ACCENT Madrid: Hidden Treasures

This week, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff shares some of Madrid’s lesser-known landmarks.

Madrid is a city where there is always something to do and somewhere to visit. Today, I want to share a few places that don’t always make it to the guidebooks but are definitely worth checking out:

The Museo Cerralbo is one of the most beautiful museums in Madrid that many tourists and visitors seem to miss out on. It was a mansion built during the 17th century and was the residence of the Marquis of Cerralbo. Upon entering the museum, you feel like you’re instantly transported back in time as you make your way around the different rooms–from the study to the library to the stunning ballroom–all intact with the luxurious artwork and furniture of the Marquis. Enjoy free admission on Thursdays from 5-8PM, Saturdays from 2PM, and all day Sunday.

The Mercado de Vallehermoso is a market which can be found in the Chamberí district. It was built in the 1930s and today is still a traditional market with a variety of stands offering fresh produce, baked goods, and all types of meat and fish. This market also has many different restaurants and bars located inside and is a great place to mingle with locals and practice your Spanish.

“El Cerro del Tío Pío” or Tío Pío Hill is a park located in the Puente de Vallecas district of the city. This park is known as one of the best places to catch the sunset, but since it’s outside of the city center it’s not as well-known as other places such as Templo de Debod and the Círculo de Bellas Artes rooftop. Many locals come here before sunset and have a picnic in order to enjoy the afternoon to the fullest. This park also offers a great panoramic view of Madrid.

These are just a few places that you can visit to immerse yourself in the local culture, and I’m sure you will discover many more as you take part in la vida madrileña. ¡Hasta pronto!

~Megumi Ratliff, ACCENT Madrid

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