Discover the heart of Madrid with these Top 5 destinations!

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CONTENT: Yiew Kai Jie

Madrid TURISMO by IFEMA Madrid, in collaboration with global agency Connecting Travel and Select Holding in Asia has recently launched its “Only in Madrid” campaign to the local audience in Singapore. The campaign aims to showcase the unique charm of the Spanish capital to an asian audience and establish it as a must-visit travel destination. While currently there are no direct flights to the capital of Spain, Madrid is currently actively working with Singapore Airlines to push for a direct non-stop flight between Madrid and Singapore!

In the meantime, here are the top five places to discover in Madrid, building your excitement when it is time for your turn to explore this historic European capital!

1) Experience the best of Spanish cuisine at Restaurant Botin

Food connoisseurs will get to savor a meal at the world’s oldest restaurant, Restaurant Botin, established in 1725. The restaurant’s wine cellar was built back in 1590 and is older then the establishment itself, alongside using a traditional oven whose flame is kept alight 24 hours a day, never to be extinguished. This historic gem is famous for serving Madrid’s finest roast suckling pig (cochinillo asado) and incredibly tender roast lamb (cordero asado). Don’t forget to try the city’s classic dish of caracoles (Spanish escargot or snails) for a truly authentic culinary experience.

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2) Sample local fare at Mercado de San Anton

To sample what the locals enjoy, head over to the three-storey Mercado de San Anton in the Chueca neighborhood. While its origins trace back to the 19th century, the market underwent a modern transformation in 2011, offering a contempary vibrant environment. Explore the gourmet market stalls or dine at the rooftop-terrace restaurant for a true taste of Madrid’s culinary scene.

3) Explore Spain’s rich history at The Royal Palace (Palacio Real)

History buffs will be able to dive into the long history of “the empire on which the sun never sets” that used to be one of the largest empires in the 18th century. This architectural marvel stands as a stunning example of Spanish Baroque design and houses an array of splendid rooms, grandiose art collections, and beautifully manicured gardens that depict the nation’s rich history and regal opulence.

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4) Explore The Golden Triangle Of Art

In the heart of Madrid lies the renowned Golden Triangle of Art, a cultural epicenter housing three exceptional museums. This artistic trinity consists of the Prado Museum, showcasing an unparalleled collection of European art from the 12th to the 20th century; the Reina Sofía Museum, home to an extensive compilation of contemporary art, notably hosting Picasso’s iconic “Guernica”; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, a treasure trove of diverse artworks spanning multiple periods and styles. Together, these museums form an artistic sanctuary, drawing visitors into a world of masterpieces that define Madrid’s rich artistic heritage. Art enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to witness masterpieces that have left an indelible mark on the world of art.

5) Take some R&R for yourself at Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro)

Discover a peaceful enclave within the bustling city by wandering through the picturesque Retiro Park. Take a leisurely stroll among the vibrant greenery or opt to rent a rowboat on the serene lake. The park is a feast for the eyes, adorned with captivating sculptures, beautifully landscaped gardens, and the mesmerizing Crystal Palace, a majestic architectural gem that hosts fascinating art exhibitions.

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