You’ll never know until you go
- City bike tour
We are usually the first in line to do a free walking tour in every new city we go to, but Madrid is large so we figured we could cover more ground on a bike. We chose to do our tour with Bravo Bike for 35€ pp. Casper, the owner, takes you on a 3-hour tour of Madrid. He takes lots of photos along the way, which he will send to you via email by the end of the day and we even stopped for coffee mid tour! OUR HOT TIP: Casper is an experienced rider who is not afraid to tell people what he thinks. If you’re a little slow on the bike, or not confident on the roads make sure you ask for an electric bike because Casper is not afraid to let you you’re slowing down the group.
- Go for a run in one of the many parks
Morning runs have to be one of the best ways to explore a city! Madrid has loads of parks and in every park there are plenty of exercise stations, which we took full advantage of.
- Watch the sun set at Templo de Debod
The Temple de Debod is the place to be when the sun is setting over Madrid. This was close to our apartment so we would cook dinner and then take it down to the park to watch the sun set.
- Visit the Palacio Real de Madrid
Go and see how the royals live at the Palacio Real Madrid and then pop over to the Almudena Cathedral, which is located right next door. The colours throughout the cathedral are breath taking. OUR HOT TIP: The Palace is free to EU passport holders on a Wednesday, for those not lucky enough to hold an EU passport the entry fee is 11€ pp.
- Visit the Museo Del Prado
One of the world’s premier art galleries, the Museo Del Prado is a must see. OUR HOT TIP: There is free entry from 6pm – 8pm Tuesday – Saturday and 5pm-8pm on Sundays. The lines are usually long, especially on Sundays, so get there early.
- Do an audio tour of the Plaza Del Toros Las Ventas
We didn’t know much about bull fighting before we went to the Plaza Del Toros Las Ventas and the more we leant the less we liked it. However, it plays a huge part in Spanish history and culture so we believe it’s worth a visit to the museum. OUR HOT TIP: There are two Plaza Del Toros in Madrid, make sure you go to the Plaza Del Toros Las Ventas! There is nothing at the other Plaza Del Toros, we learnt the hard way…
- Take a row on the lake at the Parque del Retiro
The Parque del Retiro is a sanctuary in the middle of the bustling city and is beautiful in spring. For 6€ you can hire a rowing boat and take it out on the lake.
- Have dinner in the Latina District
There a plenty of traditional tapas bars in this area. Walk around and see what tickles your fancy!
- Eat your heart out at Mercardo San Miguel
This indoor market is right next to the Plaza Mayor and is full of locals and tourists alike, who want to sample some of Madrid’s best tapas. Buy a glass of wine and stroll through the market until you find something you like.
- Have a drink at La Bicliceta and Madrid Madriz
Both of these bars were recommended to us by locals and for good reason. Cheap drinks and a fun atmosphere made for two great nights.