To be the capital of a country is not always easy, well known brands making their presence known with long opening hours, lots of people from here to there, hundreds of cars joining and leaving the motorways, the metro full to capacity and little free time… very little free time. Madrid, apart from its undeniable history and with exceptional places to see, is a city that never stops and, of course, with all this accumulated stress, the people from Madrid are always looking to compensate this with a much more healthy life style in every way.
If you are thinking about visiting the capital and stay at a Petit Palace hotel in Madrid you will be able to see for yourself, wherever you look, there are an abundance of shops selling organic clothing, supermarkets selling organic products from local kitchen gardens and many opportunities to practice sports in the open air.
For all of you who consider yourselves to be authentic cycling lovers, Madrid has reserved for you one of the most potent routes in Spain. Known as the Cyclists’ Green Ring, this route encircles Madrid and is a total of 64 kilometres, offering various levels (which is why you need to go well equipped and with water or other drinks because there are various sections that are more complicated). The perfect way to get to know Madrid on two wheels and in one day (don’t forget to admire the skyline of the city when passing by the Paseo de la Castellana).
Another of these perfect plans to help you integrate with this incipient ecological essence which abounds in every corner of the city, is by visiting some of the markets. Fruit and vegetables from the kitchen gardens and with the distinction of being totally organic or small stalls where you can try tip bits from the San Miguel market or the San Anton market with its three floors located in the Chueca neighbourhood.
As Madrid is one of the meccas of international fashion (if you have spent time looking for a particular brand, without a doubt, you can be sure that a shop or representation can be found in the city), and it is not unusual to find a selection of organic shops. Natural skins that do not provoke skin allergies, produced in small quantities and made only from natural products.
Although they are not large illuminated shops, typical of the well known franchises, the organic fashion shops in Madrid have a committed and faithful clientele. Which are the most highlighted? We can recommend Bicottoniers (situated in Calle Gravina 1) or Justoaki, a shop offering vegan clothes and complements.