After hundreds of conversations about where we were going to go this summer, me and my boyfriend Reece finally settled on Madrid, despite having no idea what on earth we were going to do there. Although Madrid is the capital of Spain, neither of us had heard a lot about it, nor do we know anyone who’s been, so the whole trip was going to be very hit or miss. Luckily, there was more than enough to do and we didn’t even manage to cover it all throughout the whole ten days of being there. For anyone interested in going, here is a list of ten places I recommend to go in Madrid.
1.) Ilunion Atrium – £££££ – We got such a good deal on this amazing hotel and we would both stay there again. From the stylish rooms to the marble pool area, this hotel had everything we wanted and was only a 15 minute bus journey from the centre.TO EAT
2.) Casa Carmen – £££££ – This was probably our favourite restaurant of the trip. The interior was beautiful with two floors plus a terrace, and the food was amazing, from Spanish to Mediterranean dishes.
3.) Hard Rock Cafe – £££££ – I know there’s loads of these so I can’t comment on the Madrid restaurant compared to the others, however the food here is great; you can’t go wrong. The whole atmosphere is how you expect, with hip hop to rock & roll playing from TV screens all around the restaurant.TO DRINK
4.) Kapital – £££££ – If you like clubbing and you’re going to Madrid, you have to go here! This club has 7 floors, playing house to hip hop to Spanish music, there’s something for everyone. Even if you don’t like clubbing, there’s cocktail bars, a karaoke room and a rooftop terrace. There’s even a ‘kissing room’, which is just a room full of sofas. Entry is €20 however if you click here you can sign up for the guest list where you can use a bar code for €17 entry, and, if you arrive before 1:30am your entry will include 2 drinks which are usually €12 each.
5.) ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini – £££££ – This rooftop terrace overlooks the Sabatini Gardens which are a must see if you’re coming to Madrid. The terrace serves food and amazing cocktails, and offers a beautiful view, especially if you come during sunset.
6.) RoomMate Oscar Hotel (Terrace) – £££££ – If it’s warm when you come to Madrid (which without a doubt it will be, it was mid forties when we came here), then you have to visit this terrace, whether it’s for a cocktail and a view of the city, or to relax on the sun loungers by the rooftop pool. It’s €25 from 11am-5pm, which includes a sun lounger, a locker, a towel, and a glass on champagne upon arrival.
7.) El Retiro Park – £££££ – If you come to this park I definitely recommend hiring bikes, as it’s absolutely huge. It’s so pretty here and there’s a huge lake right in the middle where you can hire row boats for just €8 for 45 minutes.TO SHOP
8.) Calle Velarde (Vintage) – £££££ – If you’re into vintage, Calle Velarde is worth a visit. The street is in the centre of Madrid and offers around 7 vintage shops, and is surrounded by a range of restaurants and a few other cool shops, one being Numbers, a sneaker store. The layout of this store was small but impressive, with retro sneaker posters dotted on the walls and a huge Jordan box which served as the cashier desk.9.) El Rastro (Flea Market) – £££££ – Open every Sunday, El Rastro should be on one of your top places to go in Madrid; whether you want a souvenir or to hunt through the masses of vintage stalls, it’s well worth a visit.
10.) Calle de Goya (and the surrounding area) – £££££ – This street in particular was one of the main places we spent our time as it’s in the centre of pretty much everything. There’s loads of small roads leading off it so make sure you set a day aside to explore the thousands of shops, from Sephora, to boutiques like Saint Laurent and Loewe, to high street stores like Mango and Zara. Also visit Sol for more shops and restaurants, a short bus journey or walk away.