TRAVEL

WHY MADRID MADE ME HAPPY!

Hey gang! I’m finally back after things got a little hectic in the lead up to my sister’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. As you may or may not know, I went to Madrid in March and absolutely loved it, and so I thought I’d finally share my experiences with you all.

I go on a European city break with the boyfriend every March for our anniversary, and normally (just like London) most European cities are just starting to warm up for spring, which means I basically end up having to pack my Autumn/Winter wardrobe (sigh!). So shock horror when we rocked up to Madrid and got to enjoy 4 days of glorious blue, sunny skies and temperatures of 20 degrees plus!!!

I’m sure I’ve said this 1000 times… I’m a summer-baby through and through so I couldn’t have been happier! To top this off, the city was jam-packed full of beautiful street corners, fun activities and yummy food. Below I’ve shared my favourite shots and spots for anyone thinking of going – enjoy!

Day 1: 
We arrived early afternoon so had a pretty chilled day. After checking in to Hotel Vincci Centrum, which was pretty close to central, we took a stroll to the main square, Puerta del Sol, and had some Paella and Crepes.

We then went out for dinner in the evening at Navaja – I’ve honestly never eaten anything like the food served here, it was such a great experience (I would SO recommend the crab buns)!

Day 2:
Our busiest day was spent exploring the streets of Madrid and eating! We kicked off the day bright and early with breakfast at La Rollerie (the prettiest breakfast spot ever!), and then strolled down to Plaza Mayor and onto the gorgeous Mercado de San Miguel. The market was AMAZING, a must-do activity I’d say, we ate, drank and people-watched from within the glass walls – it was perfect.

After some time we headed to Vicente Calderon Football Stadium to watch a footy match which considering I’m not a massive football fan, was actually good fun, and then explored La Latina. Finally for dinner, we enjoyed one of our fav meals at La Candelita!

Day 3:
Another great day was spent firstly touring Bernabeu Stadium, which was definitely done more for the boyf than for me, but was still very interesting!

In the afternoon we headed to Buen Retiro Park and spent some time out on the boating lake. The Museo Nacional del Prado was super close so we walked over and had a look around (for free!) before winding down for the evening.

Day 4:
Time to go home (*cried real tears*)! But not before spending the morning at the Palacio Real and eating some more Paella. Unfortunately visitors aren’t permitted to take photos inside the palace but to be honest I don’t think photos would do it enough justice – it’s BEAUTIFUL and another must-see!

If you haven’t visited Madrid I’d definitely recommend it. The flights were super cheap, the people were super friendly, the food delicious and there was lots to do.  Thank me later!

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Rianna Mara

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