Amusement Parks in Madrid: Fun for the Whole Family

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There are so many ways to have fun. And as you get older, your life habits changes, and so does the way you travel. What is unique about amusement parks is that they are a great way to have fun, regardless of your age and your interests. People love spending time in amusement parks. The number of activities and their diversity ensures you have a great time regardless of how old you are. So, if you are traveling with your family, this is probably the place for all of you to spend a fantastic day in Madrid.

Here are some of the most popular amusement parks in Madrid, what they have to offer and when you can visit them.

 

Parque de Atracciones

Perhaps the most famous amusement park in Madrid, Parque de Atracciones is a wonderful day to spend a day in Madrid with your family. From extreme to family-friendly activities, with so many attractions, cartoon-inspired sets, and shows, you are bound to have fun. The only thing you need is to choose what you want to see and plan your visit accordingly. Park attractions are divided into several groups:

Extreme – If you are up for a more demanding and exciting adventure, with spectacular rollercoasters and the thrill of height, you will love activities such as La Lanzadera, Vertigo, Tifón, etc. Obviously, these activities are not for small kids.

Exciting - This group of activities consists of exciting rides. Unlike the previous group where height has a major role in the whole excitement thing, this group is all about rides. Los Fiordos, Los Rápidos, are some of the water rides that are an ideal group activity.

Family – These activities are for the entire family and include a variety of things to do in the park, starting from Tiovivo, the carousel, to Zeppelin ride, and even a theme trip by boat, La Jungla.

Nickelodeon Land – Finally, no trip with the kiddos is complete unless they get to meet their favorite cartoon characters. These rides are designed for kids and inspired by the activities and settings of the popular children shows, such as Dora the Explorer, street ride with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. Nickelodeon Express is the train taking you through the entire journey of exploring the world of cartoons.

Here is some useful information about the park that will help you with planning:

  • Location: Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: If you use public transport, you should take bus lines 33 or 65 to get to the park. If metro is your choice, then you will need to take line 10.
  • Opening times: During winter, the park is usually open on weekends form 12 pm to 7 pm. Also, some attractions may be closed during the winter time. This is why it is best to consult their online schedule when planning the visit. The schedule shows the activities for the upcoming 60 days. You can also buy the tickets online.

 

Parque Warner Madrid

Inspired by Hollywood, Parque Warner brings the most popular cartoon characters and exciting attractions in the vicinity of Madrid. Attractions are divided into three groups:

Mild – Cinema torus, Scooby-Doo adventure, carousels, and many others are attraction suitable for younger children as well. These are the activities in which the entire family can enjoy.

Moderate – If you are up for more excitement, activities such as haunted hotel, Yogui and Bubu bear park, Gotham City, waterfalls, and many other activities can be a perfect choice. Other characters you can see her include Tom and Jerry, and family roller coaster with Coyote and Road Runner.

Intense – No amusement park is complete without rides and roller coasters which combine the excitement of speed and height. Revenge of ENIGMA is the highest attraction in Europe. Then there is the Coaster Express, the longest and the tallest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Batman and Superman rides, along with Stunt Fall, are all the rides that will take your breath away.

This amusement park also has wonderful theme areas, inspired by Hollywood and movie world. You will be able to visit Hollywood Boulevard, Super Heroes World, Old West Territory, Cartoon Village, and Movie World Studios.

When planning your visit, here are helpful things to have in mind:

  • Location: Highway A-4, exit 22, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid
  • Opening times: The park is usually open on weekends and during the public holidays when most people have days off work. It opens at 11:30 while the closing time differs based on the season and time of the year. The best way to plan the time and dates is to check the online schedule which is updated regularly.

 

Micropolix

Here is an amusement park that combines leisure and educational activities. It includes an indoor space which represents a city where children can have fun and learn at the same time. It is made to replicate a real city enabling the kids to explore the area. They can also take part by performing activities and trying out different occupations. Besides learning about city life, children also get to learn about teamwork and cooperation through activities with other children. Having in mind that it is an indoor city, it is perfect to visit it regardless of the time of the year.

Activities in Micropolix are divided into groups based on the child’s age and some of those include:

MicroTV – If your child would like to try working as a TV host, a cameraman or in an audiovisual team of a TV station, here is the perfect activity to try.

Fire tower – A lot of kids love playing with fire trucks, but only the guests of Micropolix will have the chance to actually try out how it looks like to be a fireman, to learn how to use safety equipment and work in a team.

Aviation school – Giving your kids an opportunity to try to fly a plane is definitely going to be an exciting adventure for them. The roles they can play within this activity include being a pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant, and passenger.

Road network – The best way to learn is through playing. The road network allows children to learn about traffic and how driving exam looks like. There is an area for them to drive a mini car, pay attention to traffic lights and signs.

Dance Academy – If your child loves dancing, here is a dance school for them to show off their talent. They take up the role of dancers and get to try different dance styles.

Other activities include dubbing study, theatre, glass recycling, town hall, microcircuit, cruise, supermarket, newspapers, hospital, bank, etc. All the kids have a dream of what they want to be when they grow up, so this could be an excellent opportunity to allow them to try these jobs.

Parents can also take part in some of the activities, including quadventure, magic close-up, dance exhibitions, or they can enjoy the tour of the city.

Here are the things to consider when planning to visit Micropolix:

  • Location: Calle Salvador de Madariaga, S/N, 28702 San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid
  • How to get there: When using public transport, take the metro line 10, or buses line 152 C, 103, 161, 166, 171, 181, 185.
  • Opening hours: Weekends and Fridays are usually reserved for the general public, and anyone can visit the venue during the opening times. The rest of the week is usually reserved for pre-booked visits. When you determine your dates for visit, check the online schedule to confirm the hours, as sometimes the venue is open the entire day, and sometimes only for a particular part of the day.

 

Diversion en la Granja

While not as big as the other amusement parks mentioned here, it is also worth to mention Diversion en la Granja, as an excellent outdoor park for kids and entire families. The attractions include a mining train, mini formula, mini express, flying puppies, Noria, and Children’s farm.

  • Location: Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
  • Opening hours: Changeable during the year so it is best to check the website before planning the visit.

 

Madrid SnowZone

If you want 365 days of snow, and you enjoy winter activities, check out Madrid’s SnowZone. It is an indoor venue where you can snowboard, ski, go sleighing, and enjoy the winter wonderland any day of the year. The main track is 250 meters long and 55 meters wide. There is a ski lift, lower slopes as well as tracks for those who are still learning. You can even try the world’s largest indoor zip-line with a track 200 meters long with an approximate speed of 50 km/h. All of these make this amusement park a very exciting place to visit with lots of exciting activities to do.

  • Location: Autovía de Extremadura (A-5) salidas 22 y 25. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, Calle del Puerto de Navacerrada, s/n, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid
  • How to get there: Bus lines 528, 534 and 539 from Madrid (Príncipe Pío Station) take you to the Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open every day of the year from 10 am (9 am on weekends) and until 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). If you are interested in taking lessons at the School of Madrid SnowZone, or if you are interested in activities such as glacier mini golf and zip-line, have in mind that those activities may have a different schedule and may not be open the entire time during which the actual venue is open. Always make sure you check the schedule of the activities on the official website.

 

Parque de Europa

Replicas of famous landmarks create a unique scenery of this park. You can visit all of the most important European landmarks from the London Bridge to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Monuments in the park include The Eiffel Tower, Fontana di Trevi, Little Mermaid, the Plaza de España, Puerta del Alcalá, Brandenburg Gate, etc.

The park also offers numerous activities, which are especially perfect for families and groups of people. Boat rides in the park, boats for children, zip-lining, archery, horse riding, children train, ice rink, and bike riding are some of the activities you can find in the park.

  • Location: Calle Cañada, s/n, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: The circular bus line of Torrejón de Ardoz L1 stops at the roundabout at the entrance to the park.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open from 9 am during the year and the closing time differs based on the time of the year. This is why it is advisable to check the schedule on the website before planning the visit.

Regardless of which theme park you choose to visit, you will certainly enjoy your time in Madrid spend in any of these locations.

 

 

The Traditional Drinks of Madrid

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When you travel abroad there are many things to look forward to. You get to experience a new culture, new sceneries and to try out many exciting things. One of those perks is certainly a possibility to try authentic food and drinks.

If you choose to visit Madrid and spend your days in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will get a unique opportunity to experience all those exciting places in Madrid. And most importantly, you will have a chance to visit some of the best places for eating and drinking. Plenty of city bars and restaurants are known to serve exquisite cuisine and the most delicious drinks you can try.

In fact, Spaniards are famous for knowing how to enjoy and appreciate their meals. And drinks are usually on the menu, especially at dinner times.

Here are the traditional drinks of Madrid you need to try.

 

Agua de Valencia

An amazing combination of orange juice, cava, vodka, and gin is what makes this drink so popular, ever since the 1970s when it started to be served as a part of the menu. Even though it is a Valencian cocktail, it is often on the menu in Madrid as well.

 

Sangria

Even though widely popular around the world, Sangria is known to have originated in Spain. Eventually, it was brought to the US from Latin America, where it gained wide popularity. The main ingredient is red wine and chopped fruit. Different fruits can be added, such as pineapples, apples, pears, nectarines, berries, peaches or melon. It is a very sweet mixture of ingredients. Orange juice or brandy are also added based on the traditional recipe. For someone who does not necessarily like the taste of wine, the sweet ingredients really reduce the taste of wine and make the drink rather sweet.

