Have you been to Madrid yet? If not, you’re reading the right article. Even if you have been to Madrid before, we’re sure that you’ll find something new to discover and another reason to visit the Spanish capital again.
Madrid is the perfect city for every kind of traveler. There’s always something old or new to see, and there’s something for everyone to see and do. Whether you want to take a stroll through the Plaza Mayor and marvel at the architecture, indulge your inner foodie with unbelievable flavors at a tapas restaurant, or stay up until the sun rises again and experience Madrid’s famous nightlife, Madrid is one of the best cities to explore during both day and night.
So without further ado, here are four reasons why Madrid should be at the top of every traveler’s list. Explore one of the most legendary and cosmopolitan cities and get ready to pack your bags.
Reason 1: There’s so much to do and see
There’s a reason why so many travelers that come to Madrid are surprised to see that while the city is historically considered to be a village, it’s hardly provincial; it’s just as cosmopolitan as New York, Paris, or Milan.
The city has a ton of things to see no matter what time of day (or night) you want to go out and explore. Madrid, like New York, is open 24 hours a day. From the impressive Almudena Cathedral to the San Bernabeu Stadium where, if you’re lucky, you can catch a Real Madrid soccer game, Madrid is an amaazing city in terms of its tourist attractions and urban planning.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite attractions to see in Madrid:
- Casa de Campo
- Cava Baja
- Chueca and Malasaña
- Calle de la Pasa
- Puerta del Sol
- La Plaza de la Cibeles
- La Puerta de Toledo and la Puerta de Alcalá
- The San Miguel Market
Each one of these incredible places has great options for food, shopping, and relaxing.
If you’re a night owl, Madrid is the place for you. The city is known for its nightlife that spills into the streets. You can walk around safely too; in Madrid “going out” means getting back to your house after 4am.
Reason 2: Everything is close and budget-friendly
If you love to travel on foot and take your time when admiring every detail of the architecture, shops, and monuments, Madrid is the place for you.
Unlike other destinations, you can easily walk all of Madrid by foot without needing to take any other public transportation. However, if you’re tired at the end of a long day, you can always take a cab, bus, or subway without worrying about it breaking the bank. Even if you go out late at night, you’ll never have to worry about getting back to your hotel safely because you can take one of the famous night buses, lovingly called “Buhos” (owls) by locals, that run throughout the city until dawn.
Another essential tip for getting around in the city is topping up a tourist metro card. You can travel throughout Madrid during your entire stay. The train is quick, comes on a regular schedule, and it’s cheap.
Speaking of budget-friendly, if you’re a traveler that enjoys going places on a planned budget or a shoestring, we’re happy to inform you that the city is very reasonably priced. This isn’t to say that it isn’t comfortable or luxurious, On the contrary; in Madrid, you can find something for every budget.
Reason 3: It’s a foodie’s paradise
After a long day of travel and adventure, you’re probably famished. Lucky for you, Madrid is a foodie’s paradise. The Spanish capital is famous for its diverse cuisines that fuse and flaunt both local and international flavors. Food is everywhere, so if you’re on a diet, you might want to consider taking a break from it while you’re here. There are delicious cuts of beef, cured meats, pastas, wines, bread and olive oil, and so many other mouthwatering dishes to choose from and try. And before you leave the city, prepare to try some life-changing tapas!
Reason 4: Tradition, tradition, tradition
Madrid is world-famous for its tradition of siestas. Unfortunately, despite its great health benefits, the “siesta” is only an old wives tale in Madrid. Interestingly enough, the consequences of this particular concept appear in the Spanish schedule that’s different from the rest of the world. Breakfast at 10am? Stores being closed from 2pm to 4pm? Dinner at 11pm? In Madrid, these are normal.
Although the schedule might seem strange to foreigners, it’s an essential part of Spanish traditions and customs that give Madrid a unique flair. Some of the most important traditions of the city that you can’t miss are:
- The open-air Sunday market in El Rastro
- The 9-day festival of San Isidro
- The May 2 festival in Malasaña
- The San Cayetano Festival in the El Rastro neighborhood
- The San Lorenzo Festival in the Lavapiés Neighborhood
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