I have a four and half hour layover in Madrid in September (on a Thursday) from about 11:40a - 4:10p (flight leaves at this time). I am accounting for about 30-40minutes to get out of the airport (no baggage) and will either take a taxi or metro to the desired destination. But what destination? Am I better off picking a place to eat near the airport? Near Nuevos Ministerios (El Quinto Vino)? Near Salamanca (Bar Tomate)? Or do you think I have enough time to travel into the city center?
I am traveling with my wife and we are in our early 30's. We would like to take this opportunity to also take a quick look at the City's beautiful buildings/scenic parts, even if it is only for a few minutes on the way to an eatery.
As far as food - we will be on our way to Barcelona so would prefer somewhere with cuisine that Madrid does better than BCN. We are thinking tapas due to the time constraints but are open to suggestions.
Appreciate any help!!! Thanks!