|Almudena Cathedral, Madrid|
A group of friends and I visited Madrid, Spain during the one week holiday that we have just had! It was the first time for all of us to the wonderful city, which made it extremely exciting highly anticipated.
Overall, I really loved my short experience in Madird, Spain. The people were extremely open to travelers and I managed to talk to many of the locals - which is always something I really love to do when travelling, in order to get a 'real feeling' of the city vibes. So here's a count of the many things that I loved in Madrid!
Please note that they are not in any particular order, they are simply things I loved doing during my trip to Madrid
1. The Madrid Metro!
|Rona (a friend) at the Madrid Metro|
I have to include the Madrid Metro in this list! I was utterly impressed by the cleanliness and organisation of the underground station. The timings were also almost always perfect, every train is perfectly clean, comfortable and it is relatively easy to find your way around. I really loved it! The prices of the tickets are also good; we purchased a 3 day pass for using all public transport facilities (busses, trains, metro, etc) for approximately 18 euros.
2. Churros hunting
|Chocolatería San Ginés|
Located in a passageway close to San Gines church, Chocolatería San Ginés has been serving Churros since 1894. It has been on my bucket list when visiting Madrid for a while, so it was amazing that we managed to squeeze some time to visit the Chocolateria.
To be honest, I had better Churros with spanish hot chocolate in other places in Madrid, however it was still a good experience. Note that the place is always packed!! it even gets uncomfortable at some point to eat there, however, i'm glad I did it!
If you're interested in visiting, here's the address: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
3. Mercado San Miguel
|Mercado San Miguel, Madrid|
Being the food junkie that I am every time I travel, I had to pay a visit to Mercado San Miguel located in Plaza San Miguel, 28005 Madrid, is a food market displaying several categories of food, ranging from pastries, desserts, fruits, drinks, and numerous sea foods. I really loved my time there, it was such a great place to try out various food from Madrid! and what I love about it is that almost everything is finger size, so you can try out several things without getting too full. The prices are also relatively low.
I had an alcohol free Mojito with pineapples, and it was heavenly refreshing!for 5 euros, you get a deliciously good drink which was large in size :D
Another key food that is available in Madrid is the spanish omelet - which honestly wasn't my personal favorite - however, their croquettes (croquetas) are to die for! I tried chicken croquetas at a local restaurant located in Puerta del sol, and I really enjoyed it... they were like no croquetas I've had before!
4. Madrid is a one big party!
|Night-time in Madrid|
Night-time in Madrid is extremely lively! on Tuesday when we were in Madrid, the entire city was literally a one big party! - as I like to call it. There was a 'night-life' tour where you get to pay one entrance fee of 5 euros excluding drinks, 10 if you want to include a drink an a shot, and you get to go to several of the hottest bars and night clubs in the city of Madrid! ending the tour with a very famous club in Madrid called Joy which is a very popular club in the city.
I was honestly surprised by the friendliness of the people, and how they always invite you to parties and events when you walk on the street! To me, it seemed like the Spanish really love a big party that includes everybody :D
5. Walking around Buen Retiro Park
|Buen Retiro Park, Madrid|
One of the largest parks in the city is the Buen retiro Park, located in Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid. It is such a relaxing place to have a walk or exercise. It was lively, yet relatively quiet and a fun place to relax. Although I wish I visited it during summertime, it was still a pleasant experience with very amazing views.
6. People know how to flirt in Madrid!
This is not really a 'touristic' attraction or anything, but it's a very quick observation that I made during my short stay in Madrid. Firstly, I knew that the Spanish have a very subtle yet direct way of flirting, but Madrid takes it to a whole new level! I noticed that the people in Madrid generally have a lot of confidence with flirting, and they wouldn't hold back in telling you how good looking they think you are :D Its such a great confidence booster.
My friends and I now have an inside joke stating that whenever we feel down, we should just head to Madrid for a confidence boost ;)
All in all, Madrid is a highly recommended destination by myself, as I enjoyed the cheap yet amazingly delicious food, the lively vibe of the city and the friendliness of the people. Additionally, the bars and restaurants are generally designed in such way that made them super comfortable which is something that I really love every time I travel! In general, we did not have much trouble with the English of the locals, making the travel easier for us.