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If this is your first time to Madrid, well, you sure must be feeling excited. After all, Madrid is a world-famous destination for tourists, and one is a guaranteed some great time and fun here. Exploring Madrid for the first time is both thrilling and a bit overwhelming. However, with a travel guide for you, you can definitely step out in confidence and make your trip the most memorable one.
Here is an excellent guide for all those travelers who are visiting Madrid for the first time and explore the highlights & hidden gems of the city.
The right time to visit Madrid
Madrid is a great city that has loads of attractions and activities all year round. The weather is nice, but there are certain months when the weather is just perfect, and there are lots of events going on. Hence, May and June months are very popular. However, it can be crowded too as too many people visit Madrid during this time.
Before You Go
You just carry some basic information about Madrid such as the currency which is Euro and the visa you will need the Schengen visa. Do not forget to carry a European adapter with you. Although English is spoken and understood, it will help if you learn some basic phrases in Spanish to break the language barrier.
Staying and getting around in Madri
Madrid boasts of excellent hotels as well as budget hotels. One can easily pick an accommodation of their choice, and that fits within their budget. Vacation rentals and homestays are equally popular among tourists. Numerous backpacker hostels and guesthouses meet the needs of those travelling on a limited budget. It is very easy to move around in Madrid, although it is a big city, thanks to its excellent public transport system. One can even walk because of the well-paved central areas.
What to do and see
As a first-timer, it sure can be overwhelming as to what to see and what to skip out, as there are so many sites of attractions in Madrid. However, there are some main attractions that you should not miss out on. So here are some top sighs:
- El Parque del Buen Retiro – Hang out in the stunning gardens of El Parque del Buen Retiro and take a boat trip along the lake, and admire the gorgeous rose garden.
- Santiago Bernabeu – Visit the world-famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium even if you are not a football fan. This is your chance to see the Real Madrid players performing in the stadium.
- Madrid’s nightlife – Enjoy the fabulous nightlife of Madrid while you are here and you are sure to have a great time. Eon can browse the colorful collection of night venues and look forward to a great time in an electrifying atmosphere.
If you have time, you can pack in other spots of interest like Jardin De Sabatini, Palacio De Cibeles, Almudena Cathedral, Toledo Bridge and more. Plaza Mayor and Puerta Del Sol are the two main plazas here, and it is must to explore Mercado de San Miguel and El Rastro markets.
The must-try foods
It is a must to try out the mouthwatering Spanish cuisine and enrich your Madrid experience. Connect and socialize with the locals over tapas and pamper yourself with the rich Spanish cuisine. Some of the must-try foods include Churros at Chocolateria De San Ginés, Boquerones, chorizos, Paella, Bocadillos de Calamare, and Picho de Tortilla. Some of the best spots to enjoy tapas are the streets around Plaza Mayor and the barrio of La Latina. Talk to the locals to discover some of the favorite Spanish cuisines and walk around.