“Nobody goes to bed in Madrid till they have killed the night!” – Ernest Hemingway

Move over New York City! Madrid is ACTUALLY the city that never sleeps. Early morning stop for some churros with café con leche to late night tapas/bar hopping to non-stop partying late into the night; there is so much to see and do in this metropolis.

This is my mom’s favourite city in the whole world and I can see why. The food is spectacular—love the jamón.. (cured ham), I am obsessed—and  there is a fair share of remarkable sites to visit.  We frequented Museo del Jamón for some affordable and very delicious jamón and seafood paella with cerveza. We also went to Mercado de San Miguel for a wide selection of tapas.

Notably, Chelsea and I also visited the Museo Nacional del Prado: which hosts masterpieces by prominent painters such as Goya, Greco and Velázquez. Thank you past Spanish Kings for commissioning these paintings…as an art lover, I marvel at all the artworks.

Another museum we visited was the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Since the Prado filled the role of a museum with traditional art, Reina Sofía is the supreme repository of twentieth century art in Spain. The Reina Sofia houses artwork from 20th century Spanish artists: Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró to Pablo Picasso.

MUST SEE ARTWORK: Velázquez’s Las Meninas in Museo Nacional del Prado and Picasso’s Guernica in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

MORE Awesome sites we visited in Madrid: vertical garden caixaforum Madrid, Retiro Park,  Calle Serrano (Madrid’s wealthiest barrios), Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace of Madrid…

Highly recommended Hotel: ME by Melia because it is located in the heart of the city. Most sites are accessible by walking from this hotel!

Till we meet again Madrid!

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