Madrid is the capital of Spain. Although Madrid has a modern infrastructure, it has also retained the appearance of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. In Madrid, you will surely find wonderful food, fashion and nightlife. And like its rival city, Barcelona, this is a city that starts late: dinner doesn’t happen until 9 or 10 at night! A rather extensive place, the small neighborhoods of the city are a great place to get lost, eat tapas and drink sangria. The warmth of the locals and the slowness of the meals will keep you out late, and the nightlife, even later! Do not say I did not warn you! Barcelona travel guide. Read more…
Best places in Madrid :
Madrid is a city so full of life and culture that it is difficult to do it justice in a few paragraphs. Artistically, the city stands firm in front of anyone in Europe, with one of the best art museums on the continent, where Renaissance masterpieces and fundamental pieces of the twentieth century hope to captivate it.
See all the places of historical interest and get the background of the Spanish Empire that spread throughout the world in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are countless small things that make Madrid memorable, whether it’s coffee with milk in a state plaza, drinking at a rooftop bar or strolling through the Casa de Campo on a sunny day.
Essentially, the Prado is one of the best and most popular art museums in the world.
There is an overwhelming collection of masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque masters.
Spain is represented by Velázquez and El Greco, the Netherlands by Rembrandt, Brueghel, van Dyck and Rubens, while Tiziano, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Tintoretto form the Italian contingent.
Of the many works to see are the Garden of Earth Delights of Bosch and David with Head of Goliath de Caravaggio. The artist with more works hanging in the Prado is the Spanish Romantic Goya, whose 14 Black Paintings are a Spanish cultural reference point.
The green heart of Madrid and full of elegant gardens, the Retiro is just a few steps east of the Prado and was a real property until the late 19th century when it opened to the public. If you visit the little ones, paddling in the Great Pond next to the Alfonso XII monument is a fun option on a sunny afternoon.
The iron and glass pavilion built to house the Philippine Exhibition in 1887 is magnificent and grows in the pond in front of it there are bald cypresses, strange swamp trees that turn a beautiful golden brown color in summer. The oldest tree in the city is nearby. It is a Moctezuma cypress planted in 1633 and surrounded by an iron fence.
Built-in the mid-1700s for King Felipe V, the Royal Palace is located on the site of the Arab fortress-palace of the Alcazar of Madrid, which burned down in 1734. It is the largest royal palace in Western Europe and has a mixture of baroque and neoclassical styles.You have to enter to enjoy the full experience because the royal and fresh collections are sublime.
There are works by Goya, Caravaggio and Velázquez, as well as impressive displays of watches, tapestries, porcelain and silverware. You can see the only Stradivarius string instrument quartet in the world, and the Royal Armory that includes the personal weapons used by Carlos V in the 16th century.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium:
Whether you’re a fan of the club or not, the truth is that Real Madrid is the most successful football team in Europe with a record of 11 European Cups in its name. Therefore, any fan of the game should consider a pilgrimage to its gigantic stadium of 85,000 seats, where history has been made many times throughout the seasons.
A tour will give you panoramic views of the stadium, enter the locker room, visit the shelters and see all kinds of interesting things, including the trophy collection, the press room and the presidential box.
National Archaeological Museum:
With invaluable pieces gathered from all over Spain, this museum is a journey through the rich history of Spain. What may surprise you is the wealth of magnificent articles that are prior to the Roman period.
The best Iberian treasures and sculptures seem almost new, despite being at least 2,500 years old.
The Lady of Elche is a woman’s bust with an incredibly detailed headdress and coils over her ears. Much later, but no less impressive, Guarrazar’s Treasure is a Visigothic set of crosses and votive crowns dating back to the 600s.
Puerta del Sol:
This large square next to the Post Office (Post Office Building) is a popular meeting place, impregnated with meaning for both the city and the country.
Almost all Spaniards will recognize the clock at the top of the Post Office, as this marks the televised countdown on New Year’s Eve. There is also a complicated ritual: with each chime, you are supposed to eat a grape for good luck (12 in total). Also in the square is the statue of El Oso and El Madroño, a symbol of Madrid since the Middle Ages.
If you want to get an idea of the city, a walk on the Gran Vía is a great place to start. It is the nerve center of entertainment, shopping and culture in Madrid, a busy one often full of life until dawn.
