Where to go & what to do in MADRID
Updated: Feb 3, 2022
Madrid, the capital of Spain is a hospitable city that has a lot to offer for a city trip. A rich past has ensured that Madrid has countless monuments and historic buildings. Taste the Spanish atmosphere during your Madrid city trip in one of the many restaurants, sit down on a terrace and enjoy the lively cityscape of Madrid.
Great city for a few days in Spanish atmosphere. During our city trip, we enjoyed & eaten delicious tapas in one of the many bars and made a city tour.
Madrid is a great city for shopping with girlfriends. A nice variety of shops you will find in the center and in the various neighborhoods. You will also come across specialist shops in the bustling city. Think of a hat shop or a fan shop. To end the day you can eat the best Churros in Madrid
Chocolateria San Ginés
The specialty of Spain is churros. It is best to compare the taste between a Dutch oliebol and donut. The tastiest churros are made in Madrid in a narrow alley between Calle Arenal and Calle Mayor. The store is so popular that it is open 24 hours a day. You can enjoy this specialty on the terrace. It is popular to take a churros with a cup of chocolate milk (chocolate con churros).
Mercado de San Miguel
It is a traditional market since the Middle Ages located next to Plaza Mayor. It is a market that is full of Spanish delicacies such as sausages, fruit, sweet pastries and fish. To enjoy the hustle and bustle, you can sit at the bar with a drink and snack.
In the center of Madrid there are a number of streets that you should not skip to go shopping. It is the streets Calle Hortaleza, Calle Gran Vía and Calle Fuencarral that eventually lead to the central square Puerta del Sol. In these streets are the well-known and lesser-known brands located. If you are looking for Chanel, Michael Kors or Prada, you should go to Calle de Serrano in the northeast of the city. If you would like to buy a hat, the hat shop in the La Latina district is really something for you. Or how about handmade jewelry and art. In the Chueca district you can find it. For book lovers, the Mercado del Libro is a mecca. You can find this market near Jardín Botánico.
A cozy busy square to enjoy the surroundings. On the square are two fountains with decorated flowers. You can sit on the edge of the fountain. Also the symbol of the city, a bear with a madrone tree 'El Oso y el Madroño' is located on the east side of the square. It is a lively central square with continuous experience. Highly recommended to record the impressions of the city together.
The most common means of transport in Madrid is the metro. There are thirteen lines that will take you to the sights of the city and beyond. A metro runs every 3 to 8 minutes. You can choose between single tickets or a ten-ride ticket. The journey ticket is cheaper than single tickets and can also be used on the bus. Another advantage is that the ten-journey card can also be used together. Day tickets can also be purchased at the vending machines or ticket offices.
Another fun way to discover the city is by tourist bus. This bus will take you to all the highlights of the city and you can hop on and off as many times as you like during the day. Two routes are driven. The blue and green line. When making a booking, you can book this hop on hop off bus directly for the duration of one day or for two days.
What’s on where ?
In Madrid you can enjoy the tapas dishes at any hour of the day in the many tapas bars or at the markets. The cuisine of Madrid is very varied. From tapas to the paella of Valencia and not to forget the regional dishes. For everyone there is a meal that can be consumed.
How to get there!
The fastest way to reach Madrid is by plane. In 2.5 hours, land at Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas. This airport is located 12km away from the center. Various flights are offered so affordable from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland and Belgium.
You should take into account a long drive to Madrid. From the Netherlands it will take you at least 18 hours to drive to Madrid. This time has not yet taken into account the breaks and crowds on the road. It is advisable to drive to Madrid in two days. The fastest way to reach Madrid is via the Paris ring road and the west side of France. In France and Spain there are toll roads.
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