attractions. It comes from a Roman custom to stamp the origin of its famous footwear. And Madrid obviously wouldn’t be without one. 🚇 Sol (L1, L2, L3)

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👼 The statue of the Fallen Angel in El Retiro is on this list because of its artistic value, but also because of the legends surrounding it. Located at 666 metres about sea level (which gives rise to many theories), it represents the expulsion of Lucifer from heaven. 🚇 Retiro (L2)
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Modesty aside, if we speak about icons of Madrid, we must mention the underground. 2.3 million passengers use it every day and it celebrates its centenary this year. During this time, it has grown from 8 to 302 stations, and from a length of 3.48 to 294 kilometres.

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The clock in Puerta del Sol is another discernible symbol of the capital. Known throughout Spain for the twelve strikes on New Year’s Eve, it was a gift from the clockmaker from Leon, José Rodríguez Losada, in 1866, to replace the previous clock, that was losing time and inaccurate. 🚇 Sol (L1, L2, L3)

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