Last fall, Madrid got the memo: food trucks are awesome. And they’re even more awesome when clustered together for one big festival. Having seen the gastronomic light, a new event was born: MadEat.
If it’s your first visit to Madrid, you’ll probably spend your tourism time wandering around the streets of the city’s center, in the neighborhoods that surround Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, and perhaps even farther afield in the posh shopping district of Salamanca. But there are so many more areas that you’ll want to discover — some just steps away; others a little bit more of a journey. Should you be looking to get past the typical sightseeing, and maybe even a little closer to Madrid and its culture, then these are some great areas in which you can do that.
Madrid (and the rest of Spain) is known for its late dinners and late nights, but that doesn’t mean that the city doesn’t offer up some pretty delicious breakfasts. So before you hit the pavement to discover the Spanish capital, here are a handful of places in Madrid where you’ll want to fill your belly first.
The truth is that Madrid day-trip options are bountiful. With the capital situated in the middle of the country, you can head in literally any direction, and wind up in some sweet town or another. But when it comes to how easy it is to get there, and the pay-off once you arrive, not all destinations are created equally. Fortunately, the country’s brilliantly efficient high-speed train – called the AVE –makes a handful of day-trip options a whole lot more convenient, and some even possible when they wouldn’t be otherwise. So with that in mind, grab your Madrid itinerary and carve out some time to visit one of these cities.
While you’re perusing the day trip section of your Madrid guidebook, don’t stop at nearby destinations such as Segovia, Toledo or Avila. Think a little bigger, to farther away Spanish destinations, including places such as Seville, Valencia and Barcelona.
Few places in the world can compete with the nightlife in Madrid: Madrileños are born night owls, which means that the city really comes to life late into the night. Whether tapas hopping, sipping drinks on a rooftop terraza, or dancing until the break of dawn, here are some the areas and places you’ll want to consider heading if you’re looking for a wild Spanish night out.
You’ve finally settled on a decision — you’re taking a trip to Spain! – but alas now you much choose between two of the world’s favorite cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Both places have a lot to offer to be sure, but if you’re looking for some scale tipping, here are eight reasons to get on the first flight to Madrid instead of Barcelona.