Apr 23, 2014

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The Definitive Guide to Madrid

The Definitive Guide to Madrid

Madrid is the epitome of cool. The Spanish capital city is home to some of the best attractions, cultural excursions, exquisite food and historical places of interest, it is a must for those wanting to experience a real slice of Spanish city life. If you are planning a foreign jaunt this summer, you should be considering Madrid as one of your travel destinations of choice. Aside from awesome places of interest, the climate in Madrid makes it the perfect travel destination for summer to escape the temperamental UK summer season.

San Ginés: Hot Chocolate:

 If you want a real slice of what Madrid is like and you are a total foody, then this is the place for you. Founded in 1894, this chocolaterie is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of shopping, sightseeing and lounging around. It is open 24/7, meaning you can get your fix of chocolate, churros and hot chocolate. One of Madrid’s most famous breakfast is chocolate and churros, so get involved in local life completely guilt free. After all, where else can you eat chocolate for breakfast and pass it off as living the local lifestyle? As the food is so delicious, it does get incredibly busy, so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment.

 El Retiro:

 The park in the centre of the city is a small slice of tranquillity in the hustle and bustle of the thriving city. It is perfect for those wanting to escape the madness of city life. El Retiro is home to beautiful, lush gardens and gorgeous wildlife. The 18th century palace gardens are not to be missed. Should you want to escape the heat, El Retiro is also home to a small art exhibition that is home to some seriously cool modern art.

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 El Rastro:

 When you think of shopping in Madrid, you think of high-end, and high cost, fashion. El Rastro offers the ultimate alternative. This open air flea market is the home of the bargain lover and is a must for the traveller wanting to get involved in local life. El Rastro is held every Sunday and is teeming with people from all over the world, ready to haggle for the multitude of trinkets that the market has to offer.

 Temple of Debod:

 This ancient Egyptian temple will transport you to a different time altogether. The temple was originally built in Davod and rebuilt in Madrid. Simply exquisite, and with free admission as an added bonus, this UNESQO heritage site is a must-see for the budding history buff.

 Aquapolis:

 Leave the hotel towels where they belong (in the hotel, naturally) and arm yourself with your swimming gear ready to head to the Aquapolis. While it may not be a true slice of how the Madrileos live, it sure is a great way to cool down and revisit your childhood. With plenty of attractions, space and places to eat you would be mad to miss it. The water park can get busy, so be prepared to wait and queue. It will be worth it in the end!

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