Spanish people will always be remembered as an ambitious population that craved to be near the sea. One example of this constant need? Madrid, a city that is hundreds of kilometres from the sea, has its own lighthouse. To discover Madrid means to dive into its millennial history and in its ever-present charm, breathing in the pride of a territory that never ceased to search for excellence and exceptionality.
Pairing Madrid with only one sensation is basically impossible. A European city with an Arab heart, an uber-modern metropolis and yet one of the greenest cities after Stockholm (yet Madrid stands in the middle of a semi-desert land, and not among forests as the Swedish capital does). A place that hosts people of every social background, but desn’t forget its noble origins: in a span of 100 kilometres from the Puerta del Sol, there’re as much as 11 royal palaces.
To discover Madrid not only means to get lost in an ever-bustling city, but also to explore its surroundings made of vertiginous mountain panoramas, hidden artistic treasures, and astonishing local delicacies. Between wineries and cathedrals, sky bars and tennis tournaments, here’s The Italian Eye weekend guide to Madrid.