As the capital of Spain, Madrid is an exciting European city to visit on your next vacation. Madrid has over three million residents. The city is known for its’ culture, nightlife, historic attractions, food, shopping, and more.
Eat tapas and drink wine while you wander around the center square in Madrid, which is called the Plaza Mayor. If you enjoy flea markets, you’re in luck because Madrid holds one called El Rastro every Sunday. At El Rastro you can find clothing, handbags, jewelry, and more. After going to the flea market, make sure you check out Madrid’s biggest park, which is Buen Retiro Park. The park, which is accessible by subway, has a lake, sculptures, and even galleries. For dinner, try going to Botín, which is a popular, family-owned restaurant that serves Castilian cuisine. Botín is known for its’ suckling pig and roast lamb. Make sure to try the house special sauce! Another popular restaurant is La Tragantúa, which has an extensive wine menu and a variety of meat, fish, and pasta dishes. See the Royal Armoury inside the famous Royal Palace in Madrid. While visiting the exquisite and historic palace, you can also see Campo del Moro, which are the palace’s gardens.
Toledo is about an hour drive from Madrid and is also accessible by public transportation from Madrid. In Toledo you can visit the Gothic style Cathedral and Alcázar, which was a Roman fortress. Another city that you should visit while staying in Madrid is Cuenca, which is about an hour and a half drive from Madrid. If you are traveling to Cuenca at a busy time of the day, it may take about two hours with traffic. In Cuenca you can visit the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art. The city is also known for its houses that hang on the edge of the gorge of the Huécar River. To see the city’s monuments, go to the Plaza Mayor.
Stay in Salamanca if you want to be in a historic, yet upscale, area downtown. Salamanca is filled with shops, bars, and restaurants. La Latina is also a downtown area, and has a lot of bars and nightlife. Cortes is a traditional Madrid neighborhood. Stay in Cortes if you are looking for tapas, cobblestone streets, and monuments. If you would rather stay in the suburbs, check out rentals in La Moraleja. If you decide to stay in the suburbs, renting a car may be a better option than relying on public transportation. Wherever you choose to stay, Tripping can help you compare all of the rentals in the area by price, ratings, reviews, and more. Book your Madrid vacation rental today!
As a large city, Madrid has a variety of public transportation options available so you will most likely not need to rent a car, unless you prefer to have one. If you are staying in a neighborhood of Madrid, you can take the bus to get downtown. There are about 170 bus lines and the bus comes about every 10 minutes. You can also take the metro, which is divided into 13 different lines and colors. You can buy single passes or tourist passes, which can be used as many times as you want within their given time frame.
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