Madrid is Spain's capital and one of its largest cities. It's also one of the cheaper countries in Western Europe. Reasonable prices, beautiful architecture, yummy food, lively nightlife make Madrid a sought after destination for one and all. As soon as you step foot in the city you can see it breathe around you! It is one of the most liveliest cities in the Western Europe. Madrid may lack the romance of Paris, and the history of Rome but it doesn't make it any less exciting. It is a city of passion and life, music and dance, good food and better wines. And it is an artistic city which can confidently claim the title of 'Culinary Capital' of Europe!Cheapest Month To Fly: October 2017 from AhmedabadMust Visit: Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Prado Museum and Plaza MayorMust Eat: Tapas, Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho, Seafood Paella and SangriaMust Do: Dine at Botin, a famous restaurant that has been mentioned in numerous books and movies; Stroll along Grand Avenue, a beautiful stretch with stunning sights all around; Shop at El Rastro Flea Market; Dine at a Tapas Bar; Eat late night churros, available almost at every corner in Madrid.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 750; Food – Rs. 1800; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 250; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 3500 on double occupancy.
The mecca of football, home to the Los Galacticos - Real Madrid, the richest football club in the world. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo also plays there.Famous footballers to have played here: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Luiz Ronaldo, Gareth Bale.Things to do apart from football: Visit the Plaza Mayor square to drink in the vibrance of the city. Art connoisseurs can satiate themselves at Museo Nacional Del Prado.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.Well, just get your guy gang together and pack your bags for an epic footballing journey across the world. If you've already been to any of these cities, do share your story with us!
If you are traveling to Madrid, a flamenco show is a must! Audience members from around the world are enchanted by this alluring art form where the dancers, musicians and singers on stage display soulful feelings and tremendous passion. In this lively city located in the beautiful country of Spain, there are an abundance of flamenco shows to choose from that include dinner, tapas, and/or drinks. Since the hostel I stayed at is a part of a referral program with a local flamenco show, my friend Jackie and I ended up going to Tablao Restaurante Las Carboneras.
Where: SpainWhat to do: The golden triangle of the big three galleries, Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, should be on top of your list. If you still have some appetite left for art, head to the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, to see what the locals of Madrid lust after. Plan your trip to reach on a Sunday when the El Rastro is open, this market is known for great bargains on souvenirs and hidden gems. Don't leave Madrid without dining at the oldest restaurant in the world (as recognized by Guinness), Restaurante Sobrino de Botín.
MadridMy train ride to the capital of Spain was relaxing. The view outside gave me a good time to relax and cherish my trip so far. The instruction given by my next host helped me reach her home without any problem. As I entered my room, I saw suggestions on what to eat, were to go, guides and maps of Madrid. The best of everything in a very informative manner was kept there. It was more than I could ask for as I instantly sent my host a message thanking her for all this.There are a lot of places to visit in Madrid that can suit ones preference. I stated with Plaza Mayor, a central plaza in the city of Madrid. It was bustling with people and have restaurants and cafes at all sides to give you a good taste of Spanish cuisines especially the tapas. I made my way through tourists and street artists and reached Teatro Real or simply El Real, an opera house, as it is known colloquially. I wanted to go for a Spanish opera but couldn't get a ticket to the place.Behind it was Palacio Real de Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. It was a magnificent building that boast of amazing interiors, and a well-trimmed garden. After spending some time there, as I was walking back, I saw a street artist playing music on different wine glasses filled with water. The music he created was entertaining and made up for my long walk.
Being the capital of Spain, Madrid has a lot to offer. We didn't really spend that much time there, though, as we were flying off to Cancun soon.
We signed up for a free walking tour of the main historic/touristic sights, but never woke up for it – it’s like we were living the Caribbean pace of life already! Later on, we ended up visiting the same places included in the tour, but on our own. Madrid was absolutely packed with families flooding the Christmas markets and shopping areas. Then again… where is that so-called crisis everyone is talking about?!