Madrid is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities I’ve ever visited and I had such a blast there. The food, the sun, the history. Here are 10 things to do in the wonderful city of Madrid.
Eat tapas at Mercado San Miguel
This place was without doubt the place for tapas in Madrid. I went back here several times and you should too if you find yourself in Madrid. There is a vast array of tapas, wine and seafood on offer and it is fast paced dining!
Visit Plaza del Toro
Although I personally don’t agree with bull fighting, visiting Plaza del Toro is a must just for the ambience. The building is grand and so rich in history. There is a small museum attached to the stadium that is both informative and interesting and worth a visit.
This park is absolutely gorgeous and a lovely open green space in a very busy city. The park is huge, it has many ponds, the crystal palace and plenty of spots to enjoy the calm and serenity.
Madrid’s palace is exceptional and is every inch the grand building that you would expect. It is the official residence of the Spanish royal family and goes back to the 17th century. You can even go inside for a snoop around the royal home.
In my opinion the best museum in Madrid, with a huge amount of modern art I got completely lost in this place and actually didn’t get to see it all. If you visit on a Monday it is free of charge as well which is a little bonus.
This is a great square near the Sol area that is always teaming with life, there are loads of cafe’s and restaurants that sit on the edge of the square and plenty of street performers to keep you entertained.
Eat churros and chocolate
Pretty standard anywhere in Spain but I found some great places just selling churros and chocolate so you know it has to be done! This was actually my breakfast one day.
Another great museum in Madrid, the Prado museum is full wall to wall of historical pieces of art. The building itself is very grand and you can easily get lost in it all. Again this is a freebie after 6pm.
See a football match
This is not something I did in Madrid but the football loving nation sure knows how to celebrate wins. I arrived during a Madrid/Barca victory and the place was one big party! Check out this post about a football match in Madrid
Why you should watch a football game in Spain, even if you don’t like sports from Passport Packed.
Again this is another standard whilst in Madrid but I do feel like everywhere I turned this glorious drink was readily available. This was from a stand in Retiro park and on a sunny day it is the perfect thirst quencher.
Have you got any more must see and do things in Madrid?
You can also check out fellow kiwi blogger Liz over at Passport Packed as she lived in Madrid and has a wealth of information about the place and living in Spain.
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