During the day, there are many buyers who pass through the many shopping centers, street shops such as H&M and Zara and luxury boutiques.
In the evenings there are couples on the arm, going out to the cinema or the musical. And at dusk, the street beats with many of the best nightclubs in Madrid. Among the tourist attractions while walking is the vast Telephone Building, built-in 1928 and an early example of a skyscraper.
Another of the “duties” of Madrid, the Plaza Mayor is a beautiful Renaissance square, designed in the early seventeenth century and completely hijacked by three-story historic residential buildings. There are nine entrances to the square and inside the porches at the bottom of the buildings, there are several cafes.
Order a coffee (expensive but necessary due to the location) at an outdoor table and see Madrid in action for a few minutes. After that, you can walk to the 400-year-old bronze statue of King Philip III, who was in power at the top of the Spanish empire.
Mercado San Miguel:
An easy walk from the Plaza Mayor is this magnificent art nouveau market dating from 1916. It is less a fresh produce market (although there are groceries) and more a gastronomic destination to buy the best that Spain has to offer, such as cava, pepper (paprika) and saffron.
Here there are a lot of tapas bars that serve all favorites such as white potatoes, garlic prawns and anchovies, with a glass of beer, Rioja or vermouth.
To make your food purchases like a true Madrid, head to the vast Wonderland Market in Cuatro Caminos. It is the largest municipal market in Europe with 200 stalls.
On Sundays, it will seem that the whole city has descended to Ribera de Coritodores and Plaza de Cascorro. This is when about 3,500 positions are open, announcing almost anything you can think of, whether used or new.
It is the largest flea market in Madrid and it becomes quite hectic, so it is always a good idea to show up early. Although it is Sunday, the antique shops in the streets that fork in the Ribera de Cortidores will be open, and there are also coffee shops if you need a pick-up service after wading through the crowds.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art:
If you still have an appetite for art after the Prado, stroll through this museum, which is also part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” in Madrid. It should not get bogged down, because the attractions in the Triangle are complementary, each of which covers schools and periods that the others do not. Then, in Thyssen-Bornemisza, you can see works from English and German schools by artists such as Hans Holbein, Hans Baldung Grien and Albrecht Dürer.
These are accompanied by pieces by other Renaissance masters such as Tintoretto, Veronese, Rembrandt, van Dyck and many more. There is also a large collection of American abstract expressionism and a large number of impressionist and post-expressionist pieces by artists such as Monet, Renoir and Degas.
Reina Sofia Museum:
Complete your trip through the art collections of Madrid with the third museum in the Golden Triangle. This museum focuses mainly on Spanish art and has a more modern reach than the others.
The best reason to come is to the many works of 20th-century artists Picasso and Dalí. Only to show that it has not been exaggerated: the Picasso period Guernica is exhibited, so it is an opportunity that really should not be missed.
Among the other great Spaniards represented in Reina Sofía are Joan Miró, Juan Gris and the important abstract sculptor Eduardo Chillida.
Churros at San Ginés:
Perfect in winter, Spanish hot chocolate is one of the most luxurious things you’ll ever try.
It can be so rich and thick that sometimes you need a spoon to drink it. And the perfect pairing is a sugary churro, which if you don’t know it, is a piped, fried dough.
Right next to the Puerta del Sol, visit the San Ginés Chocolatería, which has been serving churros and hot chocolate since the 19th century and does it as well as anywhere in the city. If you cannot reach San Ginés, there are many street stalls in the coldest months of the year.
Beer at a bar terrace:
In summer, many of Madrid’s bars and restaurants extend along the sidewalks and squares of the city.
This is an essential part of going out and socializing in the city. In the Plaza de la Cebada, on warm summer nights, it can even be difficult to break through the crowd.
On the roofs, there are terraces of a different type.
These bars enjoy stunning views of the city and are an excellent way to mark the beginning of the sunset. Near The Plaza Mayor is The Hat, which like many of these bars does not give you an indication of what you will find on the rooftop, where the tables sit under a glass canopy and you can enjoy the urban landscape of Madrid.
Flamenco is a dance that originated in Andalusia, Marcia and Extremadura, and although not locally located in Madrid, the city has several famous tablas in the country. These are special rooms that emerged in the 1960s, and here you can see a show about a sangria candlelit meal.
