1. A Sunday in El Rastro
El Rastro is the most popular flea market in Madrid, it is held in the neighbourhood of La Latina every Sunday morning and public holiday during the year. Originally founded in 1740, it has become a referent second hand street market in the country and an antique shops meeting point.
2. Bocata de calamares en la Plaza Mayor
Despite Madrid has many traditional dishes such as cocido madrileño, huevos rotos and callos a la madrileña. You can’t leave the city without having tasted Bocadillo de Calamares. It is a fried squid sandwich, consisting of crusty bread loaded with fried rings of squid. You won’t regret it.
3. Party end in San Ginés
San Ginés is well-known as one of the best places to eat churros in Madrid, something basic for Madrid’s afterhours nightlife. This sweet fried treat is also eaten for breakfast or even during the afternoon.
4. Doña Manolita’s queue
Every year, on December 22nd, Christmas lottery is celebrated in Spain. Doña Manolita is known as one of the most lucky lottery offices due to the wide range of tickets and the large amount of prices they sell. Lots of Spaniards who visit Madrid during the year try to buy a Christmas lottery ticket there, that’s why you’ll always find a long queue.
Cortylandia has become a traditional Christmas attraction that you can see every year in the center of Madrid. Since 1979, El Corte Inglés transforms one of their establishments into a children’s attraction for Christmas. Every children growing up in Madrid has visited it at least once in their life.
6. “Mazo”, “A pachas”, “¡Qué movida!”
There are some typical expressions Madrid people always say. For example “Todos los viajes de ESN molan mazo!”, the same as “All ESN trips are so cool!”. Mazo means “so much”. Another one is “A pachas”, that means “half and half”, and “¡Qué movida!”, that could be the same as “What a problem!”.
Come with us to Madrid to discover all this and more!