As you know I went on a short city break to Madrid with Jeroen. Time to catch up with you about my trip and tell you all about my experience in this city.
Where to sleep?
We booked a stay at Dear hotel. After doing some research on instagram, I was convinced immediately by the food, pretty rooms and that the hotel has a rooftop bar. Jeroen was still walking on crutches, which maked walking a big struggle. I really wanted to visit a rooftop bar, so the fact that the hotel had one was a bonus. We also had a cute balcony at our room with a great view. The breakfast was without doubt one of the best I ever had in a hotel. You can order an extra dish, freshly made by the chef, which is really a great addition to the buffet. Oh and it’s located right at the Calle Gran Via, the shopping street, it can’t get any better than that right ;-)?
What to do?
Regarding activities I wasn’t that impressed by the city. We stayed three nights but for us it was a bit too long. Two nights would have been perfect. Madrid is filled with beautiful squares and parks and since Jeroen couldn’t walk that much, this could of course have something to do with it :). What I really enjoyed was the Crystal palace. It’s in the middle of the Retiro park and a stunning location to sit for a while and take some pictures. We also visited the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple. We didn’t make it at sunset but it should be beautiful, definitely worth a visit. Next to that it’s a great city to shop, since Zara is a lot cheaper in Spain (usually around 20% cheaper) and they also have Las Rozas Outlet village outside of the city center.
What to eat
If you hear Spain, you think about tapas! Madrid is also filled with these cute tapas tents. What I always do, is check my foursquare and see what’s in the neighbourhood with a high rate, haven’t been disappointed by this ever! We went to Mercado de San Ildefonso and the mozarella stand was delicious. There are a few of these food markets in Madrid, which is perfect for lunch. What you should definitely do, is visit a rooftop bar. I loved the one at our hotel but also ‘Gourmet Experience’ is a very nice one to do since there are all these little food markets where you can pick what you want to eat and watch the sun set over the city. It’s a bit more expensive than the food is on average in this city, but there are plenty of other rooftops that you can try. Lastly I would recommend eating churros when you’re in Madrid, they taste so much better! We went at Chocolateria San Ginés and it’s a very charming and authentic place.
Have you been in Madrid already? Be sure to let me know what you loved about the city! Below you can also find my travel video, which shows a lot more than just pictures. Enjoy watching and have a great start of the week!