An alternative tour guide to Madrid

by Laurene Mondet
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Madrid is one of Spain's most popular destinations, and it's well known for the quantity of cultural spots and monuments in the city. If you are looking off the beaten path, we have selected several attractions for a special outdoors holiday in Madrid.

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Antígua Pastelería del Pozo

If you want to taste the finest traditional pastries in Madrid, a bakery dating back to 1830 is where you have to go. All cakes are made by hand and their famous “roscones de reyes” - a ring-shaped sponge cake with sugar and glazed fruits – is to die for. Other signature cakes include delicious flaky pastries filled with custard or pumpkin jam, the traditional 'turron' or Spanish nougat, pies and seasonal sweets. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this bakery thanks to its original furniture marble counter, old cash register and a traditional set of scales, while you taste the best delicacies in Madrid only on your luxury city break in Spain.

El Museo Erotico

If you are travelling with kids, do not take them inside! The Museo Erotico, located in the city centre, is dedicated to all things that have anything to do with the world of erotica and the history of desire and eroticism from the earliest times to the present day. You can find rare objects related to sexuality from the ancient civilizations of Japan, South America and the West on your special heritage holiday in Madrid.

CosquilleArte Spa

CosquilleArte uses a very unusual therapy to relieve your stress. In fact, this is the world’s first tickle spa! The “massage” is done with feathers and fingertips so no strong pressure is applied to the body. This allows you to relax tense muscles and engage your mind as much as your body. You will feel deeply connected with yourself and find mind-body harmony on your special spa getaway in Madrid.

Parque de atracciones

Take your children to this amazing amusement park and make your leading family escape in Spain an unforgettable experience. It boasts an array of attractions aimed predominantly at youngsters. These include a toboggan slide, a carousel, pony rides, an adventure into outer space, a walk through a transparent maze or a visit to a jungle to name just a few. The park also has activities for adults including an amazing roller coaster or giant pendulums that can move 180 degrees.


See Madrid from a new angle in the hugely enjoyable Teléferico Madrid cable car, which takes you, in a quick and an ecolo-friendlyl way, on an extraordinary trip over the Casa de Campo and Parque del Oeste. The views of the Palacio Real, Río Manzanares, city skyline and park are breathtaking. The teléferico is the perfect way to enjoy the best views of the city and offers a pleasant escape from the crowded streets of Madrid on your luxury weekend getaway in Spain.

Templo de Debod

This Egyptian temple once stood in the Nile Valley of Egypt and was then removed from where it was built in the 4th century and taken to Madrid in 1971. The temple contains hieroglyphics and photos documenting the long history of the temple, including the reconstruction project in Madrid. It is located next to a large pool which is beautifully illuminated at night. The park surrounding the temple is one of the best places in Madrid to watch the sunset on your leading romantic escape in Spain.

Buen Retiro Park

This magnificent park, located at the edge of the city centre, is one of the largest in Madrid. It is an excellent place to visit and relax in the sun. You can also rent a boat to explore the lake, discover the remarkable rose garden or check out some of the many exhibitions of the area. There is a lot to do there, even if all you want is unwind.

Bajo Cero

Bajo Cero is an amazing ice cream parlour where you can taste over 250 flavours. All are made with the most exquisite raw materials and are one hundred percent natural. Their signature flavours are Mojito, raw almond with vanilla from Tahiti, strawberry with rose petal tea, and mandarin sorbet and Mascarpone with macerated figs. Enjoy one of their delicious ice creams to experience the best gastronomy break in Madrid.

Where to stay?

The Westin Palace offers a peaceful stay in an elegant building in the cultural heart of Madrid. Closed to many famous tourist attractions and museums, this wonderful hotel provides its guests comfortable, chic rooms and several superb restaurants and bars. Experience a leading romantic getaway in Madrid in this cultural and artistic landmark.

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