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A backpackers trip to europe: Madrid

Author Richard Summers
Sun 14 Oct 12
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Backpacker Trip Madrid


Madrid is a really vibrant and busy city. It is also quite large, but the metro will be good in getting you where you need to be. Food isn't very expensive so enjoy tapas where you can. Barajas airport is huge, rebuilt, but not the friendliest or cleanest, so just keep your eyes peeled for signs.

GENERAL SAFETY

Madrid is also a very safe city. Pickpockets are your biggest problem, but for the most part, the country is very cool and you'll find a lot of social and friendly people. Be careful around the main plazas because that is the hot spots for problems, but you'll be fine. The food here is awesome, a lot of tapas places which you sample little bits of different types of food and they're quite cheap. Pizza here somehow is also really popular and everywhere. A dessert you need to have is "Porras".. it's like a churro that you dip in chocolate.

 

WHAT TO SEE

Plaza Mayor  - The main hub and all the streets that connect to it are filled with shops and restaurants, live acts too. Careful for pickpockets here, but don't keep your hands in your pockets, just be mindful.

Retiro Park - Right in the middle of the city, a HUGE park which houses a couple museums, 1 is free. Here you can get in the lake and rent a small pedal boat if you want. This is a very cool and huge place to get lost in and relax.

Gran Via -  Also a super bustling street with a lot of Government buildings and commercial stuff a site you must see. The night in Madrid looks way different, kinda like Vegas how it changes when lit up.

Palacio Real - The Royal Palace is really cool. Today it is still used for official receptions and government things, looks very cool at night.

Prado Museum - Prado is EVERYWHERE in Madrid. His museum is extremely famous and a must see. The collection of paintings is the largest collection of Spanish artists in the world (of course). €12

Gothic Quarter - Romanesque buildings, quiet squares (placas), where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. In the heart of the district is a monstrous Cathedral with a huge courtyard filled with plants. Placa Reial is bustling day and night and is always good for fun like dancing, shops, restaurants etc.

Reina Sofia Museum - Here you'll see artists like Picasso, Salvador Dali and others. €6

Real Madrid Museum - If you love football, you'll love this place. You'll see history and memorabilia from all of the 31 championships that Real Madrid won. €15

WHERE TO STAY

Cat's Hostel -$14-18 per night. I've stayed here before. The place looks very cool inside, like a very old giant lobby, old look to it, not a lot of frills, but it works. Good locker system and bathroom situation, was pretty clean. The staff here does not specialize in English (they speak it just fine though), so I thought that was a little weird, but you'll be fine. The location is very close to some big nightlife spots.

With your current funding situation, Copenhagen will be difficult to go to.. It is not the cheapest place sadly. But I included some stuff to do that isn't expensive, or is free ;) I hope you make it here, it's worth the money.

 

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