Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery Madrid

I fell in love with Madrid, Spain and Basque Country when I visited for the first time in May 2019. Here’s a video tour of the top things to do in Madrid. Includes a day trip to the Dragonstone Game of Thrones filming location in beautiful San Juan de Gaztelugatxe islet.

Video tour of the top things to do in Madrid and Basque Country, Spain

Here is my little tribute that I shared during the early surreal times of the pandemic in 2020. A reel of my favorite things to do in Madrid and Basque Country, Spain. I hope this provides some much-needed inspiration to visit this lovely country in the future.

Madrid and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain – May 2019

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List of the top 10 things to do in Madrid, Spain

Vertical Garden in Madrid Spain

Here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Madrid, Spain. Pictured: Madrid’s green wall / vertical garden (see the person at the bottom for context)

  • Visit Parque del Retire / El Retire Park (went three times!).
  • Tour the Prado National Museum (enjoyed the best paella here!).
  • Check out the Palace of Madrid.
  • Take a free walking tour – you pay a tip at the end.
  • People watch at Plaza Mayor.
  • Take a day trip to Dragonstone Game of Thrones filming location – San Juan del Gaztelugatxe in Basque Country.
  • Explore Madrid’s largest cemetery – a gorgeous outdoor art gallery: Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery.
  • Enjoy decadent chocolate, churros, and porras at the historic Chocolateria San Gines (loved the porras especially).
  • Highly recommend Cardamomo as a top-rated flamenco show in Madrid.
  • Wander through the beautiful Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid.

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Guide to the top things to do in Madrid and Basque Country, Spain video tour

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  1. I really almost booked Spain for September! I really want to go. I’m glad I didn’t because I don’t know how Europe will be in September but when everything is good again I will go!

  2. Spain has been on my list for a long time, and even more so since my father in law went a few times. I really want to visit Dragonstone

    1. I highly recommend! Would love to return with my family and explore more cities and more of Basque Country (where Game of Thrones was filmed frequently).

  3. Spain is for sure on my bucket list! Love your collage of all your fantastic photos you always take. The statues, flowers, and people are all very moving.

  4. Beautiful video tribute. The architecture is incredible and the coastal regions are sooo gorgeous. We have never been to Spain, but it’s on our bucket list for sure!

  5. What a great video tribute to Spain! I really enjoyed watching. The photos are stunning. What a beautiful country that I hope to visit soon!

    1. Madrid is so beautiful and so much to do. I just researched the meaning behind that statue of people hugging and it’s not a feel-good story. It’s called “El Abrazo” or “The Embrace,” located in the Anton Martin Square and sculpted by Juan Genovés. The monument is in memory of the massacre of four lawyers and an office worker by gunmen from the extreme right-wing on January 24, 1977.

  6. Madrid is that Spanish city that lends you a dreamy version of yourself cast into Almodovar’s film set. Missing it now as well as the imaginary limelight 😉

    Basque is magic!

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