Madrid in Summer

It’s been a while since I went to Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Yet it does not stop visiting my mind every now and then with its weird combination of crooked streets and elaborate buildings.

I visited Madrid in August when I was to return Turkey; therefore, I had already seen Barcelona and Valencia then. And it was impossible to compare Madrid with these cities I love dearly. For example, Barcelona is a very well-arranged city and every building you see, mostly and surprisingly apartments, is like a work of art, which makes you feel like you are in a movie. As to Valencia, it has an original atmosphere in the color of fawn. It is warm, historic and sincere.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Yet Madrid was not impressive to me at first. Especially I hated Puerto del Sol which is an important transport hub which makes the area crowded. However, when I discovered much of the city, I realized that Madrid has both neglected parts and magnificent historical structures contributing to its original beauty. Never trust on the first impressions.

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Parque del Retiro

IMG_9921I loved the places like Gran Via, Plaza de Cibele, Parque del Retiro, Plaza Mayor, Puerto de Alcala and Palacio Royal. You should definitely visit them. All these attractions are all in the walking distance to each other, perfect for summer. Is not it awesome?

Especially, I must say that I fell in love with Plaza de Cibele. It is a huge neo-classical building of teeny-weeny details.

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Puerto de Alcala
Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta.
Decorated tiles of Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta
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Another unexpected beauty

Its nights are fun and energetic during summer; you can find many awesome pubs and bars around the city. I found my favorite Madrid pub accidentally while wandering around aimlessly: Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta. Its irresistible red wood facade invites passersby inside in which wood tables and chairs welcome them. Cherry on top: Their sincere staff treat very hospitably with their olives (the thing they eat while drinking beer).

Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta.
Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta

Also, do not forget to visit Mercado de San Miguel, a very rich local market. You can take your food and drink and hang out in its beautiful garden or you can just chill inside. It is a perfect place to rest between your walks and see a traditional Spanish bazaar in the meantime.

All in all, Madrid was good to me with its weather, people and history. It deserves at least three days to be discovered totally. (Of course, you cannot discover a city “totally” but you got me.) I suggest you to book your accommodation in Centro area, which is safe and near to almost everywhere; therefore, you do not bother with transportation. And do not compare cities with each other like I do! It is total buzzkiller.


Have you ever been to Madrid? Did you like it or not? In either way, please comment your experiences!

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the facade of Cerveceria la Cruz de Malta. It is a work of art in its own right. :0)

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      I know right?! And you should definitely see it for yourself.

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  2. Wonderful pics! I’ve never been, but would love to go.

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you so much Mike 🙂

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  3. For some reason, cerveseria la Cruz de Malta seems very attractive 🙂

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  4. Amazing post. I do love travelling as well. Thanks for passing by through my post.

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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  5. Elaine says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for liking my post, and I definitely look forward to reading more of yours! 🙂

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you Elaine 🙂

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  6. Tooty Nolan says:

    A fabulous place for someone young like you. I’m glad you enjoy it so much.

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you! I wish I enjoyed it much more though 🙂

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      1. Tooty Nolan says:

        Have you ever tried Zurich? I visited it when I was twenty. It was fabulous. I never wanted to leave. And I’m sure that if I had visited Paris at that age, I would never have left!

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      2. Tugba B. says:

        Unfortunately, Zurich is too expensive for me to visit right now. But Paris cannot get away from me!

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      3. Tooty Nolan says:

        Too right. But you might never go home again!

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      4. Tugba B. says:

        It is okay, I already want to live in every city I go 🙂

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  7. Sima Sangria says:

    love your photos! Madrid is a lot of fun and even locals hate Sol. if you go back check out Malasana around Tribunal. The bars there are a lot of fun like LA Via LActea and Tupperware. glad you enjoyed Madrid!

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you so much for your suggestions, they are on my list now! Cheers 🙂

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  8. George says:

    Nicely written and evocative. Great you found those secret parts that make great cities so fascinating, the parts the inhabitants love

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you very much George. As a tourist, I choose to be like locals otherwise you cannot feel the place which is crowded by other tourists. Cheers!

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  9. E.A. Stirling says:

    Never been, but excellent pictures 🙂

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Thank you so much!

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  10. I love reading about your travels. Your posts transport me to new places, really! Keep posting an’ bon voyage B-D

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    1. Tugba B. says:

      Oh thank you so so much! It means a lot to me 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  11. Great photos! Inspires me to visit!

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  12. Just Yamini says:

    Madrid is beautiful beyond words. Really!

    Cheers
    Just Yamini
    https://lifeonweekends.com/

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