Unique Madrid Experiences

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Madrid is a flourishing, vibrantly colorful city. In terms of decadent arts and rich, refined food scenes, a cutting-edge culture and electric nightlife, there are few cities that can match the golden Spanish capital. Just take a stroll through the elegant boulevards and immaculate, expansive parks, and it’s easy to see why.

Madrid is often overshadowed by its northern neighbour Barcelona, but there’s really no reason why it should be. Whilst there are no truly iconic landmarks, think the Colisseum, the Sagrada Familiar or the Eiffel Tower,  Madrid more than holds its own with an artistic pedigree that can rival any city.

If you’re looking for an aesthetic treat, Madrid is a must. Whether its eye-wateringly beautiful vistas from one of the city’s many rooftops, stunning architectural gems, or world-class art by Picasso, Goya or Velázquez that sits in Madrid’s legendary art galleries, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice.

Whilst Madrid has certainly got the sense of sight covered, it’s definitely not lacking in the taste department, and is undeniably one of Europe’s leading lights when it comes to food. Embracing creativity, innovation and artistic flair, Madrid is the hub of the Spanish culinary revolution. From tapas in historic temples, paella in refined restaurants and churros in a thriving market, Madrid is a maze of culinary delights.

When it comes to the nightlife, Madrid isn’t letting up any time soon. Perfectly complimenting the rich gastronomic scene, the city seems to have more bars than anywhere else on earth, from glitzy cocktail establishments to authentic local hangouts and cosy taverns. When night falls upon Madrid, the city springs to life, and an irresistible energy has you bouncing from bustling square to vibrant alleyway in a daze of addictive merriment.

When is the best time to go?

Winter – Pretty cold. Of course, the low season will mean you miss most of the tourists and crowds, but it can be bitterly cold, and the city settles into a pretty sleepy atmosphere.

Spring/Autumn – Really pleasant weather, smaller crowds and the city is just stirring into life, a great time to visit.

Summer – Scorching temperatures, although not too humid, and lots of tourists. Madrid has really burst into life in the summer, but prices may be a little steeper and you might find yourself queueing for most of the attractions.

Top 10 Must See Madrid Sites

  1. Temple of Debod
  2. Mercado de San Miguel
  3. Reina Sofía Museum
  4. Tapas in La Latina
  5. Chocolatería San Gilés
  6. El Rastro Market
  7. Plaza Mayor
  8. Parque del Buen Retiro
  9. Segovia
  10. Toldeo

NotintheGuideBooks Tips

Discover the city by foot

Most of the attractions within the city are within walking distance to each other. The architecture throughout the city has so much character that it would be a shame to miss it by travelling on the metro.

Tipping

Expected in Madrid. Most restaurants would expect at 10% tip. More often than not the bill does not include the tip.

Pickpocketing

Like in many major European cities, pickpocketing is fairly prominent. Stay vigilant and be sensible when carrying around valuables and money.

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