5 Places Locals Love in Madrid, not the usual tourist attractions!
While every tourist gets to visit the amazing Parque de El Retiro, even the locals fail to walk around one of the most beautiful parks in Madrid, El Capricho. Situated in the outskirts of the city, you will get some stunning pictures while wandering around incredible sculptures and monuments.
2. Mercado de San Fernando: literally every guide in the world will recommend you to go to Mercado de San Miguel for a foodie experience. If you really want to see what Madrilians eat, head to Mercado de San Fernando instead, while you get a bite of Lavapiés’ multiculturalism.
3. Matadero: once used to feed the whole city, this huge slaughterhouse now hosts all kind of cultural events. From music shows to art exhibitions, film festivals or farmers’ markets. Everything is possible in Matadero!
4. Museo Sorolla: Goya or Velázquez might be two of the most well known painters from Spain. Although born in Valencia, Sorolla resided in Madrid for a long time, and after his death, his wife donated this house to convert it into a museum. If you want to understand why Sorolla is known as “the painter of the light”, do not miss this place.
5. Real Basílica de San Francisco El Grande: You might not be into churches much, but we assure you that what is considered the third biggest dome in Christianity is worth to be seen. Add a couple of masterpieces signed by Goya and Zurbarán in its walls and you will understand why locals recommend this instead of the cathedral.