The Spanish capital of Madrid is a celebration of art, food, tradition and nightlife. This vibrant city offers something for everyone.
The World’s Most Tourist-Friendly Country
I’ll give that judgment my endorsement after my recent visit. My trip took me to Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao, Tarragona and Barcelona. This was my first visit to Spain, and my initial impressions came from an enjoyable two-night stay in Madrid as part of a press trip with Ferrer Family Wines.
Hotel Miguel Angel
The rooms were comfortable, although a bit lacking in convenient outlets for today’s technology-burdened traveler. An electric pants press device was in the room – 4,000 miles in a suitcase can add some wrinkles, so I took full advantage of it.
Perhaps the best amenity at Hotel Miguel Angel is their club room. This features a continental breakfast as well as refreshments and beverages throughout the day. Cava was on ice there, always a welcome sight.
Hotel Miguel Angel is a five-star property and a recommended hotel for your visits to Madrid.
Sunday afternoon saw groups of locals going from bar to bar having a drink or two and a tapa before moving to the next stop. Tapas are free as long as you are drinking. For larger portions, you’ll have to cut loose with some Euros. From octopus to quesadilla there is a tapa choice for everyone.
Shops, bars and restaurants line the narrow curving streets and alleys.
Prominently advertised were montaditos, a tiny sandwich delicacy. These are ideal bar snacks and go perfectly with a bottle of Tempranillo or cider.
A Duo Of Delicious Madrid Restaurants
Dinner in Spain usually begins at 9 PM, although 10 o’clock is common and 11 is not unheard of. Our first dinner in Spain introduced us to this unhurried dining experience with waves of small bites accompanied by Spanish wines such as Tempranillo from Solar Viejo.
Albardero mixes traditional cuisine with elements of innovation. The calamari with onions was a particular favorite.
Platea Madrid is a revolutionary food experience that is spread out over 19,000 square feet. The former cinema not only offers cuisine from Spain, but also Japan, Peru, Mexico and Italy. It is an elegant food court with 15 mini-stations each representing quality Spanish foods, regions and ways of eating. There also is a disco and a cocktail lounge that is open until 2:30.
Our meal here stretched until nearly midnight and with the energy in the place, we could have easily partied with friends for several hours more. That trans-Atlantic jet lag did get the best of me. I reluctantly put on my blue coat, the signal for our squad that it was time to return to the hotel.
Planning your next European adventure? Madrid beckons with amazing food, culture and nightlife.