Mangoes Travel – Madrid, Spain
Six places which are a must-visit in Madrid
I first visited Madrid in 2015 and fell in love with the Spanish Capital, and so I jumped at the chance to visit again. From the rich history to the gorgeous architecture, delicious food and of course vibrant nightlife, you can’t help but fall in love with Madrid.
Having visited Madrid twice now, I think I can safely say that I’ve covered a fair amount of Madrid – with a mixture of the typical touristy things such as visiting the two main Plaza’s (Mayor and Espana) as well as some more local and authentic things such as having a calamari sandwich with beer for Sunday lunch. Hoping that everyone visiting the city for the first time loves it as much as I do, I have put together my top 6 places which I think are a must for first timers and will leave them wanting to come back and discover more… I for one can’t wait to go again!
Top 6 six places to visit:
Sunset at Temple de Debod
The Temple de Debod is an Egyptian Temple which dates back to the early 2nd century BC. The temple was dismantled and rebuilt here in 1972. Head over in the afternoon to watch the sun setting over the glistening waters which protect this historical site.
Temple de Debod
Mercardo de San Miguel
The historic Mercado de San Miguel is located just off Plaza Mayor and is one of the liveliest culinary spots in the city since it reopened in 2009 after a six-year restoration. Alongside stalls selling fresh produce are tapas bars offering a wide variety of treats – a must for all foodies!
El Rastro Market
El Rastro is one of the most popular open-air flea markets in Spain. It is held every Sunday and has a huge variety of products new and used. Be sure to explore all of the little side streets surrounding the market too – that’s where the real treasures lie!
Royal Palace + Sabatini Gardens
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family but today it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms.
Known as the student district, Malasana is full of local bars and restaurants as well as vintage shops. It’s great for exploring on foot and perfect for a taste of authentic Madrid.
El Retiro Park
Covering over 125 hectares and comprising more than 15,000 trees, El Retiro Park is a green oasis in the heart of the city. Inside there are several interesting monuments and gardens, including a Mexican conifer that is nearly 400 years old and is believed to be Madrid’s oldest tree.
We stayed at Barceló Torre De Madrid – which is located in one of the most iconic buildings in the capital: the Torre de Madrid. This design-led hotel is the most convenient place to stay to discover the city, thanks to its excellent location in the Plaza de España, a few steps from the Gran Vía, a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Madrid and a 15-minute walk from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor.