Maybe you haven’t heard the word: though quite famous, paella isn’t exactly Spain’s national dish. The tasty concoction in fact originates from the eastern community of Valencia, where its extra-absorbent rice is cultivated from the Albufera; a freshwater lagoon known for producing the perfect paella grain. Since the dish is hardly a Madrid specialty, coming across a decent pan of it isn’t easy to do. But, if you know where to go, then you’ll be devouring Valencia-worthy versions of paella in no time. With that in mind, and your tummy growling, here are three of the city’s most praised arrocerías.
You’ve finally made it to Spain and are savoring every last ray of sunshine, sip of wine, and bite of tasty tapas-style cuisine. But wouldn’t it be great if you could bring back more than just memories, photos and generic tchotchkes? Go beyond the postcards and pictures — here are eight ultra-Spanish souvenirs that you can bring home from Madrid.
As one of the nation’s favorite dishes, tortilla española can be found in cities across Spain. But perhaps there’s no better place to experience a vast sampling of this national favorite than in the country’s capital.
Cars race along its perimeter, whirling around a chariot-topped fountain that gushes with water, and just as the palace lights up, dominating the evening sky. We’re talking about Plaza de Cibeles, here, one of Madrid’s most celebrated squares, and certainly one of its most beautiful sights.
Let’s be honest, Spaniards are professionals at partying, so really it shouldn’t come as any surprise that they rally the masses for quite a few impressive annual events. From an ultra-Hispanic holiday to all-out soccer-win fever, here is a list of Madrid’s most popular celebrations and events.
Nope, the locals don’t eat a ton of paella, and they don’t typically do their tapas hopping in Mercado de San Miguel, nor do they even dine any time before 9 p.m. So, as a visitor who wishes to immerse yourself in Spanish culture, why should you? If you’re eager to experience the city as […]
The Prado, Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor – you’ve been there and done that. So now that you’ve graduated from being a first-time visitor, it’s time to get to know the city beyond its main top attractions. With that in mind, here are three ways to experience the Spanish capital once you’ve crossed those larger tourist-magnets […]
Segovia, Ávila, Toledo — Madrid is hardly short on day-trip options. But perhaps you’re looking for a new place to visit, or even just a less-conventional one, and if that’s the case, then Patones de Arriba is the day-trip destination for you. Situated within the larger community of Madrid, Patones de Arriba is just under […]
Old-school kiosks hawking fresh fruit; thousands of outdoor stands selling funky souvenir finds; and vintage goods for sale in a retro train station – this is just a glimpse of what you’ll come across at Madrid’s best markets. Indeed from garb to grub, the Spanish capital is chock-full of shopping opportunities where you’ll likely find […]
There’s perhaps no better way to relax in Madrid than by sipping a drink on an outdoor terraza — and there’s probably no better way to enjoy said terraza than by hitting up some of the city’s best rooftop terraces. With that in mind, here are a handful of Madrid’s top high-altitude hangouts that you’ll […]