If you are looking for things you must do in Madrid then this is the guide for you.
Next to Barcelona, Madrid has to be Spain’s second most popular travel destination. A three hour train from Barcelona, Madrid is located in the centre of Spain and has breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains among the horizon. There’s something about old Spanish architecture and mountains that really entrances you. There’s even a bar mentioned in my guide that you can have rooftop drinks at to take it all in. So without further adieu, here’s 5 things you must do in Madrid
The Royal Palace (The Palacio Real de Madrid) – One thing you must do in Madrid is see the royal palace. A short walk from Sol, you can wander the palace grounds freely. If you are facing the building, go to the right of the palace; you can see the mountains in the distance. A pretty spot for a few quick photos
Sol – The heart of Madrid. Sol is literally the centre of Madrid so this is a perfect area to make a base camp. We stayed at Hostal A Nuestra Senora de La Paloma which was perfect for us. It was nice and close to everything. If you book with booking.com you can get $25 off using my code. Here in Sol you can shop, find a lot of good tapas and watch the street performers if you want. I also spotted a few chocolate shops that smelled amazing walking by..
San Miguel Market – It’s a really cool market that’s busy with tourists and locals. It is overpriced as most tourist destinations, but you can get two tapas and a glass of wine for 6 Euro. I think that was pretty good. As a vegetarian I need places like this so I don’t have to stress about ordering off a menu. For dessert try some churros 🙂
Rooftop bar – I live for rooftop bars. I get so engulfed by the moment, looking at the city around you from above, it’s my favourite. The rooftop bar “Azotea” was a happy spontaneous decision. My boyfriends sister lives in Madrid and recommend that we all go there and I’m so happy we did. The view from the top is stunning. You can see the snow capped mountains in the distance, monuments and the beautiful skyline of Madrid. Cover is 4 Euro to get up which I think is completely worth it for the view. Drinks start at 4 Euros each.
Crystal Palace – Truly beautiful architecture. I fell in love with this unique building and could have spent a few hours admiring the craftsmanship. If you are patient enough you can get lucky and have the place entirely to yourself. For more about the park check out this post.
Buen Rediro Park – One of the prettiest and happiest parks I’ve ever been to. People are boating around the lake, laughing and enjoying the sun while others are enjoying a crisp cervasa. You can sit back and people watch for hours and take in the warm Madrid sun.
Temple of Debod – An unexpected monument found in a Spanish Park. Years ago an Egyptian monument was at risk of being damaged so Unesco made the decision to move the monument to save it. Spain was a big help in excavating the monument so as a gift/ thank you they decided to give the monument to Madrid. Pretty cool to see something that was once in Egypt now in a beautiful spot in Spain
Essential tips: Buy sangria and wine in a random convenient store/ hole in the wall snack places. Sangria is 1.50 Euro for a 1.5 ltr and that’s what most restaurants serve you anyways so save some doe and buy it there! Same with the wine. Don’t worry about buying fancy wine the 2 Euro wine tastes just as good and there’s even a boxed wine called Don Simon that’s actually pretty good so if you’re on a budget!