With a population of more than 3 million people, and spanning 233.3 square miles, Madrid is large busy city with a lot to see. From museums and art galleries, to theatre shows, the opera, dancing, night clubs and many attractions for children, this city has something for everyone.
Because Madrid is so diverse, it’s a popular destination for corporate incentive tours. You can choose tours that suit a range of interests, such as walking, food and wine, flamenco tours and more. These tours ensure all visitors see the very best Madrid has to offer, and as those that run the tours are experts in Madrid they can answer all visitors questions and show them places they wouldn’t have found looking around by themselves.
If great food and wine is your thing then Madrid definitely won’t disappoint you. Whether it’s snacking on tapas or gastronomic gourmet dining, the Spanish capital has it all. Food and wine tours are the best way to see what the city has to offer but here are some additional places to try:
– Barrio de Salamanca and Calle Serrano – Here you will find some upmarket restaurants along with high end shopping. Keep your eyes open for celebs.
– Plaza de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor – At El Brillante you can sample the famous squid and mayo sandwich or chocolate and deep fried donuts.
Worth noting: As in any busy city you need to be assertive, especially in busy restaurants. So if you want a waiter to come to your table you will need to get the waiters attention rather than simply waiting for him to come to you.
For cafes and bars there are a few areas you should try such as:
– Malasaña – Bohemian cafes and retro bars fill this area which has a great mix of locals and tourists. Look out for the wonderful painted shutters.
– Santa Ana – Located in one of the older barrios of Madrid this area is packed with quaint bars and the oldest theatre in Madrid.
– Museo Chicote – With an extensive cocktail list. this bar is a favourite of stars such as Hugh Grant and Catherine Zeta Jones.
– La Corolla – You will find this bar just off the busy Cava Baja Street. Always a popular choice with both tourists and locals, but especially busy on Sunday afternoons. They serve’ tostas’ which are small slices of toast with various toppings.
– Areia – Although located in the middle of the gay zone in Chueca, this bar attracts a mixed crowd who all look uber cool. You have a choice of sitting on floor cushions or using the more traditional bar furniture, a table and chair.
When you only have a few days or a weekend in the city of Madrid we would always recommend using a professional tour company such as Insider’s Madrid that can tailor a tour to suit your exact requirements. Private or corporate tours, speak to those who know Madrid well.