Sometimes we all need a little city break, so I decided to take one to Madrid in Spain. Some people are probably thinking, Madrid? I had never really looked into visiting the city myself until stumbling upon it on my search for the perfect city break. I wanted somewhere sunny, with lots of sights and great food. Madrid ticked all of those boxes. Well almost. It might have rained on our arrival, but it didn’t stop us from having a lovely time. We flew with Ryanair which is always cheap and traveled out on a Wednesday morning, returning Saturday evening; it was plenty of time to see and do everything on our list. I posted on my Instagram stories asking for recommendations from you all and WOW! I’m so grateful to everyone that messaged; you were all really helpful and packed out my sightseeing must sees. I hope you enjoy scrolling through this post and seeing what we got up to.
WHERE WE STAYED ON OUR CITY BREAK
I booked us into the Axel Hotel in Madrid and it was worth spending a little extra. It was such a cool, quirky hotel and Robin and I loved it. There was a rooftop pool and bar so you could enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the city. The rooms were spacious and clean and the decor was just goals. I would definitely recommend this hotel, the staff were really helpful and it was in a great location. A few minutes walk to a metro station, but also within 20 minutes walk to Gran Via for shopping, or 10 minutes to Playa Mayor.
We did a lot of sightseeing in Madrid and visited all of the top ones you all recommended. Madrid weirdly reminded me of Paris in a way; a lot of low buildings, beautiful architecture and sort of similar sights. What I also loved about Madrid was that you could actually just walk everywhere. We purchased a tourist metro pass which was around 25 euros for 4 days, but we didn’t use it that much. We ended up strolling between sights as it was much nicer exploring than getting hot and cramped on the metro. So if you’re ever thinking of visiting the city, bring your walking shoes! Another great thing was that some of the sights were quite close to each other, so you could sort of plan your day out with what you were going to do. I do find it’s great having some sort of plan when you’re on a city break as you usually have a lot to see in a short space of time.
The sights we visited were: Plaza Mayor, Puerto Del Sol, Temple of Debod, the Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Retiro Park, Crystal Palace and the Mercado De San Miguel.
SHOPPING IN MADRID
The shopping was also great in Madrid. Similar to London they have their own Oxford/Regent Street which you can find if you head to Gran Via and Calle de Fuencarral. You will find the BIGGEST Primark amongst other shops such as Mac, Zara, Size, Urban Decay and many more well known high street brands. If you’re looking for something a little more high end though, then head to the area Salamanca, you’ll find lots of designer shops such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more. My favourite place to shop was the back streets of Fuencarral, you would stumble upon cute boutiques and vintage shops and it felt a little like Brick Lane, Shoreditch which is very much my vibe.
You’re probably wondering why I haven’t mentioned any food restaurants in this post and that’s because the food was the best bit about Madrid and I needed to give it it’s own blog post. So if you’re interested on seeing where and what I ate during my city break, take a look here.
I would 100% go back to Madrid for another city break, I bet it’s beautiful in Summer. Were there any sights I missed? Comment below as if I head back I’d love to explore new places.