5 Top Attractions in Madrid
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
Are you planning to visit #Madrid?
You can watch my #KimbopTV travel vlog here, but I'll also write down some of our favorite moments via this blog, so please read on! :)
My husband and I explored the biggest city in #Spain on foot and via Metro.
Here are 5 things we did there that we enjoyed the most from our time in Madrid.
1. El Parque del Buen Retiro
This is my husband's favorite memory in Madrid, Spain
El Parque del Buen Retiro means 'Park of the Pleasant Retreat.' It's one of the biggest parks in Madrid and has a beautiful lake where people can rent row boats or go on a larger boat ride.
For 6 Euros (less than $7 in 2018), my husband and I enjoyed 45 minutes in our own little boat, floating around aimlessly and taking in the tranquil atmosphere.
This park belonged to the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century and has roughly 350 acres of space for your to explore.
2. The Royal Palace of Madrid
The chandeliers are simply breathtaking
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the biggest royal palace in Europe by floor area.
We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards (which happens Wednesdays and Saturdays) before entering the palace itself (general admission was 10 Euroes in October 2018).
Pictures are not allowed in most of the rooms, but this space gives you an idea of how elaborate it is here. We also enjoyed walking through The Royal Armory and seeing what the royal family's armor and weapons looked like. The view of the city from the palace is also quite breathtaking.
3. Cable Car
You can see many of Madrid's famous sights from the air
Teleferico de Madrid is a scenic ride that gives you a bird's-eye view of the city. It was originally built as a part of the city's amusement park, which is a short walk from the cable car station in Casa de Campo park. My husband and I bought roundtrip tickets for 6 Euros each and really enjoyed our time taking pictures and video during the roughly 10-minute trip (each way).
4. Mercado de San Miguel
Sampling empanadas and seafood paella for lunch
El Mercado de San Miguel is a food hall located inside of a historic building. If you want a taste of Madrid, you'll get it here. Vendors range from selling ice cream to paellas, and my husband and I sampled a few different things and washed them down with sangria.
This is our cozy table with complimentary wine
Matty wanted to see a Flamenco show while we were in Madrid. So we found Cardamomo, a cozy spot that featured passionate performers who showed us what this style of dancing really looks and feels like. It was a wonderful way for us to wrap up our trip.