¡Bienvenidos a Madrid! Spain´s capital of mouth-watering tapas, cultural highlights and affordable shopping.Often overshadowed by Barcelona or Andalucia, it’s about time Madrid got its time in the spotlight. The city is a perfect summer destination—full of museums, nightclubs, green parks, and plentiful rooftop bars. What’s more a traveler to ask for? Don’t miss these highlights from Madrid:
Flamenco Dinner. Flamenco is one of the most iconic forms of dance in the world, and it originated in Spain–so be sure not to miss it while you’re there! Madrid has a range of venues that offer Flamenco shows with a traditional Spanish dinner, and this is a great way to enjoy some wonderful, passionate dancing and some good food at the same time.
Metro de Madrid. Madrid has one of the best public transit system in the world. As there tends to be traffic, it’s best to stay off wheels, and head to the easily navigable bus and metro.Ticket machines are multilingual, and tickets are sold at a fraction of most major Western European intercity lines.
Watch a Game of Football. Spain is one of the best in Europe when it comes to soccer–or football as it’s known in Europe–so be sure to catch a game while you’re there. An afternoon with avid fans can be fun with friends or your kids! Madrid hosts both the globally renowned Real Madrid and the underdogs of Atletico Madrid, giving you ample chance to catch a game during the season.
Classical Art of the Highest Order at the Museo del Prado. Museo del Prado boasts a remarkable collection of classical art from the Renaissance is one of the best museums in Europe, and boasts a superb collection of classical and neo-classical art from all over Europe. From Spanish masters such as Velasquez and Goya to Flemish and Italian artists like Titian, Rubens, Botticelli and Caravaggio, this is an interesting and beautiful collection that is well worth exploring.
Visit the Catedral de la Almudena. The unique and ornate cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. The construction took over a century, only being consecrated in 1993. Be sure to stop by to admire the variety of architectural styles, ranging from a Neo-Gothic interior with a Romanesque crypt, to a pop-art décor by various contemporary artists.
And while you’re there… be sure to delve into succulent Madrid cuisine! Bacalao (salted and dried cod), jamon (ham), a variety of aged cheeses (manchego anyone?), patatas bravas (smoky potatoes fried in oil with aioil), pimientos de padrón (spicy fried peppers), Cocido Madrileño (pork stew), bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich), crispy churros con chocolate, or the special treat of oreja a la plancha (fried pig ear). Top it all with a pitcher of tintos de verano (sangria with carbonated water) and you’ll be all set for the evening!
Our Agent at Willamette Intl Travel have been sending clients to Madrid and Spain for decades! We can arrange excellent contacts, tour guides and hotels for a fun and memorable trip. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hasta pronto!
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