Every year me and my mum aim to take a trip abroad together for a few days, this year we chose to go to Madrid. I haven’t been since I was a teen and my mum has never been so it seemed like a great opportunity to see somewhere new!
So we booked an Airbnb and, on Wednesday 8th Feb, set off to get a taste of Spanish city life!
We stayed in an Airbnb on Calle Mayor, which was not only really beautiful but incredibly near to pretty much everything! You only had to stroll out your door and you’d been on Plaza Mayor.
The apartment was really beautiful, with two double beds, a small balcony and a huge rainfall shower with lots of jets! It also had free wifi and a small TV (although it was only in Spanish, so you might need to read up before you go!) Here are some of my pictures from the room:
Our host was really helpful and had left us lots of great treats to enjoy, from toast and jam to a great bottle of red wine. Also previous guests had left things behind for others to use, including a great selection of teas and toiletries – all meaning that we didn’t really want for anything as everything was there! We’d like to thank our host for such a lovely stay.
You can find out more about this great Airbnb here: http://www.airbnb.es/rooms/709208
We only had 4 days to explore, so here are some of our recommendations of where to go, based on what we got up to on our ‘flying’ visit!
Temple of Debod
This is a temple that was given as a gift to Spain from Egypt and it’s one of the best places in the city to watch the sun go down. We gathered at 6pm on the first night and watched the amazing pinks and purples fill the skyline over the city of Madrid. It really is a beautiful sight to see and definitely worth a visit.
Gourmet Experience – El Cortes Ingles
Based on the 9th floor of the El Cortes Ingles Callao shopping centre, just off the Gran Via, is this hidden gem. Its similar to the food section in Selfridges/Harrods in London, it showcases some of the most expensive and luxurious foods around – perfect for the foodies around. It also boasts some pretty damn amazing views of Madrid (as you can see above) for you to enjoy as you tuck in.
Marked as one of the most famous avenues in Madrid, its filled with theatres, shops, cinemas and nightclubs. It’s the place to visit in the city, hosting shops such as Oysho, H&M, Ale-hop and El Cortes Ingles. Its also home to one of the biggest and grandest Primarks I’ve ever seen! (see picture above- it looks like a cruise liner, with constantly changing light shows from the first floor upwards!) It’s definitely worth a visit, so long as you save up some euros and leave plenty of room in your case!
These were just some of the places we went to but there are plenty of things to do in Madrid, including the following, which we tried:
- Take the Yellow Tourist bus – it only costs 12 euros and has over 5 language options, giving you an hour’s tour of many of the sights and the streets of Madrid.
- Eat churros – you can’t go to Spain and not try churros, but you definitely have to try them in Madrid! (pictured below)
- Visit #MISTURAICECREAM – located on one of the entrances to the Plaza Mayor, this funky ice cream shop has a hidden chill out zone downstairs that is great to wind down – or warm up! (pictured below)
- Visit Ojala restaurant – this great restaurant serves great food and has a secret beach surprise downstairs, it’s not one to be missed! (you can find it on Calle San Andres)
- Visit the markets – we loved heading round these bustling markets, its a great way to sample some fantastic food.
- Watch a flamenco show – you won’t regret it, it was the highlight of our trip!
Let me know if you head to Madrid and visit any of these places, or if you can recommend anywhere else for us to try on our next trip!
I can’t recommend Madrid enough, especially if you want to get a real mix of traditional Spanish and busy city life, there’s plenty to do and all the streets stay open late so the adventure never has to stop!