Barcelona, Spain is famous for its lively atmosphere, delicious tapas, whimsical architecture, unique mix of natural beauty, as it sports views of the expansive Mediterranean Sea, and a culturally rich urban interior. Madrid, the capital of the country, is a bustling metropolitan center with many of the same charms. In contrast, Toledo is a small, beautiful, and historically rich Medieval Town that sits on a hill surrounded by water. All three cities are widely recognized as wonderful places to visit.
The Mercado de San Miguel is a local tapas market in Madrid that has been around for over 100 years, and is housed by a beautiful historical building near the city’s center. The food ranges in expense and category. The incredible food and charming ambiance make it a must visit.
The Parque del Buen Retiro is a must visit. Expanding over more than 350 acres, the park is a great break from the bustle of central Madrid. The Parque is complete with a multiple unique gardens, fountains, statues, and many winding pathways through tall, beautiful trees.
Just 30 minutes from Madrid lies the Medieval Town of Toledo. Built on a hill, the small city has many wonderful views. In addition to this, it has an array of Synagogues, Mosques, and Churches. Toledo is known as “The City of Three Cultures,” due to the strong Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences.
Perhaps Spain’s most famous monument, La Sagrada Familia has been in the making for more than 100 years. The immaculate cathedral was designed by Antoni Gaudi, a distinguished Barcelona architect.