It’s been a while since I went to Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Yet it does not stop visiting my mind every now and then with its weird combination of crooked streets and elaborate buildings.
I visited Madrid in August when I was to return Turkey; therefore, I had already seen Barcelona and Valencia then. And it was impossible to compare Madrid with these cities I love dearly. For example, Barcelona is a very well-arranged city and every building you see, mostly and surprisingly apartments, is like a work of art, which makes you feel like you are in a movie. As to Valencia, it has an original atmosphere in the color of fawn. It is warm, historic and sincere.
Yet Madrid was not impressive to me at first. Especially I hated Puerto del Sol which is an important transport hub which makes the area crowded. However, when I discovered much of the city, I realized that Madrid has both neglected parts and magnificent historical structures contributing to its original beauty. Never trust on the first impressions.
I loved the places like Gran Via, Plaza de Cibele, Parque del Retiro, Plaza Mayor, Puerto de Alcala and Palacio Royal. You should definitely visit them. All these attractions are all in the walking distance to each other, perfect for summer. Is not it awesome?
Especially, I must say that I fell in love with Plaza de Cibele. It is a huge neo-classical building of teeny-weeny details.
Its nights are fun and energetic during summer; you can find many awesome pubs and bars around the city. I found my favorite Madrid pub accidentally while wandering around aimlessly: Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta. Its irresistible red wood facade invites passersby inside in which wood tables and chairs welcome them. Cherry on top: Their sincere staff treat very hospitably with their olives (the thing they eat while drinking beer).
Also, do not forget to visit Mercado de San Miguel, a very rich local market. You can take your food and drink and hang out in its beautiful garden or you can just chill inside. It is a perfect place to rest between your walks and see a traditional Spanish bazaar in the meantime.
All in all, Madrid was good to me with its weather, people and history. It deserves at least three days to be discovered totally. (Of course, you cannot discover a city “totally” but you got me.) I suggest you to book your accommodation in Centro area, which is safe and near to almost everywhere; therefore, you do not bother with transportation. And do not compare cities with each other like I do! It is total buzzkiller.
Have you ever been to Madrid? Did you like it or not? In either way, please comment your experiences!