Defiant, dynamic and dangerously fun, Madrid hosts loads of exciting places to discover. Take a look at these top 5 alternative things to see in the Spanish capital beyond Museo del Padro and Plaza Mayor.
Templo de Debod
Built originally 15 kilometers south of Aswan, Templo de Debod is my favourite spot in Madrid. A piece of ancient Egypt in the heart of Madrid surrounded by a charming park. In 1960, due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan and the consequent threat posed to several monuments and archeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical legacy. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt donated the temple of Debod in 1968.
Palacio de Cristal
Palacio de Cristal is a large glass and steel building located in the gorgeous Retiro Park. The palace was built in 1887 to stage an exhibition of Philippine tropical plants. Reflected charismatically in a small lake inhabited by ducks, grey lag geese, and black swans, the palace forms one of Madrid’s most enduring bucolic images. This is the perfect place to linger a while and soak up the park’s atmosphere.
Mercado de Motores
Mercado de Motores is Madrid’s new and unique vintage and design market in historic Delicias station. The flea market takes place on the second weekend of every month at the Railway Museum, the most beautiful 19th-century train station. Vintage clothes, live music, mid-century design, mosaic tiles, wooden toys, and colourful furniture are some of the attractions. The market is becoming a must among Madrid’s young and trendy. A fantastic event in an amazing space!
Plaza de los Carros
Plaza de los Carros is the place to get involved in Madrid’s vibrant street life. Situated in the heart of La Latina neighborhood, Plaza de los Carros is the meeting point of Madrileños on Sundays. There are lots of bars around where it’s possible to taste most iconic Spanish tapas and drinks. The nearby Plaza de la Paja offers a more chilled-out environment with modern terraces such as Delic or La Musa.
Mercado de San Antón
Following Mercado de San Miguel steps, Mercado de San Antón is a refurbished market in a three-storey building. Situated in the popular neighborhood of Chueca, this place hosts a traditional market and food stalls for having a snack, tasting tapas or shopping gourmet products. The top floor restaurant has a terrace with views of the city where locals, expats and tourists kick back with “gin tonics”. While you can buy quality seasonal products at this market, you won’t find many local grannies shopping here.
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