When I first came to Madrid I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t imagine to find a city that I would have liked that much. The truth is the more I live here, the less I’d like to leave.
Madrid is a city that surprises you. It is always full of events and staying updated is almost impossible, that’s why the best way for getting to know and love the city is wandering around, discovering new places and running into festivals by chance.
I had to challenge myself for picking the top 5 experiences that would be my “musts” in Madrid, but here they are:
1. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Even though l don’t love spending an afternoon in a museum, this one is totally worth it. Most tourists know El Prado and Reina Sofia museums, but what about the Thyssen? Located in front of El Prado in one of the city’s main boulevard (Paseo del Prado), this museum offers a catching permanent collection that covers a period from the XIII to the XX century, as well as numerous temporary exhibitions. Once the second largest private collection in the world, it is now the third jewel of the well-known “Golden Triangle of Arts” in Madrid.
2. Bookstalls in calle Moyano
If you fancy devouring books while sitting in the park and reading in Spanish while surrounded by locals, the market stall in calle Moyano is the place to go. There you can always find a huge variety of cheap books (both new and second-handed). Besides, it’s so near to the Retiro park that you wouldn’t resist having a stroll and enjoying your book while sitting on the grass.
On Sundays at lunch ¡Cúrate la resaca!, to get over with the hangover this restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with authentic mexican food. Quesadillas and tacos are freshly and live made.
Extra tip: go there between 12.00 and 14.00 and you’ll have a discount 😉
4. Teatro Kapital
When it comes to nightlife this is the undisputed king of clubs in Madrid. It boasts 7 floors with different music genres. My favourite floor? The open-air terrace where people can chill out with delicious cocktails. There you can even buy a slice of pizza!
5. Day trip to Toledo
Toledo is the best choice for having a quick trip outside the bustling city. This town has so much to offer: as capital city before Madrid, its old town has all the typical touches of the Spanish culture (defensive wall, churches, and so on and so forth), as well as old mosques and synagogues. Next to the river Tagus, an amazing trekking route runs around the wall, letting the walkers connect with nature and enjoy a stunning view. All of this in just an hour away by bus and completely free with the under-26 transport card!
I dare you to visit all these places and let us know what you think!