and out of ideas what to do or not quite sure where to go besides the usual tourist attractions
? Buckle up, for we have the ultimate guide to Madrid’s most original and intriguing places.
Campo de la Cebada
The Campo de la Cebada does not look like much when it’s closed, consisting of little more than the foundations of an old swimming pool and some wooden stands, it is in fact the melting pot of different people which bring this occupied public space to life.
Campo de la Cebada, Plaza de la Cebada, Madrid, Spain
Círculo de Bellas Artes
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Closed-down Chamberí station
Go visit the eerie closed-down Metro station of Chamberí, once having been the last stop of the Línea 1, the first Metro line ever to have run in Madrid. Learn all there is to know about the fascinating history of the Madrid Metro as you visit the 97 year-old tunnels, now turned into an interactive museum.
Estación de Chamberí ‘Anden 0’, Plaza de Chamberí, Madrid, Spain
Real-life escape room games are non virtual adventures, in which the daring participants are locked into a room, given a mission and clues and are only allowed to use their brain cells and nerve to escape. So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and test your brains. Establishments such as Escape Room, The Exit-Game, Enigma Express, The Rombo Code offer outrageous scenarios also available in English!
The existence of many hidden gardens right in the bustling center of Madrid often goes unnoticed. The Huerto de las Monjas, for example, once a pristine retreat for nuns of the convent it belonged to, now lies hidden behind inconspicuous apartment buildings. If you are looking for refreshment, the café on the patio of the Museo del Romanticísmo will allure all your senses with delicious homemade cakes and tarts in an almost surreal atmosphere of quiet contemplation.
Huerto de las Monjas, Calle del Sacramento 7, Madrid, Spain / Museo del Romanticísmo, Calle San Mateo 13, Madrid, Spain
A great way to pick up some Madrid flair is by meandering through one of the many markets it has to offer every weekend. If you’re lucky, you might catch the Mercado de los Motores, which opens every second weekend of the month. Vintage-lovers, pioneers of fashion and adorers of design will feel beguiled as they rummage through the pleasant Camden-style market in the breathtaking hall of the old train station Delicias.
Rastro, Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, Madrid, Spain / Mercado de los Motores, Paseo de las Delicias 61, Madrid, Spain
Take a Trip
Magnificent monasteries and enchanting castles, not even speaking of the sublime forests and mountains of the Sierra de Guadarramá, all at an hours reach. These sights might be outside of the city, but they are still inside the Community of Madrid. So don’t hesitate and enjoy your very own, extended Madrid experience.