Madrid, the capital of Spain, is known to be the golden metropolis for its rich culinary, sheer energy and art culture. From its lively nightlife, beautiful architectures to world famous arts, Madrid has more than a few reasons to be in your travel bucket list. It’s one of the many culinary capitals of Europe.
Where to go?
The Gran Vía, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century, is a place for shopping, leisure and hotels, which means I experienced some good food, great shopping and some really nice art stuffs. The Paseo de La Castellana crosses the city from north to south, and has some of the most elegant hotels in the city, as well as corporate offices in modern and avant-garde buildings. Although Madrid is home to a truly outstanding architectural heritage, there is no question that its greatest artistic wealth is found in its art galleries mostly.
The Prado is home to works by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens, Goya, Velazquez, Murillo, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Watteau, Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, and many more, in addition to a magnificent collection of classical sculpture. I recommend the Prado Museum that offers private guided tours for groups, outside opening hours, to make your encounter with art an unforgettable experience.
The city has a very energetic and lively nightlife, so roaming around the streets with your folks, trying out the street foods and local jewelry or finery shops are another you need to do. Each of Madrid’s 21 districts has its own style, vibe and culture. From the hipster cafés of Malasaña to the centuries-old plazas of La Latina, there is a neighborhood for every taste and mood in Madrid.
- Local cuisine
- Taberna Mas Al Sur
- Restaurant Vina P
- Fine dining
- Mr Lupin
- Sinatra Ya
- San Miguel Market
Where to stay?
Here I would like to mention that some hotels have free Wi-Fi and breakfast system. Ask around and you may get lucky.
The main avenues of downtown Madrid are packed with luxury hotels while this neighborhood’s side streets hide a wealth of guest apartments and youth hostels. The Posada Del Dragon Hotel is a gorgeous space in one of Madrid’s old reformed buildings. It also has a tasty tapas bar.