12 Mar Travel tips and tourist attractions for Madrid
In this article you will hear about areas of Madrid, which are well worth a visit, where trendy quarters can be found, and what attractions there are in this beautiful city. City travelers want to experience something and want to get to know the best places, that are not crowded with tourists and are not listed in every travel guide.
Madrid offers the right choice for every taste. Hotels and resorts are of top European standard and will even amaze the most pampered traveler.
There are also budget hotels and hostels, which are inviting and cozy. Madrid is a metropolis – and that brings along advantages and disadvantages. There are buildings, which are just a tad too monumental, and inhabitants, who are sometimes a little too proud of their heritage. But it has also very charming quarters and a lot of friendly and open people. Nature lovers, however, are in Madrid rather out of place. But the center boasts a number of districts, with which you will fall in love.
Sights you should not miss:
The large place, that attracts everyone, is the plaza at the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. Here are a number of street cafes and restaurants, which appear mostly slightly overpriced. Football fans should have a visit to the Bernabéu Stadium on their list of sights to see. Guided tours through the stadium facilities are offered. Some interesting museums like the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza und Reina Sofia museums are located between the Neptune Fountain and the station.
Madrid is not as crowded with tourists as much as Barcelona, Florence and other cities, but here, too, the high season brings many tourist and you have to look for quiet places. The view from Templo de Debod im Parque del Oeste near the center is very beautiful. There you can relax a little bit and find some rest.
La Latina: On the Plaza de la Paja you have the opportunity to stroll through the old historic streets, which lead to the Plaza de Oriente. Most of the streets here bear the names of Saints or church leaders.
Without question the most beautiful views of the city are from the terrace of Circulo de Bellas Artes. On beautiful and clear days, you can look beyond the city limits. People, who like the city lights, should visit the roof terraces of the grand hotels like the Urban or the old Hotel ME Reina Victoria. Cheaper is the terrace of the Gaudeamus Café. There on several evenings, you also can listen to band music.
Madrid is also known for its lively nightlife. There are countless bars, clubs and restaurants waiting to be discovered by you. Even as a tourist you can make easily contact with people.
The Teleférico cable car is a special highlight for any visitor to the city. Here, you can float relaxed above the city and enjoy the lovely views. Prices for trips are between 3 and €5.