Madrid, Madrid, Madrid! There are so many reasons to visit Madrid as it becomes a more and more popular destination in Spain and Europe so it’s hard to boil it down to only eight. However, we’ll take the challenge and give your our top reasons why should book your tickets today to come visit the capital of Spain.
Madrid is smack dab in the center of Spain which make it a great hub for travelling and exploring the rest of the peninsula. Whether you are interested in watching authentic flamenco in Granada (only 4 hours away by bus) or hiking the awe inspiring Picos de Europa (a 4-hour drive) or spending some time at the beach in Valencia (3 hours by train), it’s very accessible and cheap to travel around. There are great road trips to Lisbon and the Algarve, as well.
If you are itching to get on a plane, Madrid has one of the best European airports to take a flight to anywhere in Europe and Morocco affordably and easily.
The weather is good almost year round
The sun shines most of the year getting only about 60 days of rain a year which is why you are more than likely going to get nice weather to enjoy being outside. People in Madrid love hanging out in the streets whether it’s on one of hundreds of terraces, picnic at parks or on benches in squares.
Museums, palaces and history
Madrid’s powerhouse museum triangle of Museo El Prado, Museo Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisa, makes it one of the most cultural European cities you could visit. Besides these popular museums, there are other great ones to visit like The Sorolla Musuem, The Museum of Romanticism and The National Arqueological Museum.
The Royal Palace in Madrid is the biggest palace in occidental Europe with over 3,000 rooms. The history, paintings, furniture, and antiques are worth going to visit. Besides this you can take a stroll for free in the lovely Royal gardens with beautiful views. The first Wednesday of every month at noon there is a unique changing of the guard experience with over 400 people and 100 horses.
This is not the only reason that Madrid is called the city of Palaces. You have the lesser known and mysterious Palacio de Linares at Plaza Cibeles. There are several myths and ghost stories that revolve around this 19th century Palace. Another off the beaten path sight is the Palacio de Liria in Calle Princesa filled with Goya artwork and other great Spanish painters that were from the private collection of the Duchess of Alba.
Other architecturally rich palaces are Palace of the Marques de Salamanca, Palacio de Amboage and Palacio Longoria.
You can check out all the free walking tours that will fill you into all the history near Sol, in the barrio de la Austrias and Lavapiés, the hub and cultural diversity.
Madrid has always been an immigrant city. Spaniards have migrated for jobs and it has also served as a place where different travel routes intersect to and from Europe. On the streets you will find people speaking lots of different languages with people from all over the world. Since Madrid is the headquarters for several multinational companies, it attracts global talent. This makes it a city rich in multicultural people, events, restaurants and art.
Affordable European city
Movehub just ranked Madrid as being in the top 5 European cities to move to if you are young and broke. This comes as no surprise since food, transport and going out are way below the average price of other European cities. Get a breakdown of average cost of living in Madrid HERE.
Tons of great parks
Madrid is one of the greenest cities in Europe with over 250 hectares of greenery. Not only do you have the famous Parque El Retiro with its pond where you can row on boat and the Cristal Palace but you also have the immense Casa de Campo, five times the size of Central Par in New York, Parque Oeste with the amazing Egyptian Templo de Debod and rose garden and the romantic Parque Capricho with a labyrinth, palace and bunker from World War II.
It’s a very walkable city
Although Madrid’s public transport is efficient and affordable, walking around Madrid is the best way to get to know this city filled with secrets, liveliness and history. Every neighbourhood has its own flavor and when you walk through the streets you always discover something new whether it’s historical centenarian shops, street art, hidden terraces, and great food and bars.
You will be amazed how much you can walk in a day in Madrid and how much you can see. Your feet might get tired but you won’t get bored. Since Madrid is incredibly safe, except for the pickpockets which you will want to keep an eye out for, you can feel free to roam around from one end to the next completely confident.
And ideal also for day trips
From Madrid you will be able to get to know historical cities that are unique in the world, just an hour or two away. Its central position and radial communication is privileged for day trips. Some interesting suggestions can be found in this post by Bookmundi.
Still not convinced? Get a hand on our Madrid City Guide HERE to find out more about all the wonderful things this city has to offer.
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