7 Things You Have To Do In Madrid
The Spanish capital city is a firm favourite for visitors to Spain and strangely enough, it’s one of the few places we’d never visited in Spain. We’d done Barcelona, Valencia and even Ibiza but no Madrid. This year, we decided to changed that and went off in exploration of what Valencia has to offer it’s visitors. We’ve covered off 7 essential things you have to do in Madrid (anything extra is a good bonus!):
1. Visit a market for lunch: Lunch-time exploring Madrid is probably one of the best ways to meet locals and experience first hand Spanish culture through food and drink (my favourite). The atmosphere is less formal than a proper restaurant hence leaving you open to more conversations, interactions and more immersed in Spanish life.
2. Go people watching in the main square – Plaza Mayor: The plaza is one of the most recognisable places to visit and although a trip to the plaza is justifiable in itself, one of the best ways to truly enjoy the plaza is to pull up a chair at one of the bars or restaurants in it, grab a glass of Spanish wine and throw in a side of people-oogling.
3. Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid: Don’t act like you’re not intrigued about how the Spanish Royal family lived now… Also, when you’re here, do remember to pop into the ornate gardens here!
4. Participate in a street performance: Madrid is quite an artistic city and this spills out into its streets in form of street performers. If you find one that you think is truly interesting, why stop at watching? See if there’s a chance you can also take part and create some interesting stories to tell everyone when you get back home.
5. Visit the Temple of Debod: This temple that is over 2,300 years old was a gift from Egypt for Spain’s help in helping them save the temples of Abu Simbel. It was taken apart and reconstructed brick and can be visited for free in Madrid.
A trip to Madrid is incomplete without a trip to the cathedral.
7. Eat some Tapas: And that’s an order! You can’t come to Spain and not have tapas. The best part about tapas sometimes is not even how delicious the food is- there’s that but the best part about tapas is the social side to it.
Sharing food with friends not only serves for having a good time, it also gives you more chance to taste EVERYTHING on the menu.