 

Sangria Blanca

It is a variety of Sangria which has recently been introduced. It combines white wine with the fruit. Again, the use of fruit in the drink can vary from place to places.

Both types of sangria are easy to make at home, unlike other alcoholic beverages or cocktails.

 

Cava

Cava is a type of Spanish sparkling wine. It can be white or rose. Only wines produced in the champenoise traditional method may be labeled “cava.” If a different process is used, it is labeled sparkling wine.

Cava used to be referred to as Spanish champaign, and it still is called like that among the locals. You can often hear the words champán or champaña in Spanish or xampany in Catalan. However, the name champagne has protected geographical status, so based on the EU laws it cannot be used to describe the traditional Spanish drink.

 

Horchata

This name is commonly used for a variety of plant milk beverages served in Madrid and the rest of Spain. Based on a different type of plant used to make this beverage, you can find:

  • Horchata de arroz – Rice milk
  • Horchata de ajonjolí – Made with ground sesame seeds
  • Horchata de melón – Made of ground melon seeds
  • Horchata de morro – Made from ground calabash seeds

Different ingredients can be added into the horchata drink, such as vanilla, lemon or lime zest, water, sugar, etc. Since the selection of plant used to make the beverage, as well as the extra ingredients, can be diverse, you can find a lot of different flavored types of horchata beverage to try in Madrid.

The drink itself is also used as a flavoring added to ice cream, sweets, cookies, smoothies frappes, and even alcoholic beverages or cocktails. This drink is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

 

Coffee

Even though it is a universal drink, coffee is another drink worth tasting while in Madrid. Coffee has a strong taste, which is probably what most of you need in the morning to keep you going through the day, especially if it is proceeded by the sleepless night.

It is not actually simple to order coffee when you sit in a cafe in Madrid. There are many different types of coffee to choose from, and you need to be specific when ordering. Take a look at this short list of different types of coffees and the way they are called in Spanish.

  • Cafe solo – Espresso. It is a standard form of coffee in Spain.
  • Café con leche – This is espresso with milk. It is probably the most popular type of coffee in Spain.
  • Cafe cortado – Espresso with a drop of milk.
  • Cafe descafeinado – It is decaf coffee.
  • Cafe con hielo – Espresso coffee with a glass of ice, a perfect beverage for hot summer days in Madrid.

Some cafes offer varieties, so you can have coffee with interesting syrups and flavors added, such as cafe con leche with hazelnut syrup.

Of course, when it comes to coffee, you can find internationally famous ones, such as Starbucks or Costa cafe, but these could not really classify as traditional drinks in Madrid.

 

Queimada

Have you ever thought about cooking your drink? Well, if you choose Queimada, you will certainly see magic happen. The essential ingredients which include a mixture of orujo, lemon peel, sugar, and other spices are cooked. While those are cooking on the stove, brandy is poured into this mixture. It makes it stronger. There is also an interesting ritual related to reciting a spell during the cooking. Supposedly, the spell should transfer the special powers of the drink itself onto the person who is drinking it. Perfect for Halloween, don’t you think?

 

Rebujito

This is a very popular summer drink. It is a light, carbonated drink made with white sherry and lemon soda or sprite. This added flavor of lemon or lime makes this combination perfect for summer days. It is so refreshing.

 

Tinto de Verano

Here is another drink related to summer. The translation means wine of summer and it describes a refreshing beverage which is often referred to as “a poor man’s Sangria.” Like Sangria, it is made from red wine which is mixed with lemon juice or gas water. When making this drink at home, you can also add pieces of lemon to enhance the taste.

 

Clara de Limón

This drink is what many locals would describe as a girls’ drink. It is an interesting alternative to simply drinking beer. It is very refreshing and a perfect choice after a long day of walking around Madrid and exploring the city. Despite this stereotype of being girls’ drink, this drink is actually quite tasty. It is a mixture of beer with a lemon soda.

 

Kalimotxo

Here is another wine/soda mixture that you might have never thought about. It is a trendy drink, especially among the young people in Spain. It is made from red wine and a bottle of coke. It represents one of those cheaper alternatives of drink, and it is one that you can easily make at home. The drink has a sweet taste and tart flavor.

 

Beer

This is a universal drink which you are likely to have tried before, but when in Madrid, try to look for domestic brands that make this drink. San Miguel, Cruz Blanca, Aguila, Cruzcampo and Mahou are only some of those.

 

Orujo

Although it is mainly popular in the northern regions of Spain, you can find orujo in Madrid as well. It is a liquor made from the stalks, seeds, and skins of grapes. So, the basic ingredients for orujo are the residue ingredients from wine productions. The ingredients are heated in large copper kettles in a distilling process that takes six hours or more. The drink can be served on its own or it can be a part of another drink such as queimada.

 

As you can see, Madrid offers quite a selection of beverages. And the choices are quite vast. For example, if you stay in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will be close to cafes serving these delicious drinks. This means that every evening out in Madrid you could be trying a new drink. Supermarkets offer bottled versions for most of these drinks if you prefer staying in your Madrid apartment. Some of these drinks are actually quite easy to make on your own, regardless where you live. Therefore, you can easily bring this spirit of Madrid to your home. Simply prepare all the ingredients and get on with mixing. Find your perfect combination of sweet and sour, balance out the soda and alcohol to get completely custom yet traditional drink of Madrid.

Madrid: Business Hub of the Iberian Peninsula

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Even though the city is a famous travel destination offering an amazing cultural experience with some of the most impressive art collection displayed in Madrid museums, it is important not to neglect the fact that Madrid is an urban, fast-growing city, which represents a significant part of the business world in this part of Europe.

Being an influential accommodation provider and offering apartments in the center of Madrid, we have direct experience with travelers, and we get their feedback on how and why they travel to Madrid.

Being such an important business hub of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is an excellent choice to grow, present, develop and promote your business. You will get the opportunity to develop professionally, to learn from the business leaders and to nurture skills that are necessary in the modern business world.

 

Why is Madrid considered a business hub?

Ever since it became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, Madrid has been growing. The population has continuously been on the rise, and so has the infrastructure needed for such a growing population. Being the country capital, certainly made the city an essential center for numerous events, festivities, and in general, it became a desirable place to live in.

The industrial sector started to develop more prominently in the 20th century, which made the city economy and influence even stronger. Modern times have brought a shift in the city economy, so the sector that dominates currently is service sector. This means that business services such as research and development, information technology and accountancy are some of the services that contribute the most to the gross value of Madrid’s economy.

The contribution of the four most important business sectors to the city economy:

  • Services to business (14.5%)
  • Transport & communication (14.3%)
  • Property and rental (11.5%)
  • Financial services (11.5%)*

*Source: https://www.madrid.es/UnidadesDescentralizadas/UDCObservEconomico/EstructuraEconomica/ESTRUCTURAECONOMICADELACIUDADDEMADRID.pdf

What is also obvious from the figures above is a significantly large stake transport and communication sector has on the city economy. Construction of road, regional highways, high-speed rail, and high-standard public transport in the city are all the elements of national transport infrastructure. Of course, another important factor, especially when it comes to international businesses is Madrid Airport. It is the fourth largest airport in Europe, it represents a major transport hub in this part of Europe, and it has a significant contribution to the city’s economy.

Trade fairs are imporant part of city life in Madrid. There are events organized every single week throughout the year, with fairs, business exhibitions, workshops and conferences on different topics and for businesses of different sizes.

 

Trade Fair Institution of Madrid

Trade Fair Institution of Madrid (IFEMA) is the institution that organizes a large percentage of business events. It represents the core of the business scene and hosts events for different sectors while promoting Madrid as the business hub. The institution drives the city’s growth and influence in the business sector and contributes in various ways to the city’s economy. The institution operates in other continents, especially in Asia and America, which gives a great credibility and international aspect to this organization and its role in the business life of Madrid.

A large portion the events are hosted at the Feria de Madrid venue, one of the most important business venues in the city with a capacity to host various types of events, with numerous halls, and auditoriums, etc.

Some of the most important business events organized by IFEMA for the next year include:

  • FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair (Dates: 23rd – 27th of January, 2019)
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (Dates: 25th – 30th of January, 2019)
  • GENERA Eneergy and Environment International Trade Fair (Dates: 26th of February – 1st of March, 2019)
  • HydroSensoft International Symposium and Exhibtion of Hydro-Envrironment Sensors and Software (Dates: 26th of February – 1st of March, 2019)
  • WATM Congress The largest Air Traffic Management exhibition and industry forum in the world (Dates: 12th – 14th of March, 2019)
  • MOTORTEC AUTOMECHANIKA MADRID Spain’s leading international trade fair for the automotive industry targeting trade visitors from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and North Africa (Dates: 13th – 16th of March, 2019)
  • FARMAFORUM + Biotechforum + Cosmeticaforum + Labforum
  • Forum Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Technology Laboratory (Dates: 28th – 29th of March, 2019)
  • SIMA Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition (Dates: 30th May – 2nd of June, 2019)
  • GamerGy E-sports & Gaming Festival (Dates: 21st – 23rd of June, 2019)
  • MADRIDJOYA  International Urban and Trendy Jewellery and Watch Trade Fair (Dates: 11th – 15th of September, 2019)
  • EXPOTURAL The Nature, Climate and Sustainable Tourism Fair (Dates: 31st October – 3rd of November, 2019)
  • BIOCULTURA Organic Products and Responsible Consumption Fair (Dates: 7th – 11th of November, 2019)

 

Digital Business World Congress (DES2019)

This is one of the largest business events organized in Madrid. Next year, the Digital Business World Congress will host 450 international speakers. Having in mind the role of digital in today’s business, this kind of event gives you an opportunity to learn from the business leaders in the digital world. You will meet influencers, listen to the executives from international companies and you will get to understand the digital economy and how this business model affects the way companies do business nowadays. You will get to learn about new practices and strategies that work, along with gaining an understanding of tech concepts such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, cybersecurity, etc.

