¡Bienvenido a Madrid! Are you planning to make a spontaneous trip this weekend? You have a few savings but you have no idea where to go? If you have an adventurous soul this post is for you! In this article, I want to talk about my favourite and special corners of Madrid that you cannot miss if you visit my city. As a local, I want to make you feel like you are one of us, keep reading and take notes!
As you should know by now, Madrid is the capital of Spain and the life there just doesn’t stop.The first thing you need to know is that the public transportation in Madrid works 24h with some exceptions. Although the underground closes at 1 am, you have plenty of other options such as buses, biciMad, Blablacar and Emov. These last two options can be managed through an app. You can download the Madrid Metro/Bus/Cercanías app and have a lot of useful information about schedules and stops at your fingertips. Now that you move around like a local let’s see where do you have to go!
If you are thinking of studying in Madrid, this tour can give you a feeling of what is like to live in the city. Here are some of the top universities and business school in Madrid based on students’ reviews at EDUopinion:
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid – UCM
- ESERP Business School
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – UAM
- Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – URJC
- ESIC – Business & Marketing School
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – UC3M
- EAE Business School
- Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI (ICADE)
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – UPM
- Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
- ESADE Business School
Puerta del Sol
You can take the underground, Cercanias or the bus to Sol. As soon as you leave the station, you´ll be able to see La Puerta del Sol, there you will find the clock tower of the Correos house, renowned for ringing the bell on the new year’s night. It is also interesting to look at the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree and the point of zero Kilometre, the point where all the Spanish roads start.
The Gran Vía street, Known as Madrid´s Broadway, goes from Plaza de España to Alcalá street, it is special because it is full of theatres, cinemas, stores, bars and hotels with a lot of history. If you want a cool picture of the views without paying anything you could go to the last floor of the terrace on El Corte inglés building in Callao, you will see the Schweppes building in the spotlight.
El Templo de Debod
In this park, you will find the ruins that Egypt gave to Spain as a present for the Spanish help on the international calling Unesco made to save Nubia´s Temples. One very unusual thing about this park is that on the sunrise and the sunset the colors of the sky are reflected on the water. Those are breathtaking moments not to be missed.
The Bernabeu Stadium
If you are an unconditional fan of Real Madrid, you can not miss the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It is a bit pricey to get a ticket particularly for the important games, but the environment and the thousands of football fans screaming and singing will let you live a moment you will never forget even if you are not a soccer fan. So if you think your budget allows you to attend one game – go for it!
La Latina & Malasaña
One of the most valuable things to do when you travel is to meet people and the stories of the city you visit and you can do this by visiting the most “local” parts of the city. Both Malasaña and La Latina are two of the oldest neighbourhoods in Madrid, where you will find lots of bars and an alternative and uniquely decorated places. Terraces, young people, fashion and cultural diversity, all in one place!
I hope this Madrid guide helps you fall in love with the city. Let me know if you can think of any other places that I haven’t mentioned in the comments so we can add them to this quick Madrid guide.