It is a good way to kill two birds with one stone: eat Spanish specialties such as Iberian ham, migas (fried bread seasoned with paprika) or roast suckling pig, while observing one of the most famous art forms in the country expressed by some of the best dancers in the flamenco world.
Hostel prices: The hostel’s shared rooms cost between EUR 12 and 25 per night, depending on how close the Plaza Mayor hostel is. Private rooms cost between 25 and 65 euros for a double room. Free Wi-Fi is standard, and many hostels in the city also offer free breakfast. There are some camping options outside the city, although prices are usually higher than hostels, most charge around EUR 19 per night. My suggested place is:
The hat lodge
Cheap hotel prices: a typical budget hotel room for two costs between 40 and 100 EUR per night, depending on the location and the time of year. Prices are generally cheaper outside the summer months. Airbnb is another option for those who wish to have more privacy. The dormitory rooms generally cost around EUR 22 per night, while a house or an entire apartment in the city will cost around EUR 96.
The average cost of food: you can get tapas and cheap meals for around 6-13 EUR. That will include about 3 or 4 caps. If you want wine included, expect to spend about 18 euros for food. A good restaurant meal will cost you around EUR 24. Cheap food like McDonalds and Maoz costs around 7 euros. If you buy your own food, expect to spend around 35-40 EUR for a week of groceries.
Transportation: Metro tickets cost 1.50 euros in most central areas of the city unless you travel to more than 5 stations (prices will increase as you cross more territories). Getting to and from the airport costs EUR 2.60 each way, by train. Flights from Madrid extend throughout the continent and the world, and it is a great center to extend your travels. Renting a bicycle is another excellent way to see the city, with prices around 15 EUR per day.
Eat a great lunch: lunch is much cheaper in Madrid, and everywhere you will find the “menu of the day”, which will cost around 10-15 EUR.
Free museum days: many museums in Madrid are free on certain days and at certain times of the day. Be sure to check before you go because it is much better to see places like the Prado for free!
Couchsurf: Couchsurfing is an excellent way to save money on accommodation and at the same time get information from the locals. While hostels are not too expensive in the city, this is still the best way to save money.
Take a free walking tour: this is one of my favorite ways to get to know a new place, and it can’t beat the price! Two of the most popular free tours in the city are New Madrid Walking Tours and Cats Hostel Walking Tours.
Where to stay in Madrid:
The perfect accommodation is the cornerstone of every good trip, and that means location, location, location. In Madrid, each neighborhood has its own character and feeling, so we have created this guide to help you choose the area that best suits your tastes, needs and preferences.
That’s right, from the nightlife in Chueca to the tranquility of Chamberí; classical architecture in Los Austrias to the Malasaña alternative; From multicultural Lavapies to the epicenter of tourism, Sol – Madrid has a neighborhood that will talk to you. Check out our selection of the best neighborhoods in Madrid.
From the heart of Madrid’s “La Movida” countercultural movement to the trendy neighborhood, it is today that Malasaña has undergone major changes in recent decades. Today, modern restaurants and fashion stores coexist with traditional bars and markets that have existed since the dawn of time. It is also one of the most popular areas of the city to go out thanks to its central location. The graffiti art you’ll find in this neighborhood has not only been overlooked by the city government’s cleaning teams, but they are treated as true works of art (some really are). In addition, almost every week a new restaurant or gastro bar opens in the neighborhood, and most of them now serve Sunday brunch (something relatively new in Spain), offer the latest in gastronomic trends, allow you to take your dog with you and even Provide covered parking for bicycles.
This is not only one of the best restaurants in Malasaña, but it is also one of the best in all of Madrid. Among some of our favorite items on the menu is a succulent version of the Castilian soup, an exceptional Russian salad, light croquettes in an atypical mass similar to tempura, tuna belly of superlative quality and a bowl of unforgettable milk rice… the kitchen More traditional is reinvented here, where there is attention to detail and there are no free extras in the dishes, neither in its creation nor in its careful presentation. Flavor rules, with a focus on texture. Do not leave without trying its exquisite traditional dish of corns.
