Hola! Bienvenido a Madrid! That’s “Hello! Welcome to Madrid!” in Spanish, for those of you playing along at home. Madrid, Spain is a magical city full of great architecture, wonderful art museums, fantastic food and so much more!
In no particular order, here are five things that you must see or do when you visit Madrid, Spain.
1. Tapas – Spanish for “little plates” – tapas are small servings of food, usually served as an appetizer. There are many varieties of tapas from Spanish ham to oysters, salted cod fish, caviar, Spanish cheeses, fruits, olives, chorizo, Spanish tortilla (potato, etc), and more! These small and inexpensive plates provide an easy way to sample different Spanish delicacies to learn what you like the best. Don’t forget to try some Spanish wine like a Rioja or Cava!
A great place to start your tapas adventure is at Mercado de San Miguel, located just a short walk away from Plaza Mayor in the center of Madrid.
2. Fùtbol (Soccer) – Spaniards take their soccer very seriously. If there is a game on the calendar you should see a Spanish soccer match in person. Madrid is home to two top tier soccer teams – Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. The atmosphere inside the stadium is electric with the fans chanting almost non-stop.
3. Art – Madrid is bursting at the seams with incredible art. There are three main art museums in Madrid: Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen Bornemisza. The Prado, the national museum of Spain, is one of the best art museums in the world and houses a fantastic collection of Spanish, Flemish and Italian art. This is a must see for art lovers. Reina Sofia is the Spanish national museum of modern art, home to works by Picasso, Dali and Miró. Seeing Picasso’s Guernica in person is worth a visit alone. Last but not least of the big three is Museo Thyssen Bornemisza. This is a unique museum with a massive collection of approximately 1,000 pieces that spans the centuries. You will not be disappointed.
4. El Rastro – One of the largest flea markets in Europe, El Rastro is a fun open air market with a little bit of everything. If you are looking for a good place to do some souvenir shopping, this is it. This sprawling street market has vendors selling clothes, jewelry, food, antiques, and pretty much everything in between. El Rastro market is open every Sunday from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm.
5. Parque del Buen Retiro – “Park of the Pleasant Retreat” – an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city of Madrid. This massive park has several attractions: a Crystal Palace, a large pond where you can rent boats, walking trails, a rose garden and numerous benches to relax in the sun or shade.
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