Madrid, the capital of Spain is a very vivid city. It lives 24/7. It has a rich cultural offer with a lots of museums, theaters, flamenco shows, magnificent architecture and amazing restaurants where you can taste familiar Spanish dish – paella or drink sangria.
PARQUE DEL RETIRO
Parque del Retiro is a green oasis in the middle of the city. It consists of several gardens, a lake where you can rent a boat and exhibition halls. The locals usually come on the weekends.
El Rastro is the most popular open air flea market in Spain. You can buy whatever you want from clothes, books, antiquities, souvenirs etc.
PALACIO DE CIBELES
The Palace is a landmark of Madrid. This magnificent building was Postal and Telegraphic Museum until 2007, when it became the City Hall.
EL MUSEO DEL PRADO
Since its foundation in 1819, the Museum has played very important role in the evolution of art history. In Prado you can see the great collection of recognized painters such as El Greco, Velazquez, Titian, Goya etc.
EL PALACIO REAL DE MADRID
Royal Palace was built in the 18th century at the same place where the big fire has completely destroyed Alcazar de Madrid. Alcazar derives from Arabic word meaning palace or castle. The Palace consists of around 2800 rooms, but it’s not possible to visit them all. The Cathedral is located across the palace.
FOOD & DRINKS
Paella is authentic Spanish rice dish studded with chicken or sea food. The restaurants offer various types of Mediterranean food. My favorite Spanish beverage is definitely Sangria.
Also, you cannot visit Madrid without trying freshly baked churros con chocolate.
STREETS OF MADRID
Even though it’s a big city, its colorful buildings make it very pleasant to walk it through.
National symbol of Madrid is The Bear and The Strawberry Tree.
Flamenco is a traditional Spanish dance, typical for the Spanish region Andalusia. It consists of singing, dancing and guitar playing. In some restaurants in Madrid you can enjoy your dinner or drink while watching the Flamenco show. When you’re visiting Spain this is something you shouldn’t miss.