A favorite for snacks and evenings, this sunny tapas bar is full of shelves full of old dusty beer bottles. Large beers on tap are on tap to accompany tapas and small plates of the attractive menu: the Spanish tortilla is justifiably famous in the area.
Here, in the most famous square of Malasaña, is where you will find locals looking for a party to meet regularly (although the days of public drinking have passed, thanks to a greater police presence). All the joy is presided over by a large fenced arch that represents the entrance to the Barracks of Monteleón: the square is located at the site where the Palace of Monteleón was built, and then it became the Artillery Park in 1807 and whose troops died in the battle against the French occupation on May 2, 1808.
7 Islands Hotel
One of our favorite hotels in Malasaña is the 7 Islands. Its rooms are designed by the firm Kikekeller, one of the best-known design studios in the neighborhood. Three of them have a private terrace with views of the city, a bathtub or shower, and a yoga kit, as well as handmade rugs from Gan Rugs and therapeutic and natural services of Malin + Goetz. An oasis in the center of Madrid also has its own art gallery and a lobby bar.
Chueca is known for being the gay neighborhood of Madrid. The shops, bars and even travel agencies mainly focus on their LGBTI clientele, which has revitalized the area and now lives happily with the older residents who have called Chueca their home for decades. The Gay Pride festivities in the area are internationally recognized, and it is also where visitors who love nightlife reserve central accommodation. The heart of the neighborhood is the Plaza de Chueca, a usual meeting place with its own metro stop. You will notice the progressive transformation of the area in the modernization of its cultural spaces, such as the Mercado de San Antón, for example, which, with its art gallery and terrace bar, is more than a market, although you can still enjoy shopping in the Fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables.
If the name of Diego Guerrero is attached to a project, it is a sure success. Trained in the kitchens of Martín Berasategui, Guerrero earned two Michelin stars for his work at The Allard Club. In 2014 he took a risk and opened his own restaurant, and it took only a couple of years to get two Michelin stars for DSTAgE as well. Chueca is the neighborhood where he decided to establish new roots with an industrial aesthetic, which includes exposed brick walls, metal pipes and a kitchen in the back where diners have a view. Guerrero’s cuisine is a form of free and untethered gastronomy that received praise from critics and customers.
It may not be the most glamorous bar in the area, but it is definitely one of the busiest almost every day. If you can really go through the door, order a beer or a cider and marvel at the tapas that come with white potatoes, ham, Spanish omelet… everything is free and each dish varies (and gets bigger) with each round. The bar itself is incredibly loud and always full. But it does refute the theory that there is no free lunch.
If the works of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Goethe, Lord Byron or Rosalia de Castro move you, you will definitely want to visit this museum that shows how people lived in the romantic era in Spain, during the 19th century. The Museum of Romanticism contains a charming collection of more than 1,600 pieces that include furniture, paintings, dishes, pianos and more, which are displayed to the public after a major renovation that kept it closed for eight years until its reopening in 2009. Be sure to Have a cup of coffee at Café del Jardín, one of the best-kept secrets of the capital.
This charming four-star hotel is located in a small palace that was restored in the 19th century. Its interior design combines modern with colonial details, and each room has a unique and cozy decoration, along with a 42-inch TV, robes, an iPhone base and a well-stocked minibar, among other amenities. The lounge offers guests a relaxed atmosphere with background music, ideal for enjoying the variety of cocktails and gourmet dishes.
From hunting areas to an aristocracy district, Chamberí has always been an area in constant evolution. This traditional majestic neighborhood that is free of the tourist bustle of the center, with wide streets and floors at impossible prices, has become in recent years one of the most attractive places in the city to enjoy the best cuisine. Not only thanks to the revitalization of C / Ponzano, a mandatory pilgrimage for fans of tapas crawlers and good food but also due to the traditional restaurants and taverns that have stood the test of time. Although you will not find much in the way of green spaces, the architecture in Chamberí deserves a special mention, as well as its cultural spaces that survive especially thanks to an older population that still goes to the cinema, the theater and a good art exhibition. What you will find here is an eclectic balance between tradition and the avant-garde that is lacking in other areas of Madrid.
