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Travelling to Madrid? Here are some of the best spots off the beaten path

Travelling to Madrid? Here are some of the best spots off the beaten path
From Mashable - February 5, 2018

With its beautiful architecture, lively culture, and delicious cuisine, few cities can compare to the wonders that can be found in Madrid. And while locations like the Prado museum, Retiro park, and Royal Palace usually top visitors bucket list, oftentimes its the lesser-known spots that create the richest experiences.

In the spirit of channelling our inner wanderlust, we set out to discover the best places in Madrid that fly under the radar. This isnt your ordinary travel guide: read on to discover our picks for some of the best things to do, see, and eat in Madridand experience the city like a true Madrileo.

WHAT TO DO

For couples: Most people think of the Rioja region when they think of Spanish wine, but Madrid is actually surrounded by vineyardssome of which are just a bus or train ride away. You and your significant other can take a day trip to the Vinos de Madrid, which includes three different subsections, and sample local wines while taking in the breath-taking scenery. There are plenty of tour options for each area.

For business travellers: If youre in Madrid on business be sure to check out Google Campus Madrid, a collaborative space made for everyone from entrepreneurs to freelancers. You can sign up for free access and use it as a makeshift office during your travels. Theres also an onsite caf if you prefer a more laid-back vibe to get work done.

For families: Upgrade your usual family bonding with a trip to El Pardoa lesser-known royal palace located on the outskirts of the city. The palace was once home to the Habsburgs, the Bourbons, and Francisco Franco, so it has a unique mix of architectural styles and periods of Spanish history. After your visit head to the nearby restaurant Filandon for delicious food, beautiful views, and an outdoor play area for kids.

For anyone on a budget: If you want to immerse yourself in Madrids arts and culture without killing your budget, plan a visit to Matadero Madrid. The space was once an industrial slaughterhouse complex, and reopened in 2007 as a creative arts and exhibition centre. There are tons of different events each dayincluding plays, musical performances, poetry readings, and movie screeningsand entrance to the complex and most exhibitions is free.

WHAT TO SEE

For couples: Theres no better way to soak in a new city than with a spectacular view of its skyline. Cerro del To Po offers a view of the city as well as the Sierra Guadarrama mountain range. Pick up a bottle of wine and head to the park right before sunset to spend a romantic evening with your favourite person.

For business travellers: After your meetings, venture out to the rooftop at Crculo de Bellas Artes and sip on a cocktail while taking in one of the best views in the city. Whether youre with co-workers or treating yourself to a solo night out, be sure to make it in time for sunset and then enjoy the lit-up view of some of Madrids most impressive buildings.

For families: El Bosque Encantado is a botanical garden with more than 300 green sculptures. Children will be dazzled by this mini fantasyland, and adults may even find themselves feeling the magic. The garden has picnic areas with chairs and tables, making it the perfect way to spend the day as a family.

For anyone on a budget: You may have read about or been recommended the Mercado de San Miguel, but for a more authentic market experience, spend a morning or afternoon at Mercado de San Antn. Youll still get the drool-worthy spread of fresh produce and handmade breads, but with less tourists and crowds to get in your way.

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