I’ve had the chance to go to Madrid a few times now and I would say it’s a pretty cool city to visit. People are nice, the food is great and there are plenty amazing things to explore.
The three times I’ve been there, I was in Madrid for 2 days and, unless you want to visit museums, it’s a reasonable amount of time to check all the “must-go” properly and still enjoy some “chill” time.
Wander through Plaza mayor
This square is the center of Madrid and it’s definitely a pretty sight.
However, I was there in New Years eve (aka super crowded), so this was only photo I could take. It was built under the Philip III – who is represented in the statue in the center – reign and it’s super close to Puerta del Sol, another super famous site in Madrid.
Pass by Puerta del Sol
This square is the “center of Madrid”! Always crowded with people running around, it is one of the most famous landmarks of the city.
Explore Parque del Retiro
My absolute favorite place in Madrid. Retiro is a huge park with a lot to explore! Unfortunately, it was under construction, when I visited.
There’s plenty you can’t miss, inside: The mesmerizing Crystal house, in which you can get into; the impressive Monument in honor to Afonso XII, fountains, statues and much more!
Taste typical food at Mercado de San Miguel
Not only is this market super cool to take photos but you also get the chance to taste some typical food in here! From tapas, desserts and sausages, this is a true food heaven for the madrileños.
Admire Debod Temple
This magnificent temple was brought all the way from Egypt, stone by stone, and rebuilt in Madrid. It’s, obviously, different from everything in Madrid and totally worth to stop by and admire it!
Discover the Royal Palace
Don’t miss the chance to see what once was the home for the royal family! This place has incredible history and it’s worth for you to at least see it from the outside! Its gardens are beautiful as well. Find the Almodena Cathedral right in front of the palace
Pass under Puerta de Alcalá
This gate passes a certain vibe of Arc du Thriumph, right? Ordered by Carlos III, it was built by Sabatini to refurbish the city and it’s now one of the most remarkable monuments in the city. It’s really close to Park del Retiro.
Try the typical tapas
You know what I think about food! You don’t know a country’s culture if you don’t try the food! To try the tapas, I totally recommend you “Cidreria el tigre”, a local restaurant in which you can find spanish people drinking by the end of the day. You order the drink an they give you tapas. A pint is around 6€ and you get lots of food, as you order some drinks.
If you’re wondering where to stay, I would recommend airbnb for sure! There’s lot of apartments in Madrid, and they’re usually cheaper (and better) than the typical hostel/hotel.
If you’re booking for the first time you can use my code here for 35€ credit!
All the monuments are in a pretty walkable distance, however if you’re feeling lazy or short on time, I would recommend the subway. It’s pretty effective and it gets everywhere !
This is pretty much what I gotta say about Madrid, but probably there’s much more! Is there any tip you would like to share?
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