…capital of Spain and one of my favorite cities in the world. I often got asked: Which Spanish city do you like more: Barcelona or Madrid? And as you know me, I am a big fan of Barcelona too, the answer is not that easy. I love both city, but – and now this might surprise you – I prefer Madrid a little over Barcelona. But why?
Let me explain you the slight difference between those two cities. Well, at least from my perspective, then everyone has a different taste, which is good. In general, I love both cities for its Spanish flair and the beautiful weather. Whereas in Madrid the summer can be very hot and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are not rare. On the other hand, the weather in Barcelona is slightly milder or at least felt so, because Barcelona is located at the ocean and there’s always a light and refreshing breeze.
Speaking about the ocean, this is the big plus for Barcelona, since as you know, I am an ocean lover. Madrid, as the capital and located in the heart of Spain, doesn’t have any ocean nor a lake right next to the town. However, there are other possibilities such as public pools, rooftop pools or a little lake in the beautiful city park „Buen el Retiro“.
But there are things, that I prefer in Madrid. One important thing is the special vibe the city has and the people living there. I’ve never seen such an open-minded and heartwarming population. Everyone is welcome, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and so on. That’s something I appreciate the most about this city. The credo is living together instead of being against each other.
Moreover, the city has so many beautiful neighborhoods with cute bars, local shops and delicious restaurants. Yes, the food in the Spanish capital is so delicious, but just make sure to go off the stream and try to find a cute little local restaurant. They so often serve the better food at a lower price.
And if you are interested in architecture, design and art, you also find beautiful historical buildings and a lot of interesting museums. So don’t miss to visit „Museo El Prado“ the main Spanish national art museum or „Museo Reina Sofia“ which is Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art. Moreover, you have lots of different theatres, musicals and of course flamenco shows.
As you can see, Madrid has a lot to offer and I am sure, you’ll never get bored. Hasta luego!
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