The 4 things you shouldn’t miss out on in Madrid
Madrid is a city that has so much to offer that sometimes one trip doesn’t always cover everything you hope to do. However, if you go with something in mind and follow this list of 4 things to do during your visit to Madrid (especially if you’ve never been before), we’re sure you’ll go back home happy and excited to go back and experience it all again. The following suggestions are for all preferences so, no matter who you’re travelling with, enjoy!
A vermouth in La Latina
Heading out for a vermouth in any Spanish town is fun and interesting whether it be with friends, your partner or even the kids. However, having a vermouth in Madrid is practically part of their weekly ritual. In the La Latina zone and now in many local pubs and bars in Lavapiés, it’s normal and trendy to eat something before Saturday lunch. Here, you’ll find everyone is out in the streets laughing and having fun.
The tapas are delicious with the best ones being: Russian salad, Andalusian calamari, cured cheese, cuts of Spanish ham, croquettes, sirloin and patatas bravas. Nowadays the variety is infinite with a range of tapas and pinchos (small aperitifs) for vegetarians and children.
The Triangle of Art
If you’re a fan of art or even if you don’t have the remotest idea, the Triangle of Art in Madrid is worth a visit. The El Prado museum is one of the most recognised museums in the world, with one of the best and fascinating collections of works from every century. A visit of some of the halls or high-quality temporary exhibitions should be enough (as you could spend days exploring the whole museum).
For those who prefer contemporary art, the Reina Sofía or CaixaForum are the perfect choices for you. Temporary art exhibitions take the lead in both these centres. Innovative artists from all over the world have left their stamp here. Also, these centres are always hosting interesting events and workshops for adults and children.
Have a picnic in Buen Retiro Park
Put aside time to visit this green paradise of Madrid. You’ll get to appreciate the lake, boats, walkways, places to relax, impressive glass palace (where you can sometimes find art, sculpture and photography expositions) along with the most incredible ambiance in all Madrid, especially if you’re visiting with the little ones.
A theatre production
Or a stand-up comedy show, opera, musical or live concert. If you go to Madrid you have to take advantage of the biggest benefit of this great capital: that the programme of events is relentless, so much so in its cinema premiers as in its dance performances and other lesser-known stage disciplines. In Madrid, you can find options for all preferences and ages.
The only thing you should keep in mind is that the better you plan your trip and the sooner you book event tickets, the better off you’ll be, as tickets in Madrid either tend to sell out fast or become expensive quickly. With that being said however, there are many things worth doing that are free like music performances in small bars or concerts by lesser well-known groups that will surprise you with how good they can be.
In terms of accommodation, if you want to enjoy Madrid in 4 days, the best thing to do is opt for a centralised hotel which is well-equipped and from which you can access all the historic points of interest in Madrid. Some of the best for this are: the Petit Palace Puerta del Sol hotel (just next to the emblematic zone where the bells are rung for the end-of-year celebration) and the Petit Palace Alfonso XXII (next to Buen Retiro Park).