I was very excited to explore Madrid as I’ve been to Spain many times but never to Madrid. It was definitely different to other towns and cities I’d been to and had a whole vibe of its own.
We stayed in an Airbnb just a little south-west of the centre of the city, which is the perfect location for sight seeing while getting to know some more local neighbourhoods. The guy who owned the Airbnb was one of the most helpful people I’ve ever rented a place from and it made our few days in Madrid so much better. He met us at the apartment and sat down with us and my map and circled all the places we needed to go. He also used to live in London so he told us about each area in Madrid and compared it to its London equivalent which meant we were already familiar with what to expect when exploring.
Madrid is a great city to visit for a few days with your girlfriends as there’s so much to see in terms of sightseeing, but also the best shopping! Luckily I was away with one of my girlfriends so we made the most of everything; the food, drink, sightseeing and shopping.
We visited Piazza Major, Royal Palace, El Retiro Park, Temple of Debod and Gran Via of course.
Along with the obvious sightseeing places, we visited El Rastro flea market which was literally on our doorstep. The market was recommended to us and we went along expecting a humble market but this was certainly not the case at all. The market is huge and runs through quite a few of the local streets with stalls selling clothes, shoes, jewellery and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Madrid is so much fun and has a lot to offer to everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or even a hen or stag. I would visit Madrid again in a heartbeat and recommend it to everyone.
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