Top 5: Natasha

El viajero

This is one of my favourite rooftop terraces. It is perfect for a sunny weekend lunch or drinks in the evening after work, in the lively neighbourhood of La Latina. It´s a great place to go and relax after a hectic time in El Rastro market. While it may not have a panoramic view of the city, it still has a cool view of La Latina and a great atmosphere.

Caixa forum

Caixa forum is a cultural center on Paseo del Prado that hosts temporary exhibitions. It always has some kind of interesting and exciting social work exhibition on. One I went to was a really thought-provoking photographic exhibition on different humanitarian crises. It is definitely worth a visit and once you´re done, you can head to the café for a nice sit down and a cup of coffee. Don´t forget to look at the vertical garden! 

Casa de Campo

If you want to escape the buzzing cosmopolitan life, then this is as close as you´ll get without having to leave the city! It is a huge park in Madrid, and one of the biggest in Europe too, with lots of woodland, making it feel like you are in the countryside. You can get there either by cable car (El Teleférico) or by metro. There is also a public pool open in summer, a big lake with restaurants alongside it and even a theme park!

Pez tortilla

Malasaña is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Madrid and one of my favourite streets is called Calle de la Pez. On this street you´ll find one of the best tortilla places in Madrid! You can choose from a range of unique and exciting flavours of both tortilla and croquettes. To top it off, they offer a selection of artisanal beers that go rather nicely with your meal. It´s always very busy so if you don´t have luck there, then try the other Pez Tortilla in La Latina.

Pantano de San Juan

With Madrid being in the centre of Spain, there is a lack of places to go to cool yourself down when it gets too hot! This hidden gem is a man-made beach, at San Juan reservoir and is just an hour´s coach ride away (and free if you have the youth transport card). Here you can pay to do watersports, or just simply relax on the beach and have a swim in the reservoir. There is a cafe there if you´re in need of an ice cream or else bring a picnic with you as it’s an idyllic setting!

Festivals in Madrid

Looking for a good party or festival during your stay in Madrid? No worries because in this city you will not have a shortage of ‘fiestas’! Especially during the summer, there are a lot of festivals organized! Below you will find the 3 best festivals in the city of Madrid!

Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is a music festival that takes place in Madrid since 2016. Art, gastronomy and tourism come together in this festival. The type of music is rock, indie and electronic music. Since 2016, many famous artists have performed. To name a few: Bastille (2016), The Lumineers (2017), George Ezra (2017), Post Malone (2018), Snow Patrol (2018) and Dua Lipa (2018).

This festival is the dream of every rock, indie and/or electronic music fan!

The festival takes place in the summer and the dates for the next one are already released: 11, 12 and 13 of July! Be fast if you want to buy tickets because with over 230.000 visitors the festival will be sold out quickly.

Ticket Price: around €150
https://madcoolfestival.es/

A Summer Story

If you love electronical music, A Summer Story is the perfect festival for you. Summer Story was created in 2015 to unite electronic music lovers from all over the planet and now it has some of the best DJ’s in the world such as: Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, Tchami and Deadmau5.

In 2019 the festival dates will be the June 21st and 22nd.

Ticket Price: from €35
https://asummerstory.com/

Brunch in the Park

One of the best (smaller festivals) in Madrid is definitely Brunch in the Park. Brunch in the Park is an outdoor event very close to the city center. The advantage of Brunch in the Park is that it is organized multiple times during the summer. You can enjoy great parties under the sunshine, without having to spend the whole night out. According to Brunch in the Park, their purpose is to bring national and international artists to electronic music lovers.

A ticket for Brunch in the Park will cost you around €15 (there are several tickets available)

2018

Share your experience

Hi guys!

I hope you’ve had a great time in Spain’s capital. To me, Madrid is a tremendous city with different scenes and things to do.

Next to Madrid’s most famous attractions like the Retiro Park, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and Cibeles, there are a couple more things you shouldn’t miss while you’re here!

I made a short list of my favorite things so far in Madrid.

  1. AZOTEA DEL CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES (In my opinion, the best viewpoint of Madrid).
  2. Templo de Debod (Ancient temple and a great place to see the sunset).
  3. Madrid Río (Beautiful boulevard to go for a walk or a run).
  4. Cine Doré (Great low cost historic cinema).
  5. Casa de Campo (My favorite park because it’s natural, huge and it’s not crowded).
  6. Lavapiés (Multicultural neighbourhood).
  7. Malasañas (Neigbourhood with many things to do for young people).
  8. La Excéntrica (On Wednesday and Sunday there is lovely international evening).

There are many more cools things to do in Madrid. It’s a vibrant city in which you’ll never get bored.

If you have more tips or suggestions about fun or cool things in Madrid, please post them in the comment box below.

La Pedriza Manzanares el Real 

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Last week-end, three friends of mine students at Inhispania language school and I rent a car and escaped from Madrid for a day to go to Manzanares el Real. This city, located 40 miles far from Madrid at the North, is well-known by Madrid citizens as a destination to breathe for a week-end: there is a really huge national park there, called La Pedriza, part of the massif Guadarrama. The name of la Pedriza comes from “piedra” which means “stones”, and you will soon understand why: most of the mountains there are covered by granite, and they look like enormous stones. This explains why one the most practiced activity is climbing.
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Few bars of Malasaña

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Are you searching for a beautiful, trendy and cheap place for eating or only for having a drink with some friends? I personally advise you to go to the neighborhood of Malasaña: you will find your happiness.

Well personally, I found mine. I mean, this neighborhood is really wealthy talking about places to have a drink or a meal. I will talk about different bars that I find amazing.
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