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Starting an RV rental road trip in Madrid? If you arrive by
A metropolis where splendid plazas give way to buzzing nightlife, culture and art reign (a Sofia), and the finger food is finger-licking good, Madrid’s the liveliest capital to start an Iberian road trip.
Where else start a Spanish road trip than in Madrid, a city more alive than any other on the Iberian peninsula? Hire a campervan in Madrid and get ready for adventure by living it up in the capital of Spain. Madrid is loved by many for its cultural scene. Art is all around, with the world’s favourite masterpieces hanging in renowned museums. Who hasn’t heard of the Prado or Reina Sofia Museum? And Picasso’s life-sized La Guernica, or Bosch’ triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights? Chefs all over Madrid challenge tradition by reinventing typical dishes to produce foodgasmic journeys at any price range. Nighttime in the capital means the fun is just about to start. Madrid’s night scene isn’t only unforgettable, but endless too with legendary parties until well after the small hours. Are you ready for a city adventure? Because Madrid is beckoning!
Starting an RV rental road trip in Madrid? If you arrive by
On-street parking for your campervan in Madrid’s city centre is hard. Besides being hard to find and not being free, you can only park your van for 2 hours. That said, there are three underground car parks––El Corte Inglés, Mercado de la Cebada, and Cesta de San Vincente––that allow for your campervan’s height.
You’ll find a few camping sites to stay with your motorhome rental nearby Madrid, like Camping Madrid Rainbow, south of the city and with all the extra facilities, such as swimming pools and playgrounds. Camping Osuna, northeast of Madrid, might be more basic, but it is cheaper and closer by.
Do you know how Madrid got its name? We thought so. Some say it originated in the 9th century, when Muhammad I built a fortress (where now the Royal Palace is found) to keep watch for Christians troops. Running along the fortress was the Manzanares River, which gave the area the name of al-Majrit, or “Source of water”. But the Moors had probably only slightly altered the name from Matrice, which was given to the village by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. Which in turn could have been derived from a Celtic place-name pairing either matu (bear) or a derivation of magos, meaning field, with ritu, which means ford. In fact, nobody really knows the name originated and by whom.
With breathtaking architecture, stately buildings, and grandiose boulevards, Madrid makes for a cultured cosmopolitan experience and a great start for a campervan hire Iberian experience. Madrid’s vibrating art scene, paired with the city’s up-and-coming high-end gastronomy, lures a fascinating crowd of worldly connoisseurs. Boasting over 60 museums and countless plays, ballets and exhibitions, Madrid is an art-lover’s paradise. Known collectively as ‘The Golden Triangle of Art’, The Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza are undisputed champions in the art world, showcasing masterpieces of stellar homegrown talents, such as Goya and Velázquez, as well as those of Spain’s prodigious children, Picasso and Dalí. Other must-sees include the gilded Royal Palace, the fascinating Natural History Museum, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes with its stunning rooftop terrace. Explore Madrid’s beauty further on your road trip and get lost in the green oasis of El Parque del Buen Retiro, with its magnificent pond, quaint alleyways and the enchanting Palacio de Cristal. El Rastro, the oldest flea market in town never ceases to surprise and delight!
From sit-down meals under centuries-old vaulted ceilings, to tapas in long-lost temples, eating in Madrid is always an adventure. Especially, the Mercado de Sao Miguel, which makes for an exquisite gastronomic experience! When the night draws near, Madrid’s collection of cocktail bars and clubs prove a powerful concoction of magic, mischief and cinematic backdrop. From its sophisticated allure, to its cultural and artistic heritage, Madrid will never disappoint
In and around the city
A must if you’re in Madrid on a Sunday. Wake up really early to not miss the steals in Spain’s biggest Spanish flea market at Ribera de Curtidores and Plaza de Cascorro. Here you’ll find a bit of everything old or new. Even though it’s Sunday, all the antique shops and cafes in the area will be open if you’re in need of a break from your bargain hunt.
Built in 1916, this Mercado still stands as Madrid’s iconic market. Once a fresh produce market, now it’s more of a gastronomic destination where you can buy the best that Spain has to offer, like spices (paprika, saffron), jamón, etc. And what would a gastronomic stop be without a few tasty tapas and a beer or two to go with a market stroll?
This location is not in the city, but still pretty close: just 50 minutes by campervan from Madrid. In Miguel de Cervantes’ hometown, you’ll find one of the oldest university campuses in Spain, Universidad de Alcalá, dating from the 15th century. Besides getting to know a lovely academic town, you’ll have the opportunity to eat free tapas––as long as you order drinks, of course!
Looking to hire a campervan in Toledo? Then pick up yours in Madrid and make a one-hour road trip until you reach Spain’s old capital. With medieval relics of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the ancient hilltop city makes for an impressive monument of the ability of people to coexist peacefully, as did followers of the major religions during the Middle Ages. It makes this city a melting pot of great architectural variety––mosques, synagogues and gothic cathedrals, all waiting for your visit. Toledo is a marvellous city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Plaza de Zocodover a great example of its beauty and lively mood, with a lot of cafes and restaurants. One thing you have to do is take your rental motorhome to Mirador del Valle to contemplate the amazing panorama of the city. Extra tip: sunsets and night-views are the best!
Two hours north of Madrid you’ll find this lively (and lovely) Castile and León provincial city. You’ll have plenty to see if you hire a campervan in Valladolid (or
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