Little-known things to do in Madrid
Madrid is undeniably a unique city. It’s amazing to see the wide range of activities and goods that it can offer, whether it’s its cultural programme with musicals, theatre plays and other shows; its festivals by district or throughout the city, its exhibitions and large events such as fairs and congresses; its many shopping options and of course its excellent gastronomy. We could go on and on about it and fill many pages about what to do and see in Madrid.
However, there are also many things to do which are lesser known but which can still arouse the curiosity of visitors. If you are planning on coming to Madrid, these are the things you cannot miss out on:
1.- In Madrid, you can buy and eat the best sweets made by cloistered nuns in the traditional way. You can buy them at the Monastery of Las Descalzas and sweeten your visit to the city, with the added mystery of only seeing the seller’s hand when you purchase then.
2.- Although it might be a bit of a dark “attraction”, the truth is that many people visit it. We are talking about Calle Antonio Grilo, also known as “the street of the crimes” due to the legend that says that many crimes were committed here. The street is quite an attraction for those in search of a gloomier place to visit.
3.- No matter what they say about eggs increasing your cholesterol levels, you cannot leave the city without trying the delicious huevos rotos at Casa Lucio. You won’t have tried anything like them and it’s not as if you can eat them every day…
4.- You can travel around Europe without leaving Madrid at Parque Europa, where you will find replicas of Copenhagen’s The Little Mermaid, the London Bridge and many other famous European monuments.
5.- Only in Madrid can you visit the starting point of all Spanish roads. Known as “Kilómetro 0”, this legendary spot in Puerta del Sol is always full of tourists and is a must-see. Make your way through the crowds for a photo or come at a less busy time but you cannot leave without one.
6.- Have a photograph taken with your favourite celebrity at the Wax Museum. If there is someone you’ve always wanted a photo with and doing so in real life might be a bit complicated, at the Madrid Wax Museum you will definitely find him or her and have your souvenir forever. Fun is guaranteed.
7.- At Palacio de Linares (Casa de América), you will be able to see for yourself whether there really are ghosts in there. The legend says that there are and it seems that it is true, but it’s best to go and see it for yourself. If you hear nothing strange, at least you will have visited one of Madrid’s most beautiful and special buildings.
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