Six years ago, I packed my bags and made the move to the Spanish capital, Madrid. The years have flown by but I wouldn’t change them for the world
While it’s not a holiday at the beach, a tour around the city of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree has so much to offer.
Here are some personal insights and must-see attractions that won’t always appear in a typical city guide:
Temple of Debod
The Temple of Debod is the oldest building in Madrid but it’s not indigenous! Built in 200BC, it was gifted by the Egyptian government to Spain in 1968, as compensation for help received in rescuing the country’s Nubian temples.
Loved by tourists and locals alike, here you'll find the best sunset in Madrid.
Another must-see. It's not free but it’s entirely worth a visit. An art-dedicated house-museum and originally Joaquín Sorolla’s home and studio, you’re bound to fall in love from the moment you step inside, not only with its intimate space but with the Spanish painter’s masterpieces too.
A rainforest escape without leaving the city.
The Botanical Garden covers more than 7,000 square metres representing four different microclimates with over 9,000 species of plants.
Whether a plant lover or not, you’ll get great photos and risk only getting pricked by a cactus.
Distrito Vegano, Calle del Dr. Fourquet, 32.
Being a vegetarian, I must recommend Distrito Vegano in Lavapiés.
On the menu you’ll notice ‘Vegan Food & Art’ and it’s a good indication of what’s to come. On offer is a wide range of craft beers and Madrilenian vermouth on tap (delicious!), plus, you can enjoy the surrounding art exhibitions and say ‘hello’ to canine companions who are most welcome here.
Macera TallerBar, Calle de San Mateo, 21.
Located in the lively neighbourhood of Malasaña, this hipster bar produces its own spirits. Gin, vodka, rum and whisky — they’re all carefully prepared, resulting is an extensive menu with over twenty handcrafted spirits and drinks, all at reasonable prices too.
If you're feeling creative, the bar staff will advise on how to make your own personalised cocktail!
Maloka Bar Brasileiro, Calle del Salitre, 36.
A Brazilian bar in Madrid, Maloka is one of those places where you simply can’t get yourself off of the dancefloor. Small and cosy, expect live music, a great atmosphere and the best of Brazilian culture.
So, those are my top travel tips! Enjoy the fabulous city that is Madrid, and of course, happy travels!
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