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A solo trip in Madrid

A solo trip in Madrid

Hi everyone,
my name is Maya and I’m a young Italian traveler! In fact, in August 2020 I decided to undertake my first solo trip. Direction Madrid!
At the beginning it wasn’t that easy, for Covid I changed the plan trip thousands of times. But in the end I left, and it was one of the most beautiful and intense adventures of my life. If you want to visit the Spanish capital as I did, here are some useful tips to survive in this wonderful city!
I have experienced firsthand that it’s a safe place, even for solo girls travelers, but a few tips are always handy!
The vibe of Madrid will involve you as soon as you arrive, as will the people.
1) Bring a small Spanish vocabulary with you. Spanish people love to chat but not everyone speaks English!
2) If you’re passionate about art, a stop at the Prado Museum and Thyssen is a must! There are in fact preserved very famous paintings, including the works of Goya and Degas. At the Reina Sofia look for the room of Picasso’s Guernica. The emotion is guaranteed. I even cried! If you are under 25, ask for a student ticket, it’s often free. Otherwise, go to the museums on Sunday, there is no entrance fee.

A solo trip in Madrid
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3) If you are looking for some rest outside, away from the hustle and bustle of the center, El Retiro park is for you.

A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi
A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi

A green and airy place, full of tree-lined paths. In the center there is a small lake and not far away you will find the Palacio de Cristal, my absolute favorite place in all of Madrid. No spoiler!

A solo trip in Madrid
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4) To see breathtaking sunsets, I recommend you to go to the Madroño hill, behind the royal palace. Or at the Talbod temple.

A solo trip in Madrid
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5) For accommodation, if you want to spend little, feel at home and be in a convenient location in the city, the Sungatehostel in Puerta del Sol is highly recommended, where I was lucky enough to meet two nice girls with whom I spent the evenings.
6) Food issue. Madrid is quite expensive but there are some tricks to save … During the day the real lifesaver is the famous “menu del dìa”, a full meal for around 10 euros, available in any bar! For a drink with friends, El Tigre is what you need: a mug of sangria and you will have free tapas!

A solo trip in Madrid
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7) For tasty tapas I recommend a visit to the colorful Barrio la Latina or go to the Casa del Abuelo and ask for a plate of gambas al ajillo! Also try the chocolate with churros at San Gines, the oldest chocolate shop in Madrid, and the savory delicacies at Mercado de San Miguel.

A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi
A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi
A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi

Madrid is a combination of lights and life, it conveys a strong joy and warmth.
I hope my advices will be useful if you ever have the good fortune to go there, as it was for me.
Hasta la vista chicos!

A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi
A solo trip in Madrid
Photo by @maya_menozzi

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