What do you think about when you hear about Spain? Sun and heat, no? Yes ... but still, it's not always like that…

​What if you are in Madrid and it starts to rain? Well, the Spanish capital is full of good plans to bring the sun to your heart! No need to watch the weather, book as you had planned your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation​ train tickets and come enjoy the view!

Shops you can’t miss

 A great place to go shopping, with hundreds of different shops

If there are two places you cannot miss in Madrid, it's Diego's Boutique Manuel and San Gines Chocolate factory. 

The first opened in 1800 and, after several moves, is now in Puerta del Sol. You will find fans, umbrellas, sunshades and canes, all handmade. Their experience even led them to work for the nobility of the whole world.

The chocolate factory, located nearby is certainly the best known of the capital. Since 1894, you can taste the famous churros, accompanied of course with a milk chocolate, among others. In addition, since it was mentioned in more than one book, you will have the impression of being the protagonist of an art work of Pérez Galdós or Valle Inclán.

Markets and Gastronomic Spaces

This is a topic we have already discussed but we do not get tired so the offer is great. If it rains, come and taste the tapas or the typical dishes that the San Miguel, San Antón, Vallehermoso, La Paz, Las Ventas, Chamberi, Mostenses, Chamartín, Tirso de Molina Markets and many others have to offer. You do not know which one to choose? Well get ready because once inside, you will not know which dishes to eat... yes, in the plural, because we are sure you won’t be able to resist the temptation!

Center of the Cibeles Palace

​ The palace of Cibeles has become a palace of world culture

Located in the Cibeles Palace, seat of the town hall, this cultural center of the Art Walk (Paseo del Arte) is centered around the city of Madrid. Its program focuses mainly on the reflection on urban culture, the provision of cultural information and the meeting of cultures through the celebration of exhibitions, workshops, conferences, concerts, etc. In addition, you can read the press or have a drink in one of its two dining areas. If you go up to the eighth floor, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the capital. This is one of the first examples of Spanish modernist architecture.

The Royal Palace

 A luxurious palace on the inside and on the outside. It is the largest in Western Europe

Built by the emir Mohamed I long before Madrid was a capital, and remains from the nobility of Charles III to Alfonso XIII, this palace offers a journey through Spanish history. It is now possible to visit the royal kitchens, the best preserved of all the royal residences in Europe, as well as the royal armory and the painting gallery where you can contemplate works by Juan de Flandes, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Goya, Federico Madrazo o Sorolla. A real gem of the capital, too often left out by visitors.

Here are some examples of activities to do in Madrid when the sun does not shine. Of course, there are others! Madrid is a city that highlights the culture of theaters, cinemas, museums, etc. Regardless of the weather, in Madrid, you will always have a good time. Take one of our comfortable Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and come and enjoy the city like no one has done before!

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