Explore Maravilloso Madrid
Flower bed gardens, ancient buildings, tucked-away cafés and tempting markets… beauty lies in every corner of Madrid, Spain’s capital city. The city preserves all its ancient traditions intact. Walk along the Gran Vía & Plaza Mayor, stroll through the Cava Baja & Cava Alta; grab a beer and wet your whistle, click a picture with El Oso y el Madroño’ (bear & strawberry tree), get impressed at the Egyptian Templo de Debod, go shopping in El Rastro, delight in the chocolate con churros at San Ginés, watch the pulsating rhythm of flamenco dancers, and do some wine & cheese tasting. Just make the best of your stay!
Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid)
This is the second largest palace in Europe and is an architectural marvel with authentic arches and facade. The Palace is known for its rich art adorning the palace walls from famous painters and tapestries woven from the royal factory during the 17th-19th century. Walls in the Gasparini room will cover with silk material in heavy gold and silver embroidery, while the ceiling is decorating with blooming flowers and vines. The throne in the throne room is in dazzling golden, with four bronze lions on its steps. Strikingly beautiful ceramic flowers adorning the porcelain room express the love of the Spanish royals for delicate beauty. The Almudena Cathedral will dedicate to Virgin of Almudena and it is locating just next to the Palace.
Real Jardín Botánico (Royal Botanical Garden)
The garden has a collection of around 30,000 plants and 1,500 trees. The downright diversity of the plants & flowers, Neo-Gothic layout, and location in the centre of the city makes it a paradise for botanists! Visit here during springtime and get mesmerized in the stunning vista of the garden ablaze with colour. At the heart of the garden lies an exhibition room with vintage winemaking equipment; showcasing the process of winemaking and intricacies of the process. It also houses an audio-visual area where one can watch the entire winemaking, storing, tasting and testing process. Note it down, all wine enthusiasts!
Mercado de San Miguel (San Miguel market)
One of Madrid’s oldest and beautiful markets, Mercado de San Miguel reflects the diverse nature of Spanish gastronomy. Savor a host of delicacies made from selected ingredients; ranging from artisan cheeses, Chocolate con churros, Picante olives to Paella rice that Spain is famous for; and wash it with a glass of vino. You are advised to have the food in the market itself and not to take it out for health security reasons, a warning that displays on all stalls! A highlight of the market is the mojito cart, a mojito is made using different fruits besides the traditional one. Spend an evening here, the best thing to happen; when in Madrid, and don’t forget to pay la cuenta (the bill) before you leave!
Multi-cuisine flavours in Madrid
One can find Spanish food everywhere in Spain, but what if they are craving for Asian or Chinese? Tse Yang located inside the Hotel Villa Magna is the place to go. The cuisine here reminds of the Indian-Chinese; especially for those who shrink away from the authentic Chinese flavours! And if it’s an occasion you are celebrating, they are thinking to send out an ice cream and sorbet cake! Like Mexican? Visit Mestizo, traditional Aztec cooking with a blend of European details. Flavorsome Mexican courses will Serve with kindness and expertise, along with thoughtful suggestions.
Fiestas de San Isidro (Festival of San Isidro)
During the month of May, Madrid showcases its festive galore and hallmark; its hospitality during the San Isidro festival honouring their patron saint. It includes nine days of celebration and starts with the Giants & Big heads parade, a 16th-century tradition. Inhabitants dress up in the typical cheapo & chulapa costumes, a beautiful evidence of Madrid still sticking to its roots. San Isidro bullfighting is the main attraction, with notable figures from the bullfighting elite visiting the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. No festival without food, isn’t it? Taste Cocido Madrileño, Madrid’s traditional stew. Don’t forget to take a palpus (cheapo’s hat), or a safe (a handkerchief is worn around the neck) as a souvenir of the festival.