Thirteen things you must do in Madrid

After spending a few days in Madrid, I wrote down this list in random order. And, 13 is absolutely not a number of misfortune in this case.

  1. Snacking in Mercado San Miguel or one of the other markets; Idelfonso or Anton.
    Walk among the food stalls, and get tempted by the different delicious treats. I personally have cravings for pimientos.

    Pimientos at Mercado San Miguel. Madrid, Spain.

    Pimientos at Mercado San Miguel.

  2. Watch the view of the city. Either combined with a drink at Círculo de Bellas Artes, culture and history from the dome of La Almudena Cathedral or simply dangle over the city with the Teleférico cable car.
    View from the dome of La Almudena Cathedral. Madrid, Spain

    View from the dome of La Almudena Cathedral.

    The view of Madrid seen from the Teleférico cable car.

    The view of Madrid seen from the Teleférico cable car.

  3. Enjoy the nightlife in Malasaña, with inviting bars and restaurants all over. You will have trouble deciding which one to choose, so why not make it bar to bar, to experience several.
  4. Witness famous painted masterpieces by Goya, El Greco, Rubens and many more at Prado National Museum. It is considered one of the world’s best art galleries.

    Prado National Museum. Madrid, Spain.

    Prado National Museum.

  5. Soak in the atmosphere in the multicultural Lavapies. Try tapas the international way.
  6. Travel back in time at Chamberi, an old metro station operating 1919-1968, where time has stood still ever since.
    Chamberi, an old metro station operating 1919-1968. Madrid, Spain.
  7. Enjoy the extremely tasty tostas from El Extremeño. If you are here on a Sunday, that is.
  8. Find all the things you need (or don’t need…) at Rastro market in La Latina. Open on Sundays only.

    Sunday at Rastro market in La Latina. Madrid, Spain.

    Sunday at Rastro market in La Latina.

  9. Enjoy the busy Sunday nights (and day, actually!), walking from bar to bar around the medieval streets in La Latina. Fall in love with the fantastic mojitos and fruit caipiroska.

    Drinks in La Latina. Madrid, Spain.

    Drinks in La Latina.

  10. Do a day trip to one of the nearby cities. My suggestion is Segovia or Toledo.
    Segovia nearby Madrid, Spain.

    Segovia.

    Toledo, nearby Madrid, Spain.

    Toledo.

  11. Take a walk in the park. There are several to choose from, like Retiro park or Templo Debod, just to name a few.

    Templo Debod. Madrid, Spain.

    Templo Debod.

  12. See the nuns in a monastery to buy cookies. Or, actually don’t see them, as they are covered behind a turning wall.

    Turning wall in a monastery where you can buy delicious cookies. Madrid, Spain.

    Turning wall in a monastery where you can buy delicious cookies from hidden nuns.

And last but not the least:
13. Get lost. Walk the side streets instead of the straightforward road, and you will be sure to have a different experience.

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