Explore Madrid like a local with these essential tips

Blueground’s new brand ambassador Abigail Akinyemi shares some of the best things to see and do in Madrid.

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Buildings in Madrid Spain

Known for its energetic streets, delicious cuisine, and top-notch museums, Madrid makes a wonderful hometown. Staying for a month or more? Make your time in Madrid hassle-free with a fully furnished Blueground apartment in one of Madrid’s best neighborhoods.

After Blueground’s brand ambassador Abigail Akinyemi spent a month in Spain’s capital, she shared a few of her top spots with us. Keep reading to discover her advice for anyone living in Madrid! 

What to see & do in Madrid

Retiro park in Madrid

The best outdoor spots, according to Abigail, are Parque de El Retiro and Casa de Campo. These urban parks offer you a place to hike, jog, swim, or simply enjoy nature. Perfect for a sunny afternoon or weekend in Madrid

Want to share your adventure on Instagram? Madrid is known for its breathtaking rooftop views. “Some of my favorites are the Hyatt Centric and Azotea del Circulo,” said Abigail.

Obviously, there are lots of day trips you can take from Madrid as well. Seriously, exploring outside the city is a must. So go check out Abigail’s top destination, the ancient city of Toledo, which is only about an hour away from Madrid. 

The best eats & drinks

If you’re working remotely in Madrid, consider heading to a local cafe. Abigail suggested Slow Cafe because “it’s hidden and not busy.” You’ll be able to concentrate easily while sipping coffee or enjoying sweet and savory goodies. 

Getting hungry? Abigail raved about the tacos at Sahuaro Madrid. As for one must-try food in Madrid, she shined the spotlight on Spanish tortillas. However, they’re not what you’re envisioning! This classic dish is more like an omelette with eggs and potatoes.  

Pro tip: “When you’re at a restaurant and would like some tap water, instead of paying for bottled water,” Abigail said you should, “ask for ‘agua de grifo por favor.’”

For a unique experience at night, head to Abigail’s favorite bar — La Santeria. “They provide tarot readings on Monday,” she said. It’s sure to be a memorable time! 

Insider tips for travelers

Taking public transportation? Abigail shared that you can use Apple Pay to pay for transportation, which is extremely convenient. “I always recommend getting a transportation card at a metro station as well for the train,” she said.

There plenty of coworking spaces in the Spanish capital, too. Santander Bank has a coworking space that is free to the public with ample places to plug your laptop. Another place Abigail enjoyed working at was Social Hub.

One last piece of advice: Allow some time whenever you go out to eat. The waiter won’t bother you as much with the check, so a meal could take up to two hours. 

Thanks for following Abigail’s  journey living with Blueground in six cities for six months this year. While this trip is over, her travels certainly aren’t! Follow @theladywhotravels_ for more.  

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.