Madrid, Spain’s vivacious-capital, is the 3rd-largest city in the EU and it pretty much sums up the political, economic, culinary and cultural legacy of Spain. This artistic city sprawls upon River Manzanares, flaunting a long history of artistic lineage why art connoisseurs return time and time again. Spanish royals are famous for having bestowed fortunes upon the finest artists, such as Dalí, Goya, Flemish, Picasso, Miró and Velázquez.
Spain’s expansive range of architectural-archives serves as a splendid background to the capital. The courts and boulevards are lined, with baroque historical sites, medieval mansions in composed brickwork, Roman architecture, museums, royal palace, Alcázar, Segovia bridge and castle, Las Descalzas Reales and a lot of contemporary architecture, implicating, how Madrid has evolved and that Spaniards really know how to advance in life!
The masterworks of paintings have graced themselves at world-class galleries of Reina Sofía, Outdoor Sculpture, Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and a few other notable museums. At the Reina Sofia, you may observe ‘Guernica,’ Picasso’s most renowned painting while at Prado Museum, you may take a look at extraordinary works from the 12th until the 19th Centuries.
At the Paseo de la Castellana, the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture is devoted to abstract works wherein the Paseo del Prado is embellished, with 18th-century monumental fountains. Some of the prominent fountains of Madrid are Fuente de Cibeles (the Fountain of Cibeles), Fuente de Apolo (the Fountain of Apollo), Fuente de la Alcachofa (the Fountain of the Artichoke), Fuente de Neptuno (the Fountain of Neptune) and Cuatro Fuentes (the Four Fountains).
Madrid is one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe, and the credit goes to its humble local cuisine and highly skilled chefs who espouse creativity and innovation and are ever ready to take Spain’s gastronomic spectacles to another level. In Madrid, your tastebuds will discover the enduring traditions of ancient Spanish cooking and the carnival of modern flavours from diverse Spanish territories. From Tuesday Special Cocido madrileño under a domed ceiling to Tapas in a contemporary rooftop bar, to savouring an extravagant confections by the roadside, eating in Madrid is absolutely delightful.
Typical Madrid dishes worth tasting are Tapas, Cocido madrileño (meat and chickpea stew), Bocata de Calamares (Fried calamari sandwich), Tortilla de Patatas and Huevos Rotos (layered egg omelette and fried egg), Cochinillo Asado (Roasted sucking pig), Rabo de Toro (Stuffed cow or bull’s tail), Oreja (Pig’s ears), Sopa Castellana (Garlic Soup) and Porras fried batter served with hot chocolate or coffee. Don’t forget to pair your meal with Spanish Sangria, a red wine steeped with fruits or Tinto de Veran (another wine-based drink) or Horchata, a rice and cinnamon speciality drink.
Teetotalers – try the Spanish coffee or tea as Spanish love their tea and coffee more than they love their alcohol. No one should miss the classic caffeinated con Leche with churros. The enthralling nightlife of Madrid ‘perfectly’ compliments bounteous enchantments of fine arts and they say that Madrid houses more bars than any other city on earth! This anthology of legendary cocktail bars and nightclubs are thriving with glamour and countless action; to experience the energy, step out in the night and dance with a felicitous crowd until dawn.
Getting around Madrid is comfortable with public transport. It’s clean, safe, fast and efficient. Trams, local trains and Hop On Hop Off Buses offer excellent sightseeing options. The Metro line operates between 6 AM to 1.30 AM and ensures rapid commuting.