Different sectors, from health to banking from retail to agriculture, all gather for such an event as the goal is to learn how technology has affected each of those sectors. The business models and strategies are continually evolving, and technological solutions that appear on the market only speed up these changes.

The goal of such an event is to offer solutions and techniques that can help to use technology in different sectors, to promote growth, increase competitiveness on the market and transform the traditional business models into businesses that keep up with modern technology and use it to their advantage.

Renowned international technology experts participate in the event allowing attendees to learn and meet the influential of the modern business world, to compare their experiences and discover the new advanced solution that they can use in their own businesses. The idea is to unite knowledge and expertise, to unite business leaders and to create a unique mindset where business professionals are no longer isolated, but they can learn from each other, they can support each other and develop technologies and strategies together.

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Dates: 21st – 23rd of May, 2019

Previous year: Digital World Congress in 2018 gathered almost 21,000 visitors from 50 countries and gained a lot of influence and credibility for Madrid as the business event of the year. This kind of an event only further promotes Madrid as the business hub of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Business travel to Madrid

Business travel is in many ways different from a regular journey. Even though it involves traveling to a different location, often times internationally, it still is a unique experience from traveling for leisure. Here are the most important elements that make business travel to Madrid unique.

  • Practical thinking when looking for accommodation in Madrid

When you plan a business travel to Madrid, you need to be practical. In terms of accommodation, you need to stay at a place which is convenient. Usually, such a place is an apartment in the center of the city of Madrid, if your business venue is in this part of the city. Some business travelers also love choosing accommodation which offers a good connection to the airport. This is especially important when flight arrival or departure is at the inconvenient time of the day (for example past ten in the evening).

  • Planning in advance

Business travels are not spontaneous, but instead, you usually have the exact dates planned in advance. A great benefit is that you get to organize everything in advance. There is no need for any rush decisions. It is also a great way to prepare for the journey when you know the schedule in advance.

  • Focusing on the business side of travel

This includes focusing on what business travel provides. While sightseeing and exploring the city of Madrid might be exciting activities, for those focused on the business side of travel, professional conferences, workshops, meetups, and networking events are much more appealing activities in Madrid. After all, the goal of business travel is to promote and develop your business skills, so any other cultural activities and sightseeing may or may not be a part of the itinerary, depending on how much free time a business trip involves.

 

 

Visit Madrid for Academic Reasons: a City Full of Options

For decades, the city of Madrid has been a central hub of the country and go-to location for people with different goals and plans, especially in terms of career and professional development. Madrid attracts a lot of people every year with different academic goals in mind. Both people from the smaller towns in Spain and people from abroad can find a lot of possibilities regarding academic development and continuing their education. Having in mind that Madrid is a part of the EU, traveling and moving to Madrid for people from Europe is quite convenient and easy to organize.

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Here are some options you can explore if you are visiting Madrid for academic reasons.

 

Getting to Madrid

The first thing you need to take care of is your stay in Madrid. Initially, you will need to legally organize your stay. This means getting a visa if one is necessary for your stay, which depends on the country you are traveling from. People from the EU are able to travel more freely, while other citizens usually need to sort out details, such as obtaining a student visa, or a work permit, etc.

The next step includes arriving in Madrid and finding accommodation. The type of accommodation you can find during your academic visit can be quite diverse, depending on the situation. Sometimes the institution that enables you to travel to Madrid takes care of finding accommodation for you. Other times, you might be able to choose accommodation on your own. The second option is more flexible, as you can choose between different types of apartments, studios, etc. Also, you can select the location. In most cases, people prefer an apartment in the center of Madrid or one that is close to their place of interested during their stay in Madrid.

 

Studying in Madrid

Madrid offers a lot of opportunities for educational development, with multilingual study programs, different study groups, and degrees. This means you can find a program that perfectly suits your interest and affinities. Here are Madrid universities offering academic opportunities.

·          The Complutense University of Madrid

Offering unique Complutense cultural program, accepting international students, including Erasmus students, with Foreign Language Center this Madrid university provides an excellent opportunity for student mobility and a possibility for anyone to continue education in the Spanish capital. There is also the International Welcome Center for foreigners to get specific information of interest, regarding their residence, life in Madrid, etc.

It’s one of the six public universities in Madrid. However, what’s more recognizable about this university is the fact that it is one of the biggest universities in Europe. Besides academic possibilities and study programs, there are cultural events and offerings, as well as sport activities available to students.

·          Autonomous University of Madrid

This university has many recognitions, one of which is its Academic Ranking of the World Universities. It welcomes international students and offers programs specially designed for those who are in Spain for the first time, and who are not familiar with the language and culture. The university has two campuses with excellent connection to the city center. Therefore, if you choose to stay in Madrid city center, you will easily reach the campus and be able to easily attend all of the events organized there.

·          Technical University of Madrid

Ranked as one of the top technical universities in Spain, this place is a leading academic institution in technological development and engineering. When it comes to opportunities, the university offers numerous study programs, as well as exchange mobility programs that welcome international students and help them with adapting to the new surrounding. All enrolled students are offered help in multiple ways and orientation programs to enable them to fully explore the potential of their new academic life and reach success in their studies.

·          IE University

This university is an international university with two campuses, one Madrid and one in Segovia. 75% of the students are international students coming from abroad. This means that the programs and curriculum are adapted to such a diverse, international group of people who seek to continue their education. The university provides a supportive environment for the students and promotes learning as a way of life. This concept is so important in today’s global market where people are expected and often are required to learn practically every day. The university offers a lot of different study programs providing numerous opportunities for students.

 

Research and career development

The combination of life-long education concept with a great reputation these universities have in Europe contribute to the respect of the academic life and opportunities. When you also have in mind the popularity of the city amongst the business professionals in many industries, this city offers so many opportunities to focus on academic research, participate in studies, join the formal or informal educational programs or simply work on your career development, using the method that best matches your interests and field of work.

When you explore the academic community or a specific field of interest you work in, you will find numerous research and development programs you can become a part of. Even though these programs are often associated with students and postgraduates, the fast-developing world of technology has made professional development a requirement for the people of all ages, regardless of their prior experience and education. Attending seminars, workshops, global events, conferences, and many other events that promote life-long learning and professional development are all ways to stay competitive as a professional in your industry, to keep up with the trends and make sure your academic background is still a valid reference in your career.

 

Academic visits and what to see

When you visit a city such as Madrid for academic reasons, you’ll soon discover numerous opportunities to explore the city. While part of your day might be occupied with activities such as lectures, conferences, workshops, and similar academic events, you will probably have some free time. That’s all you need, some time of your day to start exploring the city, the culture and the history of the Spanish people, to initiate the process of immersion and really get to see how people in Madrid live, and the relevance history, culture and religion have on their everyday lives.

Here’s a couple of suggestions to visit places if you are visiting the city for academic reasons:

·          Museums

The perfect way to learn about the history and culture of a nation is by visiting museums. When you take into account the fact that Madrid has such a rich offer and world-famous art collections, this will be even more reason to start your sightseeing. Visiting a museum is an active process of exploring the culture and learning about the history that shaped the modern life you can see in the city around you. As you go through different epochs, you will see how each of those has affected the everyday life and left the trace in the buildings around you, customs and habits of the people nowadays, etc.

·          Enjoy music and art

The combination of music and art is a great way to experience the cultural offer of the city and go beyond the academic research. Find out how to enjoy Spanish music and art with these suggestions.

·          Cultural heritage

When you stay in the city for a long period of time, you will have many opportunities to see the cultural heritage that represents such value in the history of Spain. The first days upon your arrival to Madrid, you will spend exploring the vicinity and visiting the most popular places, so-called tourist hubs, where most travelers spend their time and go sightseeing. However, later on, you will get to immerse into this whole experience and go beyond the central area to explore hidden corners of Madrid’s cultural heritage. These places have such a great value that they are true pieces of history and represent a unique legacy of the country.

·          The culture is all around

When you arrive in the city, you will find out that culture is all around you. Just take a look at the recognizable square, a fountain that represents a little piece of history and religion, a library with a collection of over 26 million items or one of many World Heritage Sights. There are so many places in Madrid that will take your breath away and convince you that this city indeed radiates with history and culture. Use this Madrid culture guide to find out the places you need to visit.

Studying abroad and pursuing an academic education in Madrid can be a life-changing experience. It is not always easy going abroad, even if there are academic reasons that encourage you to do so. There are so many obstacles that might discourage you, starting from the language barrier to uncertainty regarding finding an apartment in Madrid. However, if you find a good program, one that supports you academically and fulfills your educational goals, you will soon realize that you will be able to overcome the obstacles and truly enjoy this incredible experience.

 

In the end, regardless what your reasons are for visiting Madrid, we have a very helpful, practical guide to help you understand the world in the city and learn a thing or two about Madrid: Tips for traveling to Madrid.

 

 

 

Fashion in Madrid: High Fashion Tourism

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As a niche market, fashion tourism has been on a rapid development across the globe, especially in countries that already have a recognizable presence in the fashion world and regularly host world-known fashion events.

