There’s perhaps no better way to enjoy an afternoon in Madrid than by going on a picnic. Said picnic should involve a proper Spanish bocadillo (we’re talking a giant baguette sandwich packed with perhaps jamón or Manchego cheese, or both), and a post-feast, sunshine-filled siesta. Where to find this picnic paradise? Grab a blanket, sandwiches and something to drink, and head to one of these big city green getaways that are ripe for picnicking.
Though Madrid’s center is packed with worthy sights – from the Royal Palace to Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park — some of the region’s most recognized attractions are situated just beyond city borders and in the larger community of Madrid. There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Madrid, and a handful more just beyond its regional borders. So if you’re keen to take a day trip, you’ll most definitely want to consider the following destinations.
Whether you’re a solo traveler, backpacker or traveling on a budget, there are countless ways to experience Madrid. But if your travel taste leans toward massages and Michelin stars, then you’ll likely want to narrow the field down to some of these — the Spanish capital’s top luxury things to do.
Once upon a time, the Spanish royals escaped city life by heading to their relaxing country homes — aka palaces. And one of these palaces was – and is – situated just a short drive south of Madrid. It’s the Palace of Aranjuez, located in the modest-sized city of the same name.
Summer has arrived in Madrid, and the warm sun should be shining all the way through October and even November (and indeed, it will shine after that, though the temperatures will take a nose dive). So if you’re looking to savor those warm rays as the Spaniards do, here are some of the best places to do it.
Coffee is a big thing in Spain. Whether taken with toast at breakfast, after lunch over ice or in the afternoon as a post-siesta pick-me-up, it’s an integral part of the local culture. But what’s it like, and where best to sample it? Here’s what you’ll need to know before you decide to caffeinate in Madrid.
One walk around Madrid’s busy streets and you’ll no doubt come across a giant store with the words El Corte Inglés emblazoned in green on it. This is Spain’s largest department store, and, for the most part, not unlike those that you’ve probably encountered back home. Except there’s one big awesome difference: the Gourmet Experience.
The emblem of Madrid is the first hint you’re in a city that loves food. You’ll find the symbol — a bear rising up on its hind legs to reach the fruit of a berry tree — everywhere. And fittingly, the famed bear statue in the Puerta del Sol is the meeting point for the Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Madrid so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Madrid!
Ask any local what they love most about Madrid during the warmer seasons, and their answer will most likely be the outdoor terrazas. What are those, you ask? They are the seating areas in plazas, along sidewalks and even on rooftops, where you can sip on a drink or dine on tapas. If you’re […]