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Top 10 things to do in madrid

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1 things to do in madrid that will show you different angle of city madrid2 1. Search for Km 0 at Puerta del Sol3 2. Growing for a walk4 3. Tasting a chocolate con churros5 4. Sit at one of the […]

Top 10 things to do in madrid
Top 10 things to do in madrid

things to do in madrid that will show you different angle of city madrid

If Madrid stands out, it is through its cultural and leisure offer that it keeps us occupied from the first hour of the day until late at night. Taking a coffee in a place loaded with history can be one of the first things to do, and why not end up with a flamenco show. But, between the two, the multitude of possibilities open to you. So, if you are only passing through, you will have to think about staying longer or … come back.

There is a lot things to do in madrid but here are 30 things that will make you, once experienced, to Madrid more.

1. Search for Km 0 at Puerta del Sol

Even if the most famous square in Madrid has illustrious characters like the Bear and the Arbutus, you have to look at the ground. A plaque marks the exact place where the six radial roads of Spain were born. Hint: it’s facing the Royal Post House.

2. Growing for a walk

Where Cervantes lived, which king presides over the Plaza Mayor, stories of ghosts … In an original and amusing setting, guided tours organized by the Tourist Office of Madrid invite to discover the city from a different angle.Do not hesitate to choose the one that attracts you most.

3. Tasting a chocolate con churros

For breakfast, taste it or recover from a festive night. No one can really leave Madrid without having tested it once. It is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century.

4. Sit at one of the terraces of La Latina

And not only for an aperitif or a few tapas but also for sunbathing even in winter. The most purely Madrid district has, in addition, squares and other secret gardens where to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

5. Buy antiques in El Rastro

Madrid’s most famous open-air market The Rastro operates on Sundays and public holidays, but auction houses and antique shops are open daily. A treasure awaits you.

6. Compose your lunch at the market

The Mercado de San Miguel, near the Plaza Mayor and the Mercado de San Antón in the Chueca district are not only places to shop. These are authentic meeting places for a coffee, a drink or to taste on the spot the best fresh products. How about oysters in champagne?

7. Wandering in the Madrid de Los Austrias

Palaces, monasteries, baroque churches, but especially charming corners, the most historical central district of Madrid is the best place to get lost. Trees and small shops give even more color to the streets.

8. Succession of custody

Fifth and drums accompany the passage of the lancers and halberdiers during the Solemn Relief of the Royal Guard every first Wednesday of the month at the Royal Palace, weather permitting. In all, 400 people and a hundred horses participate.

9. What is the mystery of the Meninas?

To discover the mysteries and secrets hidden by Velázquez’s masterpiece, you will have to face the painting at the Prado Museum. It coexists with other paintings by such essential artists as Goya, Titian, Raphael, Rubens or Bosch.

10. History lesson on the Paseo del Arte

You can take a journey through the history of western painting along its two kilometers. A large cultural avenue of the Garden of Delights by Prado Museum passing through the Room Room of Edward Hopper (Thysse-Bornemisza Museum) to the Guernica of Picasso (Queen Sofia Museum).

11. Boating in El Retiro

Here is a fallen angel, a crystal palace, an ancient dairy and a bald cypress which, with its nearly 400 years, is the oldest tree in Madrid. You will enjoy the walk along the paths of the park, real lung of the city, or in a boat on its pond.

12. Have interesting conversations around tapas

Madrid is a perfect destination for practicing its Castilian. The Royal Academy of Language and the Cervantes Institute are based here. However, the best conversations arise, spontaneously, in any bar around canes and tapas.

13. Taste a simmer

First of all, the soup. Then, chickpeas and vegetables. And finally, the meat. The Madrid stew, served in two or three containers, is the star dish of the local cuisine. The traditional restaurants always offer it in their menu.

14. Change your look at Malasaña and Triball

Original, funny and playful clothes with a vintage twist … In these two districts a few steps from the Gran Via, small shops open their doors to the curious. The street of Fuencarral is the heart.

