There is more to Spain than sunshine, beaches, Spanish food and inexpensive alcohol. Although those are some of the reasons why so many people head to the Spanish isles and coastal towns every year, if you head further inland to the country’s beautiful capital, Madrid, you can have a very different experience.
Madrid is not only the capital city of Spain, but could also be seen as the cultural and historical capital too. In the following post you will find a video that I would urge you to watch to find out the details of rather excellent competition that if you enter you have the chance of winning a weekend city break in Madrid. Before we get to the video and the competition though, I would like to share my thoughts and feelings on this city and why I would jump at the chance to take a trip there.
For me, there is nothing better than exploring an unfamiliar city on foot. Not only do you get a bit of exercise, but you gain a better understanding of what makes a city so important and special and what it is like to be a native of that city.
Although Madrid is a very cultured city, the things that appeal to me the most about a trip there is the opportunity of learning about its fascinating history. I didn’t know until recently, for instance, that Madrid existed in some form as far back as the year 865. That’s the date on the earliest historical record for the city, in which it is referred to as Mayrit an Arabic name for the city. If I won the Madrid competition I would want to seek out the remnants of that time, though it would be a tricky job as very few remain.
I would also take the time to walk round the city and compare the differences between the plethora of 18th and 19th century buildings there are in Madrid that have been there since the Hapsburg Dynasty. One of the things I would be most excited about seeing is the Malasana district.
The Malasana district interests me because it is where the infamous movida madrilena movement was established. Movida madrilena was the movement that was responsible, in the earlier years of the 1980’s, for transforming Madrid of old into the vibrant and exciting city it is today.
After spending all day walking and discovering all that the historical city has to offer I can imagine no better way of ending it than visiting the Templo De Debod. The Templo De Debod is an authentic Egyptian-built funeral monument that was transported stone by stone from Egypt to the centre of Madrid. I have heard that the view of the sun setting over the beautiful rural part of Madrid, La Casa de Campo, from the Templo de Debod is alone worth visiting it for.
I am sure you need no further encouragement, but I am going to give it anyway if you want to experience the above or just want to spend a warm city break in a city where you will find authentic tapas, churros and flamenco dancing, then watch the video, enter the competition and be sure to tell your friends and relatives all about it as well.