Spain's capital city isn't necessarily known as a top destination among tourists and travelers alike, but Madrid offers a different kind of spanish charm masked by its untraditional haste. Diverging from its dreary Winter atmosphere, a spring awakening of culture, food and blosoms make primavera an idyllic time to adventure through Madrid's streets.
Against the fading backdrop of a radiant spring sunset, order a few rounds of drinks after a business meeting or day of sightseeing.
The Principal Madrid
La Terraza at the newly opened Principal Madrid cultivates a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere above the city’s crowded streets. Decorated elegantly with bright accents and soft lighting, this rooftop lounge features a botanic display of cypress and olive trees accompanied by artisan mixology with an eclectic selection of cocktails. With a martini in hand, dip your feet in a shallow over-flow pool while gazing out across spanish rooftops.
La Terraza de Arriba
An oasis tucked in the heart of the city, La Terraza de Arriba is an intimate for a drink featuring a view Madrid’s unique skyline. Located on the 8th floor of the Room Mate Oscar hotel, a sea of traditional stone architecture surrounds this terrace bar on all sides creating an incredible backdrop for some evening cocktails or sangria. Equipped with crisp white lounges and a crystal blue pool, this venue is a great place for a small gathering with friends or even a post work happy hour.
El Parque La Quinta de Los Molinos
For the first real glimpses of spring, head down to El Parque La Quinta de Los Molinos and admire the hundreds of blooming almond trees lining the park’s paths. Bright tangled branches over a picnic or stroll through the wooded area are just a few metro stops from Madrid’s center.
Take a day trip
If weather permits, take a day trip outside Madrid to explore the natural and manmade beauty of its surrounding areas. In less than an hour, reach stunning scenery and authentic cuisine by car or public transport. Chinchon, with the beautiful Plaza Mayor or Patones de Arriba home to traditional and quaint stone spanish architecture are the perfect way to escape Madrid’s busy city atmosphere and experience a small taste of spanish culture.
Open air markets
Madrid means markets. Anything from fresh veggies to vintage furniture, the street markets of Madrid are a thrift meets farm to table enthusiast’s dream. Located in various different parts of the city, markets are most crowded during the weekends starting from 12:00 into the afternoon. Well known markets include El Rasto, Nomada Market, Mercado de Motores and many others.
Rain or shine, head to one of Madrid’s many art galleries or museums.Till May 17th at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, catch Raoul Dufy, an initial influencer of the avant-garde movement. This exhibition includes a total of 89 pieces in addition to four of the museum’s own. Experience the chronological journey through years of Dufy’s work expressed through a bright garnished display.
For modern art enthusiasts, visit Matadero Madrid to experience The Power of Songs, commissioned by the director of ‘Rockdelux’ magazine, Santi Carrillo. This collection features a summary of historic 20th century pop-culture music including a series of short films and art including famous lyrics from that of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Marley and many others.
Opera and Brunch
A growing trend among spanish cities, restaurants serving brunch are becoming more common on weekends in place of a typically light european breakfast. Experience an alternative twist to brunch and take in exquisite live opera accompanied by a savoury and sweet brunch buffet. Hosted every sunday at the Westin Palace Madrid, guests are encouraged to reserve tables in this hotel’s iconic glass dome to insure a spot for this experiential breakfast.