Sip Southern Spain at These 5 Essential Sherry Bars in Madrid

Three different varieties of sherry wine

Amongst wine connoisseurs, craft cocktail drinkers, and just the curious wine drinkers, a great deal of interest in sherry wines has been generated in recent years throughout Europe and North America alike.  It’s no wonder that so many curious travelers are looking to satiate their interest and drink sherry while on vacation in Spain. And […]

Can You Drink Tap Water in Madrid? Everything You Need to Know

Glass bottles of water

Wondering about drinking water in Madrid? We’ve got all the answers and the context behind them—plus tips for staying hydrated in Spain. It’s a classic tourist question: “Can I drink the water?” But while it may sound cliché, this is serious stuff. When traveling abroad, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by […]

Open for the Holidays: Restaurants in Madrid you Can Always Count On

When spending the holidays in Madrid, don't forget to head to the city's most iconic market, the Mercado San Miguel, for a bite to eat!

You’re traveling for the holidays and not sure which restaurants, if any, will be open. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.   It’s no secret that Spain values its holidays. But numerous religious festivals, labor days, and statutory vacations can be tricky for tourism. Madrid, as the capital, is a mild exception to the rule. Things are […]

What to do in Madrid in February 2020

The Museo del Romanticismo is one of the most famous museums in Madrid—and the interior is absolutely stunning!

This blog post was originally posted on January 22, 2016 and was updated on January 15, 2020. It’s low season, but here in Madrid, we’re keeping busy and staying warm. As the European equivalent to the city that never sleeps, there’s always something going on in Spain’s bustling, vibrant capital. We’re talking world-class museums, cozy […]

A Love Letter to the Menú del Día in Madrid

Group eating salads

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Madrid. As a food tour guide and someone who has to regularly explain Spanish dining customs to the uninitiated, I’ve noticed that one aspect of Spanish dining that almost never ceases to pleasantly surprise is the concept of the […]

Eating in Ávila – Our Guide to the City’s Best Bites

El Almacén is one of our favorite restaurants in Ávila and comes complete with stunning views of the city walls.

Within Ávila’s fortified walls, you’ll find a wealth of history, heritage, culture…and cuisine. From grilled meats to local sweets, these are the specialties that every visitor should sample! Located just over 100 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Madrid, Ávila makes for the perfect day trip from the Spanish capital. Its impressive medieval walls have been […]