I’m still reminiscing about my trip to Spain. Today I’m thinking especially of Madrid. Full of life, art, and culture, the city gives such a lasting impression and leaves you wanting more. If you’re planning a trip to Spain, Madrid is a must-see. If you need further proof, continue reading for a number of amazing things to do in the city of the “Bear and the Strawberry Tree.”
See Some Football
Madrid’s team is one of the best football teams in the world, and the residents of Madrid are quick to tell you so. If time allows, going to one of their home games is an experience to remember. The energy in the 85,454-capacity stadium is one for the records. The stadium also offers daily tours that allow you to view the teams various awards, press clippings, and the team locker rooms.
Leave Room for Food
Where do I even start when it comes to Madrid’s cuisine? Tapas. You should start with Tapeo, a type of bar crawl that prioritizes food as much as drinks. Tapas come in the form of small, bite sized parcels but pack a ton of flavor. Madrid features multiple tapas tours, but I suggest you save your money and head to Calle Ponzano in the Chamberí district. Calle Ponzano is lined with bars well-known for their drinks and tapas pairings.
If you are looking to satisfy your hunger with a full meal, and don’t mind spending a pretty penny, Sacha is the place to go. The restaurants wine cellar is a marvel, as is their food. Get the best of both worlds by trying their marinated oysters and sirloin steak with a side of bone marrow.
Be Amazed by Architecture
I devoted a whole section in Part 1 of my trip to Spain, too, and for good reason. The architecture in the country is incredible and illustrates the artistic talents that have resided in Spain for centuries. Madrid is no different. Everywhere you look there are palaces, columns, adornments, and sculptures that take your breath away.
If you want a two for one, to see architecture and history, visit Museo del Prado. Known as Spain’s most prestigious museum, it’s walls are lined with some of the most famous pieces of European art from the 12-19th centuries. Admire the works of Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, and El Greco, as well as the museum’s main source of pride, the Las Meninas. The painting offers the viewer a rare glimpse of life behind the curtain for a royal family of the Spanish Golden Age.
If Spain isn’t currently on your travel list, you should amend it to include the country. Rich in history, art, and beautiful views, there is no shortage of sights to see and activities to participate in.