Virtual Vacation: Experience the Excitement, Flavors and Culture of Madrid
Welcome to our virtual vacation to Madrid, Spain! As you will soon see, this vibrant, energetic city can be an exciting travel destination. The city was founded in the 9th century and has served as the capital of Spain since the 1600s, when the country was a formidable world power.
Today, Madrid manages to integrate history and tradition with a modern, forward-thinking approach to life. Different parts of the cityscape are filled with beautiful art, stunning architecture, world-class food and wine, and an enormously diverse art and nightlife scene. Let’s take a look at everything Madrid has to offer!
Virtual Tours for an Overview of the City
To start your virtual tour, let’s take a look at a general overview of the city, courtesy of the country's official tourism site, Spain.info. Also available in English, the site includes core information on Madrid, including a video overview of the city, a detailed description of the city’s history and links to cultural attractions. If you want to dig deeper, the site provides links to other virtual experiences for some of the city's top attractions, including the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Madrid. You can also learn about bullfighting through this online guide to the controversial sport.
Madrid Cuisine: Tapas, Paella, Wine and More
Spanish food is one of the most interesting cuisines available, and much of it can be created fairly easily in your own kitchen. Spain is bordered by water on three sides, so both seafood and meat dishes are plentiful and delicious. Most of the food is prepared with flavorful sauces and seasonings.
Almodovar’s Colors Bring Madrid to Life
With its history, art and architecture, Madrid has served as the inspiration for multiple filmmakers over the years. When the city is portrayed, it becomes almost like another character in the picture.
The Traditional Music of Madrid Is Having a Moment
No experience of any city would be complete without enjoying a taste of the popular music in that culture. Fans of traditional music can listen to their fill in the city, with options ranging from classical and jazz to flamenco music and dance performances that are as good as you would find anywhere in Europe. In fact, Spanish stars Rosalía and El Guincho just won an MTV EMA award in 2019 for their modern twist on a modern flamenco collaboration.
Strong Literary Roots
As a major European city with centuries of history and culture, Madrid is more than capable of holding its own in the literary world. Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote and one of the greatest authors in world literature, once lived in the city.
Support Madrid’s Important Cultural Legacy from Home
Although one of the best ways to support a region that you're traveling to is to spend your money there, thanks to restrictions from COVID-19, that's not currently possible. Instead, if you'd like to show your support for Madrid, there are ways you can connect with the city and donate to area nonprofits. Visit Serve the City Madrid to read about the organization and how it helps. The money you donate goes directly to helping the part of the community or the area that you care about.
Looking for More Virtual Travel Opportunities?
Thank you for joining us today for a virtual tour of Madrid, Spain. Once you've explored this beautiful city, there are plenty of other places you can enjoy — right from the comfort of your living room! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: