Secret City Escape: Madrid
Over the last decade Madrid has risen from the ashes to become the next must-see travel destination. The city’s three biggest museums have all been revamped, while new cafes, eateries and bars appearing throughout the city center. Just a short flight from the UK, the Spanish capital is the ideal place for a relaxing and culture-filled long weekend. Read our city guide to discover the finest culture and food that this enchanting city has to offer.
WHERE TO EAT
After a long day of sightseeing, this there’s no better place than Café Murillo to relax with a cold drink or a bite of brunch. There’s a range of dishes on offer, from modest pizzettas to more luxurious pan-seared tuna. If you’re feeling in an indulgent mood, Murillo’s exquisite cocktail menu is just begging to be tried.
Concealed down a winding alleyway, Bodega de los Secretos is a destination in itself. Hidden underground beneath a network of 300-year old wine cellars, the restaurant has candlelit tables and the menu is comprised of authentic Spanish favorites. You really don’t get much more romantic than this place.
First opening its doors almost 300 years ago, Botin is officially the world’s oldest restaurant. The venue is famous for slow-cooking large portions of lamb in a huge wood fire oven. The tables in the cellar make for the most interesting dining experience, although all areas of this traditional haunt are extremely atmospheric.
WHAT TO SEE
This museum is the home of Guernica, Pablo Picasso’s most iconic painting. Still there are loads more to see, including artwork by Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Similarly to London’s top galleries, the museum only displays a small fraction of the pieces in its extensive collection. The museum’s modern extension, designed by Jean Nouvel, contrasts beautifully with its original 18th century exterior.
Plaza Mayor and Los Austrias
Plaza Mayor is the perfect place to discover Madrid’s history. Dating back to the 17th century, the Plaza is surrounded by red buildings with slate turrets. Afterwards, take a stroll along to the Plaza de la Villa, Madrid’s oldest square. Next you can follow the old city wall, which is now lined with tapas bars.
WHAT TO PACK
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