Madrid is the the capital of Spain and one of Europe’s largest.
The city is located in the center of Spain, surrounded by impressive mountains and dry land.
Madrid has a rich history from its significant role as the center of the Spanish Empire. The city overflows with palaces, cathedrals, and other remnants of awe-inspiring ages. These ancient symbols contrast to the city’s modern developments such as busy city streets, vivacious nightlife, and a multicultural population from all over the world.
The people of Madrid really know how to enjoy life, which for them often includes eating.
If you order a glass of wine (and did we say it’s probably the cheapest price for a glass of wine in all of Europe?!) you’ll most probably get a small tapas- some olives or nuts with it.
The long lunches are fantastic and for around 10 euros in many spots you’ll get a three course meal- and that’s with wine included in the price.
Madrid also has the highest number of bars per capita in all of Europe, so make sure to taste the nightlife scene and sip a few martinis while enjoying the city.
There’s many places to see and a lot of things to do in Madrid. The city itself is beautiful and it’s nice to just walk around and look at the old, magnificent buildings and all the fantastic street art.
Palacio Real is the royal palace and is a popular attraction that the whole family will appreciate. If you’re interested in art you can visit Museo del Prado, Centro Cultural Reina Sofia or Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. If you have children, a great idea is to spend the day at the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium where you can see dolphins, pet some lemurs, and check out some beautiful birds.
For those of you looking for shopping, you’ll find most brands in Fuencarral and Gran Vía.
If you’re looking for more exclusive shopping then head to Salamanca.
For more alternative stuff, take a walk to Malasaña where you’ll also find some cozy cafes and restaurants.
Madrid is a great city to visit year round. From April to October the temperature is wonderful. During these months you’ll see people relaxing and hanging out on terraces and plazas.
In every street corner there’s a cafe where you can get a cup of coffee or something to eat.
In august it gets really warm and a large part of the city’s population escape to the mountains or the sea.
In winter time it can get a bit chilly in Madrid but as long as you have a warm jacket, you’ll be fine.
Madrid always has some kind of event going on, including the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, where you can see top models showing off the latest in Spanish and European design. Make sure to se what is happening in the vibrant city during your visit!
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