As summer slowly comes to an end, the hunt is on for one last dance in the sunshine, one last instagrammable meal, and one last adventure to embark on before we unpack our coats and hats in preparation for winter.
With a sunset that doesn’t occur until well after 9 pm, Madrid is the perfect place for a last-minute summer escape. From hilarious street performers and awe-inspiring architecture to mouth-watering cuisine and a laid back vibe, there’s no way you’ll be bored in one of Spain’s most eclectic cities.
Fashion influencer Alexandriah Sho-Silva (@tostos_) took her passport to Madrid recently and had the time of her life. The gorgeous photo recap of her adventures had us ready to plan a trip of our own! Check out our exclusive guide to Madrid and find out why its the end of summer trip you need in your life.
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Welcome to Madrid
Despite being Spain’s central capital, Madrid is often overshadowed by its neighboring big sister, Barcelona. But don’t sleep on this golden metropolis because the city of Madrid really knows how to live. It may be high season during the summer travel months, but the lingering sunshine (the sun sets after 10 pm) allows for plenty of time to really enjoy the city’s beautiful sights. Spain uses Euro for currency, which currently exchanges at 1 EUR equaling 1.11112 USD, so budget accordingly.
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Affordable accommodations can be found all around Madrid. You can rent apartments on sites like Airbnb for the fraction of the price of some hotels. But that doesn’t mean great hotel deals can’t be found. Boutique hotels like Hotel Único are not only affordable but are located in the heart of the city, making them a win-win.
Photo Credit: Hotel Único
Over the years Madrid has emerged as a major culinary destination with an infinite variety of food from every Spanish region, but tradition still reigns supreme. Paella is the country’s most famous dish, with Paella Valenciana, made with rabbit and chicken, and seafood paella being the most authentic variations.
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From Spanish contemporary styles to extravagant belle époque, Madrid’s architecture is a feast for the eyes. Spend your days wandering the city streets exploring royal palaces, medieval mansions and breathtaking conservatories like the stunning Palacio de Cristal.