Madrid

All posts related to travels in Madrid, Spain.

When I first planned an extended trip to Spain, every person I spoke to had something to say about Madrid. I heard everything from “skip it entirely” to “spend a week there.” I knew I couldn’t skip it after hearing all these conflicting statements, and ended up spending a few days there. I’ve concluded that Madrid is not to be skipped; it’s filled with culture and history, beautiful buildings and delicious food, and a thriving art scene. Since most people only plan for a few days in the city, these are the best things to do in Madrid – and best of all, they’re budget-friendly!

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With just one day to spend in Madrid, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see and do all that I wanted. I guess this just means I’ll have to return! In the meantime, I had a lovely day catching up with some of the Diverbo volunteers and even managed to squeeze in some time both at the famous Prado museum and at the Palacio Real Gardens. While many advised me to skip Madrid entirely, I definitely found it to be worth visiting. There’s a certain energy here that keeps you going into the wee hours of the night – or maybe it’s just the chocolate with churros!

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My time in Madrid was limited to just one full day before I went off to volunteer. I spent an action-packed day in the city, starting with a historical walking tour in the morning, an inspiring flamenco lunch show, and a lazy afternoon in Parque del Retiro. Not only did I meet some Pueblo Ingles volunteers, but I ended my evening with them as well; celebrating the festival of La Paloma into the wee hours of the night with locals in Cebada. Despite only spending 24 hours in this city, I fell in love and definitely want to return. Click and read the details on my day out in Madrid!

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Since I knew my time in Madrid was limited, I was intent on making the most of my meal times there. What better way to sample all the top foods than by going on a food tour? Madrid Food Tours took me on a mouthwatering gastronomical journey through the streets of Madrid, where I sampled authentic local eats and got a “taste” of Madrid’s fascinating history. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and if you’re looking to gain a deeper understanding of Madrid’s food culture, then this is the tour for you.

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