I have a confession to make. I went to Madrid and did basically nothing a first time visitor is supposed to do. I didn’t visit the world class museums, didn’t have a picnic in the beautiful parks, and never saw most of the uniquely charming neighborhoods.
What did I see, then? An insane amount of tapas and sangria.
Tapas culture has a very strong presence in the Spanish capital, with another enticing tapas bar in each street corner you pass. The city’s colorful streets are truly full of life and flavors.
For the greatest concentration of bars and restaurants serving delicious tapas, head to the lively La Latina and Malasaña or the extravagant gayborhood of Chueca, where the only thing more abundant than rainbow flags and muscular men in tight tank tops are the two-for-one sangria offers!
Bocadillos – little sandwiches – are one of the most popular small dishes in Madrid
Mercado San Miguel is a great way to try several kinds of foods (and wines) in an indoor setting
Don’t forget to try some delicious churros at Chocolatería San Gínes
You can’t visit Madrid without trying some Spanish ham or jamón!
I may not have seen much of the cultural or historical sights of this wonderful city, but I drank a large pool’s worth of sangria and red wine and ate my own weight in ham. I’d call that a good vacation.
As night begins to fall, all of Madrid seems wake up and head to the nearest bar for some tapas