Madrid travel guide, Spain

Posted by on August 5, 2012

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Madrid is less popular compared to other destinations in Spain like coastal Barcelona, seaside San Sebastian or south charm Seville. Those who visit the city will remember more than just government buildings and active nightlife. This big city is worth exploring and you can find beautiful things by just looking at the right spot. There are over three million residents in Spain’s capital. It is a landlocked city in the heart of Iberian Peninsula. There are nearby towns with historical sites like Segovia and Toledo. Moving around the city is easy as there are buses and taxis around every corner. Compared to other medieval cities, the history of Madrid is odd. It was only declared the center of Spain in 16th century and up to now it is still struggling to live up as a major hub. The city doesn’t lack in great architectures and museums.

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Madrid by night

Madrid by night

Madrid can be best experienceed during the night. You can hop from one bar to another, to taverns or night clubs. There are also other venues of entertainment like movie theaters, restaurants and flamenco sites. For those sport fanatics, you might want to see the Real Madrid CF in action by visiting the Bernabéu stadium.  There are several places that you can visit in the city like Plaza de Espana, Puerta del Sol and Grand Via. You will need to adopt the attitude of local residents as they are in the mood for socializing and maximizing their time. If these things amaze you and you want to go to the Spanish capital as soon as possible then you can find affordable flights on www.flighthub.com.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Real Madrid CF

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Real Madrid CF

Plaza de Espana, Madrid

Plaza de Espana, Madrid

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Grand Via, Madrid

Grand Via, Madrid

It is hard to choose from among the vast cultural activities that are happening all over Madrid. There are dozens of museums to visit from Reina Sofia Museum to Thyssen Bornemisza. Before visiting these places, you might want to check out newspapers and other travel guides for the latest events all over the city.

Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

Thyssen Bornemisza museum

Thyssen Bornemisza museum

Madrid is good to discover as it mix both tradition and modernity.  You can visit the traditional neighborhoods of San Isidro and El Rastro where you can see the local customs of residents. Modern towns of Chueca and Lavapiesare proven to be worth your time. There are a lot of constructions happening around the city giving it a face lift.

San Isidro, Madrid

San Isidro, Madrid

El Rastro, Madrid

El Rastro, Madrid

The weather in Madrid is dry and sunny. July and August are considered the hot months. The months from December to February are considered short winter season. If you are planning to visit the city, do it during autumn and spring season. The city is also known for its native cuisine. Madrid delicacies are hearty and contain ingredients that are unique for foreign travelers. Specialties of the area include Callos, Porras, and Huevos Rotos. There are other several options for tapas. You can also find several restaurants that offer international cuisines.

Eating huevos rotos, Madrid

Eating huevos rotos, Madrid

 

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