After an incredible journey through France, we ventured into the next amazing country we could think of.. Spain. Our first stop: the capital, Madrid. I love visiting a city for the first time, taking in the unique culture, food and language. Madrid is known for it’s beautiful sites and architecture, world-renowned museums, creative cuisine and explosive nightlife. What stood out to me was the city’s energy, all of the neighborhoods in the city have a very unique vibe but they come together to make for a city that feels very alive.
Three days to explore Madrid?
- Visit El Retiro Park. It sits in the middle of the city and is large enough to not feel overly crowded since everyone in Madrid likes to spend time here. You stroll through the park for hours, boat through the small lake, enjoy a bottle of wine on the steps of the statues or have a picnic on the grass.
- Eat at Mercado de San Miguel. Yes, you will see some tourists here as it is well known but it’s still worth the visit. There is an endless amount of options for foodies. Madrid is a melting pot of food from every region of Spain. Here you will find meats, cheeses, wines, croquettes, gourmet coffees, churros, and bocadillos.
- Once you’ve checked Mercado San Miguel of the list, visit a mercado that the locals frequent. We visited Mercado de San Fernando in Lavapies – an up-and-coming area with more of an urban vibe. Here you will find more of an interesting mix of goods.
- See Christiano Rinaldo score a goal or two for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
- And this may seem like an obvious, but visit the Salamanca area, known for its glitz and shopping.
- A must-see is the Prado Museum. I went in with high expectations and was still surprised at the amount of incredible art that is in this museum.
- Lastly, see a flamenco show. I knew we had to see one while in Spain and was expecting Shakira-style dancing but was surprised that it is way more than that. I suggest buying tickets for Casa Patas, the flamenco dancers and singers are seriously talented.
No matter what you do in Madrid, you are bound to have an amazing time.