An intoxicating blend of old and new, rustic charm and modern sophistication, Madrid is a must-see destination in Europe. Situated right in the center of Spain, it is very inland and intensely hot in the summer compared to the Northern costal situation of Barcelona but it is just as cosmopolitan as its Catalan counterpart to the North, with seemingly endless amounts of art, wine and food to offer visitors. Situating yourself centrally near, for example, the Edificio Metrópolis, you can go a short distance in one direction from there and be at the Retiro Jeronimos park, the Prado museum and near upscale shopping, restaurants and cutting edge wine bars. Go in the opposite direction, you find yourself at the gloriously historic Royal Palace and gardens. Steps from there is Mercado San Miguel, a lively culinary hot spot that will take care of all your eating needs. Renovated in recent years, this market place is a historic landmark enclosed in wrought iron and glass and housing tapas, cheese and wine vendors from door to door. Tables and chairs are placed throughout and It is open from lunch through dinner, making it possible to sample the best Spanish cuisine day and night.
Spaniards love to eat, drink and socialize and that comes through any given evening, especially in the summer. Getting a customary late start, in the old town section the streets are abounding with cafes, tapas and wine bars, many of which are traditional in menu options, service and decor often made up of antique wooden bars and iconic posters on the walls. If you’ve had a long day of walking and touring, you may choose something with seating, but traditional and typical bar style for Madrid is standing while eating and drinking. The bonus here is that drinks-by-the-glass tend to be noticeably more affordable than major U.S. cities, so going bar to bar is not only do-able but encouraged. Situated on the other side of Madrid is where the more modern restaurants and wine bars are, boasting some of the best chefs in the country practicing molecular gastronomy in the tradition of Ferran Adria. Whether day or night, one direction or another, Madrid is imbued with culture and festivities. A haven for those seeking history, art, delicious food and legendary wines.
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