The idea with this type of tourism is to provide an experience focused on fashion and usually shopping. It still is a form of cultural tourism, one gets to meet the local customs, tradition, but in a way that is more engaging for the travelers. Usually, travelers who choose fashion tourism are people interested in fashion themselves. They are creative, they follow current trends, and they enjoy shopping.

In fact, shopping is a special form of fashion tourism that promotes specific locations and places as a shopping paradise. It is not easy to reach such fame on the global level and encourage the visitors from across the globe to travel with the purpose of shopping, but it can be done, and shopping malls and wholesale retailers have statistics that prove this. Millions of visitors go through these shopping destinations, and a significant percentage of those are travelers.

When it comes to traveling Madrid, those interested in fashion and Madrid high fashion tourism will not be disappointed.

Costume Museum (El Museo del Traje) Madrid

The first destination we would like to suggest is Madrid’s Costume Museum (in Spanish El Museo del Traje). It is the perfect way to see the entire evolution of fashion and costumes dating from the ancient times to present. It is an impressive fashion experience and an opportunity to see how the trends changed throughout the history. The collection is extensive and offers a lot of diversity. Items include traditional and contemporary clothing from different periods, jewelry, accessories and traditional clothing that represents valuable cultural heritage. General admission fee is 3 euros but on some occasions or some groups of people do not pay admission.

Location: Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2

If you are staying in an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will easily get public transport to reach this destination. Even though it is not in the central district of the city, there are plenty of ways to get to the museum using public transport.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday and Festivals/Holidays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday: closed

Fashion in Madrid

To understand the reasons for visiting Madrid as a fashion tourism destination, you need a little bit of context as to what makes this city so special and what it has to offer to the travelers looking for this kind of travel.

The textile industry has been an important part of the Spanish economy for a long time, and it grew so much in the latest decades that introduced brands that slowly became recognizable and famous worldwide. Just take a TV show Sex and City as an example, and you will instantly remember Carrie Bradshaw and her obsession with shoes. Well, little did you know that her favorite shoes actually come from Spain. Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish designer and a brand that has gained great respect and popularity in the fashion world. If you think of high-end fashion, this will probably be one of the brands you would think of. Other luxury, high-end brands from Spain include Delpozo, Loewe, Uterqüe, etc.

As opposed to these brands, we have high-street fashion which offers much affordable clothing. Most of these brands work with a mission to offer quality at reasonable prices. That attitude alongside opening new stores around the world and appealing to the young audience has contributed to the popularity of these brands. Perhaps the most famous one is Zara. The brand is owned by a company Inditex, which has several other clothing brands such as Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, etc. Other high-street brands from Spain include Mango, Bershka, Stradivarius, Desigual, etc.

Madrid Fashion Week

Perhaps the most anticipated and talked about event among those interested in high-end fashion in Madrid is the Madrid Fashion Week. Fashion Week in Madrid is organized by the IFEMA – Feria de Madrid Exhibition Centre, usually at the beginning of the year. This year’s show was organized in February, for the 65th time with 42 creators from Spain and over 50,000 visitors and professionals who were reporting about the event. It is a multicultural event attracting people from all over the world all in the purpose of fashion and creativity expressed through clothing and accessories.

The area to shop in Madrid

Now you must be wondering where to shop in Madrid. Knowing that Madrid fashion is certainly a segment you need to explore, you are probably thinking of how to organize a fashion tour or, simply put, go on a shopping spree in Madrid.

Your first stop should be the Gran Via street.

Gran Via Street in Madrid

As one of the best-known streets in Madrid, two main things distinguish this street from the rest. Firstly, it is the architecture that brings the combination of history and tradition, with a blend of modern style evolved during the beginning of the 20th century. The second thing the street is known for is shopping. It is the go-to destination for shopping lovers and those fond of fashion. There are plenty of high-street shops, especially the Spanish brands we have mentioned, such as Zara, Pull & Bear, etc. The Spanish department store, El Corte Ingles, is also in the area. Still, this part of the city is considered quite a prestigious part of Madrid, which is also the main reason why this is the place to find some of the high-end stores, including numerous foreign designers. Besides clothing, you can find a lot of jewelry and souvenir stores.

Salamanca

Here is another part of the city which is an excellent location to visit if you love fashion and shopping. This is a pretty exclusive district, so you will find prestigious restaurants, luxurious accommodation and, of course, a lot of high-end shops in Madrid. This reputation of Salamanca is why some commonly called this part of the city shopping district. When you visit this part of the city, you will need to visit these three streets: the Calle José Ortega y Gasset, the Calle de Serrano, and the Calle de Goya. All three of them are packed with shops one after the other, featuring both national and international labels. From home decor, beauty and fashion offered in El Corte Ingles, to Gucci, Hugo Boss, to local fashion specialist such as La Perla, Loewe, to watches specialist at Rabat, you will find such a wide selection of fashion items.

Regarding opening hours, it is worth mentioning that stores in Madrid usually open at 10 am and remain open until 8 or 9 pm. Some stores have a siesta in the middle of the day, but this tradition is mainly practiced by the restaurants and the cafes. Siesta hours are usually between 1:30 or 2 pm until 4 or 5 pm. Some stores are opened on Saturdays, but most of them remain closed on Sundays, so this is worth knowing when organizing your shopping spree in Madrid.

This fashion-oriented experience is focused on blending of the experience of meeting the city, getting to know the little streets and discovering all those small shops you may or may not heard of.

However, fashion tourism also includes a different kind of shopping experience which is focused on visiting shopping malls. Whether or not shopping malls are worth in cultural sense is debatable, but in terms of fashion, they do have much to offer. It is worth mentioning that high-end brands are not commonly sold in shopping malls. They are usually reserved to a specific part of the city, which we have mentioned earlier.

On the other hand, high-streets brands are usually located in the shopping malls, so this would be an excellent opportunity for you to explore what both Spanish and international brands have to offer.

Príncipe Pío

If you are looking to stay in the city center, this shopping mall is the right choice. Even though it may not be as grand as other shopping malls, it is quite convenient to visit it especially if you rent an accommodation in the center of Madrid. It is opened from 10 am until 10 pm every day. The Príncipe Pío shopping mall opens at 11 am on Sundays and holidays. High-street brands such as H&M, Zara, Accessorize, Springfield, etc. are all part of this mall, along with fast food restaurants and coffee shops.

Las Rozas Village

If you are looking for a bigger shopping mall, the best solution is to look for those located outside the city center. Most of them are located up to an hour ride from Madrid city center, and you will usually find buses taking you there in regular intervals. The main reason why these shopping malls are such a popular destination even for tourist is the fact that they offer a more extensive variety of shops, and they also include outlet stores. In Las Rozas Village, for example, you can find the outlet shops of the world famous brands such as Armani, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. Visiting such a mall requires at least a couple of hours, if not an entire day. Of course, there are enough restaurants and cafes for refreshments during the day.

Madrid Xanadú

Finally, the biggest shopping mall in Madrid, and thus a shopping paradise for all those interested in fashion tourism, Madrid Xanadú comes with an impressive offer of stores, brands, and shops that will enable just about anyone to find items they want and need. It is opened from 10 am until 10 pm every day, and it is located 20 kilometers from the city center with regular bus lines to take you there quickly.

 

At the end of the day, the true beauty of fashion tourism is in the fact that you get to organize a really personalized travel experience, you get to focus on what matters to you and things you are genuinely interested in. Alongside, any type of tourism will imminently help you learn something about the country you are visiting. It might be the way to shop, it may be the fact that you are starting to memorize the foreign language, it might be some particular custom you are not familiar with. It can be anything that brings you closer to a new country and creates a memorable travel experience. After all, a beauty of traveling is having fun, enjoying life and creating memories that will last for a lifetime.

Madrid: A City to Enjoy Music and Art

If you are planning a trip around Europe, Madrid will probably one of your destinations. Regardless of the type of travel, whether you are using trains or you travel by plane, whether you stay in an apartment in Madrid or choose other alternatives, deciding to visit this city is certainly going to be the right decision. You will get to experience music and art that are built on centuries-old heritage, contributors of which are well-known geniuses such as Picasso, Goya, Dali, Cervantes, and many others.

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What is so special about Madrid?

The history of Madrid starts with the establishment of the Royal Court in 1561. After the consolidation of the country, Madrid became the royal capital. During the centuries, Madrid had been influenced by many cultures (especially Arab) and, as the capital, was the main point of new ideas, movements, and rebellions. Nowadays, Madrid has become the capital of culture and art thanks to its immense offer of museums, concerts and other cultural events.

Art in Madrid

For anyone interested in exploring art, Madrid is the place to be. It offers so many opportunities for art tours and cultural visits, that it is unlikely you will find such a valuable exhibit of culture anywhere in the world.

When it comes to art, Madrid is the right place to get to know some of the most popular museums in the world (lately, even more, popular than Louvre in Paris). One reason more to explore the history and evolution of art in Madrid is the fact that the three main and most popular museums are located in this city:  Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Museo Reina Sofía form a triangle of art, called the Golden Triangle of Art.  In a kilometer long walk, one can see the world’s greatest pieces of art made by Picasso, Goya, Velazquez, Dali… There is no similar place in the world where you can find more masterpieces in such a small space.

•    Museo del Prado

The collection of the Prado Museum comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures. One can start the visit in the 11th century, then see the masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age: Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo. Later on, the most important paintings of Velázquez are exhibited: Las Meninas and The Seamstresses. From the 19th century, there is Goya’s gallery with the tapestry he created and a room of the 19th-century art displaying works by Federico and Raimundo Madrazo and Sorolla.

