Madrid 101

Welcome to Madrid, where the days start late, the nights end later, and the locals look like Javier Bardem.

Sound good? Well, there’s more. Much more. Madrid is home to some of the biggest and baddest sights in the world, from museums filled with iconic art to discotheques packed with Spain’s most beautiful. From Goya’s The Nude Maja by day to the (almost) naked madrileños at night, Madrid insists that you stay on the move—in only the most laid-back style, of course. When it’s time to recuperate, slow down, savor some of the best in Spanish cuisine, and lounge in one of the city’s immaculate parks or gardens under the warm Spanish sun.

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The Madrid Top 5

  • The Reina Sofia

    The Golden Triangle of Art’s southernmost leg offers visitors a refreshing break from Madrid’s neoclassical artistic tradition.

  • Templo de Debod

    There’s literally a 2000-year-old Egyptian temple in the heart of Madrid.

  • Palacio Real

    If you spent your childhood dreaming of princesses, knights, and dragons, the Palacio Real, Madrid’s own royal palace, will be your dream come true.

  • Parque del Buen Retiro

    Pack a picnic lunch and walk underneath the vine-covered Rosadela in the park’s main garden or go boating on the majestic lake in front of Alfonso XII’s monument.

  • El Prado

    A symbol of national pride and a relic of the nation’s rich artistic history


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Madrid Blogs

1211, 2015
  • Madrid Breakfast

Cheapskate’s Guide to Madrid

By |Art, Food, Madrid, Museums, Shopping, Spain|0 Comments

It’s easy to get around for close to nothing in Madrid, as long as you have your student ID and use a bit of creativity. While vast and rich with endless streets and corners, it is fairly easy to explore by foot (no metro cost!). Here’s a day-in-the-life of a money-saving, pedestrian tourist. 1. Grab breakfast at your hostel: When booking hostels in Madrid, be on the look out for places that serve free breakfast. Often times, this breakfast won’t amount to much more than a bowl of corn flakes and some chamomile tea. However, other places, [...]

2710, 2015
  • Classic Madrid tapas

Make like Hemingway: Eat at Botin

By |Food, Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

When you step into the cavernous restaurant Botin, it’s easy to imagine Ernest Hemingway enjoying a few meals here. In his novel, The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway draws on his own dining experiences at the ancient Spanish establishment, writing: “We lunched upstairs at Botin’s. It is one of the best restaurants in the world. We had roast young suckling pig and drank rioja alta. Brett did not eat much. She never ate much. I ate a very big meal and drank three bottles of rioja alta.” Botin was established in 1725, by a French cook named Jean [...]

2110, 2015
  • let's go toledo

Holy Toledo! A Daytrip Saga

By |Food, Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

For all of those who don’t know me (and I mean all because this is my first post), I am currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the semester. The city is great, the beaches are even better, and the paella is fantastic, but once in a while, a girl needs a change of scenery. This past weekend I took the eight-hour bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid to visit a friend that is studying abroad there. Because of Spain’s own version of Columbus Day, we had Monday off of class and a whole day to spare before [...]

1110, 2015
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Madrid’s Literary Neighborhood: Barrio de las Letras

By |Culture, Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

It’s safe to say that when most tourists visit Madrid, they make a beeline for the Prado. Or for La Plaza Mayor. Or for sangria. Only late into their trips, if ever, do tourists learn of el Barrio de Las Letras, the city’s literary quarter that was once home to Spanish Renaissance greats like writer Miguel Cervantes, playwright Lope De Vego, and poet Francisco Gómez de Quevedo. The small neighborhood tucked away behind la Puerta del Sol and near La Latina boasts alternative nightlife, artisan foods, and literary walk on Calle de las Huertas. The walk, lined with [...]

2507, 2014
  • Madrid Train Leaving for Toledo

Hasta Luego, Madrid.

By |Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

On leaving for Toledo. I’m sitting in the Atocha station waiting to catch my train to Toledo. I’m unshowered, sweaty, a little dehydrated. But I don’t want to get up to grab some water because I’m afraid someone will take my seat, which is a rarity in this crowded station. That nagging, dusty, nostalgic feeling about leaving a place is stuck in the back of my throat. It’s been two weeks since I first stepped off the Tribunal metro stop into the heart of Madrid, lost, obviously foreign, and completely alone. I’ll be honest—the first few days [...]

Madrid was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

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