Madrid is a large city located in the center of Spain, a short flight away from Barcelona. Visitors will be able to explore this cultural city, known for its museums, and the nearby historical towns.
Explore the city’s many museums.
The city is known for its arts and cultural scene. The thee main museums are the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, which form the Golden Triangle of Museums located in the city center. A short walk away visitors will find the Naval Museum. The Archaeological Museum is located near Plaza de Colón, a short distance away from the city’s chic Serrano area.
Take a walk in the parks.
This city has several historical gardens and parks. The Retiro Park, located near the art museums, used to be the city’s royal gardens. This park has a pond where visitors will be able to row boats. There are several paths decorated with statues.
Another large park is located west of the city center. The Casa de Campo used to be the royal hunting estate and is now a park connected to the city by a cable car and public transport. The cable car travels the distance between Madrid’s centric Moncloa district and the park. This park has many bicycle paths and a lake. There are several barbecue and picnic areas. Inside the park visitors will find the Parque de Atracciones theme park and the zoo.
The Madrid Rio park is located on the banks of the Manzanares river. This park has many bicycle paths and walking paths and many recreational facilities.
Enjoy a tapas tour.
This city is famous for its tapas bars and nightlife. Before heading out to party until dawn visitors will be able to join locals for some tapeo. Tapas are appetizers served with each drink in most of the city’s bars. Larger tapas are raciones and can be shared. Typical tapas include aceitunas olives, boquerones in escabeche, huevos rotos eggs with fries and pimientos de piquillo stuffed peppers.
There are many tapas bars in the city. South of the city center, in La Latina, visitors will be able to walk from one bar to the next one, tasting a variety of tapas along the way. In the centric Barrio de las Letras there are many ethnic restaurants, tapas bars and clubs, including several karaoke clubs.
Visit the historical city center.
The city’s center is known for its historical squares, including Plaza de Sol and Plaza Mayor. Near the center visitors will find the Royal Palace and the ancient Almudena Cathedral. Tours are organized around the palace’s throne hall and state rooms.
Take a sidetrip to one of the historical towns.
There are several small towns a short local train ride away. The town of El Escorial is located in the northern sierra. This town is known for the Monastery of San Lorenzo of El Escorial, an ancient palace that has a monastery and several ancient royal crypts. To the south of the city visitors will find Aranjuez, where another Royal Palace is located. This town has a pond with swans and there are several camping grounds nearby.