With busy boulevards, contemporary architecture, and an abundance of roof top bars, Madrid is an underestimated city when it comes to culture trips. The Spanish capital provides an unparalleled submersion in both city and Spanish culture, and here is Josie Marie’s weekend visit guide.
Plaza Mayor is the best place to stay. I stayed here in Air BnB overlooking the city’s most popular square. The highlight of this location? There’s never a dull moment.
A balcony in Plaza Mayor grants you atmospheric access, as well as distance from the hustle and bustle. You can check out where looks good before the stress of crowds and trotting along cobble stones in heels is necessary (or at least, we did.)
If you only eat one thing in Madrid, it must be a calamari sandwich. Forget the paella dinners that the British always pine over in Spain, and shift your desire to calamari lunches.
Lining Madrid’s back streets are little shops with trays of fried calamari. For me, these shops were the height of fast food. A squeeze of lemon over your squid and soft bread is the ideal lunch for just 3 euros.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is a monumental building of baroque architecture and artistic prestige that you don’t even need to go inside to appreciate. You can browse it’s outer stone walls and iconic columns from the outer pathway.
The palace has a classical look perfect for pictures and historical wonderment.
A far cry from London’s suffocating underground, the Metro is somewhat clean and un-claustrophobic. Once you have mastered the art of Spanish ticket machines, the metro is the best way to get around.
Although, I recommend knowing the stop name of every location you are travelling to before going to the machines – it’s better to be smart than sorry.
Madrid does not mess around with its rooftop bars. My favourite was the Circulo De Bellas Artes. This bar boasts the best views and the best beds in all of the city. It also provides cushioned beds under wicker shaders for day drinks and picturesque views.
At night, go classier with Radio rooftop bar. This chain has the best daiquiris in every city you can find it in.
Saludos a ti, Madrid.