Last month I had the chance to explore a few cities in Spain with my sister. She is currently studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain and for her spring break I thought it would be great to travel to a few cities that she had not visited yet. Our mini vacation started in Madrid, which is also Spain’s capital. This was both of our first time there which meant a lot of cite seeing would be happening.
On our first day there we decided to start by taking part in one of the free walking tours. I always enjoy tours like these, since the guides are volunteers and rely on tips they usually find fun and entertaining ways to share historical facts. This guide in particular was not only very knowledgeable, but also very funny. At one point during the tour while sharing the history of the royal family, he had volunteers act out certain traits of the family members. He also included random facts that you probably would not be included in regular tours. My sister and I love learning about history so it was a treat to have this tour on our first day there.
We are also huge fans of museums, my sister in particular is someone who reads every description of artwork in the building, so we went to quite a few of them. We went to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia a couple times (it was right next to our Airbnb), they have a great rooftop to watch the sunset from. The museum also used to be a hospital in the 18th century which I also found interesting. There were many great museums, but I will have to say that my favorite was the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; it had an impressive number of paintings from various artists. What made me enjoy it so much was the amount of Edgar Degas paintings, who happens to be one of my favorite artists, including my favorite piece “Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green)”.
Out of all the places we visited my favorite had to be Parque del Buen Retiro, it was a gorgeous park that had so many great things from a peacock garden to monuments and ponds. This park was walking distance from our Airbnb so we went there at least once a day and each time we found ourselves discovering new places within the park. The weather in Madrid was lovely (and much warmer then New York City) while we were there which made it that much more incredible. Here’s a look at our days in Madrid: