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4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

If you are visiting Madrid for the first time, or have been many times before and are looking to do something different, then we hope this will give you some inspiration. Whether you’ve a head for heights or prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, there is something here to lure you to discover more of this wonderful city. Visit Madrid’s oldest tavern One thing you must do when you go to Madrid is try the local cuisine. But where better to do this than Las Cuevas de Louis Candelas, the oldest tavern in Madrid. The roasted suckling pig is an old favourite. You’ll be in good company as many famous people have dined here, including the former US President Jimmy Carter. Las Cuevas de Louis Candelas Go hot air ballooning Approximately 25 minutes from the city centre, Aero Difusion offer hot balloon flights from Villanueva de la Cañada. From here, you get to fly over the Guadarrama National Park where you’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the Madrid skyline on one side and mountains on the other. Madrid hot air ballooning Explore the city on a Segway Look up Segway Trip to arrange a tour of Madrid with a difference. Getting around on a Segway is fairly easy once you’ve mastered the basics, and with this company you can choose from a variety of tours including one that includes chocolate with churros and a stop at San Miguel Market. Madrid Segway Go on a tapas tour Walks Madrid offer a walking tour with a difference. Starting in Plaza de la Villa, you will be guided by a member of the Spanish Wine Tasting Association, you’ll be taken on a 3-hour tour to some of the best restaurants in the city, and be shown some of the not to be missed food and wine pairings to be found in Madrid. Plaza de la Villa For more on Madrid, see the inspirational Bloggin’ Madrid website.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Fantastic post and I love the variety of ideas you have shared with us. Las Cuevas is one of my favorite places in Madrid. Wonderful food and a friendly staff who I have found love to help you try new things.

  2. I’m flying to Madrid tonight and I will for sure go to Laa Cuevas de Louis Candelas!
    Thanks for sharing this ideas ;)

  3. I just got back from Madrid this weekend. The Segway tour is a great idea, I found it to be fun and a great way to see the city.

  4. Segways are embarrassing, everyone looks and laughs at you. Way to stand out to the pickpocketers, too, who are good enough to pilfer as you move past them.

  5. Cuevas de Louis Candela is actually well known for being the oldest tavern in Madrid. When I there in in 1992, our taxi driver suggested it to us and we dined there. Just recently, I met someone who told me they had dined at the oldest restaurant in Madrid, I presume the same place.

  6. Such great ideas! Since I have one more month in Madrid, I think I should at least try exploring the city on a segway :))

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