Hello and welcome again! It has been quite a while but now I am back with my stories from my trip to Madrid! I have been there in October for a weekend to visit my best friend. She was studying there for a semester abroad and was willing to be my guide for two days.
I flew with Ryanair and the costs were 145€ which isn’t as cheap as it could be but I saved some money because I slept at my friends apartment. Therefore it didn’t destroyed my budget. Arriving late my lovely Lena welcomed me at the airport and we took the bus to Alcalá. There she had her residence and we had some sushi at a restaurant near by.
The next morning we took the train to Madrid and spend the day with exploring the city and shopping. So let me introduce you to my highlights, besides seeing the royal palace and shopping at the cutest boutiques.
Eating at Mercado de San Miguel
Truely a food lover’s dream! Ideal for a snack at noon or for some dinner. You can get tons of lovely small things like a paella, fish, tortillas, and our choice: buratta with ham & fig marmalade or with tomato and pesto! We also had a plate of paella and stuffed olives and it was overall delicious! The only thing I wished for is spending even more time there.
Chilling at the Parque del Retiro
After a long day of shopping on the Gran Vía you should take some time off at the parque del Retiro. Best to enjoy with some stuffed olives and with your bestie to chat with until the sun goes down!
We had ours in Alcála and it is really cool! You don’t order one huge meal but a lot of small plates like a tortilla, bocadillo or other great food! You can have wine or beer with it. Usually you will have one to three tapas at one bar and then you will go the next one.
Take the time to admire the architecture
Madrid is so beautiful! One tip so that you won’t miss a thing is to avoid busses and public transportation. You will see a stunning city with one of Europe’s most beautiful architectures. It is one of the best tips for exploring a city. Stay away from tubes and underground stations. Walking will get you the most of your trip! Especially walking from Gran Vía to Parque del Retiro will take you through some awesome neighbourhoods. There will be beautiful restaurants and cafés on your way and some stunning buildings to take pictures of!
If you want to gather more inspiration about what to do in Madrid, check out this beautiful article about 10 alternative things to experience in Madrid!
So I hope these tips helped you to plan your trip to Madrid or to add it to your bucket list!