15. Shopping in the district of Salamanca

A large fashion show that unfolds around Serrano Street. Shoe shops, jewelers and fashion brands, local and international, exhibit their sophisticated creations in difficult showcases that call to succumb to temptation.

16. Make a photo with Don Quixote

The knight with a sad face and his faithful squire Sancho Panza are the characters who receive the most flashes on the monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes on the Spanish Steps. A photo with them will be a nice memory.

17. Take a bike ride in Madrid Río

Or rollerblading. Or, simply, on foot. This Madrid park on the banks of the Manzanares River is a series of green spaces, play areas and bridges that are also works of contemporary art. For information, Madrid River even has a beach.

18. Discover museum houses

The house where Lope de Vega lived (Metro: Anton Martin) has an orchard and rooms with period furniture. That of Joaquin Sorolla (Metro: Church), is a beautiful garden and the workshop where the artist produced some of his most important works. There are smaller, intimate museums such as Cerralbo (Metro: Plaza de España), Lazaro Galdiano (Metro: Ruben Dario) or Romanticism (Metro: Tribunal), located in small old palaces.

19. Admiring literary fingerprints

Ah! Is not it true, angel of love … The verses of José Zorrilla, author of Don Juan Tenorio, accompany our steps through the Letters district, with fragments of works by great writers such as Cervantes, Quevedo or Góngora, engraved in floor.

20. Support the inclined towers

The Kio towers are located on the square of Castilla and are a cinematographic symbol. So, you will have to leave with a memory of them: do not be ashamed to take a picture pretending to support them😉

21. Discover the Temple of Debod

This temple of the second century BC was offered by the Egyptian government to prevent it from being flooded with the construction of the Aswan dam. It has been rebuilt stone by stone and has been in the Park of Cuartel de la Montaña since 1972, retaining its original orientation.

22. Celebrating a goal in song

Attending a match at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid stadium, or at the Vicente Calderon, stronghold of Atletico Madrid, can be a unique experience that can be completed by visiting their respective museums.

23. Admiring splendid views

Impossible to resist the temptation to contemplate the city from its heights. The views of Centro (Metro: Bank of Spain) and Círculo de Bellas Artes (Metro: Sevilla) also offer restaurants and bars for a drink. In Madrid, the secret is to look up: some hotels have very lively rooftops.

24. Tasting a squid sandwich on Plaza Mayor

Nothing is more typical in Madrid! And, around the square, the multitude of bars will offer you this delicious specialty. And remember, here is not the sea!

25. Tasting the bartolillos

Spain is not particularly known for its sweet cuisine (apart from the churros) but in Madrid you will taste some biscuits that will satisfy your appetite. The Bartolillos are fried cakes stuffed with cream, bad for your diet but excellent for the taste!

26. Experiencing flamenco

Madrid is the world capital of flamenco itself on the list of intangible cultural heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Dance and singing convey pure emotions that make those who see and hear it tremble. The city is full of “tablaos” where to spend an unforgettable evening around this art.

27. Dancing all night in Chueca

The neighborhood of Chueca has several faces. Cosmopolitan, open, center of the LGBT community and the Gay Prides that are celebrated in early July. Fun and casual clubs are good places to stay at night.

28. Go see a show!

The Gran Via Madrilenian Centennial is the great avenue of the show of all kinds. Its theater halls host all year long musicals and other productions not to be missed. The program in Madrid is always full of surprises.

29. An evening at the Opéra de Madrid

The Royal Theater of Madrid is one of the biggest stages in Europe, with high-level programming throughout the year, where the greatest operatic voices in the world are missing. A large opera house that also organizes guided tours.

30. And take grapes …

On 31 December, Spain welcomes the new year against the clock of the Puerta del Sol. For every midnight stroke you must take a grape. The classic ritual to attract luck and ask for a vow. Maybe, come back to Madrid.

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