Apart from the Spanish painters, the Prado Museum offers Italian art from the 14th century – Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Mantegna’s The Death of the Virgin and Antonello da Messina’s The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel and Raphael’s virgins from the 15th century. There are also works of Flemish school due to political ties of Spanish monarchy and Flanders. Some of the Flemish artists represented in the museum are: Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, and Watteau.

•    The Reina Sofía National Art Museum

The Reina Sofia National Museum is a museum of the 20th-century art and it is primarily dedicated to Spanish art. It has a library specialized in the art with more than 100 000 books, over 3500 sound recordings and almost 1000 videos.  There are around 4 000 paintings, more than 1400 sculptures, almost 3000 cartoons, more than 100 decorative pieces and architecture. The museum reflects innovative artistic tendencies and contemporary art. Here you can find some of the masterpieces of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism.  The contemporary Spanish art is divided into three collections:

  • ‘The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945)’
  • ‘Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)’
  • ‘From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982)’

The most famous piece in the museum is Guernica, one of Picasso’s well-known paintings. Exhibited by the Republican Government at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, this mural depicts the pain suffered by the victims of the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica on 27 April, 1937.

•    The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum, once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection and includes Impressionists, Expressionists, European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century. Its collection of paintings counts more than 1,600 paintings.  It represents the connection between classic works of Prado Museum and the contemporary art of The Reina Sofía National Art Museum.  The Museum is a private collection of Thyssen Bornemisza family which they collected for more than two generations.  The most important art representatives and movements from the period between the 18th and the 20th century are shown in its interior. Some of the most famous are the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee o Kandinsky and many others.

 

Art in Madrid beyond the Golden Triangle of art

Although this part of the city is the most popular among the travelers and the Golden Triangle certainly gets the most attention in the travel guides, there are many other galleries and house museums to explore in Madrid. Some of them are:

  • Cervantes House Museum – The childhood home of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is now a house museum dedicated to this  Spanish writer. It recreates the customs, traditions, and everyday life in the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum dedicated to the author of Don Quixote also houses an important bibliographic collection with editions of Cervantes’ work from different periods and in different languages. There is also a consolidated programme of activities such as workshops for children and teenagers, conferences, plays, and musical shows.
  • Navy Museum – a museum of the Ministry of Defense where you can see objects from the war and find out more about the military history of Spain.
  • The National Archaeological Museum of Madrid is the place where you can see archaeological findings from Prehistory to the 19th century, especially from the Iberian Peninsula, distributed over three floors.

 

Flamenco, opera, jazz…? The choice is yours!

The variety of music that you can listen to in Madrid makes this city a very interesting and popular place for people all around the world. Read more about the exciting history of some music movements and different concerts and music events Madrid has to offer. After that, the choice is yours!

The chotis – typical music from Madrid

The curious fact about this type of music is that its origin is – Scottish! It was named after the German Schottisch. The chotis was popular during the 19th century in the working-class barrios of Lavapiés and La Latina. The chotis was danced for the first time in 1850 at the Royal Palace. This dance was so successful and became so fashionable in the capital that the citizens of Madrid decided to make it their own. Of course, they added some authentic and popular air, giving rise to the chotis as we know it today.

Jazz music

A type of music you can hear almost everywhere in Madrid – both in bars and clubs. Besides listening to the music in the background everywhere you go, you can also watch the legendary and amateur performers of jazz. Even if you are not a big fan of jazz, you will definitely fall in love with this music once you hear it in Madrid. The best place to explore the jazz scene is the street Las Huertas, where you can find some of the most popular bars in Madrid and listen to both jazz and blues. As the street is full of people day and night, it is absolutely sure that you will enjoy it!

Opera Music in Madrid

The most representative type of opera, unique to Spain is zarzuela. It origins from the 17th century and comprises of musical acts dealing with social realities of that time.  It is full of costumes, The best place to visit and experience the zarzuela is Teatro de la Zarzuela. Some of the most popular Spanish operettas were performed here.  It is now owned by the Ministry of culture, and throughout the history, many events were organized here since its inauguration in 1856. Another respectful and important opera house is The Teatro Real. It is considered to be the top institution in the country in the music and performing arts field. It is led by the King and Queen of Spain. The most talented stage directors, singers, and conductors from around the world have performed here. The program usually combines contemporary and classical lyrical opus in order to satisfy the taste of different audiences with different interests and ages.

Flamenco Music in Madrid

Flamenco is a form of music and dance typical for Spain. It has roots in Andalusia where it was created in the 17th century. Madrid nowadays is practically a synonym for flamenco. The most popular place where flamenco is presented every day except Sunday is café Chinitas. It is also an inevitable part of some festivals organized in Madrid.  You can also visit the following bars and enjoy this traditional and well-preserved dance and music:

  • Corral de la Morería - Flamenco shows begin in 1956 and it is the oldest and most reputable flamenco bar in Madrid. It is included in the book “1,000 places you must see before you die”, the bestseller of the New York Times.
  • Casa Patas – Another great place to enjoy flamenco right in the center of Madrid. To attend the show, you buy a ticket which also includes dinner, and the prices start at €60.
  • Torres Bermejas - Here is another bar with a decades-long reputation to attract the best of Spanish flamenco performers.
  • Tablao Cardamomo – If you stay in apartment Madrid, you will be quite near Cardamomo, one of the biggest venues where you can watch flamenco and marvelous performers from all over the country.
  • Café de Chinitas – Another centrally located flamenco bar, this time near Gran Via street. You can watch impressive performances every day except on Sunday and enjoy the food served during the shows.

The main characteristics of flamenco are spontaneous moves, the freedom, and passion. It is a unique blend of the Andalusian music and dance, also influenced by the gypsy ethnic group. Dance, palmas, zapateos, and cante are all the component of flamenco, a dance which has spread all over the world and made something quite distinguishable in the Spanish culture.

Discover modern music in Madrid

If you prefer modern music, visit some of the following popular music festivals in Madrid:

  • Universal Music Festival (July)
  • Noches del Botánico  (June/July)
  • Dcode (September)

Madrid has a lot to offer when it comes to music, art, and culture in general.  Its museums have been rated as best in Europe, the festivals and concerts are attracting more people every year, and the cultural offer is rich and diverse. We can say that it becomes not only the capital of Spain but also a capital of European culture. Its diversity and mix of tradition and cultures stand in favor of this fact.

Sustainable Tourism in the Surroundings of Madrid

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The world around changes as we speak. There are so many things going on around us, somewhat independently, as we hardly ever stop to examine the world around us. Yet, things that happen in such a way influence each other and continuously change the world in which we live.

As the world is starting to appreciate the nature around us and the fact that people are changing the environment with every step, the issue of suitability has been one of the significant aspects to consider in our modern history.

Sustainability includes the use and exploration of the resources which is in harmony with nature. The main principle of sustainability is to keep the balance as intact as possible. The idea is to prevent global development to harm our world and to preserve the natural resources for the generations to come. This idea is so powerful and so meaningful that it has been implemented in many aspects of our lives, so we have technological sustainability, environmental sustainability, etc.

 

Sustainable tourism

The concept of sustainable tourism has become an important part of traveling for both leisure and business. The central premise behind this whole concept is to create this kind of thinking: When you visit a place as a tourist, you must strive to leave a positive impact on that environment.

It is a broad concept that can include many different ways and opportunities for travelers to express this positive attitude and show appreciation towards the environment by making sure they do not disrupt the harmony.

 

How can travelers contribute to sustainable tourism?

Firstly, you have to understand how traveling affects the environment to determine how together we can change things and enjoy traveling while still thinking about the environment.

  • CO2 emission – Over 70% of emission comes from transport, more than 20% comes from accommodation and the rest is from other activities related to other activities that affect the environment.
  • Cultural heritage preservation – Travelers need to be well-informed about the importance of the sites they’re visiting and prevent any behavior that would in any way impact the original look of the landmarks.

Obviously, the biggest issue is the emission of the gases that cause irreparable harm to the environment. This is how sustainable transportation has been brought into the spotlight.

In essence, sustainable tourism is responsible travel when travelers respect the environment they explore and find ways to conserve it by minimizing the impact they have on such an environment.

 

Sustainability in the city center

Most travelers choose to stay in the city center. Some find apartments in Madrid, and some prefer other types of accommodation. Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, there is one great benefit of staying in the center of Madrid.

Popular landmarks are within walking distance. As public transport is causing a significant level of pollution in the cities across the globe, travelers can contribute to reducing the emission by walking instead of taking the bus or taxi. Why would you possibly choose to spend time on a bus, especially when the weather is beautiful outside if you can walk instead? While you walk, you get to see a lot of interesting things along the way. You get to stop and check out the store windows, or just enjoy the sights in front of you.

Since our apartments are in the city center, we always advise our guest to walk to the landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol (which is only 20 meters away from our apartments) and the Plaza Mayor (30 meters away). Even when it comes to longer walks such as 200 meters to the Prado Museum, our guests say that they always prefer walking than taking any other type of transport even though they are available in the city center.

A great way of transportation in big cities such as Madrid is using a bike. Not only is it efficient because you can’t really get stuck in a traffic jam, this solution is also environment-friendly.

 

How to rent a bike in Madrid?

