Nothing beats the heady delights of Madrid in terms of culture, cuisine and festivals. Paris is all about romance while Madrid is all passion. And during my trip I jumped right in, for there’s no other way than to experience this lively city like this.
Though Madrid may not be famous for its cityscape, its beauty is second to none. Combine contemporary architecture with Medieval Palaces and its baroque architecture and you have the perfect Instagram backdrop in every corner.
Madrid is everyone’s envy when it comes to art, particularly the impressive trio of the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza which houses the works of Spain’s own superstars such as Goya, Picasso and Dali. These are great places to start for the city has a creative scene that is soul enriching.
It’s more than just tapas. The many delightful spots in the city will cater to your heart’s every craving. Think cuisines from around the world and innovative local cuisine, that has evolved in the most creative way possible. Throw in the friendliness of a Spanish way of a meal and you have truly experienced the genuine joy of eating.
The Night Scene
The Spaniards really live it up. Dinners are late and a long delightful affair and then stepping out you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with the myriad cocktail bars and nightclubs beckoning you. The streets are filled with merry partygoers whose only intention is to have a gala time till the sun comes up.
Exploring the city
There are many nice parks around the city but I loved walking in the Retiro Park, it boasts a lake, numerous cafes and is very popular with the locals too. If you are a history buff visit the Plaza Mayor which is the oldest square in Madrid. And to catch a beautiful sunset head to the Debod Temple, which was a gift from Egypt to the Spaniards.
There are many festivals happening throughout the year but I will particularly recommend catching the San Isidro festival, the largest bullfighting event anywhere; catch a music festival where top bands from all over come to perform, and don’t forget to see a flamenco performance to complete your Madrid experience.
For the love of football
You just can’t miss visiting the Real Madrid Stadium if you are a fan of football (I’m not).
Madrid immerses you like no other, it feels like a life well-lived. Don’t you agree? I’d love to know about your experience there, until then!
Te veo pronto!