Embrace Autumn: What to do in Madrid in October 2019

One of our favorite options for what to do in Madrid in October is simply to relax and enjoy the great weather with drinks on a terrace.

This blog post was originally posted on November 2, 2016 and was updated September 5, 2019. Madrid bursts with colorful energy at the arrival of fall. After the summer crowds clear out and low season sets in, Madrid takes on a much more authentic vibe. Pleasantly sunny days and crisp, lively nights bring the best […]

5 Spots for Tapas in Chueca that Locals Love

Don't forget the vermouth when you go out for tapas in Chueca!

Going out for tapas in Chueca isn’t just a way to devour Madrid’s culture—it’s a way to honor the city’s history. Chueca’s tapas bar scene symbolizes what the neighborhood stands for: modernity, diversity, dedication to quality and continuous evolvement. In the 1970s, Chueca was considered a dangerous area that even the president of Madrid’s LGBTQ+ […]

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Grocery Stores in Madrid

Ultramarinos are old-school grocery stores in Madrid, stocking almost anything you can think of.

Madrid is the capital of one of the healthiest countries in the world, which means that you’re spoiled for choice when shopping for food.  There are grocery stores, indoor and outdoor markets, fishmongers, charcuteries, butchers, bakeries, and delis everywhere. You can find everything you want just by stepping outside your front door and going for […]

Top Things to Do in Madrid in September

Art lovers visiting Madrid in September can't miss the Apertura event, in which dozens of galleries and museums across the city will inaugurate special exhibitions and host free events.

This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2018 and was updated on August 6, 2019. While most places see September as the beginning of fall, here in Madrid summer fun is still in full swing. The city enjoys pleasantly warm temperatures, but not the scorching heat common in July and August. And as […]

5 Free Museums in Madrid You Should Check Out

When it comes to free museums in Madrid, you can't beat the Prado, which offers free entry for two hours every afternoon.

Not much can top an afternoon spent in one of Madrid’s many museums—except when that afternoon comes free! That’s right, Spain’s capital city is home to some of the most revered history and art museums in the world, and several of them also offer free entry for guests. So if you love the Prado but […]

Bullfighting in Madrid & Beyond: What You Need to Know

Bullfighting in Madrid - bull ring interior

It may seem like attending a bullfight is one of most authentically “Spanish” experiences you can have. After all, it’s a spectacle that has been historically linked to Spain for hundreds of years. And starting in the 20th century, when literary icons from Ernest Hemingway to Federico García Lorca began depicting it in their works, […]

6 Great Things to Do in Madrid in July 2019

This blog post was originally posted on June 16, 2015 and was updated on June 3, 2019. During the scorching summer months, Madrid is full of life. Festivals celebrating the arts invade the city, diversity celebrations fill the streets, and people take to the bars for beer and tapas. Sound good? Follow these tips for […]