BiciMAD is a city service which provides bike rental service in Madrid. It is a public transport that includes electric bicycles available on 123 stations in the city. This is a perfect way to show how suitability can be an important factor in developing a network of public transport and enabling people to reach the desired location conveniently. If you want to consider this way of exploring Madrid, check out this page with information on the locations of the stations where you can rent a bike, as well as the details about the rates that apply for different types of users.

Even though sustainability is a big issue, Madrid is not particularly a bike-friendly city like some other European capitals. However, what Madrid does have is plenty of locations in the city and in its surroundings which are perfect for riding a bike.

 

Exploring Madrid on a bike

Madrid is such a big city with lots of parks and green areas that you can find a lot of exciting locations to enjoy a bike ride in Madrid. Here are a few suggestions where you can explore Madrid on a bike.

The Retiro Park

The city’s most popular oasis and one of the most significant landmarks is undoubtedly the Retiro Park. We always recommend having a walk or a picnic in this park as one of the things you must do in Madrid, but riding a bike around the park is also an exciting activity. In fact, you are unlikely to explore the entire park solely on foot, so renting a bike is a perfect way to go.

Madrid Rio

This is a bicycle network that includes an extensive cycling path along the river. It is a perfect way to spend a day outdoors with your friends or family and yet have a positive influence on the environment. These cycling paths are also connected with other trails that take you further from the city center enabling you to explore the surroundings of Madrid in the same way.

Casa de Campo

The area is a large park with lots of interesting outdoor activities, a swimming pool, sports courts, amusement parks, etc. One of those fun activities is cycling. You can rent a bike and start your adventure around the park as you enjoy the nature and plenty of fresh air.

Parque del Oeste

Even though the main feature of this park is its astonishing rose garden, you can still enjoy the park on your bike. There park is situated on a slope with lots of narrow winding paths, and most of them are actually in the shade. This means that you won’t mind spending a hot sunny day riding your bike around the Parque del Oeste.

 

Surroundings of Madrid

Having in mind that transportation damages the environment, one of the most obvious activities for sustainable tourism is riding bikes.

If you are more into sports and if you are up for a more exciting ride around Madrid, you will love the experience of mountain biking. Exploring the surroundings of Madrid, you will get to find so many paths that are designed for those seeking a thrilling adventure and new goals to conquer.

  • Ride across Sierra de Guadarrama

Track MTB organizes a ride across Sierra de Guadarrama where you can explore the surroundings of Madrid in the area which is near the town of Segovia. A perfect activity for those who are looking to get away from the crowded streets flooded with tourists, especially during the warm days.

  • Exploring countryside around Madrid

Riding a bike is such an amazing experience to enjoy Madrid countryside. Mountain Cranks tour takes you on an exciting journey of exploring the Mediterranean forest and hills that surround Madrid.

 

Walk tours in Madrid

Walk tours are also an amazing way to avoid using public transport but still manage to explore the city. You can find a lot of walking tours suggestions online. If they are too much of a challenge because you are not used to walking for too long, you can also check out Segway tours. These are becoming more and more popular because they enable travelers to visit more places and explore an extensive area than if they were to walk.

And if you want some idea on what to visit in Madrid, check out this useful guide to help you organize a five-day trip to Madrid: 5 Days in Madrid: What to Visit.

 

Thinking about sustainability and taking responsibility

As a traveler, you need to act responsibly and show respect to the local environment. Just imagine it was your own city and town. The cultural heritage and natural resources that we as inhabitants of this planet have are priceless. This is why you need to adopt sustainability as a way of thinking and attitude you have towards traveling.

Regardless if you are visiting Madrid cultural heritage sites or nearby towns such as Segovia, travelers should behave in accordance with these principles of sustainability.

 

These are only some of the signs of expressing the importance of sustainability and developing Madrid’s tourism in a way that it supports suitability. In fact, the UN has declared the previous year the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. This only proves how the whole concept is vital for the travel industry and how we as accommodation providers in Madrid need to promote this concept and encourage travelers to think about the environment and sustainable development.

Hidden Corners of Madrid Cultural Heritage

There are so many ways to experience Madrid. That is one of the beauties of traveling. You get to see new places and meet different cultures in your own unique way. Your own perception and experience is what defines your trip and helps you find out more about the place you are visiting. As you are looking at the map and deciding what to visit, think about how you can organize your visit to create a personalized experience with landmarks that enable you to learn more about the cultural heritage of the Spanish capital.

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We would like to help you discover hidden corners of Madrid cultural heritage by suggesting interesting places to visit. Sites such as the Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum are undoubtedly must-see places in Madrid. They are famous landmarks no one should miss, but the city actually has many other not-so-known sites that enable you to immerse into the local culture and explore its rich heritage.

 

The Auditorium of Universidad Complutense

As the museum with long history and tradition, Complutense has been an important part of Madrid life. The auditorium is a building that has been on the list of Spanish properties of cultural interest since 1980.

 

Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial)

Translated as the House of Prince, this is the place designed under the heavy influence of neoclassicism. It was a private residence of the heir to the Spanish throne, and it was constructed in the 1770s. Besides the impressive architecture, the landmark also has an amazing garden, but perhaps the most famous feature is the Sala de Porcelana, located on the upper floor of the residence, with a collection of jasperware.

 

Puente de Segovia

The Puente de Segovia is another landmark you should explore during your visit. It has been built during the late 1580s over the Manzanares river in Madrid.

 

Puente de Toledo

This bridge is another site worth seeing as its baroque style make it a true representative of Madrid’s architecture from the first half of the 18th century. Due to wonderfully arranged lights, visiting this bridge in the evening or at night is a real spectacle.

 

The Temple of Debod

This building is an ancient Egyptian monument located near the Parque del Oeste in Madrid. The building, which is now a famous historical monument is actually a gift from Egypt to Spain during the 1960s. It is indeed an impressive experience to visit such a landmark that represents an entirely different culture. The temple itself dates back to the beginning of the 2nd century.

 

Palacio de Velázquez

Palacio de Velázquez or the Velázquez Palace is located in El Retiro Park in Madrid. It is an exhibition hall which is now used as an art and crafts gallery. The building itself is listed as Spanish property of cultural interest. It is one of few surviving buildings that were constructed in this area, alongside the Palacio de Cristal, which is a far more famous landmark in El Retiro Park.

 

Terrazas del Manzanares

This archaeological zone is worth the visit as the place which holds more than a hundred of archaeological and paleontological sites. Its cultural value is undeniable because these sites provide a perfect glimpse into Madrid’s ancient times and cultural heritage each epoch has left. The area is located on the banks of the Manzanares River.

 

Puerta de Toledo

This site used to have such an important role in the city life. It was one of the entrances into the city. Furthermore, it was one of the last city gates to be built, which is why it dates to the first half of the 19th century. The name has been chosen as the gate allows access to the city center through Toledo Streets after crossing the Toledo bridge.

 

The Bank of Spain

The building of the Bank of Spain is an impressive, eclectic architecture construction that has a central location, facing some of the most essential Madrid landmarks including the Plaza de Cibeles, the Paseo del Prado, the Calle de Alcala, etc. It has a chamfer clock on the top as well as the coat of arms on the north facade.

 

Teatro de la Zarzuela

The theatre dates back to the 19th century, but it endured several closings and reconstructions since it was first opened. Teatro de la Zarzuela is the most famous theatre in Madrid dedicated to Spanish lyric.

 

Teatro Real

Opera house in Madrid is located at the Plaza de Oriente, and it represents a landmark worth visiting both for the interior and the exterior. Its construction lasted for most of the first part of the 19th century. Several reconstructions, including the most recent one in the 1990s, were done to bring out the original design and highlight the cultural value of such a construction and predominant neoclassicism and eclecticism styles in architecture.

 

The Church of Our Lady of Montserrat

Church of Our Lady of Montserrat is a Catholic church in Baroque style. Its construction was completed in the 18th century, and it represents a landmark which may not be as popular but certainly is an important piece of Spanish cultural life. Intricate details on the main facade and breath-taking interior of the church are features that make it a valuable site in both religious and cultural sense.

 

The Collegiate Church of San Isidro

Another religious monument that represents a cultural heritage in the life of Madrid is the Collegiate church of San Isidro, built in the 17th century. It is one of the most representative buildings of the time heavily influenced by the Baroque style and following models from Rome with a single ship, lateral chapels, and other details that adorn the church interior. Since several major renovations took place during the centuries, the church interior also shows the influence of Neoclassical style, mainly with the altarpiece, even though the goal was to keep the original design as much as possible.

 

The Museum of Romanticism

Madrid has a lot of museum, and you will probably end up visiting at least one of them. However, the Museum of Romanticism is unlikely to cross your mind as a place to visit, as it is one of those hidden corners that belong to the cultural heritage of Madrid. Romanticism is an artistic and literary movement introduced at the beginning of the 19the century, and this museum brings you the spirit and the creativity of this particular period through its collection which includes housing items, furniture, decorative objects, paintings, and textiles. It also has a miniature collection with more than 250 pieces.

 

The Palace of Liria

Constructed in the 18th century, the Palace of Liria is said to be the largest private residence in Madrid along with its gardens. It is one of the most famous mansions in the Madrid aristocracy. It also includes an art collection, which you can see during organized visits and tours.

 

Campo del Moro

Campo del Moro is a historic garden located in Madrid. The construction was finished in the late 19th century, and it occupies about twenty hectares of the property from the Royal Palace to the Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto. The main character is the steep slope, which makes a landscape with ups and downs. Having in mind the time since the creation of this garden was an idea to the actual construction, this landscape perfectly reflects how the planning circulated until the final design was turned into reality. The garden has a rectangular shape and several entrance doors.

