There is no shortage of things to do in Madrid, that’s for sure. The problem with going to Madrid on business is not finding things to do, but to choose carefully with limited time among the fantastic alternatives.
Here are seven alluring choices:
- See an authentic flamenco dance in a tablao (restaurant with a stage), of which there are many in Madrid. This might not be a suitable alternative if you have an early-morning meeting the next day, because the dancers usually blaze a trail to the stage after midnight, but Spain keeps a different timetable, so you should be fine.
- Anyone who wants to return home and report that they did Madrid right must haciendo el vermut, “do vermouth”, preferably from the tap in one of the many specialty vermouth bars around the city. The sweet red drink goes great with tapas.
- Visit Matadero Madrid, a cool, converted slaughterhouse on the city’s south side that now features art galleries, theaters and other creative venues as well as a bustling bar area that can be a great venue for people watching.
- Need a break from the heat and crowds? Step inside the Jardin Botanico and breath in the rich oxygen created by the garden’s 30,000 plants. You’ll forget that you are in a major city for a few hours, which is the point. This might be one of the essential things to do in Madrid.
- Go on a Hemingway bar crawl and see if you are similarly inspired! The bars that he most frequented are listed in various guides and still offer catalyzing environments for those who need revelation.
- Dine in what is billed as the world’s oldest restaurant, El Sobrino de Botin, serving satisfied customers for more than 300 years. This spot boasts roasts to die for, particularly the Spanish favorite, cochinillo (suckling pig). Hemingway ate here, too.
- See Madrid from on high, either by cable car, the Teleférico Madrid, or by glass elevator in the communications tower known as Faro de Madrid. The first alternative will take you on a 2.5-kilometer (1.5-mile) trip above the city; the second option zooms you 92 meters (300 feet) up for the best view of the city.
These are just seven of the hundreds of things to do in Madrid, but they are among the top choices for those who have a day or two or many in Spain’s capital and largest city.
Who knows? After sampling this fascinating and picturesque city, you might want to set roots in Southern Europe’s financial center. And, don’t worry about the heat. There’s ample shade in the city with the highest amount of trees per capita in Europe.