A visit to Spain almost always requires packing a few swimming essentials right? Most of the time yes, but not if you’re visiting the captivating city of Madrid. Whether you’re a sun seeker, a culture lover or a foodie, you certainly won’t be short of entertainment in Spain’s capital city.
Madrid is often overshadowed by its hip coastal rival, Barcelona. We were even guilty of making it the number one choice for our summer holiday earlier this year! But what Madrid lacks in beaches it makes up for in glorious galleries, bustling squares, breathtaking architecture and perhaps some of the best tapas bars in the whole of Spain.
If you missed our write-up on the Catalan capital, check it out here.
The city is home to one of the world’s greatest art galleries, the Museo del Prado. Be sure to set aside plenty of time here as it’s one beast of a gallery. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Reina Sofía complete the ‘golden triangle’ of galleries and are also worth checking out.
A trip to Madrid is not complete without a walk through Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in the city. It’s just a stone’s throw away from the Museo del Prado making it a great place to stop for a breather.
Puerto del Sol and Plaza Mayor are the two main squares in Madrid; the latter being an ideal spot to sit down, enjoy a hot or cold beverage whilst watching the tourists in action.
Madrid is the perfect European city for a weekend getaway; the vibrant atmosphere gives it unique character and personality. Locals enjoy a midday siesta followed by late night dinners that tend to stretch into the early hours of the morning. Its culture and liveliness coupled with its splendour mean that you can pretty much turn up with the most basic itinerary and still have a great time.