Being a 20-something is wildly fun, and even more so in Spain’s capital city. Here’s seven things you absolutely have to do in your 20s when visiting Madrid.
Party like a rockstar
Madrid’s nightlife is unlike any other, and many spots stay open until the wee hours of the morning. The city has plenty of pubs and bars to enjoy and a music scene that’s got something for everyone. Madrid locals love to stay out late, so nightlife in Madrid is a vibrant scene full of 20-somethings from Madrid and from all over the world.
Stay in a hostel
Hostels are cheap and plentiful in Madrid, and many offer very comfortable lodging experiences, complete with a private room and bathroom for as low as 40 euros per night. Or, go the fun route and stay in a bunk room to make new friends.
Eat cheap and delicious food
Eating in Madrid is yummy and affordable. One of the best ways to enjoy food in Madrid is chowing down on a famous calamari sandwich in the Plaza Mayor or near the Puerta del Sol. While bar-hopping in La Latina, you may be offered free tapas when you order drinks, which is a fun and economical Madrid food experience. Cheap restaurants like 100 Montaditos are great places to order little sandwiches and beers and meet plenty of other 20-somethings at the same time.
Bike the city
Madrid has a city bike system called Bici Mad and it’s an easy way to get from A to B. The bikes are actually electric, meaning you won’t even have to pedal that hard or work up a sweat during your ride.
BYOB and check out the sunset
Relaxing gazing at one of Madrid’s epic sunsets is the perfect activity. Many 20-somethings will even bring their own wine or beer along while enjoying the colorful hues, so join in. The best place to do this is at the Templo de Debod in the Parque de Oeste.
Walk the city
Those youthful 20-year-old knees can hold up along the cobblestone streets of Madrid, so get out there and explore. Take the tourist route, which goes from Puerta del Sol to Plaza Mayor, and then down to the Cathedral and Palace, or simply walk the famous Gran Vía street from beginning to end. You can even do a DIY walking tour of all the city’s most famous literary spots.