First time visitors to Spain often include Madrid or Barcelona and sometimes both of these vibrant cities. I would recommend exploring both and then, adding Selville or the coast region to your itinerary, if you the time allots. Spain can’t be done in just a few days. We have been here a couple of times and need to get back to explore more of the middle of the country as one of our fellow frequent travelers reminded us recently. A tease in this blog is the historic and vibrant city of Madrid. More on Barcelona and Alicante in future posts.
At nearly 400 miles between Madrid and Barcelona, each of these cities have their unique vibe. Madrid is more inland than Barcelona. Whereas Barcelona sets along the Mediterranean Sea, the temperatures in this vibrant and historical city can be warmer for winter travel times. Madrid is a must see during your visit to Spain where you can discover this medieval city’s most popular sights and attractions.
The main square or Plaza Mayor is in the heart of Old Madrid. Built between 1580-1619, this often busy square is worth a visit during time in Madrid. I visited this historical square during the holiday season.
El Retiro Park
Officially known as Parque del Buen Retiro, El Retiro Park first opened to the public in 1868 and has become Madrid’s most popular park to visit. El Retiro is huge and packed with many things to see including monument, gallery, statues, and lakes. All set among some magnificent buildings.