The first two weeks of my semester abroad were spent here in Madrid adjusting to life here and getting into the swing of things. Because I don’t have classes on friday, that gives us a three day weekend to get in some pretty fun stuff!
We decided to make the most of our two weeks in our new city and inevitably decided to hit all of the touristy spots. Here is a list of my top 8 you have to visit if you are ever in Madrid!
1. Puerto de Sol/Plaza Mayor
This is sort of a touristy area with a lot of shops but is a must if you are in Madrid. It is home to the famous bear statue in Madrid, in addition to the night life hub. Plaza Mayor is beautiful and San Miguel (a food market) is right in the same vicinity if you are a foody and want to try all different types of typical Spanish food.
2. San Gines
Located in Sol, this Chocolateria is home to the famous churro con chocolate. It is open 24 hours and is the best snack after a night at the discotecas. Don’t forget to drink the thick chocolate after you finish your churros!
This is located more on the outskirts of Madrid but is this cool cable car that you ride for about 10 minutes that gives you beautiful views of the city. It is located in Casa de Campo, a beautiful park and is also near Parque Oeste, a really cool park that is home to Egyptian temples.
4. Palacio Real
This is where the Royal Family is supposed to live, however now a days is more a tourist attraction. It is a beautiful palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and architecture and it is so much fun to walk around this area or even have a picnic lunch in the garden and just people watch.
5. Gran Via
This is for those who like to shop until they drop. This is THE place to go shopping in Madrid. This road is home to all of our favorite spanish brands including Mango and Zara. Honestly I could spend days shopping here and still not be able to hit half of the stores. This road has the famous Schweppes sign too. The architecture on this road is to die for, even the McDonalds building is beautiful haha.
6. El Parque Retiro
This beautiful park has countless things to do. It is home to a beautiful lake where you can rent row boats for 6 euros during the week and 8 euros on the weekend. There are also numerous statues and a Crystal Palace that is breathtaking. You can see tons of Madrillenos working out in this park on the weekends. Definitely a must see if you are in Madrid!
7. El Faro de Moncloa
Located in the neighborhood of Moncloa the only way I can describe it is that it looks like a mini version of the Space needle in Seattle. You take an elevator to the top for only 3 Euros and get breathtaking views of the city.
8. El Rastro
El Rastro is a giant flea/wares market that happens every sunday in the La Latina area of Madrid. There are hundreds and hundreds of venders selling you name it. My favorite thing to buy at el Rastro is fun scarves because they are so inexpensive (most cost around 5 euros). It is so much fun strolling through the street and just browsing the tons of beautiful products.
Also here is a little go pro video I put together of the two weeks we spent here in Madrid. I love watching other people’s go pro videos so let me know if this is something you want to see more of!
If you have any questions feel free to reach out and shoot me an email!