In July of 2019, I hopped on a plane to go to Madrid, Spain for the first time in my life. It was the first time I can truly say I had a deeper connection to myself. I met the most incredible people, I ate the most delicious food, and overall, I experienced life.
Honestly, if you know me, you know that traveling and living a nomadic lifestyle are what make me happy. I just could not shake of the beautiful feeling Madrid gave me so I went back in November of 2019 just before heading to Barcelona.
I learned so much about myself on both trips and spent a majority of my time enjoying life. Here are my top 5 recommendations if you're going to visit Madrid, Spain.
1. Go during the warmer months and visit El Retiro Park. El Retiro park has so much beauty and elegance to it, it is a must see. If you enjoy running, then El Retiro park is perfect for you. While, I am not a runner, I loved visiting this park for row boating. I had never been row boating before and had such an amazing time. I met two American travelers while solo traveling Madrid and was able to go with them.
*Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
This park is free for entry. For boat rental it is 5.80€ during weekdays and 7.50€ on weekends.
2. Visit Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. This is Madrid's famous bull ring. Have you ever seen a bull fight in real life? Well now is your chance. I went with a girl I had met earlier that morning in Madrid. Visiting this Plaza with her was fun. The day we went, bullfighting was not in session but we did get to see a 3D Tour of the facility and bull fighting was in the tour.
*Address: Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Spain
To see the bullring + museum + virtual reality tour it is: 14.90€. Children under 12 years old is 5.90€ and children under 5 get in free.
3. Take a Flamenco dance class. Okay, my friend Ti took me to a Flamenco dance class and I could not keep up. I was tired before the one hour class was over. I should mention, I am not a dancer nor do I really do physical exercise but I LOVE to try new things. It was so much fun to be able to move my hips like J-Lo and Shakira. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to dive into the culture of Madird.
*Here is a great dance class I would recommend. The cost is 49.00 €.
4. Take a cooking class. I have found myself doing a lot of cooking lately. My boyfriend is in the military and due to his absence, I am often home alone and having to make dinner every night. This is not the case when he is home. We try to take turns cooking dinner, and omg! he is a better cook than I am. Taking a cooking class in Madrid, gave me some extra amazing dishes to add to my pallet. I now try to take a cooking class every time I visit a new country. Learning to make something other than bland Spaghetti is good and it makes me and my man happy people.
*If you want to try a cooking class in Madrid, I highly recommend Cooking Point. It was the most professional cooking class I have ever had. The chef was incredible (not to mention very handsome;) ). Visit their site to see their prices. Prices vary.
5. Take a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium all you football lovers. Okay Americans, football or should I say soccer is HUGE in Spain. I have never been to football stadium like this before. It was incredible to see and explore. I recommend just going for the experience.
*For a skip the line ticket it is $33.72 per adult. This includes a private-guided tour of the stadium.
Those are my 5 recommendations of things to do in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is one of my favorite cities to visit, right behind Zurich, Switzerland. Follow my stories and more right here on the blog.
Cienna is the CEO of Your Life Travel Club and a world traveler. Your Life Travel Club hosts international retreats and trips for women. As the CEO of the company, Cienna aims at empowering women to travel the world and live their best lives. Follow Your Life Travel Club on social media and subscribe for our travel card to get all the notifications on podcasts, blog posts, YouTube videos, and more.