Without further ado, here they are!
Chocolateria San Gines
From Tamara Gruber at We 3 Travel:
The Temple of Debod
The Temple of Debod is one of Madrid’s most peculiar attractions and one that never fails to impress adults and kids alike. The temple dates back to the II century B.C. and was originally built along the Nile, in Egypt. In 1960 when the dam of Aswam was built, the temple needed a new home and was swiftly relocated to Spain. Now it sits in a luscious park and is a family favourite. The temple is beautiful and interesting and the park around it is perfect for kids, thanks to a nice playground and the many street performers filling the air with their music and dances. Between its interesting history, beautiful location and family friendly vibe, the temple of Debod is without a doubt one of out family’s favourite hang outs in Madrid.
The Mercado de San Miguel
From Mary Solio at The World is a Book:
We love visiting food markets abroad and Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is one of our favorites. It is considered one of the city’s main attractions and centrally located for tourists and locals to enjoy. The market has 33 vendors offering a variety of fresh produce, seafood, meats, desserts and prepared food that range from tapas to sushi. It’s very lively and a wonderful place to see the Spanish food culture. We ate here almost every day during two past visits. There are also plenty of Spanish staples like churros con chocolate and jamon here. There’s variety which is always great when traveling with kids.
The Caves of Calle San Miguel
From Lisa Grabelle at We Said Go Travel:
Toledo — A day trip from Madrid
From Mary Solio at The World is a Book:
Toledo is a short 30-minute train ride from Madrid and makes for a great day trip. Known as the City of Three Cultures, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Spain’s largest historic centers. The Christians, Jews and Arabs have co-existed here for centuries. There are over 100 monuments within the city walls that include fortresses, synagogues, mosques, museums and churches. We loved walking its narrow cobblestoned streets filled with distinct architectural styles and well-preserved buildings. Things not to miss are the El Greco Museum, Toledo Cathedral and the Alcazar. Eat some of their famous Mazapan which were treats made of almond paste, honey and sugar.
Planning your own adventure to Madrid
Right now, the US economy is strong while Europe is weak, which means it’s a lot cheaper to go to Europe in 2017 than it has been in recent years. Obviously, my son honed in on that and got those cheap tickets to Madrid. If you hope to visit Europe someday, this just might be the year to do it! Here are some tips to help you save:
- Look for cheap round trip tickets at Momondo.com. This handy site lets you compare ticket prices based on dates of travel and airport locations. Shop around — adjusting your trip by even a week can result in HUGE savings!
- Consider lodging options besides the standard hotel. My son is staying in a hostel (private room with bath and wifi) for less than $60/night. Hostels are more common in Europe — and many have family rooms available. Here’s just one of many links out there.
- Use public transportation. If you haven’t used it before, it might be intimidating the first day, but you do get used to it. And you can save a lot!
- Consider day trips to nearby cities, like Toledo. Madrid is centrally located, so trips to major nearby cities are quick and inexpensive. (From Madrid to Toledo is 33 minutes by train and costs $15 euro per person without rail pass).
If you have been to Madrid, we’d love to hear your recommendations for MUST SEE attractions and food. Please leave a comment. I’ll come back after Nathan and Erin’s trip with a full report on all they see and do!
Special thanks to the bloggers who contributed to this article!
PSST!!! Nathan and Erin, I expect a great thank you souvenir from this trip. 😉