When Paul and I were living in Barcelona, my favourite weekend trip destination was Madrid. The city is bustling with lively street cafes, great shopping and fantastic restaurants. The city is also very easily accessible from the airport, which is important when you’re only visiting for a few days!
Here’s everything you need to know about a Madrid city break:
WHERE TO STAY
In order to make the most out of your Madrid city break, it’s best to stay somewhere central where you will be walking distance to everything. Madrid is a huge city, and staying too far from the city centre will result in a lot of time spent on public transportation!
Any accommodation near Gran Via is recommended. We stayed at Room Mate Laura and enjoyed being so close to shopping, restaurants and rooftop bars. Other hotels worth checking out are Hotel de las Letras And Hotel Vincci Via 66.
My favourite attraction in Madrid is Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Even if you aren’t a soccer fan, this stadium is quite the sight to see! We spent some time touring around the stadium at our own leisure, before checking out areas like the dressing room and trophy room.
Another popular sight is the Palacio Real de Madrid – which means “Royal Palace of Madrid”. This palace is still used by the Spanish royal family (although they don’t live here anymore), and luckily for us many areas are open to the public. If you visit here be sure to spend the extra few dollar for the audio guide – it’s far from boring and you’ll learn lots about Spanish history!
Madrid takes food seriously, and the city is absolutely filled with incredible restaurants at every price point. One of the first places I recommend everyone visit is San Gines – home to Madrid’s best churros! Order the classic “Chocolate con 6 Churros” which is essentially 6 churros and a cup of hot chocolate. You dip the churros in the melted chocolate and eat away.
For something less sweet, I recommend you visit Bazaar during your Madrid city escape! Their gourmet meals are fresh, creative and generously size – and the two can eat for less than 50 euros here! You’d be hard to find a restaurant of such great value in another city, but Madrid is filled with places like this.