It was a whirlwind trip to Madrid this summer, only two days to savour this amazing city. Below are some of my travel tips for those considering a Spanish adventure.
Sleep - we chose the 60 Balconies Urban Stay (Plaza Emperador Carlos V, 11, +34 917 55 33 92) apartments. Situated directly across from Atocha station this little urban escape is centrally located for those who want easy access to local trains (for those day trips you have planned). To top it off, countless cafes, restaurants and bars are on your doorstep.
Cheap Eat – Museo Del Jamon (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 6, +34 915 21 03 46), yes it literally translates to “Museum of Ham”. The best way to describe this place is “delicatessen on crack”. There are more cured meats, marinated goodness and Spanish delights than one could ever dream of. Sit down for a full jug of Sangria and two plates of jamon for only 9 euros! If you are feeling naughty go for a serving of their Paella. It’s not a fine dining experience, but the paella will change your life.
Special Treat – if you are going to Spain for the first time and land in Madrid first (like us), definitely book a table at Metro Bistro Plaza Mayor (Calle Imperial, 3, +34 913 66 33 19). This local gem serves up a traditional Spanish degustation with a modern twist. The small but well thought out dishes provide a delicious glimpse into the world of Spanish cuisine. The Black Pear; baby squid with risotto venere and Ras el Hanout (blend of spices) is to die for!
Drink – there’s nothing better than a rooftop terrace during the balmy summer nights in Madrid. Head to Gaudeamus Café (Calle Tribulete, 14 - 4th Floor, +34 915 28 25 94) for some of the best mojitos you’ll ever taste! Set atop an 18th century monastery and now converted library, this bar serves fantastic (potent) cocktails and mouth-watering tapas.
Tourist Must See – if you are up for a bit of history, I would highly recommend seeing the Royal Palace of Madrid. It’s the official residence of the Spanish Royal family (but is only used for state ceremonies these days) and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
My biggest insider tip? The city comes alive after 10:00PM so reset your body clocks!
Happy Travels x