 

The Fuentecilla

The Fuentecilla is a small monumental fountain located at the crossroads of two streets, the street of Arganzuela and the Toledo Street. It was designed as a quadrangular pilaster with the sculptures of a bear and a griffin. Other ornaments are also included, as well as a representation of a lion, which symbolizes the Spanish monarchy.

 

Casa Museo Lope de Vega

This historic home dates back to the 17th century. Spanish playwright and poet spent last 20 years of his life in this house. Its interior is carefully displayed so that many things from his time are preserved. Guided tours are available, which allow you to experience the recreated atmosphere of the house and the period in which he lived. Besides his life, this tour also shows you the way people lived in Madrid during the late 17th century. This is informative and interesting for the visitors and a perfect way to experience the culture of the time.

 

Parque de El Capricho

This park represents one of the natural heritage of Madrid. It is not a popular park, but it is one of the most beautiful ones in Madrid. It contains artistic wealth with numerous statues, temples, fountains, and small squares. The natural life includes a vast variety of spices, that shape the landscape of the garden. What is unusual about this park is the fact that there is a civil war shelter, 15 meters underground, which was built in the 1930s. Since the garden is a bit secluded, it was a strategic location to place this shelter here.

 

Museo del Traje

Museo del Traje is a museum devoted to fashion and costumes. Its impressive collection includes over 160 000 pieces of clothing and documents. These range from the Middle Ages to contemporary fashion and thus provide insights into how historical and cultural changes reflected in style throughout the centuries. It is certainly an exciting place to visit if you are curious to see how Spanish fashion has evolved and changed over the course of history. The museum is located in a delightful setting with the building that is surrounded by a beautiful courtyard with monuments and glass pavilions.

 

Hopefully, you did get to learn about some new hidden corners of the cultural heritage of Madrid. This should help you plan your visit and go beyond usual routes. Explore something more of Madrid and try out new hidden places you are not likely to find in popular guides. You would be surprised as to how these hidden gems can teach you about Spanish culture and historical events that shaped the city life. Ultimately, you get to experience the city of Madrid in an entirely new and unique way.

Adventure Tourism in the Surroundings of Madrid

As one of the favorite outdoor activities and the one that makes such a profound difference in our lives, traveling is a valuable experience that helps people to learn and to grow. There are so many different ways people experience traveling. Everyone focuses on what interest them the most. This is how various niches of travel have been developed, where everyone gets to design and customize their travel to experience the things they appreciate, find interesting or fascinating. This is how one of the very popular types of tourism has developed – adventure tourism.

Adventure Tourism

What is adventure travel?

Adventure travel is a special form of tourism, focused on exploration or traveling with some dose of risk. Unlike ordinary travel, adventure travel includes using and developing special skills and, most often, physical exertion. Instead of using the well-known paths and routes, adventure travelers prefer unexplored routes.

Besides the actual enjoyment traveling includes, adventure travelers seek for excitement and thrill that, going into the unknown, brings. Involving significant effort or experience something with a degree of risk represents a challenge for them. And precisely this challenge is what motivates them to keep wanting more.

Adventure travelers are not passive observes that join a tour of visiting a particular landmark. They are the action-takers, they experience travel in their own way, creating an out-of-the-ordinary holiday. They do not want to see must-see places in the city. Instead, they want to explore a particular aspect that interests them and create their own adventure. They want to experience new things, to try something they have never before and to test their limits by enforcing strenuous activity which often includes visiting “unreachable” places, climbing great heights, etc. They set of to a challenging adventure that can include ecotourism, ethnic tourism, cultural tourism, culinary tourism, extreme tourism, etc.

 

Adventure travel in Madrid

There are many ways to experience adventure travel in Madrid. We are going to show you the opportunities offered in the city, as well as venues where you can organize such an adventure. Have in mind that adventure travel tours also exist, if you want to let the organization to someone else and simply enjoy the actual adventure.

 

Rock climbing in Madrid

Rock climbing is a very exciting activity for people into sports with enough agility to reach the top of the peak. The challenge represents that natural rock formation or artificial rock wall. Most often, climbers climb up the route. The actual activity requires a significant physical and mental power to overcome the obstacle and balance your way to the top.

 

·      ROCKGAME

This indoor climbing construction is a perfect way to experience rock climbing in Madrid. The center organizes many excerpting sports activities, classes, etc. They are even the host of the national climbing championship. ROCKGAME strives to make climbing available to everyone. Besides climbing activities for professional athletes, they also welcome beginners for which they have special training courses. Climbing for kids is also part of their offer.

 

Location: Capellanía Street, number 47. Capellanía Industrial Estate 28411 Moralzarzal

Website: http://www.rockgamemoralzarzal.es/

 

·      Sputnik Climbing Center

Here is another venue offering rock climbing in Madrid. The large indoor space is specifically designed for climbers of all levels, including professionals, beginners, as well as children. The colorful rock formations repent an exciting challenge for an adventure travel. Furthermore, the center also offers outdoor activities. These include guided climbing activities, mountain skiing, trekking, canyoning, etc.  These are organized in the nearby area of Madrid, for which they provide transportation and other things related to organizing such an activity. Climbing and mountaineering courses are also available.

 

Location: Calle la Granja 100. 28108. Alcobendas. Madrid

Website: http://www.sputnikclimbing.com/

 

Mountain biking in Madrid

To experience the real thrill of mountain biking, you will need to go beyond the center of Madrid. In the surroundings of Madrid, you will find so many exciting tracks and paths that wait to be discovered and conquered. For such an activity, you will probably need guides to help you find these hidden paths, as you will find it difficult to find them on your own, especially if you are traveling to Madrid for the first time.

 

·      Track MTB

Track MTB offers the unforgettable biking ride across Sierra de Guadarrama mountains in Central Spain which were recently designated a National Park.  If you want to explore this side of Spain and landscape that goes beyond the central urban area, this adventure is the perfect choice. During your tour, you will be near the city of Segovia, another destination worth visiting.

 

Website: http://www.trackmtb.com/en/mtb-tours-spain/

 

·      Mountain Cranks

A team of professionals who love outdoor adventure is ready to take you on a biking adventure that is completely customized for you. Mediterranean forest, countryside, and hills surrounding Madrid are some of the locations you can explore. They divide their tours into easy, moderate, and advance. This is perfect as you can find the one that best suits you, depending on how fit and active you are. They also provide guidance regarding technique you use, the value of being active and how to create challenges for yourself even if you already are mountain bike enthusiast.

 

This tour comes with free transport to the specific biking destination, as long as you are located in the center. So if you find an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will easily join the route and enjoy your next adventure.

 

Website: http://www.mountaincranks.com/

 

Zip-line in Madrid

If the height is what excites you the most, zip-line is the adventure you were seeking for. The entire concept consists of a cable places on a slope. It is designed so that the gravity pulls you down the slope as you slowly slide. This slide can be more or less steep. Zip-line has been very popular as an entertainment activity among young travelers, as well as among sports enthusiasts. And now, you can experience this excitement in Madrid as well:

 

·      Spain Zip Line Adventure Parks

The guided adventure with different circuits available for all levels. You can take the easy way with a basic zip line, or you accept a real challenge and join an exciting adventure that will take you more than 10 meters high. Besides zip lining, this adventure center also offers horse riding and hiking. Basically, it is an amazing escape from the city center, enabling you to enjoy the fresh air and plenty of exciting outdoor activities.

 

Website: https://www.zipline.es/

 

Adventure activities

Here are two more venues to experience different types of adventurous activities in Madrid, which include climbing, hiking and other adventurous sports:

 

·      Dreampeaks

Most of these centers we have mentioned so far offer multiple activities to enjoy adventure travel in Madrid. One of those is certainly Dreampeaks. It includes adventure sports, mountain activities, climbing, canyoning, trekking, etc. The activities are organized by qualified instructors and guides, so you can feel safe during your adventure. This kind of travel is a beautiful way to enjoy the Madrid surrounding, to experience nature and explore your own limits. It is a challenge that keeps you alive and striving for more wonderful adventures.

 

Website: http://www.dreampeaks.com/es/

 

·      Sierra de Guadarrama National Park

Located only an hour from the city of Madrid this national park is an ideal location to escape all the hustle of the busy city streets. It is an incredible landscape, with its natural wealth and paths to explore this site. Many forest tracks are available, as well as recreational areas, viewpoints, etc. The activities you can enjoy include outdoor rock climbing, winter activities (climbing channels, ridges, sled area, snowboarding area, cross-country skiing), nodding skiing and snowshoeing, etc. Even though you can enjoy the park all year long, the winter activities are organized based on the accumulation of snow and are only available during a limited time of the year. So if you are visiting during winter months, this location is the go-to place for everyone eager for snow time and exciting outdoor activities.

 

Website: https://parquenacionalsierraguadarrama.es/en/

 

Reaching heights

If being high up in the air is your thrill, if it makes you feel free and alive than the following three activities are definitely for you. As they take you high in the air, you also get to explore Madrid from a completely different view, and not many people can brag about seeing Madrid this way:

 

·      Flying in a balloon

A type of an adventure activity that will provide a magnificent experience or riding through the air and explore the historic places in Segovia, Aranjuez, Ávila, Toledo, and Madrid. It is a completely new and unique way to explore the area, with enough excitement to be the desired choice for many adventure travelers. The two passengers traveling together is a minimal requirement per ride, although the balloon can accommodate more than 10 passengers, depending on the size of the balloon. This makes it a perfect choice of an activity for groups of friends. The flight approximately takes an hour.

