When you think of Spain, Barcelona’s glittering Gaudi architecture and sunshine-filled beaches may first come to mind, but the country has another secret cultural haven: Madrid.
Rebecca Annesley, an Indiana native, had always wanted to live in a big city. But after university, the economic downturn and high costs of living made moving to a metropolis like San Francisco or Manhattan a near-impossible feat...
If you’re considering a visit to Europe—or even a move—Madrid needs to be on your radar. A sunshine-filled cultural haven, this friendly city will capture your heart without breaking your budget. The underlying authentic charm and laidback, understated vibe of Spain’s capital proved irresistible to me when I first arrived.
At first glance, you might assume the bustling European capital city of Madrid is just like Paris, London, or Rome, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s even better. The underlying authentic Spanish charm Madrid effuses from all angles sets this affordable city, which many locals refer to as “El Gran Pueblo” (the large village), apart.
Life is easy in Madrid. Each day begins at the local coffee shop for a steaming cup of espresso with a dash of milk. The owner knows just how much milk to add, and always does so with a smile. My coffee costs just $1.30—a small price to pay for starting my morning off right.
Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a must-visit for all things art, food, wine, and architecture. I’ve lived here for over eight years now, and I’m still smitten. Tree-lined boulevards open up to busy squares, anchored by elaborate fountains shaped like neo-classical sculptures spraying arcs of water high into the air.