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49 thoughts on “Madrid: What makes the Spanish capital unique?”

    1. You will love it, dear 😉 Especially the food. So delicious and affordable. If you intend to visit many museums, choose Sunday. They are mostly free.

  1. Good photos praise writing, of my old town/ Have you heard: From Madrid to Heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday ::)

  2. Nice article! Everyone tells me Madrid is nothing special and a normal european city so I gave up on the idea but your article convinced me to go one day 😋

    1. Before my trip, I also heard the same thing. But things turned out differently. I even felt safer in Madrid than Barcelona, and the churros alone are already worth a trip 🙂

  3. My best friend who lived in Spain for nine months said to me that he loved Madrid more than Barcelona. Judging from your photos I guess he’s right. Your photos are so sublime, but that image of Palacio de Crystal with the autumn foliage is really special.

    1. Thank you very much, Bama! 🙂
      I agree with your friend. Madrid is somehow more lovable than Barcelona. Additionally, the chance that your wallet or bag got stolen in Madrid is lower than in Barcelona. You can see it very clearly through the way locals wearing their bags 🙂

  4. Nice post, Len, and a beautiful selection of images! When we were last in Madrid, we enjoyed a pleasant retreat in Parque del Buen Retiro. We didn’t try churros though – gourmet churros sound intriguing! I don’t think I’ve actually ever tried them: when we were in Argentina, we tried to, but accidentally ordered something else 😀 hahah. The perils of traveling! (In Finland, you can’t get churros, as far as I know)

  5. It’s always nice to see your own city through the eyes of someone who sees it for the first time! Glad you liked Madrid! I wouldn’t compare it with Barcelona, for me, they are completely different cities!! It somehow reminds me to Paris, but Madrid is not as grandiose… and still, it’s very welcoming! 🙂

    1. Indeed. The Metro in Madrid is nicer and shop-keepers are friendlier than in Paris 🙂 I also like the fact that I can explore the city without much concern about the touts sticking to me like glue. There are some in Plaza Mayor, but they are not so intrusive.

  6. I’ve never been to Madrid, so this post was a wonderful introduction. I’ve never forgotten one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had while travelling – fresh squeezed orange juice, and churros with dipping chocolate sauce, in Barcelona. heaven.

    1. I’m surprised that our favourite Spanish breakfasts were identical, Alison 🙂 The only difference was location. Who could have thought that churros match so well with chocolate sauce. Much better than the savoury version.

  7. I simply adore Madrid, and I miss this city so much. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos. I studied here for 6 months and to this day this time counts amongst one of the best times of my life. I often feel the city is underrated, with the south of Spain being a huge attraction for tourists seeking sun bathing and Barcelona stealing the thunder with Gaudi 🙂

    1. Totally agree. I don’t know why Madrid is less known than other Spanish cities. Its museums, architecture, park are just extraordinary. No Gaudi, no sunny beaches, but it doesn’t matter 🙂

  8. Wonderful you got to visit Madrid, Len. Enjoyed walking along with you in this post. It does seem like Madrid is a walkable city for some part. It has stunning architecture as you showed through your photos and explained through your words. Interesting to read that the Royal Palace is only used for state ceremonies and not a place of residence, and perhaps it’s to preserve the palace as it is. Very luck you got the have churros and chocolate at one of the oldest cafes in Madrid. What a treat 😊

    1. It tastes heavenly! The bitter sweet chocolate matches so well with the crunchy churro. Even now I can recall its taste 😛 It was so good that I came here everyday during my trip. Btw, thank you for sharing 🙂

      1. Happy to share, Len. Great photography and writing 🙂 Now you make me want to try the churros in Spain. A perfect churro with the perfect balance of flavours and texture of dipping chocolate is hard to come by 😄

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