 

Website: https://www.aerotours.com/

 

·      Bungee jumping in Madrid

HighJump is the place where you can find many different jumping related activities which include standard bungee jumping (called puenting in Spanish), double bungee jumping (if you want to share the journey with another person), high jumping, rope jumping, etc. The height can vary depending on the activity and how daring you feel in the moment.

Location: Plaza del General Vara del Rey

Website: http://www.highjump.es/

 

·      Paragliding

If your dream of flying is yet to be achieved, your travel to Madrid might just be the perfect occasion to fulfill it. The paragliding flight takes you over Madrid and its surrounding. It is an extraordinary experience and the feeling you will never forget. You do not need any special skills to try out paragliding, but you can be accompanied by an expert pilot to over an extra layer of security.

Location: Alberto Martín González Camino Ancho, 55-57

Website: http://madparapente.es/

 

Regardless of the activity you choose, we know that your travel experience will be wonderful. The city offers quite a selection of adventurous activities that will be a perfect challenge and adrenaline boost, even for the most extreme adventurers.

We also want to recommend our Madrid apartments in the center as the city, as the place to stay if you want to be close to the center and easily reach any destination you might choose to participate in these exciting activities.

In the end, we want to conclude this adventure tourism guide, with an inspirational quote that will encourage you to start doing things, to dare to try something new, and simply to enjoy traveling.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

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Wine Tourism in Madrid

Wine tourism is becoming more and more important as a branch of tourism. Countries such as Spain, which rely a great part of their economy on tourism, are particularly interested in exploring how this can contribute to their further development. It leaves a way to promote other landmarks and culture in general.

Wine tourism has become an innovative way to provide a unique travel experience. It is the way to present the cuisine and culture of one country to the travels whose great passion is wine. Exploring this area of tourism offers many opportunities for local manufacturers and entrepreneurs to discover ways to build their brand and reach global travelers who stay in Madrid.

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For starters, it is worth mentioning the three types of wine tourists and what is common for their travel experience:

The Wine Geeks: Want to know everything. Wine is the sole purpose.

The Gastro-Tourist: Food and wine is an important element.

The Passing-By Casual (Wine) Tourist: “We’re in a wine region so let’s visit a winery.”

Source: Forbes

 

Take a look at these groups. Can you identify with one of them? What is the most important part of wine tourism for you? Is it all about the wine, or do you want to explore food as well?

Answering these questions will help you create a personalized wine tourism experience for you. It will give you a chance to plan your visit accordingly and choose the best way to experience Madrid.

 

Wine cellars and bars

One of the common ways to start with wine tourism is to explore local wine cellars and bars. The great thing about this experience is that with wine, you get to taste traditional Spanish dishes. If you are not up for a full course meal, traditional Spanish tapas would be a great choice. They are usually served with wine and provide a mixture of ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine.

  • García de la Navarra

This wine cellar (also a restaurant) offers the best selection of local wines. It is also a very nice place to eat, with delicious dishes and tapas to accompany wine drinking and create a perfect atmosphere.

Location: Montalbán, 3

 

  • La Chula de Chamberí

A trendy bar with high tables and areas for groups of friends is a very pleasant bar, in a sort of a tavern style. Besides wine, cooked dishes are available for all of those gastro-tourists who love to combine good wine with food.

Location: Fernando el Santo, 11

 

  • Taberna Arzábal

A traditional Spanish tavern with an amazing selection of tapas and wines is a perfect choice for a nice evening out in Madrid.

Location: Doctor Castelo, 2

 

  • Vinícola Mentridana

A budget-friendly option for all of the gastro enthusiast is Vinícola Mentridana. This interesting bar has a bohemian vibe to it with a fantastic wine list to offer.

Location: San Eugenio, 9

 

Wine shops in Madrid

Regardless if you are interested in buying a bottle of wine to bring to a friend’s dinner or you want to look for extraordinary wines to complete your collection, the best selection you can find in Madrid is in the wine shops. Here are a couple of places to explore:

  • Lavinia

Located in the Salamanca district, this place has a certain modern glow to it. It is a modern-looking shop, situated in the exclusive part of the city, alongside stores such as Channel, Louis Vuitton, and others. However, this store is more than a regular wine shop. It is an ideal hub for all the wine lovers. Wine shop downstairs with a top restaurant and wine-related events, it has become a place you must visit as a part of wine tourism experience.

Location: Calle de José Ortega y Gasset 16

 

  • Bodega Santa Cecilia

The best way to describe this one is to say that this is a wine supermarket. The complete design of the shop resembles a supermarket. It even has a supermarket checkout counter. Beautiful wine bottles arranged immaculately in the aisles, alongside wine gifts and books. The shop even has a carefully selected offer of traditional Spanish foods. Since food goes well with wine, you can basically purchase everything you will need to host a small dinner party for you and your friends. With Spanish wine of course. The shop also has a bar where they serve tapas with wine, so visiting a wine shop can soon turn out to be a wine tasting event.

Location: Blasco de Garay 74

 

  • Carlota Wine Shop

This one is a bit smaller shop than the previous two, but still offers a nice selection of different wines. The interior is quite stylish and homy. It is a family-run business so you can expect a knowledgeable shop owner to chat with you and tell you more about different wines. There is a private wine tasting available which is a perfect choice if you want a more personalized experience.

Location: Calle Libertad, 26

 

  • Enoteca Barolo

This shop offers a great assortment of wines mainly from Spain, but from other countries as well. It even has an online store to check out the product selection in advance. You can sort the selection by price and by wine type (red, white, pink, sparkling) as you explore their offer online. Still, visiting the actual shop is an amazing experience altogether. As you would expect, wine tasting is available, as well as other interesting wine-related activities.

Location: Calle Principe de Vergara, 211

 

  • Más Que Cervezas

Opened every day of the year from 11 am until 10 pm, this wine shop offers an impressive selection of wines and beer, as well as cocktail appliances.

Location: Calle del León, 32

 

  • Vinopremier

Extensive wine offer as well as gourmand menu make this vine shop an excellent choice for all the travelers who visit Madrid. Wine tasting is also available. Their store also has accessories section where you can find a lot of different things related to wine, such as glasses, sets, gift boxes, etc.

Location: Calle Valverde, 29

 

Vineyards of Madrid

Up to this point, the wine tourism in Madrid has been an experience that has taken you around the city area, mostly the city center. This is very convenient if you are staying in an apartment in the center of Madrid. It means that you can quickly reach your destination of choice, commonly on foot. Sometimes you can use public transport if you notice that there is a quick and easy way to get there.

However, exploring vineyards of Madrid is a completely different kind of experience. It will take you on a trip an hour or two from Madrid, but it can also turn into a real adventure of exploring the country and its hidden gems.

The first thing you need to know is that all of the vineyards of Madrid are grouped and listed on the website Vinos de Madrid. This makes organizing a trip much easier because you can explore vineyards online and choose the ones you want to visit.

The vineyards are divided into three regions:

San Martin

As you travel through nice villages and towns on your way to this winery, you will get to know the Spanish landscape. You will discover the charm of the life away from the city noise and crowd. The area is located in the South East of the country.

To visit San Martin, you can take the bus from Príncipe Pío Station. This station is very close to the Royal Palace of Madrid and the central area of the city. The destinations you are looking for is San Martín de Valdeiglesias. The buses leave every 30 minutes, sometimes even in shorter intervals.

Navalcarnero

This wine route will take you 30 kilometers to the south of Madrid. It makes Navalcarnero a perfect destination for a day trip nearby Madrid. Besides wine, the area also boasts with its gastronomic culture.

To reach the destination, you will again need the bus at the Príncipe Pío Station. This time, your final destination is Navalcarnero, and luckily, there is a bus that takes you directly there. The buses leave every 30 minutes.

Arganda

The largest wine communities of the three, it is the only one that is located in the north region of the country. Many Madrid vineyards are located precisely in this area. In fact, vineyards stretch all the way from the town of Arganda del Rey (in the north) down to Aranjuez (in the south).

Since the area is pretty vast, there are multiple buses you can take, depending on which vineyard you plan to visit. For example, to reach Arganda del Rey, you can use Metro Line 9. This one is perhaps the fastest way to travel in the city. To visit Aranjuez, you will need to go by train. The full list of vineyards with the exact address is available in the listing on the website Vino de Madrid. 

Madrid wine tours

As you explore what the city has to offer in terms of wine tourism, you get to the wine tours. The main benefit of these tours is that you will have a professional guide to help you enjoy this wonderful experience as you taste traditional Spanish wines. You will not have to worry about looking the places on the map, planning and organizing trips around the city or even to a different town. When you join a specific tour, most common things you can expect include:

  • Wine tasting
  • Winery or vineyard tour
  • Food tasting (in case the tour combines gastro experience)
  • Local expert guide to organize the trip and provide information about the places you visit
  • Transportation

 

If you love wines and find this to be a great passion of yours, you will enjoy exploring what Madrid has to offer. Depending on your personal preferences and the time you have to spend in the city, you will get to plan a trip to explore wine tourism and where this kind of adventure takes you. For your own convenience, it is recommended to find an accommodation with a perfect location. Most commonly, apartments in the center of Madrid are an ideal choice because you will be able to organize each activity with all of the transportations available nearby.