Why You Dont Need An Itinerary In Madrid

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It is hard not to fall in love with Madrid. Not many people get to visit Madrid once, let alone multiple times throughout their life. For those that do plan on visiting this city, they probably want to see as much as they can while they are there. This often means that they plan out an itinerary to try many of the sights. In order to see much of the city, you don't necessarily need to make a plan. There are a lot of reasons why you should ditch the itinerary when you are visiting Madrid and just enjoy yourself.

You Don't Want To Miss Out On A Special Event
Throughout various times of the year there are special events that take place in Madrid. For instance, in the summer quite a few festivals occur including Vallekas Water Battle, which is basically an excuse to drench everyone in the streets with water. If you have your entire trip mapped out, you will miss out on a lot of these types of events that you might find out about at the last moment.

It's Cheaper Than Other Areas In Europe
One of the best things about Madrid is that it's fairly inexpensive considering it's a capital city. So what this means is that while you are in the city you might feel the need to splurge on certain experiences since you could end up with more cash than you thought you would. An itinerary could ruin all this. There's no room for adding in activities, even if they are affordable. In the end you might actually see less things with an itinerary than you would if you didn't have one.


It's Fun Just To Follow The Architecture
As we all know Madrid has some amazing architecture. It's pretty fun just to wander about checking out building after building. This will allow you to enjoy the tree-lined streets and discover some of the best hole in the wall places. The spontaneity of just wandering about and exploring can be one of the highlights of your trip. You could easily find that you've wandered to the Paseo de Recoletos or the Plaza de Colon. Now, if you are afraid that you will miss some things that you really wanted to see while you are in Madrid, you could always have an itinerary for a day or two and just throw caution to the wind and go wherever you want on a whim during the rest of your trip.


All this being said, not all of us are adventurous. For those that prefer at least to get an orientation of a city and then explore on your own, consider a custom trip such as Monograms Vacations where you have your hotels and transfers taken care of, and then you can add a few tours here and there to get a feel for what parts of the city you want to revisit on your own.

Must See Sites in Madrid

Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Madrid is full of many must see sites. For those that want to have an authentic Spanish experience, there are many sites that will reflect just that. There are also quite a few spots where you can escape some of the hustle and bustle and just enjoy the enchantment of the city.

Plaza De Cibeles
This is Madrid's most famous plaza. It's adjacent to Paseo del Prado. The architecture is what brings in a lot of tourists. The Palace of Communications, which used to be a post office, is now the city's mayor's office and the main building in the plaza. Another popular spot for tourists to visit at the Plaza De Cibeles is the fountain that features the Roman goddess of Cybele. Not all of the Palace is available for tourists to visit. However, the observation deck is open to the public and offers amazing views of the city.

Parque Del Buen Retiro
Also, known as Retiro Park, Parque Del Buen Retiro features 300 acres of lush greenery, lakes, gardens, playgrounds and cafes. It used to house Felipe IV's palace, but it burnt down in the middle of the 18th century. After that time the park became open to the public. Some of the more popular spots to visit include the rose garden that features over 4,000 roses, the Palacio de Cristal that has art exhibitions and Estanque lake where visitors can rent a paddle boat. The park can be easily accessed by the Atocha, Ibiza or Retiro metro stations.

Plaza Mayor
This plaza has a lot going on. There are numerous cafes and bars to get a bite to eat or drink at. There are also street performers that put on many entertaining acts. During the Christmas season there are also a variety of Christmas markets to attend. The plaza starts getting lively in the afternoon and goes well into the night. It is located west of Puerta del Sol.

Palacio Real
This famous royal palace once housed the kings of Spain from the mid-1700s to the 1900s. It's still considered the royal family's official residence despite the fact that they no longer live there. It consists of 3,000 rooms and is Western Europe's largest royal palace. The rooms open to the public include the royal pharmacy and armory room.

Mercado San Miguel
Located just outside of Plaza Mayor and west of Puerta del Sol, this cast iron market is a favorite among tourists. There's such a variety of items to eat here that many visitors claim they could stay at the market all day. Favorites include the tapas and seafood. If you visit here, keep in mind there isn't a lot of seating so you may have to stand up and eat.

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