So you have booked your trip to Madrid with our girlfriends. Now we are not saying that girls only like to shop as that would be classed as stereotyping. Suffice to say though that Madrid is a shoppers paradise, offering numerous classy one-off boutiques. But of course there is more to the city that that! As not only the capital of Spain but also its largest city, Madrid boasts a magnificent array of cultural delights. From fine art, to fiery flamenco, there could be no better place to sample the culture of Spain than this stunning city.


Art and culture

The city’s Paseo del Arte is a must for any art lover. At just over a kilometre in length, this stretch of road is home to some of Madrid’s finest galleries and museums. Those with an interest in fine art should visit the Prado Museum, which houses paintings dating all the way back to the 11th century. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum also includes many historical works, including more uncommon pieces from the 17th Century Dutch and German Renaissance movements.

Escape the crowds

Whilst Madrid is famous for its many stunning landmarks and visitor attractions, there are many hidden gems on offer that you won’t find in the brochures. For a really intimate view of this beautiful city, try taking a private walking tour. Make your way through the narrow winding streets on foot, discovering a new, unexpected delight around every corner. Peaceful little coffee shops, local markets and even traditional flamenco shoemakers are on offer, if you know where to look.

Food and wine

Besides flamenco, Madrid has always been famous for its food and drink. As well as tasting great, traditional dishes like tapas and paella embody the culture and creativity of the city. A tour of Madrid’s tapas scene will take you to traditional tavernas like the popular Casa Labra, which was established in 1860. Alternatively, for a modern twist on the dish, you could try Estado Puro, who serve a more innovative, contemporary tapas menu. Of course, the best dishes are made from the best ingredients. On a walking food tour of Madrid from Insider´s Madrid, you’ll learn the secrets of classic Spanish foods like Iberian ham, cured meats, olives and regional oils.

Great Spanish food is complemented by great Spanish wine, and a walking tour of Madrid’s famous wine bars is the perfect way to discover your favourite. Popular bars include Casa Gonzalez, which has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and offers not only a fantastic wine menu but also a selection of cured meats and Spanish cheeses to compliment your selection. The bar is cosy with limit table space, so it’s advisable not to leave this one until the end of your trip. Aloque is another hot spot for wine lovers, offering a menu of over 300 wines. For a traditional experience, El Quinto Vino is a cosy tavern setting, where you can enjoy home made food along with your beverage of choice.


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