With just two days in Madrid, the capitol of Spain, it felt like a rather big mission to see it all. Hearing very little prior to my arrival about what to see and do, I left it up to concierge recommendation and went along with the local walking tour.
A great way to get your bearings and see main attractions, a walking tour is always a good start. Palace Real de Madrid, Plaza Major and the central shopping districts are all on the agenda, which was a perfect way to start. Finishing up just outside the palace, I realised how big this city really was. Public transport is a cheap alternative to walking the miles across town, so we opted for the metro and headed towards Parque Del Retiro.
The park was beautiful. The ‘crystal palace’ although a little bit of a letdown, is still a lovely place to stroll around and the paddle boat lake is a fantastic spot for a picnic, ice-cream or paddle!
My next suggestion would be to eat paella at a restaurant in the famous Plaza Major- the old bull fighting ring. Get yourself some churros and chocolate shots for dessert and see the vibrant central area of town.
Next, you simply MUST see a soccer match if you are lucky enough to be there during the Real Madrid season! The stadium alone is a great attraction, even for those who are not into football. The stadium is interactive and entertaining, a must see for sport fans.
For those foodies, you have to head over to the food hall named Mercado de San Miguel. This huge warehouse was converted into a market style food hall, with over 30 vendors, great cocktails and low prices. The food if first class and the variety is huge, a highlight of my Madrid trip!
All you party animals who want a night out in style should only go to one place- Joy club. If you are in a larger group (say 6-10 people on tour) it is worth every penny to get the VIP booth package, which includes a private booth, two litres of vodka and unlimited redbulls/mixers for the night- you will surely enjoy every second!
Finally, you will need somewhere to stay right? Those of you on a budget should try the U Hostel on Calle Sagasta. It is really clean, fun and a perfect location for all Madrid explorers- there are even swings in the common areas!