Everything is very good as soon as you cross the threshold. Before he has had time to bring his chair to the table, a staff member approaches with a tempting cart. Generous glasses of wine, a selection of vermouths and more to prepare the palate. It’s hard to say no to a Barbiana sherry or Galician vermouth. You look at the menu while you wait for your drink to arrive. Everything looks fine. Detects the specialty of the house: mashed potatoes with gizzards and gill, along with seasonal recommendations and 20 other dishes (starters and main dishes) that, thanks to their half portions, allow you to choose your own adventure through the excellent and polished César Martín’s kitchen. , which moves happily here and there in its open workspace.
A mandatory stop at any drag bar in Madrid. It is said that the best beers on tap in the city are poured here (order a ‘cane’ to get one), and perhaps that is why El Doble’s fame has spread throughout the Spanish capital, and why so much The bar as its surroundings are always full. As the name implies, they serve canes that are twice the size of those that you would get elsewhere and are always accompanied by a delicious lid without charge. The walls are decorated like a traditional tavern with bullfighting motifs and blue and white tiles, dotted with photos of celebrities who have stopped for a drink. It is the perfect place to have a beer with friends or start a great night.
Although Andén Cero (Platform Zero) is the official name of this historic corner of the district, everyone calls it the Ghost Station of Chamberí (the Ghost Station of Chamberí). This station used to be part of Line 1 in the subway (between the still active stations of Iglesia and Bilbao) and see how it would have been in the first half of the century, advertising posters and everything is a moment worthy of a scene in ‘Back to future’. No movie set could match it. An exhibition on the subway and its effects on the city and citizens complete this visit to the past.
Discreetly hidden in the Chamberí neighborhood, this hotel is the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro. Today it has 51 luxuriously decorated rooms, with extra-large beds and windows adorned with silk curtains. The former library of the palace has become a distinguished restaurant, and the former ballrooms are now conference rooms that open to carefully manicured gardens.
La Latina has to be the best tapas, mojitos and terraces neighborhood in Madrid, to the dismay of some of the locals who live there. On weekends it is almost impossible to find a place in crowded bars and restaurants if you want to have lunch or dinner, although during the week it is more like any other area, with residents shopping at the Barley Market and children playing in any of the many La Latina squares. It is also full of charming churches and basilicas sometimes hidden in narrow streets, which are worth visiting. A local tradition in Madrid goes to the Rastro market on Sunday mornings and then drinks a few beers nearby.
A restaurant like no other in Madrid for its famous clients: the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, Bill Clinton and Penelope Cruz, among them. This is the place of the historic event, where the wives of former presidents Aznar and the wives of Bush Jr. had lunch when the alliances were formed. They also know how to cook a sirloin (beef) that breaks. The key to Lucio’s glory is the use of a coal oven and the best olive oil. Another star dish is the ‘broken eggs’, an entree of lightly fried eggs laid on a bed of crispy and finely sliced fries. Be sure to ask for a table on the first floor.
The Wandering Tavern
We like this place for many reasons. One is that it is outside the route of the cover that covers La Latina, so it is not as crowded as in other places in the area. Another is that The Wandering Tavern has won many locals in the area, which is always a good sign. You will often see owners and staff chatting with their clients, whom they treat as friends and vice versa. It is easy to be faithful to the place and its people. But, without a doubt, the main attraction that keeps us coming back is its Russian salad. Order this “salad” as a cover (you will get a generous portion) and you will be planning your next return trip.
It is difficult to overlook this huge multi-level church between the Puerta de Toledo and the Royal Palace. A monastery on the site, supposedly founded by Saint Francis of Assisi, was torn down in 1760; Instead, between 1761 and 1784, Francisco Cabezas, and later Francesco Sabatini, built this neoclassical church. The most difficult thing was the construction of the spectacular dome, with a diameter of 33 m (108 feet). Inside there is an early Goya, ‘The sermon of San Bernardino de Siena’ (1781), and several frescoes by other artists dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Located in Cava Baja, one of the busiest streets in La Latina, this four-star boutique hotel was a municipal barn in the early 16th century, a place where they stored bread and regulated its sale and distribution. Built as a guest house in 1868 for the Marquis de Cubas, today it enjoys a protected state. The name comes from the mythical dragon that guarded the Puerta de Moros in the old Christian wall that once surrounded Madrid. The hotel has 27 cozy rooms, each decorated differently.
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