You guys, I’m going on holiday TWO WEEKS TODAY.
In all the chaos of getting back to work after honeymoon and readjusting to life post-wedding, I kinda forgot that I had another holiday just around the corner, and it’s crept up on me in the best possible way.
What makes this impending holiday even more exciting is that it’s actually a bit of a 2 for the price of 1 affair. We’ll be flying to Toulouse first, where we’ll spend 5 days exploring the city, relaxing at an amazing chateau with our pals and celebrating our best friend’s wedding (woop!). Then Sam and I will be flying off to Madrid for a little 2 night city break before heading home.
Madrid is a city I’ve wanted to visit for ages. It sounds like it has everything I look for in a brilliant city break – amazing food, free flowing sangria, great weather and a buzzy atmosphere. Oh, and a sizeable Zara, obvs.
So to further my excitement about heading to this beautiful place, I thought I’d share my Madrid bucket list with you all…
When we first booked our trip to Madrid I started doing a little bit of Instagram research, and one place that came up time and time again was the beautiful Palacio de Cristal. It’s a gorgeous glass palace located in Buen Retiro Park and apparently it was modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. There’s a little lake in front and you can hire boats, so I’m definitely up for a dreamy afternoon of rowing in front of such a pretty sight. Instagram picture to follow, obviously.
It’s been ages since Sam and I went on a sunbathing holiday, and whilst we will still be doing lots of city sightseeing, the current weather situation in the UK has got me craving a bit of a vitamin D. We’ve booked to stay at the Hotel Emperador which has a rooftop terrace and pool with amazing views over the city, and I’m really looking forward to spending a few hours there with a book and glass of sangria in hand.
Eat our way around Mercado de San Miguel
You probably all know by now that one of my favourite things to do on a city break is find a food hall, and I’ve got a feeling that Mercado de San Miguel might be the best one we’ve been too yet! It looks like it’s absolutely teeming with amazing food stalls and I’m excited to spend an evening eating our way around it!
People watch in a plaza
Another city break fave is people watching, and it seems like Madrid has plenty of beautiful plazas that will be perfect for this. There’s nothing better than sitting back with a cold beer in hand and soaking in the atmosphere – even better if there’s some yummy nibbles thrown in too! It looks like Plaza Mayor will be the best spot for this, but let me know if you can recommend anywhere else…
Visit the Prado National Museum
Dubbed as one of the world’s premier art galleries, Museo del Prado feels like an attraction not to miss while we’re in Madrid. There are over 7000 paintings in the collection so we’ll probably need a couple of hours to work our way around – I’m thinking it might be a good place to escape the midday heat and get a culture fix at the same time!
Watch the sunset
Madrid is known to many as the golden city and is famous for it’s beautiful sunsets that cast a warm glow over the place. I’m a sucker for a decent sunset, so I’m determined to find a great rooftop bar where we can watch the sky put on a show while enjoying a delicious cocktail or a cold glass of cava. It looks like we’ll be spoilt for choice, so let me know if you have a favourite.
Enjoy ALL the tapas
Last but by no means least – no trip to Spain would be complete without enjoying ALL the yummy tapas! I’m excited to eat like the locals do and enjoy a feast of delicious meat, cheese and bread. Madrid is also famous for it’s churros, so it would be rude to not try a couple of those too!
So that’s what my Madrid bucket list is looking like so far. Do you have any other tips or must sees for the city?